Communications + Development Coordinator

Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas   Pine Bluff, AR   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on July 6, 2021

Organization

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, an American Alliance of Museums accredited, award-winning museum, seeks a Communications + Development Coordinator who believes that museums are centers of diversity, learning, creativity, and fun.

Since 1968 the Arts & Science Center (ASC) has provided high-caliber arts programming for the community of Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas. Our 22,000- square-foot museum features four galleries, 232-seat theater, and a teaching studio. ASC is currently undergoing an expansion of our campus and programming through our new ARTx3 community engagement initiative. Our ARTx3 campus expansion includes two renovated historic buildings next to the museum: The ARTSpace on Main, a multi-use arts/events space, and ART WORKS on Main, mixed-use space featuring a black box theatre and five artist live/work apartments and studios. The ARTx3 initiative aims to empower our community through the arts, support the revitalization of Downtown Pine Bluff, bolster the creative economy, and bring positive attention to our city.

Position Description

The Communications + Development Coordinator is an integral member of the External Affairs team, working on the planning and implementation of the ASC’s public relations, marketing campaigns, and internal/external communications in all media-including but not limited to print, electronic, and social media-presenting consistent and effective institutional messaging. The position develops and implements opportunities to tell the Museum’s stories to attract significant numbers of visitors annually, to heighten awareness of the ASC and its ARTx3 projects regionally and nationally, and to secure funds for general operations and programming.

This position reports to the Executive Director and works in close collaboration with all staff as well as interns, volunteers, and consultants.

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • With the Executive Director and Programs Outreach Team, implement public relations, communications, advertising campaigns, promotions, sales techniques, and other strategies to expand public access, to develop new and diverse audiences, and to multiply messaging opportunities using a variety of integrated digital content such as social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), blogs, video, e-newsletters, email communications, and other digitally based communications tools (e.g. Google Arts & Culture, Google My Business, event calendars).

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and department leadership to develop a digital and social media plan, and design, create, and schedule social media and blog content in support of all Museum departments.

  • Update other digital spaces including the Arts & Science Center’s website to expand the reach of these platforms.

  • Design signage, ephemera, and other graphic materials as needed for Museum departments.

  • Follow the Arts & Science Center’s Style Guide including writing and graphics standards for tone, voice, and style. Edit written text and other materials submitted by Museum staff to adhere to the style guide.

  • Conceive, draft, and implement biannual Annual Fund drive, and biennial major fundraiser. Maintain and enter Annual Fund gifts into donor database. Analyze trends. Draft and send written donor correspondence including letters, updates, newsletters, and telephone communications to properly steward donors and Members.

  • Assist with creation of donor appeals, grant submissions and report materials. Engage with program and visitor services staff to gather metrics and anecdotes that enhance appeals, requests and reports.

  • Process, record, and write acknowledgement for other donations and gifts to the Museum.

  • With Membership & Museum Events Manager, keep membership database up to date including adding new memberships, updating existing Member records, and tracking Member attendance. Process membership cards and acknowledgement letters for new and renewed memberships. Develop and process Member renewal reminders.

  • Interact with tourism and hospitality partners. Assist with developing cross-promotional collaborations.

  • Work closely with the Membership & Museum Events Manager and volunteers to develop and plan Membership incentives, outreach, and programs and Museum fundraising events.

  • Plan and maintain budgets for communications and fundraising initiatives, tracking income and expenses.

  • Interact with the arts community and civic bodies as an advocate for the arts and the Museum.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree, academic training, and work experience in public relations, marketing, development/fundraising, and communications; 3+years’ combined experience in related field; excellent writing, editing, and storytelling skills; excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking; the ability to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity; and excellent computer, graphic design, editorial, marketing, and social media skills. Proficiency in design software (Adobe Creative Suite, Canva), content management systems (Sprout Social, WordPress, Trello), client management systems/donor databases, and photography/videography is highly desirable. Knowledge of museum operations, the arts industry, and/or nonprofit/arts management is a plus. This position must be flexible and able to work independently, collaboratively, and effectively in a fast-paced, creative environment.

Special Requirements & Compensation

This year round, full-time position with full benefits may at times require a flexible schedule to accommodate programs, events, and after-hours work including weekend and evening hours. Annual compensation includes a salary range of $37,000 -$40,000 depending on experience, plus health insurance, paid sick/leave time, and paid holidays. The incumbent should have a valid driver’s license be able to lift items up to 30 pounds, handle tools or controls, use close vision, and travel periodically for meetings or Museum business. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.


Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

701 S. Main Street
Pine Bluff , AR