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Encounters: Marketing & Communications Manager

The Recruitment Pack for this role is available to download here.

To apply please complete the online application form and then our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Please upload your Cover Letter and CV as PDF’s, clearly labelled in the following format – Full_Name_Document

Location:  Bristol, UK
Reporting to:  CEO – Rich Warren
Responsible for:  Seasonal team of freelancers, work placements and interns
Salary:  £25,000 - £30,000 depending on experience
Hours Worked:  37.5 (Includes flexible working, some evenings, and weekends)
Contract Length:  4-years
Notice Period:  6 weeks
Probationary Period:  Three months
Annual Leave:  28 days per annum
Pension:  Auto enrolment into NEST scheme (5% employee, 3% employer contribution)
Start date:  Preferred start date 19th July 2021



  • Represent Encounters and raise brand awareness locally, nationally, and internationally.

  •   Develop and implement a clear long-term marketing communications and PR strategy and vision for Encounters and its year-round programme.

  • Working with CEO to plan marketing communications and public relations strategies for the Festival and lead on their implementation, in order to; build and sustain the Festival audience and reputation, generate income and engage the wider general public in the understanding and importance of short film in the wider film industry ecology.

  • Effectively communicate with and market to artists, filmmakers, distributors, archives, the general public and funders where necessary, to ensure our charitable mission and vision are shared and we are able to diversify our income streams.

  • Build and lead an advisory communications team through trustees, artists we work with and young talent to assist in the curation of all Encounters communications activity so that it responds to our needs and those of our audiences.

  • Identify needs for seasonal recruitment and manage the workflow and oversee output of freelancers, work placements and interns.

  • Play an active role in Encounters strategic planning.

  • Manage marketing communications and PR budgets and ensure targets are met.

  • As a key member of the Encounters team, to contribute towards team working and project leadership.

  • Inspire, motivate, and enthuse staff within the organisation, celebrating our successes and encouraging ambition and achievement.

  • Ensure the financial stability and future viability of the organisation by contributing to and developing the fundraising strategy.

  • Contribute to evaluations and reporting to stakeholders.



  • Highly engaging and articulate communicator with strong people skills

  • Naturally inquisitive and confident working under your own initiative.

  • Able to take the initiative, thinking quickly and adapting to new ways of working.

  • Highly creative with an eye for design.

  • Committed to your own personal growth and development.

  • Demonstrably enthusiastic for film and culture

  • Armed with a “can do” attitude, and enjoy working flexibly in a small team and with volunteers and interns

Essential Skills & Experiences

  • 3-5 years’ experience in a marketing communications and/or PR role.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Extensive experience of writing copy for websites, articles and publications.

  • Experience of successfully developing and implementing a marketing and communications plan.

  • Experience of managing and delivering a wide variety of online and offline marketing communications campaigns and initiatives.

  • Experience of website management using CMS systems.

  • Experience of producing persuasive and concise copy writing and proof reading for a range of media outlets, from national publications to local parish magazines; broadcast video production; photography (press, documentary, portrait and editorial).

  • Advanced knowledge of Mailchimp, Google Analytics and Social platforms (including schedulers)

  • Comfortable to working to tight timescales and budgets.

Desirable Skills & Experiences

  • Previous experience/understanding of fundraising preferable.

  • Knowledge of Bristol’s cultural sector.

  • Experience and expertise in the creation of cause-related marketing, communications, PR, Television and social media campaigns.

  • Experienced user of Photoshop or in-design

  • Experience of film exhibition, events or festivals

  • Experience of collaborating with design and PR agencies

  • Experience of the video production & editing process

  • Experience of acting as a spokesperson for the organisation e.g. public speaking and radio interviews

How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application form and then our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

During the process please upload your Cover Letter and CV as PDF’s, clearly labelled in the following format – Full_Name_Document

Your covering letter should state your ambitions for this role and how your experiences and skills directly respond to the Job description, specifically the person specification.   This should be no more than 2 pages.

Your CV should clearly detail relevant experience and skills that would assist you in this role.  This should be no more than 2 pages.

Encounters welcomes applications from people who experience racism, people from low-income backgrounds, disabled people, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and all those who are currently underrepresented across the sector.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email: by 17th June and in some cases an informal conversation can be arranged.


The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 21st June.

All applicants will be contacted on the status of their application by Friday 25th June.

Applicants who meet the basic criteria will be invited to a preliminary interview via Zoom during the week of 28th June.  This will give us an opportunity to meet a wide field of applicants and give you an opportunity to share your visions for the role and ask any specific questions.

A shortlist will then be invited for a second interview via Zoom during the week commencing 5th July.

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