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Manchester International Festival, Editorial Manager (Fixed Term)

Manchester International Festival
Manchester, with some remote working
Closing date
23 Jun 2022
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Job Details

Closing date: 12th June 2022
Locations: Manchester International Festival/The Factory
Remote status: Hybrid Remote
Salary: £32,000 - 35,000
Contract: 12 month Fixed Term

Job Summary:

As we move to become a year-round organisation and open the doors to The Factory, it’s an incredibly exciting time to join us. You’ll be responsible for developing and implementing a new editorial function and develop regular editorial content for publication on our digital platforms - helping us build and deepen our relationships with our audiences through masterful storytelling.

Developing our standards, guidelines and our tone of voice across our brand-new Factory website and digital platforms, this role will be key in translating our values and narrative to our audiences and opening our virtual doors for collaboration and partnerships with external contributors and communities.

Key responsibilities for the Editorial Manager role are:

  • Delivering, creating and publishing original, fresh and regular editorial content across the Factory website
  • Managing and updating pages across the Factory website and developing a framework for website amend requests
  • Writing and editing copy for key pages on the website in collaboration with the Marketing team
  • Create an editing and publication process to assure we achieve high-quality, accurate, compelling, and diverse editorial content output
  • Make important editorial decisions and strategically select stories for development and publication that reflect our audiences, strategic priorities and values
  • Working closely with the Digital Content Producer on developing the stories and narrative for The Factory podcast
  • Developing creative ideas and actively championing new and innovate ways to tell our many important stories

Essential criteria for the Editorial Manager role are:


  • Demonstrable ability to develop fresh, new creative ideas
  • Experience of writing for target audiences, using data to understand their needs and expectations
  • Experience of managing the production and editorial tone of original material in the form of written articles, images and audio



Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

We bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.

We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

We work widely within communities around Manchester with My Festival, MIF’s creative community. My Festival is a diverse network of creative people who are forging closer connections with MIF – taking part in public projects, connecting the Festival to their communities, and joining our programmes of training activities, workshops and other special events.

MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. We’ve commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen, Robert Wilson, Wayne McGregor, Damon Albarn, Maxine Peake, The xx, Zaha Hadid Architects, Abida Parveen, Punchdrunk, Elbow and Marina Abramović, among many others. Click here to learn more about our previous events.

MIF’s Artistic Director & CEO is John McGrath. John was previously the Founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he won an international reputation for large-scale site-specific works, digital innovation, international collaboration and extraordinary community involvement. John replaced Alex Poots, MIF’s founding Artistic Director, who is now setting up a new cultural centre in New York.

MIF is a registered charity. Alongside the income we receive from Manchester City Council and Arts Council England, our principal funders, we also receive income from ticket sales and co-commissioning partners; from other public bodies, such as the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA); from private sponsorship; from charitable trusts and foundations; and from individual donations. You can learn more about supporting MIF by clicking here.

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