The Contemporary Arts Center, a world-class, pioneering showcase for contemporary art and culture since 1939, is seeking a Communications Director as the CAC undergoes an exciting transformation. The right candidate will be an adept communicator, collaborator and forward-thinker, interested in what is new and original. The Communications Director will prize taking the complex and the expansive and conceptual and making it understandable, coherent and focused, directed toward ends that align with the CAC’s mission and vision. CAC Mission
Art and the creative process belong to all people. The CAC provides experiences, through exhibitions and performances as well as educational and outreach programs, to engage and interact with the art, artists and ideas of our time. Working with our regional community of visitors, patrons and partners, and with our global community of artists and institutions, we explore and celebrate the unfolding landscape of art and expression. Vision
To advance Open Minds toward individual and societal flourishing. Overview
- The Director of Communications is responsible for strategy, planning and implementation of Museum public relations, marketing campaigns, digital strategy, internal and external communications programs, and initiatives to increase public understanding of and support for the Museum’s mission and goals.
- The Director of Communications will drive to develop and implement a consistent and effective institutional message and brand identity, heighten awareness of the Museum locally, nationally and internationally, and increase earned revenue for the CAC and its distinguishing competencies and institutional priorities.
- The Director of Communications works in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and board members. The position is part of the of the Director’s senior team and reports to the Chief of Advancement.
- This position requires a skilled communicator who is able to manage creative teams working in print and digital media, and who can work with members of the media as well as with a variety of stakeholder groups. In addition, the Communications Director is responsible for developing proactively strategic opportunities for telling the CAC story through top-tier channels and, in an integrated way, through multiple platforms, including owned, earned, paid and social media. Principal Responsibilities
- Advance, under the direction of and in consultation with the Chief of Advancement, the mission, vision, and prioritized initiatives of the CAC in a clear, consistent, coherent, focused and integrated manner across all communication and marketing platforms.
- Direct, thereby, in collaboration with key stakeholders and content providers, the above message platforms and communication strategies to internal, external and online audiences.
- Prioritize and maximize the effectiveness of the CAC website for communicating the mission and vision, exhibitions and performances, educational programs and outreach, all other artistic expressions, and the prioritized initiatives of the CAC to external audiences, such that they are well informed about the CAC, of its distinction and distinctiveness, and are inspired to support financially and engage with the CAC.
- Direct efforts to increase media coverage of the CAC, generally, and of individual exhibitions, performances, programs and acquisitions, specifically, in high-profile local, national, and international media.
- Expand public knowledge of the CAC, develop strategies to reach new audiences, and disseminate messaging using a variety of resources, including integrated digital content such as blogs, social media, video, and other digitally based communications tools.
- Provide effective leadership and a collaborative approach to cross-marketing with a variety of institutional partners and constituencies, also including Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Tourist Network, and other regional destinations.
- Direct media relations efforts and serve, in partnership with the Director of the CAC, as a liaison and spokesperson to the media outlets.
- Manage the institutional aesthetic vision and graphic identity of the CAC, and oversee the production of all collateral materials, digital properties, advertising, promotional programs, and institutional signage.
- Manage, monitor, and assess internal institutional messaging and appropriate vehicles to ensure internal audiences understand and have access to available channels of communication.
- Develop, execute, and evaluate a marketing strategy applicable for leading a fast-moving, richly diverse menu of events, programs, and updates.
- Articulate key Museum issues and positions in a range of communication channels.
- Employ current marketing techniques, including print and electronic media advertising campaigns, Web-based promotional and sales techniques to specifically target and attract a variety of diverse audiences, including families and young adults.
- Manage on-the-ground logistics and provide advance staffing at PR events and executive presentations. Brief speakers on audience, venue logistics, tone and delivery style.
- Provide crisis communications counsel as needed.
- Provide editorial counsel and support for all print and electronic communications.
- Oversee development and maintenance of writing standards including tone, voice, grammar, accuracy, and style.
- Develop and maintain departmental budget.
- Manage work with external public relations agencies and consultants, when applicable.
- Create and assess metrics to gauge and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of media activities and prepare routine reports that detail these activities.
- Work collaboratively with Museum leadership and department managers to deliver excellent service to the Museum staff, volunteers, members and guests. Collaborate with others cross-departmentally on initiatives, projects, and goals. Education, Training, and Traits
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Academic training and/or several years of specific work experience in public relations, marketing, or communications.
- Superb writing, proofreading, and editing skills and a strong sense of narrative and story-telling.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a clear and persuasive manner.
- Confident communicator with a good sense of judgment and a collaborative mindset.
- Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.
- Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of museum practices.
- A high level of professional integrity and the ability to handle sensitive issues and situations with discretion.
- Knowledge of museum operations, the arts industry, and arts marketing is a plus.
- Belief that a Center for Contemporary Arts leads to greater diversity of thought and personal transformation. Work Experience
- Five or more years combined experience in communications, public relations, media relations or marketing.
- Well-developed contacts with national and local editors and journalists in electronic and print media are preferred.
- Proven success in the management and development of full-time staff. To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume by September 15, 2019 to:
Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attn: Human Resources
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, no phone calls.
The Contemporary Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veteran or disability status.