EmcArts seeks a Communications Manager who will be charged with implementing our organizational communications and documentation strategy about the practice of innovation and adaptive change in the arts and social sector, with a special emphasis on EmcArts program participants and partners. We are searching for someone to tell and share amazing stories of innovative change. If this is your passion, and your experience, we encourage you to apply.
EmcArts works alongside individuals, organizations and communities to strengthen their capacity for innovation and adaptive change. For the last 10 years, EmcArts has been providing rigorously designed and facilitated Innovation Labs for the Arts that create the space and conditions for organizations to test innovative strategies and build cultures that embrace change. Our newest program, Community Innovation Labs creates local interventions in order to address intractable social challenges, and our Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) fellowship program is developing national networks of adaptive leaders. EmcArts publishes ArtsFwd.org, an online community featuring stories, resources, tools and “next practices for arts leaders.” Read more about our work here.
The Communications Manager will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a small, energetic staff, grow and practice new skills, and contribute meaningfully to our team’s overall goal of moving the dialogue about innovation from the margins of our field to the center of discourse.
Ideal candidates will have excellent writing, editing and web production skills, a compelling and accessible communication style, and will share our passion for storytelling about bold experimentation in organizational and community practice.
Create and maintain editorial and publishing workflows and deadlines for ArtsFwd.org
Produce and curate content, including commissioning and managing guest bloggers and contributors
Write, revise, edit and publish blog posts
Adapt program updates and stories into compelling learning for the field on ArtsFwd.org
Follow relevant field news, blogs, events and authors to inform organizational learning and content production
Work with contractors, content producers and program participants to curate multimedia assets (including video, op-eds, podcasts and more) for ArtsFwd.org
Facilitate weekly team meetings to pitch ideas for blog posts and discuss assignments
Produce and implement bi-weekly communications cycle through e-blasts and newsletters on Mailchimp and multimedia content on Wordpress
Implement content dissemination strategies across a range of communications channels, including EmcArts and ArtsFwd social media platforms
Perform integrated list and database management, including basic list hygiene functions
Regularly update and maintain all EmcArts and Artsfwd web assets
Track, analyze and report on online engagement metrics, including website and social media analytics
Drive registrations and promotion for EmcArts webinars series
Provide monthly progress updates to staff on program documentation and organizational communications
Develop, implement and evaluate special communications projects as needed, including virtual learning products and services and in-person convenings.
In collaboration with the Business Development Manager, create and implement funder outreach and communications strategies, including regular business development e-blasts
Leverage brand visibility through social media and organizational communications
Produce content, graphics, and print and web assets to support business development and program needs, including materials for conferences and convenings
Application Closing Date: October 26, 2016
To apply, please send a cover letter that succinctly and specifically describes why you are interested in working at EmcArts and your relevant experience, your resume and two writing samples, no more than two pages each. With these writing samples, we are looking for clear, engaging, story-telling copy.
Applications MUST be saved as a single PDF document with full name in the document title. The subject line of emailed application must read: “Communications Manager – NAME.” Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls or inquires, please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
EmcArts is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
3-5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector
Excellent writing and editing skills, and an ability to translate conceptual program theories and academic or grant writing into accessible marketing language
Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of and interest in new media, web technologies, and content management systems
Prior experience with managing editorial and communications workflows
Familiarity with market and audience research strategies
Passion for the non-profit arts sector, organizational dynamics, and the process of innovation
Proficiency in Google Analytics and social media aggregators such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, especially Indesign and Photoshop
Excellent communications skills and ability to connect with and manage diverse personalities
Able to work in a fast-paced environment that often doesn’t make time for full training around every task
Energetic team worker, comfortable in an environment where teamwork involves constant feedback and learning, but is also comfortable working on one’s own
Decisive about implementation tasks, knows when to ask questions and when to make a choice and implement effectively and immediately
Knowledge of arts and arts education organizations, and of organizations that support the arts (foundations, state arts agencies, services organizations, etc.) a plus
Experience representing a firm effectively with audiences, grantees, partners, and funders
Additional Salary Information: The Communications Manager is expected to work a 4-day (32 hours) week operating during standard business hours. We are flexible and open to working out a mutually agreeable standard schedule. Busy times might entail some evening and weekend work, or occasionally shifting to 5-day weeks, although this is rare. Salary is budgeted for a range of $48,000 to $52,000 (4-days a week, per-annum/a $60,000 to $65,000 full-time equivalent), with eligibility for 401-K participation, and three weeks’ annual paid leave plus holidays.
EmcArts Inc. is a leading social enterprise for learning and adaptive change in the arts and across the social sector. We work alongside people, organizations, and communities as they take on their most complex challenges. Our partners include many of the USA’s leading cultural institutions and funding agencies, and our work is expanding into the Canadian arts and culture system.EmcArts is an ener...getic firm that offers an informal, constantly learning, and hard-working office environment, based on effective teamwork. We work collaboratively internally as well as externally to design and deliver community and organizational adaptive change processes.Learn more about EmcArts at www.EmcArts.org and www.ArtsFwd.org.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.