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Director of Communications – 18th Street Arts Center
Start Date: August 2022

18th Street Arts Center is seeking to hire a Director of Communications (full-time, permanent) to join our team of arts professionals. The Director of Communications furthers 18th Street Art Center’s mission by strategically communicating to our audience and the media, and maintaining partnerships and relationships with community organizations and individuals in Santa Monica and the broader art world to enhance our cross-promotional efforts in an authentic and mutually beneficial way. The Director of Communications updates information and events on 18th Street’s social network sites and two websites, to ensure accuracy and impact; website functionality is maintained by an outside vendor. The Director of Communications will continue to nurture relationships with community groups and as a primary face of our Culture Mapping 90404 project, and will develop new map sections in collaboration with community partners as needed. The Director of Communications may also coordinate digital and web support on specific artist projects.  

Successful candidates will have a BA or BS (or commensurate work experience) ideally with a concentration in communications, marketing, graphic design or related fields, and can demonstrate the ability to think visually. They can demonstrate sound knowledge of the contemporary art field’s concepts and practices.  They come to 18th Street Arts Center with 3 years experience in website maintenance and social media marketing, including demonstrated oversight of a major website redesign.  They have managed project schedules and budgets from concept to completion, and can display the ability to develop a rolling three-year general outreach strategy and a rolling one-year specific strategy with associated implementation plans. Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills are essential. Successful candidates are comfortable interfacing with a broad range of people, and can communicate with community members in a way that reflects the values and mission of 18th Street. They embrace the power of teamwork as a leader and in a supporting capacity; they foster a healthy, balanced work culture and understand sustainable business practices.  Some travel is required, and candidates must be available weekends and evenings for 18th Street Art Center events.

Current software requirements: Proficient in all MS Office and Google Business Suites, Adobe Suite; WordPress; social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Hootsuite, Google and Facebook Ads; Eventbrite and SpinGo/Events.com.  Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: Google Analytics, TikTok, Patreon, Bonjoro, Nationbuilder, Smartsheets, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, WooCommerce, Adwords, and ArcGIS.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as a role model in action and word for the organization’s mission and beliefs. Conserves resources and materials. 
  • Provides courteous and timely assistance to internal and external customers, vendors and affiliated organizations. Communicates in ways that promote teamwork and operational efficiencies. 
  • Maintains highest degree of confidentiality in donor, staff and other agency matters. 
  • Maintains funder-stipulated program requirements (image and video assets, support language on all materials, logo and press representation) and provides necessary information to the Director of Development for grant applications and funder reports.  
  • Meets time and attendance requirements for the position and uses work hours productively and appropriately.  Follows procedures and policies in completing work and making decisions. Delivers projects on time.
  • Participates in staff meetings and trainings. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Performs supervisory duties for one part-time communications associate and several paid and unpaid summer interns, including assigning and reviewing work for accuracy and completeness providing training and guidance, participating in performance management and reviews, and approving time and attendance documentation.  
  • Completes supervisory duties timely and effectively, including interviewing, job training, counseling and disciplinary processes. 
  • Promotes the development of employees through training and career support.
  • Reduces employer risk through compliance with HR practices and policies, especially non-harassment and non-discrimination.
  • Provides leadership without favoritism and serves as a positive role model.

Salary and Benefits:

  • $60,000 – $65,000 depending on experience
  • Fully paid medical and dental insurance (no cost to the employee)
  • Simple IRA plan, with employer match 
  • Two weeks vacation, plus federal holidays
  • Office is closed for holidays in late December
  • Support to engage in professional development opportunities

Deadline to Apply: Candidates who apply by July 10, 2022 will be given priority consideration; position is open until filled.

To apply for the position:  Please upload the following documents to our application form here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a111fd5d1e284902bfe0831777de5954 

  1. Cover letter 
  2. Current Resume 
  3. Three professional references

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Programs and Communications Assistant
Part-time, temporary
Reports to Director of Communications and Outreach and Director of Public Programs and Engagement

The Programs and Communications Assistant supports the Director of Communication and Outreach and Director of Public Programs and Engagement in representing 18th Street Arts Center to a broad public. The Programs and Communications Assistant assists in developing new audiences and distributes key messaging and event information through marketing and communications channels including social media, advertisements, marketing partnerships, email marketing, and our online web presence. As part of this effort, the Programs and Communications Assistant plays a key role in managing artist assets, developing new images, and text content for our marketing channels, and helping to support the design and maintenance of our print and online presence.

Responsibilities may include:

WEBSITE

  • Updates 18SAC Website and Auxiliary website content (i.e. culturemapping90404.org)

SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

  • Builds and maintains the Social Media Posting Schedule
  • Maintains and develops content for Social Media accounts
  • Advertises 18SAC events through social media and ads
  • Tracks social media coverage and metrics, creating monthly reports
  • Assists in the preparation of email newsletters
  • Maintains event listings and RSVPs
  • Post events to all online event listings sites

EVENT SUPPORT

  • Assists in production of Family workshops, artist and curator panels, AiR studio visits and professional development
  • Hosts and provides tech support for all public events, and artist-facing programs
  • Acts as liaison between 18SAC and contracted artists and vendors

INFORMATION ORGANIZATION AND DOCUMENTATION

  • Creates digital reports on exhibitions and related programs
  • Supports project management and the creation of printed collateral for marketing
  • Creates digital kits about 18SAC exhibitions, projects, and related events
  • Supports Grant proposals with artist and organizational assets
  • Supports Marketing partnership agreements
  • Gathers/maintains artist assets for marketing purposes
  • Gathers information for upcoming events and artists: artist bios, images of artists’ work, and designing event signage
  • Develops event schedules, communicates with artists and other community partners, program evaluation and observational evaluations, and supports other event logistics

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Ability to navigate Zoom, Eventbrite, and Facebook live
  • Experience maintaining website content
  • Design capabilities a plus (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communicator

OFFICE HOURS: 18SAC is a hybrid work environment 9am – 5pm M-F with 1-hour lunch break; occasional evenings and weekends required.

