Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
The Archie Bray Foundation seeks a full-time Communications Director to manage and strengthen the organization’s ongoing communications efforts. Reporting to the Resident Artist Director, this professional should have an established background in directing and managing a multi-channel communications strategy. Nonprofit work experience is preferred. The Bray is an equal opportunity employer and celebrates diversity. Women, LGBTQ+ and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Mission The Archie Bray Foundation is actively committed to promoting, celebrating, and sustaining the ceramic arts through the residency program, education, gallery, ceramic materials and technology, and community engagement on a local, national, and international scale. In the words of Archie himself, the Bray makes available, “for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work”. Summary of Responsibilities This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning, organization, and implementation of an annual comprehensive communications program. They will work closely with internationally recognized ceramic artists, a national board of directors, and existing staff. The ideal candidate will have the professional skills, administrative strengths and personal qualities to thrive in a fast-paced, creative environment. They should possess a strong experience related to print, audio, video, social media and other electronic promotional efforts. Most importantly, they must be motivated to further the mission of the Bray, one of the leading ceramic arts organizations in the world. The Bray is located in historic Helena, Montana, a small and artistically supportive community with close access to outdoor recreation and reasonable cost of living. Job Responsibilities • Work closely with Resident Artist Director to develop a brand voice for the Bray • Work with program/department heads (clay business, broadcasting, development, education, gallery, and residency) to develop overall communications strategies and ensure clear, consistent messaging across program areas that adheres closely to the Bray Style Guide. • Manage Communications Manager, an hourly, full-time position (currently filled). • Create, review/modify annually, and direct the annual communications plan. • Oversee the website to ensure it is updated and dynamic • Manage and direct Bray social media accounts • Create or direct development of promotional materials and drive marketing efforts for special events related to, residency, development and fundraising. • Manage media relations and develop/maintain contact with media members, influencers, and community leaders. • Willingness to make public appearances/accept speaking engagements on behalf of the Bray. • Manage Bray presence at industry events. • Provide support for special events including the annual auction and anniversary events. • Co-development (with Development Director) of publications to support fund raising activities. • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times. • Perform other related duties as requested. • Create annual budget for communications and ensure compliance. Qualifications • Passion for the arts • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills. • Strong grammar and editing skills • Experience in developing project and organizational budgets. • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers. • Creative, self-starter and goal driven individual who can also work well with a small, hardworking staff • Time management and flexibility with job duties. • Experience with communications software and tools. • Exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals. • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability. Hours • 40 hours/week; occasional travel, weekend days or evenings required. This is a permanent, full-time, exempt position.