The Colburn School is a world-class performing arts school where a renowned faculty provides instruction in music, dance and drama to dedicated students of all ages. 

Since 1950, the school has equipped students with the skills, support and opportunity needed to achieve their highest artistic goals. The school's state-of-the-art campus is located in the “heart-of-art” of downtown Los Angeles, neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the planned Broad Museum. 

Summary of the Position 

The publicist will increase awareness of the Colburn School here in Los Angeles, throughout the United States, and around the world by developing and executing effective public-relations campaigns that secure local, national and international media coverage. With the vice president of communications and senior management, the publicist will be a key player in implementing the school’s brand strategy, ensuring that the information shared with media outlets is accurate, timely, and in line with the mission and goals of the Colburn School. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

· Create a public-relations strategy for managing the profile of the school and its students, faculty, staff, and board members. 

· Generate local, national and international media coverage that helps to create a vivid picture of Colburn’s valuable work in music education. 

· Use the tools of public relations to burnish the image of Colburn through the stories of those who study and teach here. 

· Create a media list of key contacts, and build strong professional relationships with them. 

· Attend Colburn concerts and host invited media. 

· Plan and oversee press conferences, as needed. 

· Create an institutional press kit for the school and other relevant forms of go-to information. 

· Develop an internal communications strategy to keep all Colburn stakeholders engaged and informed about the activities at the school. 

· Provide public-relations support to Colburn School performers around the world, particularly those participating in the Colburn Artists program. 

· Participate in the social media presence of Colburn, as needed to execute the larger public-relations strategy. 

· Work with school’s web editor to update and develop content on the website. 

· Work within the school’s broader brand strategy. 

· Work alongside the advancement department in support of fundraising efforts. 

· Provide structured and regular reports to the Vice President of Communications. 

Required knowledge, skills and education 

Candidates should have at least three years of experience in the public relations field, and a knowledge of key media outlets and contacts in areas related to education and the performing arts. Familiarity with music, dance, and the performing arts is strongly recommended, and a desire to learn quickly about them is essential. In addition, the Colburn School is looking for the following qualities: 

· Ability to write press releases and other public-facing materials that tell the Colburn story 

· Articulate speaker with the ability to conduct presentations for many different audiences and constituencies including board members, parents, volunteers, alumni, students, administration, faculty, staff and media 

· Ability to balance independent work and collaborative efforts 

· Strong editing skills to help others in their writing 

· Excellent organizational skills 

· Outstanding attentiveness to detail and quality 

· Flexibility to work within the needs of an academic environment and to work evenings and weekends 

· Professional demeanor and positive attitude 


To apply, go to www.colburnschool.edu http://www.colburnschool.edu/ and click on Employment at the bottom of the home page.