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Head of Public Engagement and Communications

Aesop Head of Public Engagement & Communications

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire

Salary: £37,500 Full Time


The arts can transform people's lives, improve people's health and well-being, and have a role in solving social problems. The UK has an arts sector which is world-class and wide-reaching: commercial arts such as the music industry and publishing, voluntary arts (49,000 local arts groups involving 9.4 million people) and a publicly funded sector which helps the arts to innovate, widen access and raise quality.

Aesop's mission is to realise this potential to transform. Health is the initial focus: helping health harness the powers of the arts, and helping the arts gear up to deliver health improvement. Uniquely, they start with health challenges, and nurture 'Arts Enterprises with a Social Purpose'. These use high quality artists and, from a health point of view, are evidence-based, cost-effective, sustainable and scalable.

Aesop is a bridge-builder between the health and arts sectors helping arts enterprises in health grow. One of their key projects: Dance to Health, uses dance to help older people reduce the risk of falls. A successful pilot was run in 2015 and 2016 Aesop are now ready to expand to deliver this programme across England and Wales.

Aesop are now looking to recruit a new Head of Public Engagement and Communications to devise a communications strategy and to contribute to the development of other Aesop programmes.

Key Responsibilities will include:

Public Engagement & Communications strategy devised and successfully delivered for Dance to Health Phase 1 Roll-out (about 75% of the role), and contributing to the development of other Aesop programmes.
Reflect the ethos of Aesop in all interactions with stakeholders and the public
Contribute to the development of this spirit within the team
Review the existing Public Engagement & Communications plan for Dance to Health Phase 1 Roll-out, propose the next iteration and, once approved, lead on their implementation
As well as Dance to Health, work with the Chief Executive on developing other elements of Aesop's portfolio

In order to apply you should have the following skills and experience:

Experience of programme and project management, including financial and budget management
Track record of contributing to corporate and cross organisational business strategy.
Education to degree level.
Extensive experience of working in the arts and/or health.
Demonstrable, successful public engagement and communications experience.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of current marketing and communications trends, including a strong understanding of digital marketing and communications.
Knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity, what this means in relation to this post and the ability to incorporate this into all aspects of work.
Successful experience combining strategic thinking and practical delivery.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Friday 26th May 2017

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