SOMArts is Hiring: Director of Communications

Job Title: Director of Communications
Hours: Full-time/40hrs per week, exempt
Date Posted: December 21, 2015

Schedule: 9:00am­-5:30pm with breaks according to wage and hour laws. Some evening and weekend availability required. Required availability in 2016 includes the evenings of February 18, April 23, July 9, July 23, September 1, and others TBD.

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Communications & Community Outreach Intern, Front of House Support Staff, Volunteers

Core Responsibilities: The Communications Director is responsible for implementing internal and external communications strategies designed to build public awareness of SOMArts, facilitate community engagement, and involve people in SOMArts programs. Internal communications oversight includes distribution of HR policies and procedures, database management, and collection/analysis of impact measurements.

Organizational Overview: SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all.

SOMArts is beloved in San Francisco as a cross-cultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms in a way that is open, engaging and inspiring. It is an incubator for ideas that lie outside the mainstream of contemporary art funding and consumption.

The South of Market Cultural Center is a 26,190 sq ft cultural center with two large performance/exhibition spaces, a flexible theater, a media lab, photography, ceramics and printmaking studios used on a weekly basis by professional artists, and four administrative offices.


Public Relations

–Working collaboratively with key staff, develop and coordinate ongoing local and national publicity effort
–Write and distribute press releases and media advisories for all programs
–Cultivate media relationships and work with Executive Director and program directors to pitch feature stories, reviews, and other media coverage to mass media and target markets
–Archive media coverage


–Coordinate the ongoing assessment and evolution of marketing and community outreach plan
–Oversee the development, production and distribution of marketing materials
–Write and edit marketing content
–Manage SOMArts’ online presence, including website, social media and other information portals
–Work with interns and staff to ensure that the website is current and major projects are highlighted
–Ensure that online content is relevant and up to date
–Assist Executive Director and Program Directors in writing and editing program descriptions and grant narratives
–Conceive and implement targeted marketing and program outreach
–Working with key staff, develop infrastructure to measure online engagement and create opportunities for arts learning and community building through new media, virtual participation and curated content

Constituency Development/Front of House/Box Office

–Participate actively in the planning of SOMArts events to ensure alignment between programming and constituency development strategies
–Working collaboratively with key staff, take leadership role in the development and implementation of fundraising and friendraising events.
–Oversee Box Office/Font of House Staff/Volunteers to ensure positive participant experience, constituency development and consistency of messaging.
–Understand and oversee box office reports, participant surveys, and marketing functions
–Monitor ticket sales and adjust outreach as needed
–Monitor house management and box office reports to ensure accurate financial reporting
–Develop and implement Front of House policies and procedures

Internal Communications

–Develop and implement annual calendar and procedures for distribution and collection of information/reports/forms required of SOMArts employees (5 full-time, 11 part-time, 15- 20 seasonal employees).
–Assist Executive Director and key staff with annual reporting to Board of Directors, community partners, funders and other stakeholders


–Minimum of 1-2 years experience working in a professional marketing and public relations environment
–Impeccable written communications skills
–Strong organizational skills and the ability to interact positively and professionally with staff and constituents and to perform job duties while in stressful situations
–Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to complete tasks thoroughly and efficiently
–Available to work a flex schedule that includes evening and weekend hours
–Willing to actively promote and work alongside of contemporary works of art and performances that present challenging and provocative subject matter


–Bi-lingual Spanish
–Basic knowledge of HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, Salesforce
–Familiarity with San Francisco arts and culture landscape


–Receive, process, and maintain information through oral and written communications effectively
–Substantial physical movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
–Ability to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction with good eye and hand coordination
–Lift, move, and carry up to 20 pounds on occasion


Send a cover letter, resume, and work samples* to Attn: Interim Executive Director. Subject: [YOUR LAST NAME], Communications Director

Position open until filled.

*Please submit 1-3 work samples including at least one press release or similar writing sample. Examples of online content or fundraising appeals are encouraged. Please submit your work samples as URLs or pdfs. Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.

Please, no phone calls or faxes. Due to the volume of applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

Principals only. We do not accept resumes from third parties and we will not pay fees to any agency or firm.

We wish you the best of luck in your job search!


SOMArts fosters a creative and professional environment that reflects the diversity of San Francisco. We actively recruit a wide pool of applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.