Director of Marketing and Communications

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The Cantor Arts Center boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, and now serves the University and the broader Bay Area community. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the museum, necessitating its closure. Six years later, groundbreaking for a major new wing and restoration of the historic building began, and the revitalized museum re-opened in 1999 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the new name recognizing the gift of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside France. The Cantor is an encyclopedic museum, with collections of historic and contemporary art from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and from the Stanford Family, totaling over 33,000 objects. The Cantor offers approximately 50,000 square feet exhibition space, a café, and study spaces for students and faculty, and has a staff of 60. In 2006, Stanford launched the Stanford Arts Initiative with the goal of making the arts a fundamental part of a Stanford education. 

In 2014, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, designed by Ennead Architects, opened next to the Cantor Arts Center. The Anderson Collection is a world-class collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculpture generously gifted by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, that has grown to include additional artworks from other donors. Each work is exemplary of its movement, including Bay Area Figuration, Abstract Expressionism, and Light and Space Minimalism. In 2017, Stanford announced the creation of a new administrative division: the Vice Presidency for the Arts (VPA) to provide oversight and strategic planning for arts organizations on campus, including the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Cantor Arts Center (80% time commitment), and working with the Director of the Anderson Collection (20% time commitment), the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Cantor and Anderson develops, aligns, and implements communication strategies to articulate and advance the mission of the two Stanford art museums. On a day-to-day basis, the position oversees institutional messaging, media relations, advertising, digital communications, social media, and collateral materials, working closely with all museum departments. Over the long-term, the position will assist the Cantor’s director with shaping and communicating a new programmatic and operational vision for the Cantor. Serves as a member of the Cantor’s senior management team. This position will also work with the communications team within the VPA to coordinate messaging and collaborative communications strategies across the VPA organizations. And it will coordinate with Stanford’s central communications team with respect to university-wide strategies and protocols.

Provides direct supervision to marketing and communications personnel, as well as the management of select outside vendors, to ensure effective operation.


• Recommend, manage and execute integrated marketing programs and strategies to meet institutional priorities for the museums, while managing marketing budgets at the Cantor.
• Develop and implement the museums’ communication and brand strategy to Stanford University, the Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally, using appropriate electronic and print media.
• Manage the institutions’ brand in all content including exhibition and graphic identity, collateral materials, digital presence, advertising, promotional programs, and signage.
• Oversee development of outreaching content for the Cantor’s website.
• Support the efforts of development and membership in promoting the museums and their programs to the public and other sponsors.
• Serve as representative and spokesperson for the institutions at the university, in the community, and in the media.
• Work collaboratively and cross-departmentally on initiatives, projects, and other institutional goals.
• Responsibility for staff including the recruitment, management, development, and retention.
• Manage vendors on specific projects.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the visual arts; previous museum experience 
• Previous experience in marketing, preferably in a visual arts context.
• Experience with digital, web, print, social media marketing.
• Ability to lead cross-functional teams toward a common goal.
• Experience with project management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Experience with market research and data analysis.
• Understands how to implement effective marketing programs across multiple channels. 
• Creative problem solver with strong critical thinking skills.
• Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills. 
• Prior experience in planning and managing program budgets.
Certifications and Licenses:


• Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
• Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
• Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand. 
• Rarely sort/file paperwork.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

• Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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