Press Manager

Position Title
Press Manager

Salary
£25,000 – £30,000 (dependent on experience)

Brand Portfolio
All World Photography Organisation activities

Reports To
PR Director

Works with
PR Director /  Production team / Marketing team

Office Location
London

*Interviews for successful applicants will be held on the 27 & 28 April

CONTEXT

The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives.  Working across more than 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet.  We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers and our industry-leading partners around the world.

We host a year-round portfolio of events including the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s foremost competition for artists contemporary photography, and PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, the leading destination in Asia Pacific for discovering and collecting photography.   

The Press Manger role is an opportunity for an ambitious individual to help drive forward the voice of the World Photography Organisation and each of its products across global media.  You will work closely with the PR Director to deliver the communications strategy across the company.

The role requires a team player who is highly organised in their approach, has an excellent understanding of the media landscape, strong contacts and a track record of delivering solid media results.  The ideal candidate must have a demonstrable ability to devise, implement and evaluate media campaigns and possess solid presentation skills. A passion for photography / visual arts is desirable as is experience of working with international media.

Energy and enthusiasm, along with an ability to self-manage, is vital as the role is incredibly varied and the company is fast-paced and ambitious. 

PURPOSE

The job holder will work with the PR Director to devise communication strategies and deliver successful PR campaigns for each activity of the World Photography Organisation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Work with the PR Director to develop media relations strategies for the company’s major programmes – the Sony World Photography Awards and PHOTOFAIRS.
  • Place coverage in print, broadcast and online media both in the UK and internationally.
  • Assist in devising key messages and communications strategies, write press materials and generate ideas which deliver those messages.
  • Coordinate with colleagues in Marketing to ensure alignment across all media.
  • Manage multiple campaigns with different timelines and priorities, meeting deadlines and delivering results effectively.
  • Manage the day-to-day running of the press office.
  • Be the key point of contact for media enquiries.
  • Liaise with external PR agencies, partners and sponsors.
  • Develop and maintain good working relations with the media.
  • Pitch and follow up press releases.
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare evaluation reports.
  • Organise and assist with press events such as press view days and private views, and compilation of media packs.
  • Manage online press centre and maintain press databases.
  • Support on Group level art fair strategies and activities.

BEHAVIOURS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Minimum 2/3 years PR experience, specifically within the field of fine arts, design, culture, architecture and / or photography.
  • Proven track record of placing media coverage and delivering media campaigns.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good knowledge of arts media.
  • Well organised and proactive.
  • Proven experience of working with international media is desirable.

SUCCESS MEASURES

  • Delivers strong media coverage
  • Secures good relationships with key media / journalists
  • Implements successful PR campaigns

PRACTICALITIES

  • This is a full time role based in the company’s London office – 9 Manchester Square, London, W1U 3PL
  • You will report directly to Inbal Mizrahi, PR Director, World Photography Organisation
  • Normal working hours are Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm from the London office *
  • Out of hours work at events and travel may be required

*  A remote working arrangement is currently in place