Editorial Manager (Fixed Term), Manchester International Festival / The Factory

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Location: Manchester
Salary details: £32-35,000pa
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As we move to become a year-round organisation and open the doors to The Factory, it’s an incredibly exciting time to join us. You’ll be responsible for developing and implementing a new editorial function and develop regular editorial content for publication on our digital platforms – helping us build and deepen our relationships with our audiences through masterful storytelling.

Developing our standards, guidelines and our tone of voice across our brand-new Factory website and digital platforms, this role will be key in translating our values and narrative to our audiences and opening our virtual doors for collaboration and partnerships with external contributors and communities.

Key responsibilities for the Editorial Manager role are:

  • Delivering, creating and publishing original, fresh and regular editorial content across the Factory website
  • Developing our editorial standards and guidelines and tone of voice, ensuring compliance with standards across output produced by teams and collaborators
  • Managing and updating pages across the Factory website and developing a framework for website amend requests
  • Writing and editing copy for key pages on the website in collaboration with the Marketing team
  • Create an editing and publication process to assure we achieve high-quality, accurate, compelling, and diverse editorial content output
  • Ensuring our content reflects the Factory’s audience development strategy, writing and developing content for target audiences
  • Develop a commissioning and payment framework for working with freelance writers, and create a pitching process (internal and external) for editorial stories
  • Develop the global editorial calendar and implement workflows and processes to support idea generation and gathering
  • Make important editorial decisions and strategically select stories for development and publication that reflect our audiences, strategic priorities and values
  • Working closely with the Digital Content Producer on developing the stories and narrative for The Factory podcast
  • Briefing and sourcing appropriate photography, imagery and licensing for publication online and in editorial content
  • Developing creative ideas and actively championing new and innovate ways to tell our many important stories
  • Ensuring content is SEO optimised and accessible for audiences
  • Develop and manage positive working relationships with artists, contributors and talent and be able to give constructive feedback
  • To manage the budgets, contracts and resources within the agreed parameters
  • Seek improvements in editorial production to develop further efficiencies in working practices, keeping up to date with emerging trends
  • To work within MIF compliance policies, including Editorial guidelines, referring on matters of potential controversy

Essential criteria for the Editorial Manager role are;

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in an editorial environment and experience of developing and delivering high-quality editorial content for an assortment of platforms
  • Demonstrable creative copywriting and editing skills and an acute attention to detail
  • Experience of managing the production and editorial tone of original material in the form of written articles, images and audio
  • Experience of writing for target audiences, using data to understand their needs and expectations
  • Demonstrable ability to develop fresh, new creative ideas
  • Commitment to championing representation and inclusion at every level of the organisation with a proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds

Ideally the Editorial Manager would have;

  • Experience of taking ideas from concept to publication whilst driving forward creativity
  • An understanding and experience of website CMS systems
  • Experience of using evaluation metrics and analytics tools such as Google Analytic
  • Effective planning and organising skills. Ability to manage several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities
  • Sound editorial judgement and an ability to decide when to seek guidance and escalate issues where appropriate
  • An understanding of image licensing and photography
  • Experience of commissioning and working with freelance writers
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