Head of Editorial

Arts Council England
Any Arts Council office
London - £45,802 and Regional - £43,604
Closing date
22 Nov 2020

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Contract: Permanent working 35 hours per week

Salary: London - £45,802 and Regional - £43,604

Location: Any Arts Council office

We are looking for a talented writer with a strong track-record of producing high-quality written content across a range of communications channels.

Tapping into your deep understanding of the changing nature of our society, you will craft powerful stories about the value of creativity and culture in people’s lives, in local communities, and to the country.

You will be able to transform technical material into content that audiences will find useful and meaningful. Day-to-day, you will write speeches, opinion pieces, and edit reports and guidance documents. You will also take a leadership role in developing writing and editorial skills within our organisation.

You will have significant experience of engaging with a wide-range of audiences, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, and have a strong personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Arts Council England we are looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today to help us shape and change the arts and cultural sector to make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve.

Disabled people, those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in our workforce, so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.

About the Role

You will provide a strategic view on the Arts Council's overall narrative and messaging, developing it iteratively with the chair, Executive board and the Director of Communication.

You will shape and promote the Arts Council’s story and be involved at the outset of major organisational campaigns to ensure messaging and language align with that story. This post-holder will make a significant contribution to how we position ourselves externally and internally, and how we communicate our work.

You will lead on determining, defining and communicating editorial standards for the Arts Council. You will take into consideration the need for clarity and plain English, consistency, relevance and creativity as well as the Arts Council’s vision, mission and values.

About You

As the ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Strong editorial skills and be a talented writer (you may come from a journalistic background) and will have a strong track record in producing content, such as speeches, for the most senior figures in an organisation.
  • Experience of developing an organisational tone and language, of ensuring that clear and compelling language is used.
  • Proven experience of developing individuals and teams – using your coaching and mentoring skills to help them fulfil their potential.

About Us

We believe that great art and culture make life better. We champion, develop and invest in experiences that enrich people’s lives by supporting activities across the arts, museums and libraries.

Many of us are artists or have worked in arts and culture. But many others aren’t – and that’s not a problem. We employ passionate and creative people with expertise in many different fields. Find out more

If you require an application pack in alternative formats (i.e. Braille, audio, large print) please contact 0161 934 4317.

To view the job description, click here

To view the recruitment pack, click here

Post reference: AC2

Closing dates for applications: Midnight, Sunday 22 November

1st Interviews: End of November 2020


Arts Council England is committed to offering an attractive benefits package to all its colleagues. Further information can be found on our website.

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