to: Chief Operating Officer
Reports: Public Relations
of Communications is a liaison for all ArtsQuest communications needs, both
internal and external as well as for all media relationships; responsible for
working with the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Marketing to develop Public
Relations strategies, outreach, and messaging, and preserving ArtsQuest’s rich history
and brand through the organization’s archives.
- Principal point of contact for all ArtsQuest-communication needs; promote
and advertise ArtsQuest’s entertainment programs and events.
- Responsible for public relations strategies and outreach including
news release development, media pitching and select promotions.
- Oversees and contributes to the writing and editing of news
releases, publications, brochures and copy for ArtsQuest’s websites.
- Work with Director of Marketing to establish deadlines and
announcement calendar for publications, websites, programming announcements,
ticket on-sales, and similar initiatives.
- Works with Marketing, Sponsorship, Advancement, and other departments
to develop public relations initiatives and strategies that assist in event
promotion and strengthening the organization’s nonprofit messaging.
- Works with the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Programming Officer
and Director of Marketing on the preparation of public relations content for materials
needed for all ArtsQuest events and venues.
- Assists the Marketing Team in the
production of bi-monthly and monthly publications, both digital and print;
gathers news, coordinates news staff, takes pictures, edits, writes,
proofreads; works with contributing writers and photographers, graphic
designers and interns to develop articles from original ideas to completed
- Gathers news, coordinates news staff, edits, writes, proofreads; works
with contributing writers and photographers, graphic designers and interns to
develop articles from original ideas to completed projects.
- Provides oversight of substantive editing of articles and
- Oversees the Public Relations account (Cision) and media
- Responsible for negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts
with outside/freelance writers.
- Works with the Volunteer and Internship Programs Manager in the selection
and development of Public Relations interns.
- Collaborates with members of the Sr. Management Team and President
and CEO to write and edit communications plans for select initiatives, i.e.
strategic planning, crisis communications, staff introductions in the media,
changes in leadership, etc.
- Assist Grants Administrator with grant aggregation
and writing process.
- Oversees historical archives in print, electronic or physical
- Liaison to the Public Relations Committee.
- Oversees the work of, mentors and coaches the Public Relations
Coordinator and Public Relations Interns.
- Other duties as deemed necessary to successfully fulfill the roles
and responsibilities of this position.
Skills and Abilities Required:
- Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related
field and/or 7 to 10 years leadership experience in a related field.
- Outgoing, approachable, and dynamic relationship builder; a strong
communicator, excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills; ability to
positively interact with a wide variety of people, including communication with
all levels of the organization, sponsors, patrons, the media, members, and
volunteers, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to engage, listen, understand, and relate to community
groups of varied interests and then reflect understanding of interests through all
avenues of communications.
- Excellent communication skills; verbal, written and interpersonal;
ability to professionally interact with people, handle confidential
information, tough situations, issues, and remain calm and level-headed in emergency
- Previous experience with writing for print, web, blogs, press
releases, publications, etc.
- Extremely well-organized; ability to function easily in a fast-paced,
ever changing, deadline-driven work environment; exceptional time-management or
project management skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, i.e. Word, Excel, Power
Point, Outlook, and Publisher required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or another similar
Sponsor/Donor software is helpful.
- Collaborative work style.
- Established record of innovation and creativity; exceptional
problem-solving abilities, process- and goal-oriented.
- Ability to identify promotional and communication opportunities in
the marketplace and the creativity to develop and fill them.
- Organizational skills and an ability to make sound communications
and business decisions.
- Exceptional customer service skills.
- Experience leading and directing a team of creative individuals,
interns, contract writers, and photographers is essential.
- Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required to enable travel
to and from business meetings, between our facilities, to off- and on-site meeting
demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to
communicate, either verbally and/or in writing. The employee frequently is
required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with
hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to lift to 10 pounds
frequently, and up to 25 pounds occasionally, with or without reasonable
frequently required to travel between our facilities, all within 1 mile of one
another using reliable transportation as well as to meet with media
representatives. Employee may be frequently required to travel offsite for
business meetings as needed.
often be required to flex their schedule to meet with or respond to media
inquiries, interview artists, connect with other members of the organization
and support our festivals and events.
Employee may also be required to take calls outside of normal office
hours to respond to requests for information.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a
comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required
of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may
change at any time with or without notice.
Working sometimes long and unusual hours especially
during festivals and events, including evenings, weekends, and holidays is
- Hours of operation can vary dependent on scheduled
festivals and events.
- Workplace can include an office environment indoors
year-round, outside during festivals and events when needed, or virtual
communication with others via Zoom, Skype, Teams, or by phone, etc.
Position Type/Expected Hours of
This is a full-time position. Normal business hours are Monday through
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., however the employee must be willing and able to
work outside normal business hours in order to support our events and activities
throughout the year as needed, especially during the summer season. Reliable transportation
is a must.
following qualities are desirable, but are not required:
A passion for the arts, music and cultural programs.
Previous Marketing or Public Relations support experience.
Experience working in a non-profit environment.
ArtsQuest has a culture of CARES;
Creativity, Adaptability, Risk Taking, Evaluation and Sustainability; In order
to be successful at ArtsQuest you must be flexible, willing and able to take
ownership, and make significant contributions to the success of the organization:
- We value
a collaborative work style as well as the ability to work
- We not
only work in a performing arts center, a cultural center, an office
environment in close vicinity with other staff members, across multiple buildings,
we also work outdoors in all types of weather during festivals and events
and communicate virtually and by phone as needed.
sometimes work long and unusual hours, including evenings, weekends and
holidays as needed to support our festivals and events.
and Benefits: A salary range has been
established and will only be discussed with qualified candidates. Salary will
be commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, term
life, and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b)-retirement savings plan, paid
time off, sick time as well as discounts on select organizational programs and
ArtsQuest and the ArtsQuest Foundation
are Equal Opportunity Employers
Note: Please follow the instructions for applying by completing an online application, answering
the pre-screen questionnaire, uploading your resume and cover letter. When completing your application please upload three writing samples of previously published work (press release, blog, web and editorial content) by attaching them (in the section immediately following your work history) for our review and consideration. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Thank Q!
ArtsQuest and the ArtsQuest Foundation are Equal Opportunity Employers