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What the Arts Council most urgently needs

The first job to be advertised under the new Big Brother regime is …. head of media, of course.

The failed institution needs a new image. As does its boss.


Head of Media

Ref ADC11-2
Location London Office

Job Description


Head of Media
Salary from £31,310 to £41,410 per annum plus excellent benefits
London Office
Contract: permanent, working 35 hours per week
Arts Council England is implementing a major restructure which includes recruitment to new roles in our Advocacy and Communications team.

We are looking for a talented and experienced individual to become our Head of Media and manage our busy press office team.

You’ll develop and implement a media and press strategy for the Arts Council that advocates the benefit of arts and culture to the media and to the public.
Previous applicants need not apply
Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an assessment centre

Closing date: Sunday 14 April 2013

Assessment centre date: Monday 29 April 2013
Interview date: Thursday 02 or Friday 03 May 2013


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  1. Previous applicants? You mean they’ve had some offering that money?

  2. Being required to attend an assessment centre sounds rather fun… Is this to ensure that the successful candidate can be suitably brainwashed to produce perfect ACE gobbledygook?

    • I suspect applicants won’t even get considered unless they can produce ACE gobbledygook without brainwashing.

      • I’ve attended an ACE ‘assessment centre’. They’re primarily a rather fun way of spending unnecessarily large quantities of taxpayers’ money on a process that not one of the ACE’s client organisations could afford, while ticking the right boxes and covering the right *rses. They do, however, provide an afternoon’s work for a handful of resting actors: so in that sense they could be said to be fulfilling the ACE’s brief. The buffet lunch was first-rate.

  3. If I could tele-commute it would be tempting (she says with her tongue very firmly wedged in her cheek). I can write gobblydy-gook until the cow come home. Sit in meetings looking pretty… that’s where there would be a problem… I’m not the sort of lass who can be brain washed.

    The salary is a tad on the low side given the level of responsibility isn’t it? Double it and it may be acceptable.

    • That’d be a decent senior management salary in most of the ACE’s non-London client organisations. It’s a relief to see the ACE starting to think like an actual arts sector organisation.

  4. Kind of like the MOA ramping up their marketing of the expanded Orchestra Hall:

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