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Vacancy: Digital Content Curator

16 Jun 2020

The Stuart Hall Foundation is seeking an experienced Digital Content Curator to lead the curation and delivery of a four-month schedule of online events and content, as part of our new #reconstructionwork digital public programme this year. 

This is a part-time freelance contracted role (average 3 days a week) from mid-July to the beginning of December 2020, with the potential to continue and expand in the future.

  • Salary: £13k fixed term fee (£250 per day)
  • Hours: 52 days (average 3 days per week over a 4.5 months period)
  • Term: 13th  July – 1st December 2020
  • Reporting to: SHF Digital Working Group
  • Location: Remote working


 About the Stuart Hall Foundation 

Inspired by the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall, the Stuart Hall Foundation is committed to public education, addressing urgent questions of race and inequality in culture and society through talks and events, and building a growing network of SHF scholars and artists in residence. 

With a dynamic Board of Trustees, the Stuart Hall Foundation is a small charity in the midst of an exciting period of growth and change. 


Role Summary 

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, the Stuart Hall Foundation’s Board and staff have considered how we can contribute most effectively to the current challenges we all face. We have therefore together decided to re-focus the Foundation’s resources and work on two key strands of activity: 

  • delivering a dynamic digital programme entitled #reconstruction work which will focus on contributing to the building of a better society and culture in the aftermath of the pandemic and in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, connecting education, culture and politics as Stuart Hall did.

  • building and developing our network of SHF scholars and artists in residence as critical thinkers and practitioners engaging with Stuart Hall’s work and the ways it can help us to address the issues today of those who are minoritised and other forms of underrepresentation and disadvantage within both academia and the wider public world.

The Digital Content Curator will work with the Programme Manager and the Foundation’s Trustees as our Digital Working Group to support the curation and distribution of regular online content on our website and social media channels; developing and delivering the #reconstruction work digital programme from July to December 2020. 

In collaboration with young collectives, activists and cultural producers (particularly those working at the intersection of race, migration and popular culture), we want to develop our website and social media channels further to attract broader and younger audiences, and to support critical intergenerational dialogues about how to challenge social inequalities. At the centre of this programme of activity will be an online event in September, currently in development, which will feature a presentation by an internationally renowned activist and commentator. 

For this role, we are looking for an individual with proven expertise in digital programming and communications, a strong interest and knowledge of arts and culture, an excellent understanding of the digital world, great charisma, and honed communication skills. There will be a focus on experimenting with different forms of digital content and new methods of communicating with online audiences.

Diversity, social justice and access are central to the Foundation’s work, programme and approach. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.


About you

You will have proven experience at digital programming and communications. You will be an extremely well organised and competent individual, who enjoys taking the initiative, is a strong communicator and who has an enterprising and creative way of thinking.  You will be a proactive problem-solver, be comfortable with managing your own workload and confident dealing with all sorts of interaction from our online networks. You will be comfortable working to competing deadlines and juggling workloads. You will thrive in this post if you are flexible, self-motivated, and willing to be hands-on and undertake tasks across the charity’s communication activity as and when required. You will have the ability to work independently and in a team.

 

Responsibilities

To curate and deliver a digital programme that responds to the Foundation’s objectives, engages new digital audiences, and is appropriate to resources available:

Curating, sourcing, and originating digital programme content: 

  • Researching and proposing key themes and topics, in consultation with the Board and partners;
  • Building an energetic, achievable and affordable schedule of activity, in consultation with the Programme Manager;
  • Developing partnerships with organisations to support delivery and promotion of the programme activity;
  • Identifying and inviting programme contributors;
  • Identifying appropriate presentation formats and digital platforms for programme activity. This includes ways in which to monetise the programme through ticket sales or increased donations.

Working under the guidance of the SHF Digital Working Group to enhance the effectiveness of programme communication via the website and social media platforms:

  • Recommending improvements to the Foundation’s online channels to increase access and engagement with the digital programme;
  • Developing creative and compelling messaging and promotional materials appropriate to the Foundation’s desired audiences;
  • Monitoring the Foundation’s social media and online presence;
  • Serving as point of contact for media and public questions (on social media and via email) around the public digital programme;
  • Developing media contact lists and relationships with the media with support from the Programme Manager and (adhoc) Comms Manager;

Assisting the Programme Manager with the assessment and reporting of SHF digital programme activity to the Digital Board, Board and funders.


Essential

  • A minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working in digital programming and communications for arts and culture projects/organisations, either in a corporate or not-for-profit environment.
  • Possess a solid understanding of effective online marketing techniques.
  • Comfortable and confident with social media. 
  • Skilled and confident relationship builder who enjoys building, maintaining and sustaining contacts. 
  • Extremely well organised and self-motivated. 
  • Must have excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills.
  • Technical ability: a working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator is desirable; producing graphical images and making simple and short videos/gifs for digital channels.
  • Proven understanding and experience of the project management involved in producing online marketing materials – from initial planning to meeting delivery deadlines. 

 

In addition, the post holder will be required to: 

  • Comply with the data protection legislation and our Equality and Diversity policies.
  • Participate in the staff review process and to provide regular reports on work progress and any other requests for information about work performance.

This is a freelance post, with a possibility for a more permanent role in future.

 

Apply

To apply please send:

  • Your CV 
  • A covering letter (one side of A4 maximum) explaining why you are seeking this position, and how you fit the criteria.
  • A brief proposal of no more than one page detailing your vision for a creative strategy and implementation plan that fulfils the aims of the SHF digital programme.

References essential. Please provide contact details of two referees, we will not contact your referees without your permission.

Applications should be sent by email to info@stuarthallfoundation.org with the subject line “Digital Content Curator application”.  

Closing date midday Tuesday 30th June 2020

Interviews will be held on Friday 3rd July 2020.

Role to start on Monday 15th July 2020.