Communities & Partnerships Manager (Senior Journalist)

  • UK
  • Ipswich
  • Applications have closed.

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BBC Radio Suffolk is looking for an ambitious and experienced Communities and Partnership Producer to be the ambassador of our work in the county’s communities and to build partnerships for the future. You’ll be the public face of the station at events, meetings and presentations.

BBC Radio Suffolk is an award winning radio station and we are proud of the high standard of our output. Our patch is a mix of urban, coastal and rural areas and within those areas are a range of diverse communities. There is no shortage of interesting characters and great stories here and your role will be to help us change the way we reflect the lives of all the people of Suffolk.

Main Responsibilities

You will be our key contact for external organisations and will develop partnerships across Suffolk ensuring all our programmes are representing every part of the county.

You will bring special projects and original output to air and help us deliver BBC campaigns.  The content you produce will engage people across our communities, and you will be someone who can think creatively about how we engage hard to reach audiences.

You will work closely with programme teams to translate these ideas and projects into great radio, from Outside Broadcasts, to leading on-air campaigns, to organising community events, you will oversee every part of the project.

You will represent BBC Radio Suffolk, meeting listeners, non-listeners and opinion formers at external and internal events and you’ll be identifying both content for BBC Radio Suffolk and new talent.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have a track record in building relationships with community organisations, will know the value of creating partnerships and the benefits to both sides, and can also demonstrate excellent planning skills to pull off successful events/campaigns. You’ll be a skilled communicator who can lead small and large teams, is able to pitch ideas and knows how to get people on-board to support your ideas.

You may have a lot or a little radio experience but you will certainly be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of local radio and its place in bringing communities together. You will be able to talk about ideas you have for partnerships that would be right for BBC Radio Suffolk and ideas on ways we can reach new audiences.

You’ll have responsibility for bringing new voices to air across our output including our new evening shows, so you’ll have excellent people skills that enable you to discover the people who are under-represented and little-heard. You’ll enjoy the challenge of finding new voices, spotting future talent, discovering great story-tellers and captivating characters.

In conjunction with the management team you’ll plan several campaigns and events which bring communities together and create an impact on the radio, digitally and in the community itself.

If invited for an interview we’d like to hear how you would widen the range of voices and stories heard on BBC Radio Suffolk with a particular focus on ethnic and social diversity. You’ll also come prepared to talk about a big idea you have to bring one of those communities together for a unique and ambitious event that gets everyone talking and sharing.

To find out more about this role and how to apply contact the Editor, Peter Cook.

Important Information

To apply, please submit 500 words on an underserved audience in Suffolk and what steps you would take to correct that. Applications which do not include this will not be considered.

Please note you will have the facility to upload this as part of your application.

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Diversity matters at the BBC.  We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.

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