The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is seeking a new Communications Manager. This position is a vital member of the organization’s Development team and reports to the Director of Development. The Communications Manager is a full-time salaried position and offices at the center, at 1812 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220.
The Communications Manager is responsible for developing and executing the Communications and Marketing plan for the organization. He/She will manage the overall marketing program, advertising, public relations, and communications of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. He/She will effectively plan and implement the annual strategic marketing/communication plan for the most effective use of applicable resources to promote the institution within the Richmond region and beyond.
- Serves as the driving force behind aggressive and creative marketing activities of the organization. Responsible for effective marketing of the institution in addition to activities and events, using conventional and unconventional means as appropriate and approved.
- Serves as a gateway for all organizational activities so as to insure consistent, effective, and thorough implementation/use of organizational marketing/branding standards.
- Create or manage the creation of all collateral materials, print materials, and online communication.
- Conduct market research as needed to determine marketing needs for the organization; engage in and coordinate competitor analysis as needed.
- Oversee and approve all changes and updates to the organization’s website, print materials, collateral, social media sites, and points of contact with stakeholder groups.
- Serve as staff liaison for applicable board member committees.
- Generate a marketing report monthly; assess the effectiveness of organization’s marketing and communication activities overall
- Determine and manage the marketing/communications budget, as approved by CEO and Board of Directors. Deliver activity within the approved budget.
- Assist with the development of pricing strategies for applicable services offered.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for press, advertising, and marketing contacts and vendors.
- Develop and execute public relations efforts including media relations activities
- Work closely and as a member of the development department to insure effective coordination of development and marketing activities; work positively and productively with all staff, board, vendors, faculty, students, visitors, community members, etc.
Education and Experience
- Business or marketing-related undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualifications.
- Experience in all aspects of developing and maintaining marketing strategies.
- Experience in effective utilization of social media to achieve marketing goals.
- Technical marketing skills.
- Experience in customer and market research.
- Experience with relevant software applications.
An innovative thinker and problem solver who can develop and apply ideas so that marketing and public relations for the company for full potential impact, audience, and reach.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Highly organized.
- An adaptable and persuasive individual who derives pleasure from finding success for the organization through marketing, communications, and public relations activities and who is resourceful and creative enough to be able to find solutions with limited resources.
- Strong graphic design skills.
- Ability to meet and exceed deadlines.
Paid time-off benefits, 3 free classes annually, 25% discount on all other classes, 403(b), Health and Dental (85% paid premium), excellent work environment and amazing coworkers.
How to Apply
Please review our website at visarts.org, then submit a resume, cover letter, and three reference contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position open until filled, interviews begin immediately.
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Part-time internships may be available during the spring, summer and fall semesters. All internships are unpaid. Internships are available to high school, college and graduate students, career changers and retirees. All interns must be at least 16 years old.
Deadlines for internship applications:
Spring Semester – November 15
Summer Semester – March 15
Fall Semester – July 15
Candidates whose background and skills most meet position requirements are contacted by phone for an interview.
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Internships and Field Studies in the Clay Studio are a semester long commitment with an obligation of 8+ hours per week. For students earning college credit for the Internship or Study, the hourly commitment will reflect the academic department’s weekly time requirements.
Interns and Students will work with the Studio Manager to learn the daily operations of an active clay studio within in a vibrant community arts and education center. Assigned tasks will enhance the Interns’ and Students’ proficiency in the studio environment and deepen their understanding of their medium and craft.
Interns and Students will participate in:
- Preparing glazes
- Supervised kiln operation
- Monitoring open studio hours
- Managing clay inventory
- Assisting instructors
- Proper studio and equipment maintenance
You may view the full description and application here: Clay Internship Application
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We offer an opportunity for a self motivated student with exceptional people skills interested in joining our art education and outreach programs. This internship allows a student to gain understanding of nonprofit management with experience in teaching practice and lesson planning in our fast paced after school youth programs.
Time Commitment: 15 weeks (January‐May dates according to academic year), 6‐8 hours a week in the afternoon. At the start of each session, the intern and VisArts Administrators will set goals and timelines with the intern. Bi‐weekly feedback sessions will be scheduled to trouble shoot and assist in the achievement of these goals.
You may view the full description and application instructions here: Art Education Internship