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Senior External Affairs Manager

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Opportunity type:Permanent, Full-time 

Working hours:36 hours per week 

Salary:£45,000-£48,000 per annum, depending on experience 


Closing date:20 February 2024 at midnight 

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced communications professional with a passion for culture to develop their career within a leading arts organisation.

The Senior External Affairs Manager will devise and coordinate advocacy campaigns and positively communicate Tate’s strategic priorities to all relevant stakeholders. They will advise on corporate positions on cultural and socio-political issues and write briefings for Tate’s Directors and Trustees, supporting the organisation in mitigating risk to its reputation.

Tate’s Communications department is a busy and dynamic team, responsible for promoting Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate St Ives, as well as the Tate organisation as a whole to regional, national, and international media, from local newspapers to global media networks. The Corporate Affairs department is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of Tate's external communications leading on the overarching key messages, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communications advice.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated communications professional with a nuanced understanding of the complexity of current cultural debate in the public sphere and a good network of contacts across Government, Parliament, and the arts and culture sector.

Tate aims to attract and retain talented people from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, ethnic minority, and/or disabled applicants as these groups are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector.

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Application Information

If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please apply online. Please also refer to our Guidance Notes that can be found below.

Frequently, we receive a high level of applications and as such, reserve the right to close applications before the advert deadline. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Successful candidates will have access to a range of benefits, including 25 days annual leave entitlement, rising to 27 days pro rata after 3 years of service; an extra day off for your birthday each year; a cycle to work scheme; opportunities for blended and flexible working; free access to Tate exhibitions and other museums and galleries; Life Assurance; and a ‘Defined Contribution’ pension scheme with generous employer contributions. Successful candidates who are already members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme or have recently left the scheme may be eligible to remain as members of this scheme instead.