Marketing & Communications Manager  – Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

Reports to: Executive Director, Moody Center for the Arts

Job Description:

The Marketing Communications Manager is responsible for implementing the communications strategy for the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, ensuring that the artistic program, coursework and all arts-related activities are appropriately positioned, communicated and disseminated both internally and externally. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will be responsible for managing marketing and communications across multiple platforms, including social media and the web.

Communications Planning

  • Working with the Executive Director and senior staff, develop and implement an annual communications plan for the Moody Center for the Arts, establishing specific targets and goals to position the Moody as a center for creativity and interdisciplinary arts activity.
  • Provide regular updates regarding progress against those targets and goals to the Executive Director and the department of Public Affairs

Marketing and External Affairs

  • Write and edit press releases, marketing materials and emails describing the arts programs at Rice for both online and offline outlets
  • Draft, design and send monthly electronic newsletters to Rice Arts constituents
  • Establish and maintain a database of constituents, both internal and external, to receive monthly newsletters and other electronic correspondence about the arts at Rice
  • Ensure that all Rice Arts events are appropriately marketed, i.e., oversee the design and production of a range of collateral materials including posters and mailings and ensure that information is appropriately advertised, both internally and externally
  • Manage the Moody’s annual marketing budget
  • Supervise a student intern interested in marketing

Website and Social Media

  • Establish, increase and maintain the Moody’s presence on social media, specifically Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • In partnership with a national design firm, create and maintain an online Rice Arts Portal, working with arts departments across campus to ensure detailed information, images and articles are consistently generated and uploaded. The portal will include an accurate, up-to-date arts calendar managed by this position
  • Create and maintain the Moody Center’s website, contributing to the design phase, then generating original content and editing content from others on an ongoing basis
  • Together with the Director of Rice Public Art, oversee and maintain the Public Art website and the James Turrell Skyspace website

Exhibitions and Programming Support

  • Coordinating with Exhibitions and Program Manager to ensure all information is accurate, write and edit exhibition information brochures for daily visitor use
  • Provide staff presence at Moody Center events and programming, as needed

Public relations

  • Handle all inquiries from media and outside parties for information about the Moody
  • Schedule tours and/or interviews with the Moody’s faculty, artists, and staff, as needed
  • Proactively research, contact and establish relationships with on- and off-campus partners, including the local museum district, to ensure that Rice Arts programs are widely communicated

 Skills Required

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, communications, liberal arts, or related field
  • 3-5 years experience in a communications role, including creating and executing a comprehensive communications plan
  • Outstanding writing skills, including the ability to write compellingly about the arts, education and community engagement
  • Extensive experience with web development and social media
  • Experience managing third-party vendors such as branding, public relations and web design firms
  • Ability to think creatively and develop innovative approaches and communications strategies
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • A passion for the arts is desirable

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