Communications Manager

05 May 2016

Society news

Job description:  Communications, Marketing and PR Manager

Reporting to: Director-General

No staff reports

To manage and implement:  The Society’s communications strategy, encompassing PR, marketing and social media  activity; PR for principal Society events and activities; volunteer and member communications; the Society’s printed materials and use of the Society’s brand guidelines; Society advertising;  presence at trade shows and external events.

Main responsibilities

  • Prepare annual PR and marketing plans and to implement, monitor and revise them
  • Prepare an annual advertising plan and implement and monitor its effectiveness
  • Develop and deliver the organisation’s digital communications strategy and manage digital platforms
  • Monitor and report monthly on the effectiveness of communications, marketing and PR activity
  • Prepare and deliver regular communications to Society volunteers and members
  • Coordinate all Society marketing materials with Society departments and external suppliers
  • Develop and spot stories relating to the Society and place them across all media platforms
  • Maintain a media database
  • Ensure the consistent use of the Society’s branding
  • Manage the Society’s presence at trade shows and external events

Skills required

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a similar role for a memberships or arts organization
  • Writing for print and the digital environment
  • Good knowledge of print, broadcast, online and social media, and experience of using a PR database and platform
  • Good visual and design sense
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to prioritise a varied workload, that is both detailed and strategic
  • Motivated and able to work independently, and able to engage with a small staff team and volunteers across the organisation
  • Occasional evening and weekend work

4 May 2016

About the Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity with the aims of promoting photography and supporting photographers. The Society was established in 1853 and has around 11,300 members in the UK and abroad.  It realises its aims through workshops and course, competitions and touring exhibitions, a distinctions and qualifications programme and an annual awards ceremony. The Society, its special interest groups and regions hold over 500 events each year. The Society also acts in an advocacy role and to the media for photography and the interests of photographers.

Communications, Marketing and PR Manager

This is a new role for the Society and comes at a time when the Society is looking to enhance its presence and grow its activities and membership.  See:


Responsible to: Director-General
Salary: £28,288
Probationary period: 3 months
Period of contract: The post is offered on a two-year contract, subject to successful completion of the probationary period
Leave: 25 days, annually, plus statutory bank holidays
Location: Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AH. The office is full accessible to wheelchair users. The Society will support any request for part home working.  
Hours: Five days/week, 35 hours/week excluding breaks. Normal office hours are 9am-5pm. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required.

The Society will be bringing in a stakeholder pension scheme from January 2017.

Starting date: Immediate, subject to any notice period


In the first instance, please email a CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role with examples of previous relevant responsibilities to:

For an initial conversation or questions contact: Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, on 01225 325730 or e:

Closing date: Monday, 30 May at 2359. Interviews: 8 and 9 June.  No agencies.