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Job Opportunity- Marketing & Communications Manager

Job Purpose

Manage marketing, communications, and multimedia production across all departments as part of a multidisciplinary

team. Coordinate with Competitions, Research, and Public Programs staff to manage outreach,

promotion, and materials for concurrent projects. Maintain master schedule for outgoing content such as

web and social media posts, email newsletters, press releases, and event invitations. Liaise with media

contacts and partners of the Institute.


o Strong interest and/or background in urban studies, architecture, urban planning, politics,

journalism, or a related field; previous experience in a marketing, editorial, or publishing

environment preferred

o Exceptional written, verbal, and visual communication skills

o Strong copywriting and copyediting skills

o Strong social media network and familiarity with major press outlets

o Proficiency in HTML/CSS, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite

o Experience with database maintenance and management; familiarity with Salesforce or

comparable database required

o Comfort with A/V and digital equipment

o Competent in executing delegated tasks, communicating progress, and proactively undertaking


o Ability to work collaboratively across all departments of a multi-disciplinary team

o Flexible in multi-tasking, managing several projects at a time, and functioning under the deadline


o Self-motivated and professional attitude toward all levels of assigned tasks

o 3-5 years experience required in a public relations, communications, or commercial/non-profit artrelated



o Schedule, prepare, and distribute print and digital communications such as event invitations,

monthly newsletters, mass mailings, membership appeals, and press releases.

o Manage content for the Institute’s website and social media platforms, including posting of

original content, event videos, and web albums on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram, etc.

o Establish relationships with media contacts; negotiate partnerships and cross-promotions with

media outlets and peer organizations; manage and build contact lists

o Maintain archive of media coverage and manage press clippings, to be shared internally and with

key stakeholders

o Coordinate production of graphic materials and multimedia projects, including websites and event


o Conduct outreach to individuals and organizations to build the Institute’s audience

o Assist with event production, technology setup, and project support as needed

o Oversee and coordinate documentation of public programs for social media and press outreach

o Coordinate with external IT consultant for troubleshooting and technology planning

o Manage software licenses and new hardware purchases

o Stay abreast of advances in technology and other office systems, and identify potential resources

and grant opportunities

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as a pdf to Due to the volume of receipts, only qualified applicants will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits included.

About Van Alen Institute

At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions. Learn more at