Directors UK is the professional association for film and television directors in the UK. We provide a range of services to our members including campaigning and lobbying, commercial negotiations, legal advice, events, trade discounts, skills and career development, and is also a collective management organisation, collecting and distributing royalties to members.
Purpose of the role
To raise the profile of Directors UK as the authoritative voice for UK screen directors and promote its member services and campaigning activities to key stakeholders through media and PR activity; assisting with public affairs and other marketing activity.
Reporting to: Communications & Digital Manager / Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
Salary range: £28,500
Location: London, Stukeley Street office
Permanent: Full time
• Promote awareness of Directors UK and its work to key media; and promote the role of UK directors as creative leaders in film and television.
• Handle press enquiries, draft press statements, quotes and releases.
• Work closely with campaigns and digital teams to plan and deliver press & PR campaigns for Directors UK’s campaigning work to run alongside the social media campaign activity.
• Ensure good relationships with key media; develop and maintain press/ industry contacts lists.
• Develop and maintain good relations with members/directors as potential spokespeople.
• Brief Directors UK spokespeople (the CEO, Board, members etc) in advance of media or public speaking opportunities.
• Monitor industry press (print and online) for relevant stories; create weekly media briefings for Management and Board.
• Contribute to digital and social media content for the Directors UK website and digital team.
• Create printed or audiovisual corporate materials including annual reports.
• Create marketing materials to promote members services to members, including writing and commissioning print and/or AV materials and branding.
• Provide public affairs support to the Head of Communications and Public Affairs, including assisting in the preparation of consultation responses, lobbying materials, meetings etc.
• Develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships among politicians, civil service, industry etc.
• Raise awareness of Directors UK to potential-members and to the wider industry.
• Attend or ensure presence at key industry festivals and events across the country; work collaboratively with the events team in providing speakers for Directors UK.
• Assist campaigns team with delivering stakeholder meetings and events as required.
• Support the Communications & Digital Manager and Head of Communications on projects.
• Build strong collaborative relationships with teams across Directors UK in order to support the work of the communications, members services and distributions teams.
The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the role.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to create materials for different audiences.
• Previous experience in delivering press and/or PR campaigns.
• Experience in writing and executing the design and delivery of printed materials.
• Good organisational and project management skills.
• Ability to prioritise a busy workload with multiple delivery deadlines.
• Friendly, positive and team-driven approach with a ‘can do’ attitude.
• Attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently and use initiative and judgement as well as being part of a small collaborative team.
• Creative, confident and resourceful, able to ‘hit the ground running’.
• Digital and Social media skills.
• Public Affairs experience.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
• Research skills.
• Experience of working with a membership organisation.
• Experience or interest and knowledge of the tv and film industry.
To be able to work effectively in a changing environment, the post holder may be required to:
• travel throughout the UK.
• travel or work out of hours to attend company/external events. Time off in lieu is arranged with the Head of Communications.
Directors UK is an equal opportunities employer; we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.
• Permanent role
• Holidays: 25 days per year (plus all public and bank holidays)
• Company Pension Scheme
• Cycle to work
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. This appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a 3-month probationary period.
To apply please send to email@example.com:
• a personal statement as to why you consider yourself suited to this role (maximum 500 words) and
• a CV
Applications closing date: EXTENDED to Monday 28 January 10:00am 2019
Interviews are due to take place: Between 28 January and 7 February 2019 at the Directors UK Offices
Please note that only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.
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