The Association for Public Art (aPA), founded in 1872 as the nation’s first private, non-profit public art organization, seeks an experienced professional to oversee our communications and marketing program and related activities.
The aPA’s award-winning and innovative programs carry out our mission to commission and acquire, preserve and protect, interpret and promote public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is dedicated to creating a Museum Without Walls that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences, while supporting the art of our time and advancing the importance of public art to the city’s places and spaces. The aPA is committed to contributing to a representative public art collection in Philadelphia, and advancing accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in our work. In 2022 the aPA celebrates its 150th year as a leader in the field of public art.
The Communications & Marketing Manager will be responsible for promoting and strengthening aPA’s brand while engaging audiences online and on the street. This position will develop and manage a range of interpretive materials to represent the organization and its historic and contemporary collection of public artworks, focusing on expanding audiences for public art through digital and in-person opportunities. The Communications & Marketing Manager will report to the Executive Director/Chief Curator and will work collaboratively with aPA curatorial, programmatic, and development staff.
We are a small, dedicated, and dynamic team, seeking a proficient, highly motivated, astute, gregarious, collaborative, and organized individual to represent aPA with enthusiasm and confidence. This is a full-time position, currently operating hybrid remote and in office (Philadelphia, PA) that will require occasional evening and weekend hours.
- Advance, manage, and implement communications plans for aPA’s 150th celebration slated for fall 2022.
- Serve as spokesperson for aPA, fostering and building relationships with media outlets – regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- Plan, write, and distribute press materials including press releases, aPA’s online press room, and media galleries.
- Serve as liaison for press and marketing consultants.
- Oversee all professional audio, photography, and videography, working closely with curatorial staff and artists to ensure artworks are accurately represented.
- Serve as project manager of aPA’s Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program, overseeing producers and sound engineers.
- Supervise and collaborate with the Communications Associate to plan, write, develop, and oversee creation of a range of digital communications assets, including WordPress website content, Mailchimp emails, and social media.
- Work collaboratively with Communications Associate to update and develop aPA’s social media strategies.
- Contribute to aPA’s messaging and content to reflect a wide range of community perspectives.
- Write and oversee production of appropriate print collateral materials including brochures, postcards, and other items.
- Assist Development Manager with producing fundraising materials, including physical and digital campaigns.
- Communicate and work with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including cultural and community organizations, city government, and civic leaders.
- Oversee creation of project-based data reports using platforms like Google Analytics.
- Enforce aPA brand guidelines, ensuring consistency across printed and digital materials.
- Ability to develop a crisis communication plan to respond to controversy or time sensitive needs.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, art education, art history, studio art, museum studies, or similar field or with comparable non-profit work or educational experience.
- Minimum of three years in public relations, communications, marketing, or related field, preferably for nonprofit.
- Appreciation and passion for contemporary art, artists, and art history.
- Familiarity with and interest in public art is a plus.
- Excellent written and verbal skills.
- Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to manage budgets and contracts.
- Strong project management skills to effectively handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- An enthusiastic, confident team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Creative and original thinker.
- Computer skills and knowledge of Mac software; FileMaker, InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite, and Mailchimp a plus.
- Ability to navigate the city with ease.
Compensation and Benefits
- Salary commensurate with experience $65,000 – $70,000
- Excellent paid benefits package, including health and dental insurance and disability
- Exceptional collaborative working environment
Please submit the following via email attachment to: HR@associationforpublicart.org and put COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING in the subject line.
- Cover letter
- Two writing samples
- Names and complete contact information for three references
Applications will be considered until the position has been filled. No phone calls, please.
The Association for Public Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to employment nondiscrimination. The aPA values diversity and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
Association for Public Art (aPA)
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102