£37,000 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time



Senior Communications Manager

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or are currently contributing to British history and culture; the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. With around 2 million visitors each year prior to temporary closure for the Inspiring People project and a strong national and international presence through touring exhibitions and special projects, the Gallery is one of the country’s most important and popular galleries.

Senior Communications Manager
£37,000 per annum
Full-time, 35 hours per week
Fixed Term Contract for 22 months
Home and site based (minimum of 2 days)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative and culturally engaged Senior Communications Manager to join the Gallery’s Communications & Development team. Reporting to the Director of Communications & Digital, the post holder will play a key role in contributing to the Gallery’s overall press, digital communications and marketing strategies as well as working with the Director of Communications & Digital in bringing an integrated approach to communications at the Gallery. Leading a small but busy team, the post holder will also be responsible for delivering press activities as well as overseeing all aspects of promotional campaigns and ensuring that the full potential of the Gallery’s collections and activities are effectively promoted.

The National Portrait Gallery is in the midst of an exciting transformation - launching a new, redeveloped building in 2023 and The Senior Communications Manager will be core to shaping the communications and brand strategy at this unique time in our history.

The successful candidate will be an experienced communications professional with a successful track record in devising and implementing high-profile press, marketing, digital and social media campaigns, ideally gained within a heritage or arts organisation. They will be able to demonstrate substantial experience in handling complex enquiries, hold extensive media contacts in all fields and have experience of working with broadcast and international media. An exceptional communicator, they will possess strong commercial acumen and the ability to think strategically.

Further information about the role as well as details of how to apply can be found via:

Closing date for returned applications is 9:00am on Monday 27th September 2021.

First round interviews will take place on Friday 8th October 2021. Second Round interviews will take place on Wednesday 13th October 2021. Please indicate on your form if you will be unable to make these dates.

We are committed to the employment and development of disabled people. We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for this post. To be invited to interview/assessment, you must show in your supporting statement that you meet the minimum criteria for the role, across all essential criteria. If you tell us that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your work arrangements.

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