The Texas Cultural Trust, established in 1995, is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “to be the leading voice of the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state.”
The Trust is governed by a 34-member Board of Directors comprised of industry and business leaders, arts patrons, and artists from across the state who are passionate about the benefits of the arts to the state of Texas. With a $1.4 million operating budget and a staff of six, the organization has built a strong group of programs that promote and support the arts. These include the following:
• Art Can conducts research and publishes data quantifying the economic and educational impact of the arts in Texas.
• Texas Medal of Arts Awards, for which notable Texans across a broad spectrum of arts disciplines are honored at a biennial awards show and gala (the 2023 event, which is scheduled for February 2023), will examine the “Power of the Arts amid Covid-19.”
• The Texas Young Masters program, jointly with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), awards scholarship grants to deserving young artists in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literary arts and other artistic disciplines.
• Texas Women for the Arts, with a mission to “awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child,” is a statewide giving circle and membership program, with more than 240 members from across Texas. Since its inception, it has awarded over $2.9 million to 208 arts organizations across the state, impacting more than a million Texas children.
• The Arts Access program examines the needs and opportunities to increase access to the arts, culture and arts education for all Texans by providing resources, programming and financial support, including the Trust’s Arts and Digital Literacy curriculum.
• Partners in the Arts is a growing consortium of arts organizations, artists and arts patrons across Texas. Formerly the Institutional Partners program, it has evolved into a broad membership platform for organizations and individuals.
The Communications Manager position will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As Manager you will work with external agencies, the CEO, and Trust team to help build a comprehensive and diverse communications strategy to amplify statewide awareness and engagement around the Trust’s identity, work, and impact. The ideal candidate will have communications management experience, a strong commitment to the arts, strong communication skills, and the willingness to take on this challenge.
• Create, implement, and manage a comprehensive communications strategy to achieve programmatic and organizational goals.
• Create, implement, and manage organizational calendar to include newsletter publishing dates, advertisement deadlines, social media, press releases, etc.
• Establish, negotiate, and manage partnerships and sponsor agreements with statewide media (TV and print).
• Serve as Trust’s primary media contact, respond to media inquiries and coordinate media and public relations opportunities for stakeholders as necessary. (CEO, Board Members, Honorees, Partners etc.)
• Draft copy and develop content for a variety of platforms: website, eblasts, newsletters, press releases, podcasts, and other communications tools as necessary.
• Working with Trust team members, manage the creation and design of all collateral and marketing materials.
• Manage Trust’s website with provider to ensure content is up to date, accurate, and timely.
• Assist public relations vendor with developing and pitching unique story angles for traditional and online media for local and statewide editorial coverage.
• Monitor and maintain portfolio of media mentions.
• Assist in coordinating press needs for events, including media alerts, red carpet coverage, etc.
• Arrange and supervise event photographer(s).
• Draft and coordinate placement of occasional op-ed pieces and/or letters to the editor to be submitted by key stakeholders, as necessary.
• Develop press kit(s) tailored to specific programs and events, as necessary.
• Conceptualize and plan media-oriented special events to promote mission, programs, and events of the Trust.
• Keep abreast of current and emerging trends and technology in communications.
• Engender the trust and confidence of all Trust team members, partners, and volunteers.
• Provide regular communications reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
• A strong interest in the mission of Texas Cultural Trust.
• Knowledge of the arts in Texas, their heritage and their potential, is preferred but is not a requirement.
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; a graduate degree is desirable. Major in communications is preferred
• At least five years of professional communications experience, with a solid understanding of communications strategy.
• Excellent communications skills (oral, written, and presentation) are essential, and the ideal candidate will have experience in the design and direction of a full range of communications to supporters and to the public.
• Strong knowledge of AP writing style.
• Proven leadership skills are essential, candidates should have considerable experience managing and working with a range of media professionals, platforms, and outside agencies
• Skilled in Microsoft Office, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, Mailchimp, Google Suite
• Strong knowledge of social media platforms and analytic tools.
• An individual with the integrity, demeanor, experience, and commitment to the Trust’s mission to be an effective and respected representative of the Texas Cultural Trust.
• $55,000 annually
• Full time
• Health, dental and vision insurance
• Retirement matching program