Now Hiring: Communications Manager

Application Deadline for Communications Manager: June 15th, 2016

Job Description and Responsibilities:

EmcArts seeks a Communications Manager who will be charged with implementing our organizational communications and documentation strategy about the practice of innovation and adaptive change in the arts and social sector, with a special emphasis on EmcArts program participants and partners.

EmcArts works alongside individuals, organizations and communities to strengthen their capacity for innovation and adaptive change. For the last 10 years, EmcArts has been providing rigorously designed and facilitated Innovation Labs for the Arts that create the space and conditions for organizations to test innovative strategies and build cultures that embrace change. Our newest program, Community Innovation Labs creates local interventions in order to address intractable social challenges, and our Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) fellowship program is developing national networks of adaptive leaders. EmcArts publishes, an online community featuring stories, resources, tools and “next practices for arts leaders.” Read more about our work here.

Role Description:

The Communications Manager will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a small, energetic staff, grow and practice new skills, and contribute meaningfully to our team’s overall goal of moving the dialogue about innovation from the margins of our field to the center of discourse.

Ideal candidates will have excellent writing, editing and web production skills, a compelling and accessible communication style, and will share our passion for storytelling about bold experimentation in organizational and community practice. This position is based out of Harlem, NY.


  • Create and maintain editorial and publishing workflows and deadlines for
  • Produce and curate content, including commissioning and managing guest bloggers and contributors
  • Write, revise, edit and publish blog posts
  • Adapt program updates and stories into compelling learning for the field on
  • Follow relevant field news, blogs, events and authors to inform organizational learning and content production
  • Work with contractors, content producers and program participants to curate multimedia assets (including video, op-eds, podcasts and more) for
  • Facilitate weekly team meetings to pitch ideas for blog posts and discuss assignments


  • Produce and implement bi-weekly communications cycle through e-blasts and newsletters on Mailchimp and multimedia content on WordPress
  • Implement content dissemination strategies across a range of communications channels, including EmcArts and ArtsFwd social media platforms
  • Perform integrated list and database management, including basic list hygiene functions
  • Regularly update and maintain all EmcArts and Artsfwd web assets
  • Track, analyze and report on online engagement metrics, including website and social media analytics
  • Drive registrations and promotion for EmcArts webinars series
  • Provide monthly progress updates to staff on program documentation and organizational communications
  • Develop, implement and evaluate special communications projects as needed, including virtual learning products and services and in-person convenings.

Business Development

  • In collaboration with the Business Development Manager, create and implement funder outreach and communications strategies, including regular business development e-blasts
  • Leverage brand visibility through social media and organizational communications
  • Produce content, graphics, and print and web assets to support business development and program needs, including materials for conferences and convenings


The Communications Manager is expected to work a 4-day (32 hours) week operating during standard business hours. We are flexible and open to working out a mutually agreeable standard schedule. Busy times may entail some evening and weekend work, or occasionally shifting to 5-day weeks, although this is rare. Salary is budgeted for $48,000(4-days a week, per-annum/a $60,000 full-time equivalent), with eligibility for 401-K participation.



  • 3-5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, and an ability to translate conceptual program theories and academic or grant writing into accessible marketing language
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of and interest in new media, web technologies, and content management systems
  • A strong communicator and connector
  • Energetic team worker who also has ability to work independently
  • Prior experience with managing editorial and communications workflows
  • Familiarity with market and audience research strategies
  • Passion for the non-profit arts sector, organizational dynamics, and the process of innovation
  • Proficiency in Google Analytics and social media aggregators such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, especially Indesign and Photoshop


  • Knowledge of arts and arts education organizations, and of organizations that support the arts (foundations, state arts agencies, services organizations, etc.) a plus
  • Experience representing a firm effectively with audiences, grantees, partners, and funders

Application Closing Date: June 15th, 2016

To apply, please send a cover letter that succinctly and specifically describes why you are interested in working at EmcArts and your relevant experience, your resume and two writing samples.

We expect to begin interviews in mid June for a negotiable start date in July; qualified candidates can expect to go through one phone interview and approximately two rounds of in-person interviews.

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 Manager – NAME.” Please email your application to

No phone calls or inquires, please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.


Nayantara Sen, Communications Manager, EmcArtsNayantara Sen is the Communications Manager at EmcArts. Read more about her at: