Director of Communications

Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

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Position Title: Director of Communications
Reports to: Deputy Director
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA; currently remote
Time Commitment: Full-time
Announcement Date: March 18, 2021
Applications Due: Open until filled
Compensation: $7,700 - $8,700/month; commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The Director of Communications develops and implements comprehensive communications strategies
to build national visibility for the Levitt Foundation and the national network of permanent Levitt music
venues and Levitt AMP concert sites. This position is responsible for a broad spectrum of the
organization’s internal and external communications, including, but not limited to, media and public
relations, brand management and social media. The Director of Communications manages a variety of
communications vehicles (print, web, social media and film) to support Levitt programs and advance the
vision, mission and core values of the Levitt Foundation, creates movement messaging for the field and
develops metrics to track the effectiveness of communications initiatives and activities. This is a full-
time, exempt position that reports to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities

 Strategize and develop overall communications efforts, campaigns, content through lines, etc., in
partnership with Foundation senior leadership and Levitt network

 Stay current on topics relevant to Levitt’s mission and core values, case for support and position in
the field: arts grantmaking, third spaces, creative placemaking, arts accessibility, designing livable
communities, music, EDI, etc.
 Supervise two full-time Communications team members (Senior Communications Manager and
Digital Communications Associate) and an Intern/Fellow, reviewing their work and providing
feedback on a timely basis
 Conceptualize and author values- and mission-driven content for communications and collateral
materials, including, but not limited to, brochures, eblasts, one sheets and grantee toolkits; oversee
production and manage graphic designers, printers and other vendors
 In partnership with Deputy Director, oversee the dynamic Levitt Foundation website; write/edit
website content, integrate multimedia and interactive content, manage ongoing updates, and
ensure new and consistent information that integrates values-driven messaging and content is
posted regularly
 Oversee management of Levitt AMP microsite and ensure smooth transition from application to
public voting site each phase of the grant cycle; support the development of inclusive and accessible
voting options
 Support cohesiveness of MMLF website across platforms
 Develop communications resources for the Levitt network
 Direct comprehensive social media strategy and multipronged online presence, including approving
daily social media posts created by the Digital Communications Associate; management of recurring
social campaigns and the Levitt national blog; develop engaging content that leads to measurable
results; manage online and social media advertising
 Manage #musicmoves hashtag campaign through eblasts, social media, website and selection of
winners; develop and manage future campaigns
 Develop content, oversee design and manage distribution of The Levitt Effect e-newsletter
 Oversee messaging, design, collateral materials and media partnerships for the Levitt National Tour,
coordinating with artist management and Friends of Levitt partners to maximize promotional
opportunities and audience engagement
 Develop media plans and work in partnership with Deputy Director to facilitate effective PR
campaigns to support national initiatives, as measured by media placements and audience
impressions
 Proactively seek media attention in partnership with Deputy Director
 Negotiate and manage media partnerships; manage media relations; write press releases and ad
copy; oversee design of ads
 Develop concepts for and manage all aspects of production of multimedia content, including videos
created in-house and film projects in collaboration with contracted film crew in partnership with
Foundation senior leadership and the Levitt network
 Oversee and analyze metrics provided by the Digital Communications Associate to assess the
effectiveness of communications initiatives and activities; provide quarterly reports to Foundation
senior leadership
 In partnership with Senior Communications Manager, identify and secure speaking opportunities to
elevate the Foundation’s visibility; assist with developing effective presentations
 Identify and submit proposals for awards, recognitions and honors for the Levitt Foundation and
organization’s leadership
 Help develop talking points and ongoing media training to organization representatives to ensure
confidence and knowledge in delivering consistent messages of the Foundation, Levitt programs,
and the Levitt mission and core values during interviews and at events and in the field
 Oversee Senior Communications Manager’s management of the email database, photo library, and
artist database

 Oversee Senior Communications Manager’s management of media tracking
 Manage relationships with communications, public relations, and marketing agencies
 Serve as brand steward to ensure all communications efforts maintain brand integrity and
consistent messaging that is values driven
 Serve as a Levitt ambassador, and at times as a spokesperson, at events on occasional nights and
weekends, including but not limited to, benefits, concerts, conferences and Levitt events
 Occasional travel to conduct grantee site visits and attend conferences pertinent to the Foundation
and field (average 3-5 trips annually)
 Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

 8+ years of experience in a professional communications setting, ideally in-house
 Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including superior editing and proofreading
skills
 Gifted storyteller, with the ability to craft clear and engaging narratives for multiple audiences
 Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
 Excellent creative skills as displayed through previous projects
 Keen eye for design and art direction
 Supervisory experience
 Working knowledge of Wordpress, Keynote, PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite
 Demonstrated commitment to mission-driven work in the arts, creative placemaking, arts for
social impact, equitable civic revitalization, or a related field
 Genuine passion for music and ability to write about artists and various music genres
 Experience working in the philanthropic sector is preferred, but not required
 Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
 Ability to adapt to shifting priorities
 Highly motivated individual who also excels in a collaborative setting

Application Submission

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected], including “Levitt
Foundation Director of Communications” in the subject line.


The Levitt Foundation offers a dynamic work environment and competitive salary commensurate with
experience. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), and other benefits. EEO/AAW employer.

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