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Communications Manager / National Guild for Community Arts Education

  • New York, New York
  • TypePaid
  • TermFull time
  • CategoryCommunications
  • Post DateJan 31, 2018

The National Guild for Community Arts Education (“Guild”) seeks a creative, intelligent, and skilled professional to join a dynamic team at an exciting moment of growth. The Guild is looking for someone who is a life-long learner, possesses a keen intellect and tenacious spirit and shares our belief in the transformational power of creativity, equity, leadership, and community. The Communications Manager will have an opportunity to work with a vibrant and creative staff and board, make a real impact on a growing organization, and support arts education and arts educators across the nation.

The Communications Manager will be responsible for managing key Guild initiatives, including:

  • Supporting the launch and ongoing development of the Guild’s new website and online resource center;
  • Expanding the reach of Guild programs and contributing to the advancement of community arts education;
  • Working with Guild member networks to promote the Guild’s Vision: a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1937, the National Guild strives to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. The Guild serves a national network of neighborhood music schools; arts and cultural centers; and arts education divisions of universities, theater and dance companies, museums, and parks and recreation departments. Our members serve 2.5 million students each year, employ 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional 8 million people through performances and exhibits.

The Guild has an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million.

To Apply

To be considered for the position, please email the items below in one PDF-formatted file with your name as the filename to Please include “Communications Manager” as the email’s subject line.

  1. A résumé no longer than two pages outlining your educational and professional experience.
  2. A substantive cover letter no longer than two pages including the following information: your interest in the position, the organization, and why you are excited to support the mission of the Guild. Please also be sure to include 1. Where you found the position listed, 2. The date you are available to start, and 3. Contact information for three professional references.
  3. Two contrasting writing samples that demonstrate your breadth and flexibility as a writer, as well as your ability to be concise.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered nor will submissions sent via postal mail or fax. No calls please. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our website at prior to submitting materials for consideration.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation, health and dental insurance, and a retirement savings matching program.

Position Description

The Communications Manager is a full-time, exempt employee reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). With oversight from the COO and working in close collaboration with the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and the program team, the position manages many facets of a broad range of activities related to communications and marketing that support the Guild’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Increase public visibility of the National Guild for Community Arts Education

  • Grow the Guild’s online and social media presence using industry-standard tools and strategies
  • Develop and manage strategy to grow the visibility of Guild members and the field of community arts education

Market Guild initiatives, programs, products and services to increase public participation

  • Develop annual marketing and follow-up activity plans for increasing broader and more diverse participation in and public awareness of Guild programs/services
  • Work closely with CPO and the program team to launch new program initiatives

Develop and manage the Guild’s new website and online resource center

  • Create and manage content development strategy for new website, leveraging knowledge and assets of Guild members

Market Guild membership to potential new and current/lapsed members considering renewal

  • Develop strategy for successfully marketing value and benefits of membership
  • Support evolution of membership model as recommended by Guild Board Membership Task Force

Support and manage the Guild's public relations and national advocacy strategy

  • Work with strategic and media partners to advocate for the Guild and the field
  • Support members and arts educators in local and regional advocacy efforts

Support fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Development Manager

  • Develop and manage communications for fundraising campaigns and cultivation events
  • Collaborate with the Development Manager to ensure strong design of stewardship materials

Manage corporate sponsorships, exhibits, and advertising

  • Meet annual goals for corporate sponsorship revenue in collaboration with Development


  • At least 3 years communications/marketing experience, preferably arts, culture and/or education sector
  • Exceptional verbal/interpersonal communication skills; Effective writing skills; detail-oriented
  • Ability to thrive a fast-paced environment, manage multiple projects and relationships and deliver an impeccable work product while adapting to frequent, rapid changes
  • Self-motivated and hyper-organized with the ability to manage responsibilities independently while working with a small, tight-knit staff
  • Strong computer and word processing ability; Facility and strong comfort level with CRM databases (Salesforce) and design software (Adobe Creative Suite) a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus

The National Guild is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. The Guild is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


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