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Job: Press Officer, National Media Museum

The post holder will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our ambition of becoming the best Museum Group in the world. They will deliver all elements of a comms campaign but will specialise in PR when appropriate. They will take specific responsibility for delivery a large number of campaigns and the Museum’s relationship with its online influencers.



1.      By working with the Senior Press Officer contribute to the development of the Museum’s Media Relations strategy and play a significant role in its delivery. The strategy should have a heavy digital element (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy) and be based on visitor insight, innovative, creative and fully integrated with the whole comms mix.

2.      Work independently and with the Marketing, Web and Content teams to develop effective and integrated campaigns which have a strong digital bias (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy) where appropriate to drive physical and online visitation. Take the lead as Campaign Manager when appropriate.

3.      Manage an online influencer outreach program and build an active brand ambassador network to spread the word about the Museum (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy).

4.      Manage campaign budgets and timing schedules ensuring that all activity is delivered on time, on budget and compliant with SMG Finance guidelines e.g. the raising of Purchase Orders and the processing of invoices, raising queries directly with Finance where appropriate.

5.      To proactively identify both on and off-line media opportunities which the Museum could use to promote its activities.

6.      To proactively build and maintain effective local, regional and national media contacts, both on & off line.

7.      Proactively sell-in stories to targeted media and manage media enquiries.

8.      Make regular contributions to the NMeM social media platforms.

9.      Produce high quality media information (e.g. press releases, background documents, briefings, speeches) and organise press events, visits, and media calls.

10.  Develop online content for media use with a particular emphasis on rich media, e.g. video.

11.  Provide regular reviews of the Museum’s media coverage.

12.  Coordinate the Museum’s media competitions if outside an agreed campaign.

13.  Proactively develop excellent relationships with Museum staff and build an informed knowledge of the Museum, its intellectual territory and the sector.

14.  To assist with all general Comms Office duties and administration. These include maintaining the media contacts database, image library, monitoring media coverage and supervising filming and photography on site.

15.  Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns. Ensure proactive compliance with SMG H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work.




  • They will report into the Senior Press Officer of the NationalMediaMuseum
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Museum to develop high profile comms campaigns and promotional initiatives and ensure relevant sign-off. This will particularly involve colleagues in the Cultural Programme, Film, Exhibitions teams, Design, Learning, Curators, Web, Development but also colleagues from right across the organisation.
  • Work closely and share experiences with other Comms Team colleagues from across the Group e.g. those in sister Museums, the Visitor Insight Team.



  • Press, Broadcasters, Bloggers and online influencers
  • Partners - Sponsors, Welcome to Yorkshire and Bradford Council.
  • Agencies – Press, Media Evaluation, Freelancers


Line management and budget responsibility

Budget holder of: will vary from campaign to campaign, unlikely to exceed £50k per campaign.




  • Solid grounding in a digital comms, PR, Press Office or journalistic environment with proven experience of community management and online PR.
  • Practical experience of formulating and delivering integrated communications campaigns and managing budgets.
  • Project management experience with a track record for effectively delivering multiple projects at one time in a busy environment.
  • Experience of working within a complex, matrix layered and multi stakeholder organisation.


Skills knowledge and relevant qualifications

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce high quality, creative, effective and accurate written materials and Press information.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.
  • Confident and articulate with strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Educated to degree level or with a relevant Comms qualification or demonstrated experience.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to plan and prioritise complex and competing workloads under budget, resource and time pressures.
  • A proven ability of managing budgets/financial management processes
  • Up to speed with the latest thinking in communications, paying particular attention to the latest trends and innovations in digital media.



  • Exceptional team player with the confidence and integrity to earn internal team confidence quickly.
  • Single minded, results driven with a track record of relentless delivery.
  • Creative with the ability to think laterally.
  • Highly motivated, solutions focused, identifies and deals with obstacles to success, not deterred by setbacks.
  • Takes pride in delivering work of high standard.
  • Prioritises objectives and plans work, flexible and uses initiative.
  • Flexibility to work occasional unsocial hours.


Scope for impact

The main aim of the post holder is to deliver campaigns that will generate visits to the Museum, its festivals and to the Cinema offer. In some cases they’ll deliver the campaign in its entirety e.g. the whole mix. However, for larger campaigns they’ll focus on the PR component only. They’ll be specifically responsible for the Museum’s relationship with its online influencers. This activity will enable us to meet our targets whilst enhancing the reputation of the Museum and the strength of the brand.

  • Visitor numbers – Delivery of budgeted visitor numbers will lead to us achieving commercial targets and more positive relationships with sponsors, partners and the DCMS.
  • Reputation management – Protects and strengthens the standing of the Museum to secure financial stability through visitors and other sources of income.
  • Brand – Delivery of a consistently strong brand underpins the successful delivery of our business plans.


Please note:

  • This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future changes in policy, regulation or organisational requirements, it will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • This role is subject to a Disclosure Scotland basic criminal record check

Posted: 06/12/2012 13:46
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £19,000
Location: National Media Museum - Bradford
Level: External Affairs
Deadline: 17/12/2012 23:59
Hours: 35
Benefits: SCMG Enterprise Benefits

Job Type: Full Time - Fixed Term

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