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Communications Manager

Employer
Birmingham Hippodrome
Location
Birmingham Hippodrome B5 4TB
Salary
£28,000 - £30,000 + benefits
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Communications Manager

Hippodrome Produced Work

£28-30K + benefits

Birmingham Hippodrome B5 4TB

A great theatre needs great people.  We can only thrive by having the right team on board in a fast-paced, constantly changing, creative workplace.  

About Us 

Birmingham Hippodrome is committed to placing inclusion at the heart of all we do, making it central to our decision making.

Since we opened our doors in 1899, we have existed to enrich the cultural life of our city. We believe arts and culture has the power to bring people, friends and families together, and as we continue to align ourselves to the future ambition of Birmingham, our vision is clear. We are creating a world-class cultural scene for our region with Birmingham Hippodrome centre stage.

As an independent charity, we are proud of our wide-ranging and varied programme of theatre, dance, festivals, education and community activities that help make life-long memories, create opportunities and increase access to the arts for our region’s diverse communities.

To achieve our vision, we need people on board who are passionate and committed to take us – and Birmingham – on the next phase of our exciting journey. 

About The Role

Reporting to the Head of Communications, this hands-on role will help build and shape the communications strategies for all Hippodrome produced work. This will involve leading on the implementation and delivery of communications plans for our productions and co-productions (both on and off site) as well as a range of other communications activities. You will also support advocacy activities and other internal departments when required. You will collaborate with colleagues to develop integrated external communications strategies and campaigns as well as ensure that messaging reaches the widest possible audience through print, broadcast, online and social media. You will build relationships with external supplier partners too and ensure work is compliant with regulations and policies. Important will be the ability to monitor and evaluate campaign effectiveness as well as produce insight to improve future performance.

For this high-profile role you must have worked in a marketing or communications environment, and have gained experience of delivering effective PR campaigns that deliver against objectives. Comfortable implementing integrated communications campaigns, you will have excellent media contacts at a local and regional level. Good at monitoring performance, you will be used to deploying insight to improve effectiveness too.

You will also possess strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to adapt communication styles for different audiences. Good at developing strong internal and external relationships, you will be at home pitching stories to the media and creating and delivering impactful PR campaigns.

We offer different ways to work flexibly, so please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

If you want to be part of an organisation that will invest in you and give you the opportunity to develop, you can enjoy a new stage for your skills by visiting the recruitment page on our website and applying online.

Recognising under-representation in our workforce of Black, Asian and global majority people, and those with disabilities, we particularly welcome applicants from those backgrounds, identities and experiences.

Company

Birmingham Hippodrome is a theatre and registered charity which stages more than 400 performances a year. Around half a million people visit annually for musicals, ballet, opera, dance, drama, comedy and pantomime – the largest regular attendance of any single theatre in the UK.

Musicals account for just under half of all performances, followed by pantomimes (19%), ballet (16%) and opera (3%). Other performances include drama, dance and comedy. The Hippodrome has partnerships with Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange. It is also the only English venue which presents all of the Welsh National Opera’s repertoire. The theatre houses the 200-seat Patrick Centre for the Performing Arts in addition to extensive in-house conference facilities and a restaurant.

During 2013/14, the Hippodrome staged 404 performances attended by just under 626,000 patrons. Around 17% of tickets are sold at a discounted rate for education, audience development and access. Each year, approximately 14,000 tickets are sold to schools, in addition to nearly 1,500 free tickets for teachers.

The Birmingham Hippodrome is a significant local employer with full-time, part-time and casual paid posts across most of its teams, which encompass administration, technical, customer service and hospitality, marketing, box office, creative learning, fundraising and finance. It has over 100 permanent staff members.

The theatre also offers work experience placements, internships and creative apprenticeships. There is, additionally, a volunteer programme. The Hippodrome provides full induction, support, training and learning and development for every volunteer role. Opportunities include working in the auditorium or at outdoor events.

The Hippodrome has a growing programme of creative learning, community and outdoor performances, under the banner of ‘Hippodrome Creative’. Among the Hippodrome’s projects are the Young Carers’ summer school; the Matthew Bourne ‘Curtain Raiser’ with local colleges; workshops with the charities Sense and Age Concern; and the theatre’s weekly drama classes with special needs experts, ‘Open Theatre’.

The Hippodrome’s free Summer in Southside weekend features the best in outdoor performance. On behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership, Hippodrome Creative produced 4 Squares Weekender to celebrate the opening of the new Library of Birmingham in 2013; and Birmingham Weekender (September 2015) to celebrate the opening of New Street Station and Grand Central, and the city’s Rugby World Cup games.

All catering and hospitality services are owned and managed in-house. The Hippodrome operates its own Circle Restaurant in addition to foyer bars and a Deli Bar.

The Hippodrome’s customer service team won a Gold Standard Badge for World Class Service in 2013. And in 2014 the theatre made the Top 100 of the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For in the UK’.

Find Us
Telephone
0121 689 3052
Location
Hurst Street, 
Southside,
Birmingham,
B5 4TB
GB
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