Vice President Strategic Communications

Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC
Jul 06, 2022
Jul 09, 2022
Full Time
Since 1960, the vision Americans for the Arts has been all arts for all people . Americans for the Arts mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts. The mission of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities across the nation. Through advocacy, research, development, convenings and strategic partnerships centered in genuine power sharing relationships, Americans for the Arts' works is committed to advancing all arts for all people. Today Americans for the Arts serves more than 6,000 individuals within the arts and culture ecosystem of over 1,500 organizations across the United States. Our membership is incredibly broad, encompassing non-profits and for-profits, government agencies and collectives, artists, consultants, students, and educators. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC. Americans for the Arts primary mission areas include: Government Affairs and Advocacy : Advocacy is the mission area that most defines the characteristic, and capability from which the organization derives its value to the arts and culture sector. It includes the significant legislative work done at the federal, state & local levels, local arts agency development and services - to include serving as an advocate for all art advocates. Advocacy includes engaging key governmental and nongovernmental decision makers and organizations to accomplish our mission. Other strategic partnerships promote the value of the arts at the community level. Key programs include a dditional policy areas focused on equitable funding and access for arts education across the country. Research and Evaluation : National arts policy and arts industry research on the value of the arts to our society. This research is conducted using various methods and is disseminated through meetings, media, and widely distributed publications. Signature programs in this area include the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study, National Arts Index and studies on various topics such as local arts funding statistics, united arts fundraising local arts salary information, cultural districts and more. Institutional Development and Membership : Development is responsible for generating contributed revenue, building and sustaining relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors to generate the funds necessary to support Americans for the Arts' work Membership develops and implements strategies to grow professional membership and other key stakeholder groups to increase the reach of our products and programs; encourage increased participation in member services; and expand our member base in new and exciting directions. Membership develops and executes recruitment and retention strategies. Leadership Alliances builds existing relationships with and identifies and stewards' new individuals who can heighten the profile and fundraising capacity of Americans for the Arts, as well as help to advance pressing advocacy issues. This is done through one-on-one relationship-building of individual leaders and Artists Committee members and includes the planning and implementation of cultivation programs such as The National Arts Awards, National Arts Policy Roundtable, and other key events. Position Summary: The Vice President, Strategic Communications provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization's communications operations. The Strategic Communications Department is a part of the Executive Office. The Vice President, Strategic Communications will possess the subject matter expertise and experience necessary to assist in shaping and leading world class internal and external communications for The Americans for the Arts Organization). They will furtherensure that all communications work in his or her department reflects the communication priorities of the organization as prescribed by the President and CEO through regular communication with the President and CEO. The Vice President, Strategic Communications will lead the development and implementation of the organization's annual strategic and crisis communications planning. In addition, the Vice President, Strategic Communications will execute and organize a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy. This position is based in Washington, DC, and is not a remote-work opportunity, but Americans for the Arts does offer a robust telework policy. Key Duties and Responsibilities: Developing, implementing, and managing a successful annual strategic communications plan Lead organizational crisis action planning and execution through diverse, inclusive, and transparent communication practices position the organization for strategic visibility, growth, and engagement with key stakeholders Develops and implements an e-communications strategy that effectively coordinates messaging between and increases traffic to communication vehicles including listservs, e-newsletters, and e-blasts, social media and other targeted channels. Supervise the production of all print and online communication and marketing materials such as the Annual Report, program sales and brochures, and other membership related materials. Oversee the creation of written content, as necessary, for major initiatives which might include remarks for Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, President & CEO speeches and/or briefings, Annual Report, and other efforts to ensure messaging is not only consistent with the AFTA brand but that it clearly shows organizational impact, is targeted to the right stakeholder groups, and helps build clout. Develop and implement press and media relations strategies that deliver key pitches on a local and national level to print and online media outlets in promotion of Americans for the Arts' mission, products and services and to improve the value proposition for the arts. Develops and implements a communications strategy for the organization that builds and maintains a positive brand Other duties as assigned LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES As a leader and supervisor, you are responsible for the performance of your direct report(s). You should guide, train, support, and motivate your team member(s) to help them accomplish their job-specific goals. As a supervisor it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of your direct-report(s) responsibilities and know how to get the tasks accomplished in their absence. You should continually work to earn the respect and credibility of your direct report(s) by building an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Assist direct reports with ongoing coaching and counseling. Provide quick and appropriate resolution of all challenges, discrepancies, and miscommunications. Ensure adherence to Americans for the Arts' personnel policies and practices. Focus on creating a culture where accountability and fairness are present in every situation Qualifications: Candidates should have 15 years or more professional experience in communications or related field, including time spent working at Arts organizations, non-profit associations, large companies, advocacy organizations, political campaigns, public relations firms and/or in congressional offices. Characteristics and capabilities of the successful candidate will include: A demonstrated record of developing and implementing objectively successful strategic communications programs in the policy and advocacy realm, and crisis communications events. Experience and expertise in crisis communications, issues management, marketing, media relations, public affairs, social media, and public relations Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in annual strategic communications and marketing plans development and execution Outstanding project management skills Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal professional relationships Ability to work with minimal supervision. Intrapreneurial Leader who has demonstrated effectiveness in collaborative and independent leadership projects. Ideal candidate would have experience developing and implementing internal and external communication standards, principles, feedback systems to assist in listening to, shaping and adjusting organizational DEIA strategies and demonstrates a commitment to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion. Bilingual Language Capability (ie Spanish, English) A dynamic leader, capable of managing multiple high-profile priorities across diverse departments as well as the ability to adjust course in the ever-changing political environment Comprehensive knowledge, experience and proven success working with traditional,current and emerging media to advance policy objectives Outstanding leadership and management skills and a track record of working well in a collaborative environment Experience working with organizers of executive-level public events and conferences Skill and resourcefulness working with a diverse coalition of supporters including, industry and arts advocacy, social justice advocacy organizations and diverse political partners/ constituents. A good-natured person of the utmost personal and professional integrity who possesses the right combination of self-confidence and humility Demonstrated success in managing, supporting and motivating staff Demonstrated ability to responsibly manage a budget Excellent writing skills; innovative approach and creative execution Creative and strategic application of digital and social media technologies Master's degree and or bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, or related field An equivalent combination of education and experience, from which comparable knowledge is demonstrated may be considered. Required Skills/Abilities: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to establish healthy and safe internal communication systems and environment. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software. Organized with attention to detail. Superior ability to write in a journalistic style that is customary for corporate and external publications. Ability to offer sound media relations advice to senior leadership. Excellent managerial and organizational abilities. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work with corporate management, employees, media, and the larger community. Ability to coordinate efforts of various teams to present a coherent message. Working Conditions: This position works 37.5 hours per week Monday through Friday around core business hours (10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET) Compensation: