The It's Nice That Jobsboard

It's Nice That

Head of Press

Head of Press

Institute of Contemporary Arts


Posted on 16 March 2017

Head of Press at Institute of Contemporary Arts


Job Title: Head of Press
Term: Permanent, Full time (including occasional evening and weekend work as required)
Responsible to: Director
Salary: Contingent on experience


70 years ago, the ICA founded the model: Institute of Contemporary Arts. It remains our responsibility to continuously adapt and innovate this model to the world of today.

Our agenda setting programme, positions artists and thinkers at the centre of all our activities: as our Partners, Participants, and Audience.

The ICA has always anchored its program within the socio-economic conditions of its times. Today, this critical approach is needed more than ever, as we continue to address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st Century: Ecology, Social Justice, and Migration.

The ICA Council appointed Stefan Kalmár as the new Director in 2016 and like the ICA founders before him, he is invested in a radically progressive vision of an organisation where different cultural modes of production support each other and thrive on the engagement with each other. The ICA Council and staff are united by this shared vision and our commitment to the continuous experiment - which is the ICA.

The Post

The Head of Press is an exciting role within the ICA’s Communications department, responsible for the strategy and delivery of our public relations. Reporting directly to the Director, the post holder will have the opportunity to further grow the ICA’s profile nationally and internationally.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about the ICA, and has previous experience in building public relations within the contemporary art context.

The Responsibilities

• Develop the press strategy for the ICA
• Develop imaginative press campaigns
• Build and maintain excellent press relationships
• Be the ICA’s point of contact for interviews and announcements
• Develop long-term strategic partnerships with international and national press
• Maintain contacts and the press archive
• Initiate and deliver press events, attend press screenings, photo calls, private views, press conferences and appropriate networking events
• Supervise contracts with external public relations and marketing consultants and agencies.
• Lead the Communications Team to ensure all press activities are coherent across all ICA platforms

Person Specification


• A track record for leading, devising and delivering on press campaigns
• Experience of generating press and marketing material
• Keen networker within the visual arts and beyond
• Eye for detail and accuracy
• A good understanding of digital marketing methods and new trends
• Confident with excellent communication skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Occasional availability outside usual office hours to support evening or weekend press related activities
• Proactive, strategic & creative

• Specialist knowledge and a good network in the visual arts sector
• Bilingual

The ICA is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity for all of our staff and job applicants. We aim to create an environment that is free from any discrimination and one that actively promotes diversity and equality of opportunity. The ICA’s recruitment process is based on merit and ability, and a match to the essential characteristics of the Job Description.

How to Apply

We’re currently recruiting for a Head of Press role, an exciting position within the ICA’s Communications department responsible for the strategy and delivery of our public relations. The post holder will have the opportunity to further grow the ICA’s profile nationally and internationally working to promote our unique programme through press campaigns and strategic partnerships.

The salary for this role is contingent on experience. Please mention your salary expectations in your application.

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post to

The Administrator,
12 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH

or email

This is a full time permanent position including occasional evening and weekend work as required.

The closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 2 April 2017 with interviews to follow soon after.