Since its opening season in 1997, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark has attracted nearly 8 million patrons. The Arts Center’s array of 400 unique events each season serves more than a dozen nationalities and ethnicities. Performers who have appeared recently in the acoustically superb 2,800-seat Prudential Hall include Joshua Bell, El Gran Combo, Aretha Franklin, Audra McDonald, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bonnie Raitt, the Royal Philharmonic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Stephen Colbert in conversation with Jimmy Fallon, among many others.
Each season, NJPAC’s Arts Education Department engages more than 60,000 public school children via arts learning initiatives in schools, in our conservatory, and on our stages. The Arts Center has established itself as a home for broadcast by networks including BET, HBO, Comedy Central, PBS and NBC. NJPAC provides regular forums for convening New Jersey’s citizenry to discuss significant issues of the day and “symbolizes Newark’s cultural renaissance” (Forbes magazine).
The pioneering role NJPAC has taken in the redevelopment of the city’s downtown will be evidenced this Fall with the groundbreaking for One Theater Square, a 21-story, mixed-use residential building on our campus.
This position reports to the President and CEO and is responsible for developing, enhancing, overseeing and implementing strategic communications for NJPAC, for both internal and external audiences, including media relations for special events, institutional topics, strategic thought leadership positioning, special and Civic Engagement programing, real estate projects and overall institutional identity.
This position is the organization’s primary liaison with state and local government officials on issues and legislation that affect the Arts Center, and is a primary contact for NJPAC with arts advocacy groups and the culture lobby.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Advise, shape and maintain consistent internal and external institutional messaging for the organization, including for milestone events, new hires, changes in policy and procedures and for crisis communication.
• Oversee and implement publicity efforts and materials for all special events, institutional announcements, arts education initiatives, and broadcast partnerships, including pitching and story placement.
• Serve as official liaison for NJPAC to elected officials, arts and community leaders and other organizations such as the Mayor’s office, ArtPride and the NJSCA.
• Serve as public spokesperson to the media when appropriate and prepare senior leadership for interviews and backgrounders.
• Channel the voice of the CEO and write content as requested by CEO
• Work closely with the Director of Content Management for creating and disseminating content.
• Produce and/or assist in producing announcement/media/community events/media broadcast series and civic engagement programs.
• In collaboration with COO, create PACC reports for CEO; prepare PowerPoint presentation and video content for Board meetings.
• Work directly with the Director of Content Management on Annual Report.
• Approve and arrange all NJPAC photo and video shoots, approve all digital asset usage and maintain usage guidelines and archives (including arts education, gala photos).
• Create/direct internal communications to staff and leadership regarding media coverage and other pertinent information dissemination.
• Expand and cultivate NJPAC relationships with national, regional, local, ethnic and fringe media (including bloggers, website, producers, etc…).
• Responsible for crisis management and communication, in conjunction with senior leadership.
Qualifications and Special Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Minimum seven years of demonstrated Communications/PR experience in performing arts and in dealing with the media.
• Excellent writing skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Stellar communication and relationship skills.
• Creative self-starter with good follow-through and time management skills.
• Must be computer and Internet proficient.
• Understanding of electronic distribution of photo images.
No phone calls please. Please e-mail a cover letter, writing sample, résumé and salary history to email@example.com (be sure to note the job title in the subject line of your e-mail).
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from ArtsJournal www.njpac.org