Director of Communications

18th Street Arts Center

Santa Monica, CA

18th Street Arts Center is seeking to hire a Director of Communications (full-time, permanent) to join our team of arts professionals. The Director of Communications furthers 18th Street Art Center’s mission by strategically communicating to our audience and the media, and maintaining 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 updates information and events on 18th Street’s social network sites and two websites, to ensure accuracy and impact; website functionality is maintained by an outside vendor. The Director of Communications will continue to nurture relationships with community groups and as a primary face of our Culture Mapping 90404 project, and will develop new map sections in collaboration with community partners as needed. The Director of Communications may also coordinate digital and web support on specific artist projects.

Successful candidates will have a BA or BS (or commensurate work experience) ideally with a concentration in communications, marketing, graphic design or related fields, and can demonstrate the ability to think visually. They can demonstrate sound knowledge of the contemporary art field’s concepts and practices. They come to 18th Street Arts Center with 3 years experience in website maintenance and social media marketing, including demonstrated oversight of a major website redesign. They have managed project schedules and budgets from concept to completion, and can display the ability to develop a rolling three-year general outreach strategy and a rolling one-year specific strategy with associated implementation plans. Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills are essential. Successful candidates are 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. They embrace the power of teamwork as a leader and in a supporting capacity; they foster a healthy, balanced work culture and understand sustainable business practices. Some travel is required, and candidates must be available weekends and evenings for 18th Street Art Center events.

Current software requirements: 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/ Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: Google Analytics, TikTok, Patreon, Bonjoro, Nationbuilder, Smartsheets, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, WooCommerce, Adwords, and ArcGIS.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Serves as a role model in action and word for the organization’s mission and beliefs. Conserves resources and materials.
Provides courteous and timely assistance to internal and external customers, vendors and affiliated organizations. Communicates in ways that promote teamwork and operational efficiencies.
Maintains highest degree of confidentiality in donor, staff and other agency matters.
Maintains funder-stipulated program requirements (image and video assets, support language on all materials, logo and press representation) and provides necessary information to the Director of Development for grant applications and funder reports.
Meets time and attendance requirements for the position and uses work hours productively and appropriately. Follows procedures and policies in completing work and making decisions. Delivers projects on time.
Participates in staff meetings and trainings.

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.
Completes supervisory duties timely and effectively, including interviewing, job training, counseling and disciplinary processes.
Promotes the development of employees through training and career support.
Reduces employer risk through compliance with HR practices and policies, especially non-harassment and non-discrimination.
Provides leadership without favoritism and serves as a positive role model.

Upload your resume, cover letter and references here by 8/31/22:
$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 vacation, plus federal holidays
Office is closed for holidays in late December
Support to engage in professional development opportunities

18th Street Arts Center (18SAC) is a hub for artistic innovation that actively nurtures the work of contemporary artists from all disciplines at various career stages. Through our multi-tiered residency program, 18SAC supports artistic creation, innovation, collaboration, and growth. We fulfill our mission through two key programs: 1) a Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue, and 2) a Public Program that engages the public through exhibitions with supporting events and publications. We are one of the largest artist residency centers in the nation, hosting 30+ visual and performing artists from the US and abroad and 60 LA artists with affordable studio space annually. 18SAC is also home to several arts organizations, which add to the vibrancy of the arts center. 18SAC is based in Santa Monica, CA. More information here:

18SAC is committed to sustainability, both in making business decisions and maintaining a healthy work-life balance for its employees. 18SAC utilizes both onsite/inperson and remote work for all employees. 18SAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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