We are recruiting for a Communications Coordinator

The Margate School (TMS) are seeking detail-oriented communications professional to develop and deliver an ambitious 2-month PR campaign and student recruitment strategy while helping to amplify and drive engagement for all TMS provision generally.

This is a unique opportunity to drive transformational change in our external communications and an exciting time to be involved with a pioneering and growing education provision across art and design. Confidence working in a small team, establishing links with the national media to strengthen our external presence and stakeholders is a must. This is a fixed 2-month freelance contract.

The post-holder will help shape and tell our story and the community involved, developing a strong media relations programme and also leading on the development of partnership activity that builds the reach and awareness of The Margate School’s services and campaigns. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to help develop the first design festival launching in Margate this summer, working closely with our Visual Communication course leader to prepare a sales pack for potential financial sponsors. Margate Festival of Design: Society and Nature will interrogate the social and environmental challenges we are facing through the language of design and involve a series of workshops, exhibitions and talks.

The Margate School endeavour to be a diverse and inclusive place. We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the School.

About The Margate School

The Margate School is an independent not-for-profit postgraduate arts school, based in and for Margate. TMS offers the first accredited European Fine Art programme in the UK and in 2021, despite the challenges of COVID, launched a postgraduate course in Visual Communication. We offer an alternative to traditional teaching at mainstream universities and focus on project based collaborative outcomes.

Our studios represent an extension of our teaching provision, providing space for growing businesses, technical support and advice, and developing prototyping facilities..

We are rooted in our community and connect nationally and internationally; we reach out through our academic programmes, events, workshops, residencies, guest lectures and exhibitions. Much of our provision is subsidised in support of Margate and its diverse creative and wider communities. You can read more about what we do and the School’s ethos below.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement PR recruitment strategies

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with influential print, digital and broadcast journalists

  • Working closely with the TMS team to help plan, coordinate and execute materials and schedules

  • Help to update and draft press materials including media releases and emails

  • Help build the School’s reputation, ensuring effective media coverage

  • Contribute to ideas and initiate any new practices

  • Undertake relevant market research

  • Liaising with the TMS team about timescales and objectives

  • Prepare a sponsorship package for Margate Festival of Design, build relationships and secure funding from local and industry partnerships

Your Experience

  • Excellent writing and editing skills and the ability to write compelling copy are a must

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the advertising and marketing industry is a plus

  • Experience within the media and/or advertising industry preferable

  • A track record of developing and delivering communication strategies is desirable

  • Hands-on and passionate about the arts sector, who enjoys being in a dynamic and creative environment

  • Excellent writing skills and proficient in writing for a variety of formats, as well as a strong eye for detail

  • Advanced organisational and project management skills, with a flexible approach and the ability to multitask

  • Strong digital marketing literacy and an understanding of managing digital brands

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to operate on a strategic and tactical level as well as advising the rest of the team

3 x days a week, from February to the end of March

Day rate: £100 (we operate a flat rate which is the same for all staff)


If you’re interested in the role, please email The Margate School’s Director, Uwe Derksen - uwe@themargateschool.com - your CV and a cover letter no later than midnight on 28.01.2022

If you have any questions regarding the role, application or interview process, you can call Uwe on 07808165232.

Interviews will be held week commencing 31.01.2022

More about The Margate School

We have been able to support communities through public grants, sponsorship and support, income generated independently, time and effort offered by staff and volunteers as well as collaborating with a range of partners.

We have revived a key derelict high street building, empty since 2008 and since our opening in 2019 we have welcomed over 28,000 visitors, held 45 exhibitions and 42 events, ran 28 courses, supported 120 artists and are now home to 77 creative professionals and growing.

We have developed the first European MA in Fine Art qualification in the UK. Supported and worked with artists from diverse communities, prisoners and ex-prisoners, local community artists, children and people with special needs. Artist, designers, researchers and professionals who have exhibited and/or talked at and supported the School incl Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI, Tracy Emin CBE RA, Jules Pretty OBE, John Newbigin OBE, Ian Harvey, Anthony Burrill, Anthony Heywood, June Mineyama-Smithson, Justin Burns, Robert Hewison and the late