Dec 5, 2023

Arts For LA

Los Angeles

Title: Communications Manager
Status / Classification: Full-time / Exempt
Compensation: $68,000 – $75,000
Benefits: Health, vision, dental, PTO, and coworking space membership
Location: Hybrid (remote with regular in-person activity required)
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Start Date: Late January – Early February 2024

About Arts for LA

Arts for LA (AFLA) leads communities, artists, and organizations to advocate for an equitable, healthy, vibrant, and creative Los Angeles region through the arts. AFLA believes that by identifying and eliminating barriers to equity, access, and inclusion, all of Los Angeles will thrive. AFLA invests in leadership development, growing networks of civically engaged advocates, building deep relationships with elected officials, and working in partnership across sectors to make Los Angeles a vibrant, prosperous, creative, and healthy society. Today, AFLA is the only cross-sector and cross-discipline arts advocacy organization in Los Angeles County. Our powerful community includes 75,000 supporters, 400 Member Advocates, 185+ Member Organizations. More information can be found at www.artsforla.org.

Position Summary

AFLA seeks a full-time Communications Manager to be the lead in managing the public-facing communications channels for the organization. The Communications Manager position plays a central role in crafting, organizing, and disseminating external communications efforts across the organization, including but not limited to areas of policy/advocacy, development, programs, and more. This highly collaborative individual will work across multiple departments to ensure the AFLA’s mission and impact are shared with the LA arts community in a timely and effective way. This work will be done across multiple channels, through digital and physical mediums, and includes social media, press releases, website management, event collateral, design, and more. All positions at Arts for LA abide by the organization’s Equity Plan, organized around AFLA’s theories of change: Connect, Learn, and Lead/Empower.

Key Responsibilities

Communications & Public Relations (70%)

  • Work in collaboration with AFLA department heads and executive leadership to strategize, build, and execute the organization’s communication priorities.
  • Manage contracted support staff in the Communications Department and ensure that their work is meeting the goals outlined in their scope of work.
  • Create and lead all social media efforts of the organization by developing content calendars and campaigns, and posting across all channels on a regular basis.
  • Create and lead all e-newsletter efforts including narrative, images, and calls to action, while determining which segmentations to follow to maximize reach.
  • Create and lead all generation of physical communications material as it relates to general marketing, event collateral, and fundraising campaigns in collaboration with the appropriate AFLA staff.
  • Be the point person for maintaining the organizaiton’s website and coordinate web updates as requested by the AFLA staff in collaboration with web support teams.
  • Assist in the relationships between AFLA executive leadership and the press, working with contracted PR/Media personnel to prepare press releases and other media content.

Strategy & Communications Operations (20%)

  • Collaborate with all AFLA staff to develop shared strategies and tactics around strengthening the voice of AFLA to ensure maximum impact while evolving the organizational brand.
  • Develop quarterly communications reports; track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time.
  • Manage and maintain all communications tools and identify areas for improvement as the communications needs of the organization change.

Other (10%)

  • Share in the day-to-day operations of the organization as it relates to the duties of the position or as in the normal course of running the office as do the other staff members (e.g., special projects, conferences, logistics, etc.).

Supervisory Responsibility

This position is responsible for supervising contractors and consultants to support the implementation of diverse communications strategies at AFLA. This position will also supervise internal Communications staff positions as this position and the organization grows.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Qualifications

  • Understanding and belief in Arts for LA; its mission, values, goals, initiatives, programs, and priorities. This position requires an ambassador and champion for the organization and for the LA arts sector with a strong voice in advocacy.
  • Creative thinker and problem solver, eager to help build, sustain, and engage with AFLA’s constituencies and communities.
  • History of developing and maintaining broad strategic communications efforts that contribute to the increasing visibility, impact, and resources of an organization over time.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., communications, public relations, public affairs, business, nonprofit management, etc.).
  • 3-5 years of progressive, broad communications experience in the arts and/or nonprofit sector.
  • Exceptional skills in comprehension and analysis, especially as it pertains to communications strategy and data evaluation.
  • Proficient in AP Style.
  • Demonstrated level of comfort with public speaking and presenting complex information in a compelling manner to a variety of audiences.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to prioritize time to set and meet goals and deadlines.
  • Strong multitasking and problem-solving skills; ability to achieve in a fast-paced environment and proven experience in project/campaign management.
  • Ability to identify critical information and use it to choose effective courses of action.
  • Self-starter and a team player with the ability to develop and maintain a goal-oriented, positive attitude throughout the organization; must be able to interface equally well with all AFLA stakeholders; including the Board of Directors, staff, as well as corporate and community partners, donors, and the general AFLA community. Willing to embrace a people-centered organizational culture.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable work style with a growth mindset.
  • Ability to use industry-standard softwares and platforms such as Google Workspace, video conferencing (e.g., Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), communications tools (e.g., Mailchimp, etc.), design platforms (e.g., Canva, Adobe, etc.), and a general embrace of technology to support the operations of the department and the organization.

Preferred Skills

  • Advanced degree, and/or relevant professional certification in addition to a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in managing staff and contracted personnel; particularly in communications.
  • Familiarity with the Los Angeles arts and culture community and local government structures.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Position Type, Work Hours, Environment, & Travel

This is a full-time, exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday-Friday from 9 AM-5 PM, with some weekend and evening hours required. This position operates in a hybrid remote/in-person work environment. AFLA currently uses a coworking space located in Downtown Los Angeles. This position requires local travel, as well as occasional travel within the state of California.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice at the discretion of AFLA executive leadership. This work is performed in a traditional office environment (remote or in-person) and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. The candidate may be requested to lift and carry packages/parcels and walk short distances. They must have reliable transportation to get to work-related events and obligations.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $68,000-$75,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental, paid time off, and a coworking space membership (currently located in Downtown Los Angeles).

How to Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter, one professional writing sample (e.g., press release, social media campaigns, etc.), and one design example (e.g., event collateral, flyer/advertisement, etc.) via email to operations@artsforla.org with “Communications Manager” as the subject line. Please combine all requested materials into one single PDF document. References will be requested for candidates who advance to final consideration. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, December 18, 2023. Applications without a cover letter or sample material will not be reviewed.

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Arts for LA is an equal employment opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply. Arts for LA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, were not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.