Now Hiring: Communications Fellow

EmcArts works alongside individuals, organizations and communities in the arts and social sectors to strengthen their capacity for innovation and adaptive change. We are seeking a Communications Fellow for a paid, part-time, 6-month fellowship (September 2015 – March 2016). This position is based out of our office in Harlem, New York City.

This is an opportunity to contribute to ArtsFwd, our national platform for “next practices for arts leaders” that moves the dialogue about innovation and adaptive change from the margins to the center of the arts field. The Communication Fellow will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a small, energetic staff, grow and practice new skills, contribute meaningfully to the success of the Activating Innovation team, and learn about cutting edge innovations in the arts and social sectors.

Our ideal candidate will have excellent writing and editing skills, be communicative and meticulous, enjoy connecting with leaders in the arts, social justice and social sectors, and share our passion for sharing stories of bold experimentation in organizational and community practice.


  • Work hand-in-hand with Communications Manager to create and maintain editorial and communications workflows and deadlines
  • Support the implementation of weekly Communications cycle, and the regular publishing of multimedia content on WordPress platform for
  • Assist with writing, revising, copy-editing and formatting of blog posts
  • Implement content dissemination strategies across a range of communications channels, including EmcArts and ArtsFwd social media platforms
  • Make recommendations for promotion of related content from ArtsFwd archive
  • Assist in selecting media (photos, videos) for posts
  • Assist in maintaining contacts database, and perform basic email list management and hygiene tasks
  • Participate in weekly meetings to discuss post ideas and assignments
  • Assist in major organizational web redesign, integration and branding project
  • Perform light graphic design and photo/image manipulation tasks
  • Track, analyze and report on media dissemination metrics and website analytics
  • Communicate regularly with Director of Activating Innovation and Communications Manager


  • At least 1 year of experience working in the non-profit sector, or equivalent in volunteering and internships
  • Strong writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of and interest in new media, web technologies, and content management systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and Indesign)
  • Familiarity with market and audience research strategies
  • Ability to be a communicator and connector
  • Active in social media
  • Energetic team worker who also has ability to work independently
  • Passion for the non-profit arts sector, organizational dynamics, and the process of innovation
  • Familiarity with Hootsuite and Mailchimp preferred


  • 24 hours per week from September 10, 2015– March 10, 2016


  • Communications Fellow will be paid an hourly stipend of $15/hr
  • Professional writing, editing and strategic communications experience
  • Exposure to field-wide learning and resources about innovation in the arts
  • Opportunities for growth and future engagement with EmcArts /ArtsFwd

Application Closing Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

To apply, please send a cover letter that succinctly and specifically describes why you are interested in working on ArtsFwd, your relevant experience, and one post you found intriguing on ArtsFwd and what you took away from reading it.

Please send cover letter, resume, and a 2-page writing sample to Applications MUST be saved as a single PDF document with full name in the document title. The subject line of emailed application must read: “Communications Fellow Application – NAME.” No phone calls or inquires, please. Only shortlisted candidates will receive a response.

EmcArts is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Karina Mangu-Ward is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at EmcArts.