Maine Arts Commission
Arts & Humanities Associate - Communication Director
CLASS CODE: 0822, PAY GRADE: 24- ($37,918.40- $ 51,376.00)/annually
Open for Recruitment: November 27, 2013 - December 27, 2013
The Communication Director will be responsible for leading a wide range of communications work to promote and improve public, employee and funder understanding of the Maine Arts Commission’s objectives and achievements and of relevant cultural-related issues. This may include, but is not limited to: communications and marketing strategy development; communications program planning and execution, overseeing media relations; creation of publicity materials, event management, and website management.
- Reviews and revises agency long-range communication plan. Oversees and directs ongoing strategic communications plan.
- Manages and refines the agency’s social media strategy.
- Handles all press inquiries, media releases, production of radio, television and print advertisements. Develops and maintains relationships with press and agency contacts.
- Evaluates program activities and determines effectiveness in accomplishing departmental objectives; recommends changes and improvements as needed; plans, develops, implements and maintains new and existing services; prepares program annual budget.
- Implements departmental operating policies, procedures and systems, assuring conformance with departmental and agency policies and objectives.
- Oversees agency public communications. Directs, manages and edits all public materials and information, including quarterly newsletter, collateral items, and oversees design and production of event materials.
- Oversees management and strategic development of agency’s website including content, design and functionality, to meet department and agency needs.
- Provides guidance and support to internal communication efforts, including working with agency leadership in the dissemination of agency-wide information and organization of internal communications resources.
- Guides agency's identity and branding efforts; maintains standards.
- Trains and consults with staff on standards for printed materials and how to represent the agency to the public. Consults with other departments on their communication needs.
- Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have a/an:
- Awareness of, and ability to use, current communications methods and technology, such as cloud-based applications, laptop and desktop computer systems, word processing and data applications.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to follow complex procedural guidelines.
- Ability to speak in public.
- Ability to interpret and explain policies and procedures
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Ability to excel in a strong team setting.
- Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and techniques related to informational media, public information, social media strategies and education.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of individuals.
- Working knowledge with communications and graphics software programs, including the Adobe Creative Suite, Publisher, Microsoft Office Suite.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks requiring consistent accuracy and set priorities.
- Knowledge of the arts, art techniques, and artists.
To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years experience working with artists, art groups, and/or humanities organizations. Directly related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree or equivalent specializing in marketing, communications, English, or a related field. Knowledge of Maine artists, galleries and museums is a benefit.
The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 17.07% of salary for BU positions and 22.07% for Confidential Positions.
The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $13.13 biweekly. The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:
- Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $363.77 biweekly
- Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%): $345.58 biweekly
- Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $327.39 biweekly
- Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%): $309.20 biweekly
*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2011.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a cover letter, resume’ and Direct Hire Application. This job posting and a Direct Hire application can be found on our website: http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY:
Friday, December 27, 2013
SEND COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Tammy Sturtevant, HR Generalist General Gov. Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04332-0074 207-624-7418 (T) 207-287-4032 (F)
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