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Director of PR & Communications

20 November 2020

It is an exciting time to join BAFTA. We are currently launching our ambitious strategy and vision for the coming years, working across the organisation to identify key areas of focus and funding, and deciding how we best bring together the people and ideas we will need to succeed. We need an ambitious, innovative and influential PR & Communications Director to make the most of this unique opportunity. 

Job Title: Director of PR & Communications

Reports to: Chief Executive

Job Location: London (part week)

Start Date: TBC

Contract Type: Permanent

Pay Band: Circa £90,000

About us

BAFTA is a leading global charity focused on championing creativity, opportunity and social changes for all through the transformative power of film, games and television. We are well known for our flagship awards events across those sectors, however we do so much more than that.

Through our global reach, our aims are to: champion the art and the craft of the moving image industry, champion and nurture and recognise talent, and champion the industry environment. We do this by identifying and celebrating excellence, supporting talent through recognition and long-term support - particularly within under-represented groups - and enabling a positive, inclusive, accessible and connected industry.

BAFTA is seeking a Director of PR and Communications to be responsible for managing the reputation of BAFTA and delivering a communications strategy that builds trust and encourages more people to engage with us. Reporting into the CEO and working as part of the BAFTA Executive Team, this role will drive and own PR and publicity, crisis management, relationships with the media, strategic communications and messaging across BAFTA’s industries, partnerships, corporate and CSR activities. It will also enable us to grow our reach and reputation globally and increase revenue.

Why now?

It is a pivotal time for our industries with the challenges of coronavirus, the demand for a diverse workforce and inclusive industry culture, and the ambition of the screen industries to play a major role in the journey to carbon neutral on our planet. BAFTA is determined to be leading and effecting this change within the Academy and in the wider industry as well as engaging, informing and inspiring the public. A recent example of this is the recently completed Awards Review, which began as a direct response to the lack of diversity in the 2020 Film Awards nominations, but its remit soon expanded to encompass all aspects of BAFTA. The changes signal the beginning of a significant cultural shift in BAFTA as it also challenges the industry to address the serious lack of opportunity and equality.

Another important and relevant topic is national relevance and BAFTA’s role in celebrating excellence, and championing creativity across the whole of the UK, and internationally.

Sustainability has never been more relevant or more high profile than now - BAFTA has led and facilitated the TV Consortium, albert, since its conception nearly a decade ago. albert aims to enable every part of the screen industry to eliminate waste and carbon emissions from production whilst empowering industry creatives to make editorial content that supports a vision for a sustainable future.

The role

The role will be responsible for and direct all global public affairs, corporate communications, PR, internal communications, CSR and digital / social media. The overarching aim is to promote and protect BAFTA’s charitable aims whilst strengthening and building trust and engagement through all audience types. We expect this role to be able to bring innovative ways to engage new, and grow existing, audiences by using the power of engaging and emotional content.

We require a skilled, experienced and articulate spokesperson who can handle crisis management, reputational risk and manage their network of journalists with confidence as public relations becomes an increasingly important part of how we promote BAFTA and engage audiences.

This role will work across the organisation to support multiple functions to deliver the BAFTA purpose and be the lead on all sensitive issues and reputational risks. Essential to this role is the ability to have the external perspective on the work we do alongside identifying emerging trends, threats and opportunities for the brand. The role will often require issue management, around sensitive and often complex scenarios where a multi-layered approach will be needed.

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Closing Date for Applications: 23:59 on Sunday 6th December 2020