Director of Communications

18th Street Arts Center

Santa Monica, CA

18th Street Arts Center seeks a Director of Communications (full-time, hybrid, permanent) to join our dynamic team of arts professionals. 18th Street Arts Center is committed to supporting artists who empower others, make equitable places of community and reimagine oppressive structures. We honor solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised, and work to center traditionally decentered voices with a sense of humility. We work towards non-exploitative, sustainable processes and practices that reconnect us with the Earth and to one another.

The Director of Communications furthers 18th Street Art Center’s mission by strategically communicating to our audiences and the media. Updating information and events on 18th Street’s social network sites and two websites to ensure accuracy and impact are part of the daily duties; website functionality is maintained by an outside vendor. The Director maintains image and video assets, logo and press representation and provides necessary information for grant applications and funder reports.

The Director coordinates digital and web support on specific artist projects, and will continue to nurture relationships with community groups and as a primary face of our Culture Mapping 90404 project. The Director of Communications maintains partnerships and relationships with community organizations and individuals in Santa Monica and the broader art world to enhance our cross-promotional efforts in an authentic and mutually beneficial way.

The Director of Communications works closely with the Director of Exhibition and Residency Programs and the Director of Public Programs and Engagement under the supervision of the Deputy Director. In collaboration with the Deputy Director and the Development Manager, the Director of Communications develops strategies for communicating effectively with a variety of audiences: artists, arts supporters/lovers, the Santa Monica/Los Angeles community, national and international communities, individual donors and funding organizations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Performs supervisory duties for one part-time communications associate and several paid and unpaid summer interns, including assigning and reviewing work for accuracy and completeness, providing training and guidance, participating in performance management and reviews, and approving time and attendance documentation.

Required qualifications:
BA or BS (or commensurate work experience) ideally with a concentration in communications, marketing, graphic design or related field.
Demonstrated ability to think visually
Demonstrated sound knowledge of the contemporary art field’s concepts and practices.
Experience in website maintenance and social media marketing, including demonstrated oversight of a major website redesign
Experience with managing project schedules and budgets
Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills are essential
Comfortable interfacing with a broad range of people, and can communicate with community members in a way that reflects the values and mission of 18th Street
Fosters a healthy, balanced work culture and understands sustainable business practices
Proficient in all MS Office and Google Business Suites; Adobe Suite; WordPress; social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Hootsuite, Google and Facebook Ads; Eventbrite and SpinGo/
Some travel is required, and candidates must be available weekends and evenings for 18th Street Art Center events

The following qualities are preferred but not required:
Familiarity or experience with any of the following: Google Analytics, TikTok, Patreon, Bonjoro, Nationbuilder, Smartsheets, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, WooCommerce, Adwords, and ArcGIS
Demonstrated ability to develop a rolling three-year general outreach strategy and a rolling one-year specific strategy with associated implementation plans
Development/fundraising experience

Salary and benefits:
$60,000 – $65,000 depending on experience
Fully paid medical and dental insurance (no cost to the employee)
Simple IRA plan, with employer match
Two weeks of vacation, plus federal holidays
Office is closed for holidays in late December
Support to engage in professional development opportunities

Deadline to Apply: Candidates who apply by August 19, 2022 will be given priority consideration; position is open until filled.

To apply for the position: Please upload the following documents to our application form here: by 8/19/2022
Cover letter
Current Resume
List of three professional references with contact information

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