Activate Performing Arts

Marketing & Communications Manager (maternity cover)

1 year part-time contract, 3 days per week, PAYE or Freelance
Salary: £27-29,000 pro rata PAYE depending on experience/or freelance rate negotiated
Closes: Monday 30 October 2023 at 12:00 midday
Interviews: Monday 6 November 2023
Ideal start: Handover week of Monday 27 November 2023, start Tuesday 2 January 2024

We are more than happy to have a conversation with you if you have any questions about the role, or would like to access this information in another way. Please contact the office and we can arrange a video call, phone call or send questions by email – just let us know if you have any access requirements. 01305 260954 //


We believe extraordinary moments connect and uplift us all. Our mission is to create opportunities for everyone through the performing arts. Our talented Marketing & Communications Manager is growing their family, so we’re looking for a fixed term employee or freelance contractor to support the team and keep our communications vibrant and strong.

You will lead on the marketing and communications strategy for Activate across our programmes. In everything we do, we have just two rules: Anything’s possible. And everyone’s invited. You will help us to deliver on our Audience Development Plan with a clear mind on who we are working with or trying to reach. Whilst developing plans for different areas of the organisation you must be confident in managing your time to also deliver marketing activity on a day-to-day basis. You will be adept at managing a team of creative Freelancers to help us break down barriers and reach the widest possible audiences.

Essential things we are looking for:

  • An experienced arts marketing professional who is eager to take up this challenge
  • We are open to approaches from Freelancers
  • You can be based anywhere, but we will want to meet you regularly in person
  • You will have 3 years+ experience in arts marketing, creating campaigns and making them happen
  • You will have enthusiasm, creativity and a passion for equal access to the arts for all
  • You’ll be able to work strategically whilst also delivering on all day-to-day tactical marketing activity
  • You’ll have a proven track record of delivering results and coming up with plans and ideas and persuading others to support these
  • You’ll be hands-on and likes getting stuck in with smaller tasks, a great project manager who is highly organised and adept at managing Freelancers
  • You’ll have confidence in maintaining our profile, experience in managing tight budgets and an eye for detail
  • You’ll be confident with IT, understanding data sets, audience profiling and digital marketing.

Things which would be useful for you to have but are not essential:

  • Experience of the charitable sector
  • Experience of working with artists
  • Knowledge of Dorset/ Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

We particularly welcome applications from people who have experienced barriers or prejudice relating to their age, gender identity, ethnicity and/or having a disability or long-term health condition, their sexuality, or being from a working class/ low-income background.

Take a look at the Application Pack on our website:

How to apply

To apply please write us a letter and tell us:

  • Why you wish to apply for this job
  • The knowledge, skills and experience you offer set against the person specification requirements in the ‘About You’ section above, giving examples of actual activities and campaigns where possible
  • You can do this as a written letter (2 x A4 pages maximum length) or you can submit your letter in alternative formats such as video and audio. Please also send us your CV and the names and addresses of two referees.
  • References for shortlisted candidates will be taken up before interview unless you request otherwise.
  • You can send this as a PDF or word file, or you can submit your letter in alternative formats such as video and audio.

Please also complete the Equality Of Opportunity form on our website. This will be treated anonymously and will not be used as part of the selection process.

If you have any access requirements or need any help with your application, please contact us below and we will be happy to help.

If you would like this information in another format such as BSL, Large Print or Audiofile, we will happily arrange this for you or if you need further information, please contact or call 01305 260954

Send your application to:

Closing Date: Monday 30th October 2023 at 12:00 midday

Interviews: Monday 6th November 2023