We are seeking to appoint a talented and energetic, suitably-qualified graduate to direct and run our media, marketing and PR strategy.

MGS is one of the country’s leading independent boys’ day schools, with an international reputation for academic excellence. Its large bursary programme enables it to be a very diverse community of talented individuals from across the North-West.

The role
Key aspects include:
• enhancing the reputation of MGS locally, and with government agencies and the press
• researching and creating a wide range of publicity materials
• making effective use of the media and social media
• managing the content of our website
• taking a strategic, analytical and evidence-based approach to marketing, ensuring resources are used effectively and efficiently
• press management

What are we looking for?
An excellent communicator with strong writing skills, who is highly organised and has a good eye for detail, is strategically focused, analytical, creative and flexible.

An ability to identify opportunities provided by the traditional channels of newspaper and television, and a good understanding of social media, are highly desirable.

Candidates should have a degree or suitable equivalent, and a strong track record in journalism or marketing and PR.

How to apply
Further details are available on our website (www.mgs.org/vacancies).

Closing date: Monday 13 April

Job information

Outlined below are the main duties associated with the post; it is not exhaustive and a degree of flexibility will be expected. A full job description will be discussed and finalised with the person appointed.

The Director of Media, Marketing and PR will work closely with the Deputy High Master, Director of Admissions, Director of Development, and Assistant Head (Outreach). He/she will report to the Deputy High Master.

Strategic planning
• Produce and update annually a strategic marketing plan which is evidence-based
• Meet regularly with the marketing strategy group to develop and evaluate the plan

Press management
• Produce news stories for local and national press, and for publication online, including via the school website and social media

Social media
• Manage the School’s online media

School publications
• On an annual basis, generate creative ideas, co-ordinate content, write and proof read MGS Life magazine
• Manage the creation and updating of other school brochures and publications (e.g. the prospectus), as and when required

• Overall administration of mgs.org and associated sites

• Analyse the market and make recommendations for placement and focus of advertising and news stories
• Liaise with designer over advertising campaigns

• Manage and make recommendations for the marketing budget

Additional duties
• Attend out-of-hours school events, as required
• Emergency out-of-office hours support, as required
• Administration of results news stories in August
• Monitor education-related press stories and brief SMT

Terms and conditions of service
The post holder will be part of the school’s non-teaching support staff. They will primarily report to the Deputy High Master, but will also report directly to the Bursar on some aspects of the job. The Bursar is responsible for all non-teaching staff and will be the point of contact for any contractual matters.

The post is full year, full-time, with hours of 35 hours per week. We require these hours to be worked across the full working week. Certain times of year are very busy, and overtime may be required, with time taken off in lieu at quieter times. The exact hours worked and the flexibility needed at certain times of year will be discussed with candidates at interview.

The post holder will be entitled to 20 days holiday per year, increasing to 25 days after 5 years’ service. Holidays must be approved in advance by the Deputy High Master and must be taken to fit in with work requirements, which generally are not linked to school term times. In addition, the School closes for a number of days over Christmas and Easter. These closure days are in addition to the individual holiday entitlements.

The salary for the post will be in the range £30,000-£40,000. The salary will reflect the experience and qualifications of the person appointed.

The post holder will be entitled to join the School’s support staff pension scheme; this is a contributory final salary scheme for independent school support staff, run by the Pensions Trust.

The Manchester Grammar School is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and successful applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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