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HowlRound Theatre Commons' Communications Manager creates and implements a communications strategy to advance awareness, engagement, and impact of our work.
Purpose of this Position: HowlRound Theatre Commons' Communications Manager creates and implements a communications strategy to advance awareness, engagement, and impact of our work to amplify progressive disruptive ideas about theatre and connect theatremakers worldwide. The Communications Manager reports to the Director of HowlRound.
About You: We are looking for our next conceptual collaborator and creative partner. You are an innovative systems thinker who is eager to take on new challenges. You aren't afraid of the unknown, and you thrive as much creating the process as the product. You have a background in communications and you relish the opportunity to work for a values aligned organization. You are a lover of the arts. As the HowlRound Communications Manager, you will lead the charge in telling our story through all of our media channels and our online communications platform. As the Communications Manager you will lead us in helping to engage our community more deeply and grow our increasingly global reach as we approach our ten-year anniversary. You will help shape the trajectory of our work and the organization itself. You will help shape the trajectory of our work and the organization itself.
About Us: HowlRound Theatre Commmons is a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. We envision a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world.
Generosity and abundanceall are welcome and necessary
Community and collaboration over isolation and competition
Diverse aesthetics and the evolution of forms of theatre practice
Equity, inclusivity, and accessibility for underrepresented theatre communities and practices
Global citizenshiplocal communities intersecting with global practice
We were founded in 2011 and we're still evolving! We are a dedicated and passionate staff of five based in the Office of the Arts, alongside ArtsEmerson, at Emerson College, in Boston. Emerson College is internationally recognized as the nation's premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts.
Essential Functions of the Role:
Develop and execute integrated marketing and communication strategies based on a shared understanding of HowlRound's mission, vision, and values.
Act as primary creative director and develop a content calendar for HowlRound's social media channels; lead implementation.
Develop and implement a digital media strategy and work plan, to include social media, web, and email, outlining measurable outcomes as part of an overall communications plan;
Develop and manage HowlRound public relations: create media strategy in partnership with the Director; write, edit, draft press releases; create and maintain media list, monitor media coverage.
Lead and craft donation strategy for individual giving appeals.
Administer the organization's email efforts (currently weekly and daily), including email list building and management, and develop new regular direct email strategies in line with HowlRound's future goals.
Maintain HowlRound digital assets, including photos, videos, articles, media coverage, and links;
In partnership with the Cultural Strategist manage HowlRound's CRM and expand its functional use in HowlRound's day to day operations.
Work with the Cultural Strategist to assess analytics and evaluate impacts of communications campaigns and adjust accordingly.
Manage contractors for creation of HowlRound branded online and print pieces and oversee design as needed.
Support communication and documentation of HowlRound in person events.
Partner with Emerson College Communications staff to increase awareness of HowlRound on campus.
Manage HowlRound Fellow and direct their work.
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Theatre or equivalent experience
3-5 years of experience with 1-3 years in communications, public relations, media relations or similar career discipline.
Understanding of current media and PR strategies and trends.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to write for different audiences and channels.
Ability to analyze reports, determine organizational needs, and propose feasible solutions to challenges.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Working knowledge of and/or passion for the not-for-profit theatre and performance field.
Commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in the theatre field.
Experience with web content management systems (Drupal preferred), email marketing software (MailChimp preferred), Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Google Analytics, and Google Ads.
Experience using data to tell a story that can be communicated in an easily digestible and actionable way.
Organized self-starter and self-directed, willing to be flexible, a positive attitude, and a willingness to adjust to a rapidly changing landscape and the possibility of unanticipated projects and demands.
Ability to manage multiple communications projects simultaneously and able to meet established deadlines.
Knowledge of the not-for-profit theatre sector and HowlRound's place in the theatre landscape.
Experience working in graphic design or art direction.
About Us Emerson College is the nations only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.
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Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.