Communications Assistant, Ackland Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum
February 8, 2019
Chapel Hill, NC
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Job Description

Since 1958, The Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources.

The Ackland Art Museum serves broad local, state, and national constituencies as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year. We provide experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world. Our mission is the art of understanding. The Ackland: Look Close, Think Far.

The Communications Assistant facilitates communication with diverse Museum constituencies, supports the Ackland Art Museum’s media relations, and provides administrative support to the Director of Communications. S/he will be responsible for strengthening our social media presence and improving our email marketing communications, and will have the opportunity to support the reinvention of the Museum's visual identity. The Communications Assistant is supervised by the Director of Communications and is a member of the External Affairs Department.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Open to new ideas; curious about the world; skilled at creating context; good at prioritization; able to communicate clearly, concisely, and diplomatically in written and spoken language with a wide range of people; collegial; eager to learn about marketing and publicity in the arts and the administration of a university art museum; willing to embrace new challenges; responsible; able to adhere to deadlines; able to keep track of multiple projects simultaneously; interested in professional comportment; eager to excel. Lateral thinking skills, or the ability to make creative connections between ideas. The ability to move easily between a global perspective and the smallest details with a high degree of accuracy. Excellent demonstrable computer skills, including Microsoft platforms. A high degree of accuracy is essential in order to maintain and advance the Museum’s reputation.

Preferred Quaifications:

Bachelor’s degree in art history, communications, public relations, art history, arts administration, or other related field.
Two to three years’ experience in a media relations or communications position, preferably in a museum or arts setting, or equivalent combination of education and training.

Interest in and familiarity with art from various periods and cultures.
Familiarity with Museums, including the Ackland Art Museum.

Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.
Familiarity with Digital Asset Management platforms. Experience with one or more email marketing platforms, including creating targeted mailings, A/B testing, and list acquisition and management.
Familiarity with Sprout Social or similar social media scheduling platforms.
Familiarity with the principles of graphic design and its importance to institutional identity.
Photography and/or videography skills.
Working knowledge of HTML/CSS.

For more details and to apply, please go to UNC-Chapel Hill's careers website (address below).

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