Application Deadline: February 27th, 2018
Start Date: March 15th, 2018
Salary: $40,000 contract position, with the understanding that we would renew on an annual basis.
Business/Arts is looking for a Communications Coordinator to champion the work we are doing as the catalyst for arts and business leaders to connect and collaborate in building a strong future for the arts in Canada.
As Communications Coordinator, you will report to the Creative Director and work closely with the entire team as well as with third-party consultants and publicists. Your mandate is to strengthen B/A’s relationship with Canadians government, business, arts sectors through our social communities and digital platforms. You will be responsible for contributing to the creation and implementation of social media content and campaigns, assist with managing our online communities, identifying potential communications issues and opportunities, and preparing social media reports. Your role will also be to gather program information and pull content together in a distinctive and consistent, professional voice for Business/Arts for monthly newsletters, weekly blogs, website content, video scripts, annual reports, gala programs and press releases.
Business/Arts is Canada’s national association of business leaders who support the arts. Our mission is to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between our business and arts communities. We help arts organizations connect with funders and volunteers in the private sector, communicate the value of investing in the arts through our research, publications and advocacy work, and recognize great business leaders in the arts through our awards program and media partnerships.
- Manage the content of Business/Arts website (new website under development now will launch in April 2018), blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram. Flickr, YouTube and Twitter accounts, in partnership with our Creative Director, Designer and Web Developer. www.businessforthearts.org
- Implement marketing, communications and social media campaign plans
- Lead and coordinate the annual report content creation, monthly newsletters and weekly blogs
- Media relations activities including preparing the media kits, writing draft press releases in collaboration with program managers, overseeing incoming media requests, media monitoring and helping to build and maintain relationships with the media in partnership with the CEO, Creative Director and National artsVest Program Director
- Manage relationships with any external communications suppliers (writing, print, video, etc.) and work with contractors, freelancers and vendors who support us on the marketing and communications side
- Write the script for videos promoting Business/Arts and our programs. (i.e. this year 40th anniversary video at the Business/Arts Awards; Tribute Videos for our Award Winners, and an “About Business/Arts” for our website.)
- Catalogue and archive press-clippings, articles, photos, past event programs, etc.
Key Area Requiring Communications Support:
artsVest National: Help us promote the Impact and Opportunities Available to Arts Organizations and Businesses in Canada through our artsVest National Program http://www.artsvest.com/
artsVest is Business for the Arts‘ signature matching incentive and sponsorship training program, designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture and to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. artsVest provides small- to mid-sized arts and culture organizations with the expertise and tools needed to develop sponsorship opportunities with local business, through in-depth sponsorship training, matching incentive funds and community networking events.
- In collaboration with the artsVest National Program Director and the Creative Director and Designer, develop a comprehensive outreach plan and publicity strategy to promote artsVest program and its impact across Canada
- Responsible for promoting the program nationwide by developing relationships with media and other important stakeholders
- Assist in planning artsVest launches in prospective communities in advance of the program and hard launch in collaboration with the National Program Director and artsVest Program Managers
- Responsible for developing partnerships and presenting informational sessions to local chambers and small/midsize businesses in collaboration with the National Program Director and artsVest Program Managers
- Manage the development of artsVest National print and electronic marketing materials from brochures to videos in order to highlight the impact of artsVest National
- Research, write and distribute national press releases to targeted media
- Ensure national media partnerships are leveraged
Other Programs Requiring Communications Support:
Canadian Arts Summit http://www.canadianartssummit.com/
This April, our Summit will bring together extraordinary arts leaders from across the country to consider how Canada’s cultural institutions can meaningfully serve and engage an increasingly diverse range of audiences, communities and stakeholders. As the environment shifts around us, how do we create relevant, meaningful arts experiences for more people, more often?
National Business/Arts Awards Gala http://www.bftaawards.com/about/
The Business for the Arts’ Awards Gala is one of Canada’s most prestigious and long-standing events where national arts and business leaders come together to celebrate extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts sector through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism. Past winners include The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Gary Slaight, of the Slaight Family Foundation and Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.
abx conference http://artsxbusiness.com
Canada’s art sector is faced with an influx of changes, diversification, generation gap, technological disruption, and succession planning. New talent, digital engagement, communication channels, and infrastructure continually emerge, forcing fast-paced adaptation. The Canadian arts are grappling with newer trends in technology, in digital, and in the importance keeping ahead of the curve.
Irrespective of how the sector evolves, leadership is a fundamental skill present in every future iteration. Leadership practices, however, are just as fluid and must adapt. What has worked in the past may no longer be relevant today, and will certainly not be tomorrow. We all recognize the importance of art and the power it has to shape experience and community; our curiosity is in how leadership plays a role in this.
artsScene National www.artsscene.org
Business for the Arts’ artsScene program is made up of a volunteer network of leading young business professionals under 40 who are dedicated to fostering the growth of the arts through volunteerism and patronage. artsScene™ currently operates in eleven cities across Canada.
Online Resources: The Communications Coordinator will help promote the availability of our online Educational Resources, Courses and Research available on our website to our arts and business stakeholders.
- At least 2+ years’ experience in a marketing and/or communications role, preferably within the arts not-for-profit or charitable sector
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism or a Bachelor’s in English Literature
- Extensive knowledge of traditional and social media tools and demonstrated experience in successful media strategy implementation
- Superior communication, research and writing skills
- Experience in creating and managing marketing and social media campaigns
- Experience with PR, marketing and online analytics
- Experience in creative content development (print, electronic, AV, etc.)
- Demonstrated media relations experience (press releases, media kits) including comfort in liaising with media
- Proficiency in Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr
- Understanding of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing
- Deep interest and knowledge in blogs and business analytics
- Strong editing and proofreading skills (responsible for accuracy of materials regarding grammar, punctuation, syntax and style)
- Flexible, ability to work in fast-paced, small entrepreneurial team, with minimal supervision within quick timelines
- Excels at organizing others and project management; helping to set deadlines and working with team members to meet those deadlines
- French oral and written ability is an asset
Compensation: $40,000 contract position with the understanding that the contract would be renewed on an annual basis.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter addressed to Raji Aujla, Creative Director, and resume along with one writing sample for print (could be a brochure you created, a program or annual report), a press release you created, and one creative marketing sample (i.e. an invitation) that is meant to live online. (links are fine) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due February 20th, 2018
Successful applicants will be invited to interview with the CEO of Business for the Arts, Nichole Anderson, Creative Director, Raji Aujla, and our National artsVest Program Director, Claire Hefferon Payne.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the high number of applications we receive, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.