OPPORTUNITY: Communications Manager

Communications Manager opportunity at SICK! Festival

It’s a very exciting time to join SICK! – In the current and post Covid environment we believe that the themes that we address – such as physical and mental health, disability, gender, death, inequality, politics, and protest – are ever more important and relevant.

Whilst our partners and funders are investing in our long-term vision because they understand both our current and potential impact locally, nationally, and globally.

We have embarked on a 10-year strategic community engagement programme in the Moston, Harpurhey, and Charlestown neighbourhoods of North Manchester, including rolling out a major programme of arts and mental health work.

We recently delivered our 2022 Festival and as part of this we have developed newly commissioned art works with partners in South Africa, Finland, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

We’re looking for a dynamic and creative individual to join us, to work closely as part of our fantastic team here at SICK! and help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach.

We’re looking for someone who will brings their unique energy to this, along with their experience of communication strategy, social media, copywriting, and creative thinking, and is also passionate about, and interested in, the areas in which SICK! operates – arts, health, diversity, community development and international work.

While we are proud of our diversity achievements in our creative programmes, we want to further diversify our
workforce to be representative of all sections of society.

We actively welcome candidates who are currently underrepresented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.

We know that everyone has different commitments in their work/home lives and we are open to requests for varied working
hours or work patterns.

These will be considered taking into account the impact on the organisation and work colleagues.

About the role

Job Title: Communications Manager
Employer: SICK! Productions Ltd (also known as SICK! Festival)
Responsible to: Head of Business Development
Responsible for: Freelance staff
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Part time – 22.5 hours per week (three days)
Holiday Entitlement: 25 days per annum (FTE, pro rata), plus Bank Holidays
Notice Period: Two months
Probationary Period: Six months
Salary Range: £30,000 FTE (pro rata £18,000)
Pension: The People’s Pension Scheme, Employer contributions 3% gross salary
Location: Working at The Sharp Project, Thorp Road, Manchester, M40 5BJ
References: All offers of employment are subject to receipt of satisfactory references
Application Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2023 at 9am.
Shortlisting: By Wednesday 10 May 2023.
Interviews: Tuesday 16 May & Wednesday 17 May 2023.

Application process

Please submit the following as either PDF documents or in an alternative format if you would prefer (e.g. video):

  1. CV – 2 sides A4 max
  2. Completed Diversity Monitoring Form (this information will be stored anonymously and separately to your application).
  3. Covering letter (1500 words max) outlining how you meet the criteria in the Person Specification, with examples from your previous work (you will have the opportunity to expand on these examples during interview).
  4. Details of two professional references with current knowledge of your experience and abilities.

Please send the above to info@sickfestival.com marked Communications Manager
Please contact the above address if you would like to discuss this opportunity with one of our team.

Information / Resources

Download the information pack here: Communications Manager Info Pack

Download the Diversity Monitoring Form here: Diversity Monitoring Form