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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) seeks Communications Manager effective January 1st.
Status: Full time/salaried
Reports to: Executive Director working closely with Artistic Director, development and program staff.
Summary: The Communications Manager designs and implements the overall marketing and public relations strategy for PICA. The position works closely with Development and Programming staff to promote PICA’s core values, mission, and financial goals. The Communications Manager is responsible for budgeting and implementation of the marketing and communications plan, including the design, production, and distribution of all printed materials; website management and maintenance; institutional emails; advertising and media purchases; press relations; and social media.
Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, liberal arts or similar field of study; At least 3 consecutive years of experience in non-profit arts marketing or related field. Interest in contemporary art and prior experience preferable. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing successful print, broadcast, online, and social media marketing campaigns. Proven success with overseeing day-to-day marketing activities, project management, and data analysis is required. Should be proficient in Mac applications and Microsoft Office, including Excel. Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Salary Commensurate with experience.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to Victoria Frey, Executive Director, at [email protected]
Are you a current student seeking professional experience with a nonprofit arts organization? Starting a new career in arts management and administration? Our interns work closely with specific PICA staff on all aspects of programming and operations, contributing to our small team while gaining an insider’s perspective on everything from marketing to development to curation.
We expect each intern to identify and carry out an independent project, in addition to assisting staff across departments with general duties. All interns are expected to demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of contemporary art.
Interns receive a PICA membership and free admission to programs and special events. While PICA cannot provide housing, travel, or monetary compensation for interns, we are happy to work with your educational institution to arrange for course credit.
PICA’s internship program runs seasonally. See below for current openings, position descriptions, application requirements, and deadlines. For general questions, please email Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].
DEVELOPMENT & EVENTS INTERNS (1)
Overview: Support PICA’s Development staff with projects and tasks in the areas of donor relations, corporate sponsorship, and coordination of the annual TADA! gala in April 2014, PICA’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Responsibilities: Assist with administrative and communications tasks related to individual giving, donor relations and cultivation, corporate sponsorship, board relations, and patron services, including acknowledgement, recognition, and reconciliation. Support staff and events intern with planning, preparation, and follow-up on our annual TADA! fundraising gala in April 2014. Tasks might include patron/guest services; vendor relations; ticketing/seating/check-in systems; in-kind donation procurement; guest/donor acknowledgement; pre- and post-event communications; event publicity/promotion via email and mail; volunteer coordination; and data entry using PatronManager database system.
Qualifications: Interns must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfort working with Apple computers; Google Drive applications; social media; and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, as are basic internet research skills. Some experience with a donor management database is a plus. Development interns will be trained in basic functions of our data system. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background and professional interest in arts administration, nonprofit management, fundraising, and/or event planning. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.
Dates: Begins early March 2014 (candidates should be available through end of April at the earliest)
Hours: 5-8 hours per week; flexible schedule. Must be available the week of and on April 12, 2014 for help with TADA! gala.
Deadline: Email a resume and brief cover letter to Kate Merrill at [email protected]
We are happy to arrange for academic credit as well as benefits associated with all ticketed programs and the next TBA Festival (September 2014).
RESOURCE ROOM INTERNSHIPS
Assist PICA staff in managing the Resource Room (RR) library of artist books, publications, and performance recordings; work with artists in our Resource Room Residency program; and develop plans for sharing materials and extending visitor experience with the collection. RR interns might also help with re-cataloging materials and the move to a new online catalog system.
Responsibilities: Tasks may include cataloging art books, audio, and video recordings; establishing a system for accessioning new materials; and processing, labeling, and archiving materials. Depending on particular experience and interests, the position may also involve helping to organize public events with staff and Artists in Residence; researching grant opportunities; partnering with local libraries and educational institutions to share resources; soliciting donations from publishers and peer institutions; digitizing collections and researching new database systems; and continuing publication trades with peer organizations.
Qualifications: Interns should possess excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable working with Apple computers. Basic understanding of digital photography, Photoshop, and simple video editing is helpful depending on the projects undertaken. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with basic cataloging systems and archival handling, will be highly organized, and will enjoy implementing and maintaining systems for collection and categorization.
Dates: Openings available beginning early March 2014. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Hours: 5-8 hrs/week + as needed; flexible schedule.
Contact: Email a resume and brief cover letter to Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected]