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About the Burke Museum: The Burke Museum cares for and shares natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal. The Burke was founded in 1885 by the Young Naturalists, a group of curious teenagers inspired by seeing Seattle transform before their eyes. For 135 years, the museum has built upon this legacy, collecting objects that help us understand how the Northwest has grown and changed.
As both a University and State museum, the Burke Museum is a public resource committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values all people. The Burke’s collections totaling over 18 million objects help sustain cultural traditions, enable groundbreaking scientific research, and advance timely conversations that matter to us all. The collections are records of our past and investments in our future. The Museum’s curators—faculty members at the University of Washington—grow collections in the anticipation of change: continued disruption to ecosystems, shifting cultural landscapes and advances in technology we have yet to imagine. Our work is collaborative; we partner with institutions, students, communities and people around the world to understand our past and create positive change in the future.
As both a University and State museum, the Burke Museum is a public resource committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values all people. We recognize that our history, from the founding to the present day, is built upon a colonial model of museums that consistently privileged collections, preservation, and research over cultural autonomy and community survival.
The Burke is committed to decolonization as a key institutional priority, and across the museum, we now work as facilitators and stewards, not as gatekeepers and sole authorities, in order to honor our mandate to truly be a museum for all.
Summary: In October 2019, the Burke opened a new building turning the work of a museum “inside-out” with visible labs, workrooms, collections storage, and an artist studio. Removing these barriers enables us to make the collections and work that happens here daily accessible to everyone. Every visit to the New Burke is different because every day brings new work. And because we’re doing this work right out in the open, everyone can experience it and join in.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for acting as the Burke Museum communications strategist and visionary for the brand and public perception of the Burke. The Director of Communications will develop communications strategies for major initiatives, institutional change, media relations, and sensitive issues and is responsible for ensuring consistency of messaging across platforms.
Responsibilities: EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
STAKEHOLDERS: Support leadership communications for external stakeholders as needed including, advocacy materials for governments, indigenous communities or source communities, education, and university leaders. Working in coordination with the College of Arts and Sciences and other Communications teams within the University.
FUNDRAISING: Support Development team for fundraising communications, including Annual Report. Support the Burke Museum Association board with high-level communications needs and liaise as a staff representative on the BMA Executive Committee and at BMA board meetings
TRIBAL AFFAIRS: Support Tribal Liaison with communications
Support Executive Director for internal communications needs to assist in building strong ties across departments
Support department leads with sensitive communications needs including budgeting, personnel, and policies
Develop internal communication strategies that support the Burke’s Strategic Plan
Support leadership team in communicating the mission, vision, and values to increase engagement and retention of staff and volunteers
Lead and develop internal communications strategies for a range of internal stakeholders, including staff and volunteers
Develop communication plans for new programs, policies, and changes on all new and existing internal channels including the Museum’s digital collaboration tool and intranet
Partner with Executive Director, Director of Human Resources, and other senior leadership to develop internal communications strategies
Anticipate employee questions and concerns when preparing communication plans
Ensure communications are accessible and inclusive of a diverse population.
Uphold the institution’s commitment to equitable and inclusive practice
Bring forward diversity and inclusion in all internal and external communications
BRAND MANAGEMENT & STORYTELLING
Lead brand strategy development, including articulating the Burke value proposition, key messages, and core attributes
Ability to work collaboratively to tell Indigenous stories or feature Indigenous content
Lead a team to share stories of Burke impact across platforms, including media relations, digital storytelling (blog, video and photography) and institutional/fundraising communications
Ensure visual and editorial integrity of Burke brand in all public-facing communications
Maintain updated visual and editorial style guides
Supervise application of brand to custom store products
MARKETING & OUTREACH
Lead a team to develop innovative marketing strategies across print, digital and community engagement platforms; supervise marketing function to ensure execution is consistent and effective
Lead a team to allocate marketing budget across all public earned income programs (admissions, store, special events, education, membership)
Advise on public programming strategy to maximize attendance and exposure
Manage Communications team: Assistant Director of Communications, Digital Communications Manager, Assistant Digital Communications Manager, Marketing Coordinator, and other related subcontractors
Serve as a member of the Burke leadership team
Lead development of annual Communications department budget
Lead the Communications team in ethical use of personal data, photography, and representation of collections
Bachelor’s degree Communications, English, Journalism, or related field
Five years of increasing responsible experience in institutional or non-profit communications
Project management skills and experience
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Documented experience with building and managing teams, achieving results, and successfully encouraging community engagement around a product/project
SPECIFIC POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Experience building and implementing complex, multi-functional communications plans
Proficient with: Microsoft Office products; digital advertising; social media; Adobe Creative Suite; print production
Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate clearly, diplomatically, and effectively. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to be held accountable for results
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities for an entire department, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast-paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner
Demonstrated experience in managing people and budgets within the resource constraints of a non-profit
Graduate degree in a relevant field
Experience working in museum, natural history, and/or cultural institutions
Experience working with researchers and scholars
Knowledge of UW systems
Familiarity with content management systems, particularly Drupal and SharePoint; Experience rolling out community guidelines and best practice on collaboration tools (such as Microsoft Teams or Slack)
Experience working with state legislative bodies and/or individual politicians
Experience working with Native American Tribes and indigenous organizations. Understanding of Pacific Northwest and Washington tribal histories, treaties, sovereignty, self-governance, protocols, customs and traditions, natural resources, and cultural properties, and an understanding of contemporary issues and conversations.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally involves work on weekends and holidays
Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions
Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by position
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