Seeks Communications Manager / Employment

August 23, 2019

Organization Name: Arts Corps

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


Why Work at Arts Corps?

Arts Corps revolutionizes arts education by igniting the creative power of young people through culturally engaging learning experiences. We work toward a world where barriers to arts education no longer exist and all young people can creatively lead the transformation of schools, neighborhoods, and beyond.

Arts Corps is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization that works to address the race and income-based opportunity gap in access to arts education. Through participation in our in-school, out-of-school, and teen leadership programs, youth experience the transformative power of creativity and gain a deepened belief in their own capacity to learn, take risks, persist and achieve.

Arts Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, queer, gay, lesbian and bisexual people, transgender, genderqueer and/or non-binary folks are encouraged to apply. This position is rooted in anti-oppression, encouraging critical thinking and dialogue about how intersecting systems of oppression impact our work.

Arts Corps is committed to the personal and professional growth of its employees. We work hard to build a supportive, respectful and celebratory community among our staff, board, and volunteers. We look forward to finding the next member of our extended Arts Corps family.

Job Summary

The Communications Manager supports the mission of Arts Corps by providing leadership and guidance on organizational brand strategy, storytelling, and media relations. They will work collaboratively with the development team to develop fundraising messaging and tools. The Communications Manager oversees communication intern/s, collaborates with the Program Operations Manager to support teaching artists and other members of the Arts Corps community to update our social media platforms in a way that is aligned with our branding, and will be mentored by the Director of Development and Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

Brand Strategy
-Design and implement communication strategies for the organization; including creative digital strategies for fundraising, showcases, and other community events
-Develop annual communications plan in collaboration with Development/Communications team
-Ensure consistent branding and communication styles across all programs and platforms throughout the organization; including trainings on brand identity guidelines

Media and Storytelling
-Develop new approaches to storytelling and content creation by actively engaging with youth, teaching artists and community partners to identify storylines
-Collaborate with the Development/Communications team to write, edit, and design appealing and relevant print and digital material for website, email, social media channels (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn), and a variety of print pieces including annual report, brochures, and fliers; coordinate with vendors, where appropriate
-Manage website and ensure it is up-to-date, fresh, on brand, and user friendly
-Design, drive, and advise on overall email strategy (including quarterly newsletters); manage email lists, segmentation and email targeting; track and report the performance of email campaigns; design and implement A/B tests to optimize conversions
-Oversee the graphic design of high quality marketing collateral
-Organize and manage photo/video archives

-In collaboration with Director of Development and Communications and Development Manager, produce and manage cross-channel digital fundraising campaigns to acquire, renew, and retain donors; including growing Arts Corps’ new monthly giving campaign
-Work with Development Manager to develop a retention plan for existing and new supporters, including creating a welcome packet for new supporters, strategy for monthly donors, thank you emails, automated donation responses, etc.
-Monitor digital fundraising tools, identify and research digital donation tools, providing best practices and strategic direction to Director of –
Development and Communications; develop and test new ideas in digital fundraising
-Work with Director of Development and Communications to create and implement a communications plan for our annual fundraising event, La Festa del Arte, and provide support for other fundraising events, as needed. We are building a highly collaborative team and we will all step in to support each other when needed

Media Relations
-Serves as the primary media contact for Arts Corps for external communications and act as a liaison on marketing and public relations efforts
-Develop and provide training to staff and key members on topics of communications, public relations, branding standards, and other relevant topics on an on-going basis.
-Advise staff on creating strong media presentations-identifying current stories and talking points (for conferences, workshops, radio spots)
-Represent organization at volunteer and donor events
-Coordinate photo/video shoots

Education/Experience/Skills Required
-Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or demonstrated experience in the job duties and responsibilities listed above
-At least three years’ experience in communications, marketing or public relations
-Ability to craft compelling stories for a variety of audiences
-Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
-Fluency in digital media platforms from email to Instagram
-Experience implementing effective digital fundraising strategies
-Experience in or ability to use email marketing platforms
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel
-Experience working with Mail Chimp, Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite Lightbox a plus

Other Qualifications
-Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff
-Demonstrated commitment to advancing social and racial justice progress
-Love of the arts and deep respect for youth

We’re more passionate about working with phenomenal people than in lists of qualifications. If you want to work with us but don’t check all these boxes, that’s OK. We still want to hear from you to learn about the unique perspective you can bring to our work.

Please email resume and cover letter to (subject line: Communications Manager) explaining your connection our mission/vision and why you would like to join our community. Position open until filled.

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