SALARY: $17.64/hour (Santa Monica living wage), 15 – 25 hours/week (negotiable). 18SAC is committed to sustainability, both in making business decisions and maintaining a healthy work-life balance for its employees. 18SAC utilizes both onsite and remote work for all employees. 18SAC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent writing and visual communications skills. Strong attention to detail. Excellent organizational skills and follow-up skills. Quick to learn new skills and take direction well. Passion for provoking public engagement and talking to community members. Must work well in individual and team environments. Spanish fluency is a plus but not a requirement.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Familiarity with the contemporary art field’s concepts and practices.
  • Demonstrated experience or education in communications, marketing, graphic design or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in website maintenance and social media marketing.
  • Familiarity with MS Office and Adobe Suite programs, social media platforms, and WordPress or similar content management system.

TO APPLY:

  • Upload your resume and cover letter at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a111fd5d1e284902bfe0831777de5954
  • Include 1-2 representative writing samples (could be blog posts, school papers, newspaper articles, or creative writing). Writing samples can be supplied as links.
  • Please include contacts for 3 current professional or academic references.
  • Open until filled. Applications received before May 20 will be given priority consideration.

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UNPAID INTERNSHIPS

We are looking for motivated, creative, and enthusiastic interns with strong writing, visual, and organizational abilities to help support and share 18th Street Arts Centers exhibitions and programs.  Interns will get to work with a small, collaborative staff, with lots of creative freedom and mentor support to pursue your ideas.  Working with local and international artists and audiences, interns will learn how to communicate with a broad arts community. The internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of arts administration and to get first-hand experience working with our artists in residence as well as our exhibiting artists, developing exhibitions and public programs, and creating and sustaining an online audiences.

CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP

Supervisor: Assistant Curator / Artist Residency Coordinator

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 12 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

  • Participation in data collection and program review of AiR and adjacent communities

  • Support artists with research, production, and installation of artwork and artist-facing events including Creative Roundtable and Professional Development

  • Support with correspondence and documentation related to projects and the creation of programmatic content for grants and press releases

  • Review and recommend program applicants for residency opportunities

  • Support public-facing events including receptions, screenings, performances, and talks

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Specify “Curatorial Intern” on the application.

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EVENTS INTERNSHIP

Supervisor: Deputy Director and the Events Specialist

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 12 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.  

  • Learn how to design and produce events and assist in production of Family workshops, artist and curator panels, AiR studio visits and professional development

  • Gathering information for upcoming events and artists: artist bios, images of artists’ work, designing event signage, 

  • Development of event schedules, communicating with artists and other community partners, program evaluation and observational evaluations, and supporting other event logistics

  • Design capabilities a plus (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc)

This internship will run from June 7 to August 6, 2021.

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Specify “Events Intern” on the application.

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COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Supervisor: Deputy Director and the Communications Associate 

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 12 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

  • Support public events, developing and dissemination of all the marketing materials for print, web, and social media channels, including post-event follow-up and evaluation.

  • Build and maintain the Social Media Posting Schedule, which includes performing artist research

  • Gathering information for upcoming events and artists: artist bios, images of artists’ work, crafting posts across social media platforms

  • Track communications coverage and metrics, creating weekly and monthly reports.

  • Design capabilities a plus (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc)

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Specify “Communications Intern” on the application.

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DESIGN INTERN

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 12 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

  • Work on catalogues, artists books, showcards, ads, logos and branding with lots of creative freedom in a collaborative environment.

  • Must be proficient with a widely used design software – Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Sketch, or Invision.

  • Gain valuable professional experience working within an arts organization on print and digital design

  • Pursue your ideas with lots of creative freedom as you work with work with a very collaborative staff and dozens of fascinating artists

TO APPLY: Apply here. Upload a cover letter and resume, along with writing samples and/or social media handles. Provide links to a portfolio with at least 5 different format designs for print and web. Select “Design Intern” on the application.

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DEVELOPMENT INTERN

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director and Executive Assistant

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 8 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

  • Assist with special events, communications, and support our team in all areas of fundraising

  • Assist with donor relations, event planning, prospect research and outreach, and fundraising strategy. 

  • Intern will gain valuable training and real world experience on NationBuilder platforms.

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Specify “Development Intern” on the application.

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Culture Mapping 90404 INTERN

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 10 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

LOCATION: Santa Monica, CA. Partial telecommuting.

  • Edit interviews and upload description and data to Culture Mapping 90404 map
  • Upload information to ArcGIS/ESRI, our website interface
  • Support the development of storytables 
  • Support Advisory Council events
  • Brainstorm ideas for how to archive the map’s raw data and future caretaking of the map
  • Review archival material and assist with digitizing relevant material to add to the map

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Specify “Culture Mapping 90404 Intern” on the application.

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VIDEO/ PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 3-month commitment of 10 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

  • Direct, shoot, and edit short trailers for social media
  • Photograph artist exhibitions
  • Pursue your ideas with lots of creative freedom as you work with work with a very collaborative staff and dozens of fascinating artists

TO APPLY: Apply here.  Upload a cover letter and resume. Please provide links to a portfolio, sizzle reel, social media handles or video channels along with your application. Specify “Video/Photography Intern” on the application.

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RESIDENT ARTIST INTERNSHIPS

Occasionally, our resident artists here at 18th Street have need for internships. Opportunities are available below. Please be in touch with the resident artists directly; 18th Street Arts Center does not administer or oversee these internships.

There are currently no resident artist internships available at 18th Street Arts Center. Please check back!

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