Join the Team at The Beacon

South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse is a forward thinking local authority, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country with a professional and dedicated team at Wantage's community, leisure and entertainment venue: The Beacon.

Current Opportunities


  • Job Overview

    To ensure the effective marketing and promotion of The Beacon. The post holder will be responsible for conducting extensive market research and developing marketing materials that are innovative and professional.

    Closing date: 17/08/2017

    Please note that applications for this post must be received by noon on the above date.

    This is a full time post on a permanent contract, working 37 hours a week.  This post is at Grade 3, with a full time starting salary from £20,578.  

  • Main Duties & Responsibilities

     use a range of marketing and communication tools to maximise income, by increasing attendances at events and increasing the choice of activities on offer

     develop, implement and review the Beacon marketing plan as part of the facilities overall business plan, in conjunction with the team leader

     develop positive working relationships with local media to promote the facility and its activities through press releases and briefings, editorials, listings and advertising

     plan a varied and engaging programme of events for The Beacon that meets the needs of the community

     plan the film screenings for the monthly cinema events

     identify ways to increase awareness of The Beacon and promote its identity as a brand and ensure it remains a focal point of the town

     develop, design and manage the production of a range of leaflets, brochures and other publicity to promote The Beacon programmes, activities and events

     manage the marketing and promotion budget for The Beacon and review the impact of marketing initiatives on income

     manage and further develop The Beacon website, e-newsletter and social media accounts

     support The Beacon team in day to day running of the facility when required, such as taking bookings, helping in setting up rooms or serving in the coffee shop and bar

     attend events to promote local awareness of the Beacon brand and facility

     create regular user and non-user surveys in line with business requirements

    The duties may vary from time to time without changing the nature of the post or the level of responsibility and the post holder may also be required to carry out any other duties appropriate to the grading of the post. 

  • About You

    Your essential skills, knowledge and experience

     Minimum of 1 years’ experience working in marketing, promotions or communications

     Excellent written and verbal communication skills

     Experience of marketing and promotions using social media to achieve maximum impact

     Good IT skills including Microsoft word, excel, power point, email, use of internet and use of electronic booking systems

     Ability to work under pressure, prioritise workload and meet deadlines, with limited supervision

     Sound financial accounting skills, together with the proven ability to effectively manage budgets

     An ability and willingness to use your initiative to work effectively as an individual and as part of a busy and committed team

     Understanding of health and safety procedures and risk assessments

     Experience of managing and coordinating events and activities

     Experience of gathering feedback and analysing evaluation data

     Negotiation and influencing skills

    Your essential qualifications

     3 GCSEs including Maths and English at Grades A – C or an equivalent level of qualification or experience

     Full driving licence and access to a car insured for business use or ability to attend building at short notice, out of hours 

    If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus

     Knowledge of licensing laws, including alcohol, gambling and performances

     Partnership skills including the ability to consult and liaise effectively, and to build relationships and networks

     Knowledge and understanding of working in a local government setting

    Your style and behaviours

     Work flexible shifts including evenings and weekends

     A creative and imaginative approach to marketing and promoting a community venue and its activities  An enthusiastic and proactive approach to work ,with a friendly welcoming manner and an ability to work with a wide variety of people  Commitment to customer service and continuous improvement  Commitment to valuing diversity and equality; respecting customers and colleagues in all relationships and service delivery

  • About Us

    Our vision and values are important to the councils and we expect you to support them and embed them in the way we work. Our vision We are seen as being customer-focussed, approachable and business-like. We are honest and open and are renowned for providing high quality cost effective services. Our values

     We act with integrity and show respect

     We are all accountable

     We are passionate about our business

     We strive for simplicity

     We love success


Full Details:

For full details, please download the job pack.

Having read about our role if you have any questions please contact Jo Paterson on 01235 422253 or email If this job excites you please complete our application form below. We look forward to hearing from you.

How To Apply:

The job application form can be found here. Please email your completed form to

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