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Communications Associate - CUE art

Sunday, December 31, 2023

New York City, New York, United States

The Communications Associate supports all of CUE’s public outreach efforts, including email and print communications, website maintenance, social media channels, photo and video documentation, open call outreach, event communications, and press and media relations. They will design and implement communications strategies for members of the public, CUE’s community, supporters, and other external audiences.

The Communications Associate will be supervised by CUE’s Development and Communications Director and Programs Manager, and will also work closely with other staff to gain hands-on experience in managing a non-profit gallery space. They will bring to the role a range of skills relevant to the position, and will learn more about all aspects of planning, coordinating, publicizing, and documenting the exhibitions and programs of a small artist-driven organization.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a motivated individual who is interested in joining a small team of passionate people. They will be mission-driven and interested in the ecosystems and communities of arts engagement in New York City and more broadly. They will also share in our commitment to the values of access, equity, and justice.


-Plan and implement communications strategies for CUE’s programs and exhibitions

-Draft and edit text and create/select images associated with exhibitions and programs

-Oversee development of all web, print, and digital assets for CUE’s programs and overall identity and mission

-Maintain organizational website; participate in rebranding and redevelopment efforts

-Manage social media calendar and implement strategic campaigns for exhibitions and organizational goals

-Maintain communications calendars in coordination with CUE’s programming and development schedules

-Communicate with members of the press and respond to media inquiries

-Create style guides, templates, and presentations for use by CUE’s staff, board, and external designers


Email, Digital, and Print Communications:

-Coordinate all visual and written assets for email, digital, and print communications (including catalogues for all exhibitions), working both independently and with staff, artists, external graphic designers, and online or print vendors

-Participate in drafting and editing of exhibition overview statements, as well as editing of artist statements, mentor statements, catalogue essays, organizational overviews, and other texts for print and digital materials

-Create caption documents, press releases, price lists, presentation decks, and other materials required for programs and development purposes

-Create and disseminate email announcements for exhibitions, programs, open calls, development campaigns, and other organizational activity

-Maintain social media and communications calendars; manage creation and dissemination of content on various platforms

-Write and edit alt-text for all images to be used on online platforms

-Conduct targeted outreach for particular programs and campaigns

-Coordinate weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual communications evaluations and reports

-Actively engage in outreach efforts to increase visibility of organization’s content and platforms

-Propose creative strategies and projects to engage audiences online

-Work with other staff and external designers to develop style guides and templates

Website Management and Maintenance:

-Serve as webmaster and editor of website, updating and editing all content as needed

-Resolve technical issues with website and related platforms

-Participate in strategy and discussions around website design and content development

-Assist in coordinating development of project specific webpages and other online platforms

-Maintain, update, and embed content from related web platforms such as Issuu, YouTube, and Vimeo

Photo and Video Documentation:

-Document and/or coordinate documentation of exhibitions and programs in various media (photo, audio, video)

-Upload and archive all photo, video, and graphic assets on shared server

-Coordinate photography and videography; provide feedback and edits to vendors in a timely manner

-Edit transcriptions of event recordings and add closed captioning

Press Tracking and Media Relations:

-Manage press tracking and press archiving of current, upcoming, and past exhibitions and alumni artists and mentors

-Assemble and send out press kits for exhibitions and programs

-Serve as primary liaison for press requests (images, captioning, curatorial quotes, etc.)

-Conduct research and targeted outreach to press outlets and writers, in collaboration with organization staff

Event Communications:

-Create and disseminate event announcements and RSVP forms; manage RSVP lists digitally and on-site or online

-Conduct general and targeted outreach to promote events to CUE’s community, members of the public, artists’ networks, press, donors, and other targeted audiences,

-Support and assist with event structure and setup, including A/V requirements and digital platforms as needed

-Coordinate documentation of all exhibitions, events, and programs, ensuring programs are photographed, videotaped, and live­streamed


-Assemble informational/organizational packets for events and meetings

-Develop and maintain lists, including partnership opportunities, media contacts, listings sites, opportunities for artists, and more

-Assess and coordinate potential partnership opportunities

-Actively promote CUE’s programs and mission; encourage diverse participation and engagement

-Foster a sense of community among those interested in CUE’s mission and program

-Greet gallery attendees and enhance visitor experiences of CUE

-Assist in general operations and management of CUE’s gallery and programs, in coordination with other staff

-Oversee interns working on communications in coordination with other staff

-Other duties and requested and assigned


CUE Art Foundation recognizes that individuals have diverse life experiences and trajectories that may qualify them for this role, and prioritizes characteristics, skills, and lived experience that will allow for a candidate to undertake the role and learn from CUE’s context in ways that support both the organization and the employee’s future career goals. The qualifications listed below are simply a guideline, and we encourage those who do not meet them all but believe they are a great fit to apply anyway.


-2-3 years of experience in communications or editorial support at a cultural organization, museum, gallery, educational institution, or other creative context

-Interest in emerging and contemporary art; experience working with artists or in an artist-centered context a plus

-Understanding of nonprofit and mission-driven contexts; willingness to work on a small team and on many concurrent projects

Project Management and Administrative Skills:

-Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to develop clear and concise language for a diversity of audiences and stakeholders, both public and specialized

-Attention to detail; ability to understand big picture goals and needs and translate them to smaller scale tasks to implement projects with accuracy and efficiency

-Comfort with fast-paced environment and tight deadlines; ability to prioritize multiple projects while meeting deadlines and maintaining high quality of work

-Experience developing and managing relationships with artists, vendors, staff, and other stakeholders; ability to exercise keen judgment and maintain trust and discretion

-Propensity for teamwork; desire to collaborate with others and ability to engage with diverse people working toward common goals

-Apt problem solving skills; ability to think creatively to develop practical solutions and willingness to work effectively both with and without standards, templates, and supervision

Technical Skills:

-Strong visual and verbal communications sensibilities; understanding of differences in audience and medium (print, digital, web, etc.)

-Familiarity with media landscape and cultural reporting in New York City or more broadly

-Knowledge of A/V equipment and experience with photo and video creation and editing

-Skilled in use of a wide variety of web and social media platforms, including newer and more experimental channels

-Excellent command of Adobe Creative Suite, Squarespace, and Mailchimp or other online marketing or CRM tools

-Proficiency with Google Drive Suite, Excel, Word, and other organizational tools

Character and Motivation:

-Problem solver who is motivated to mitigate and resolve issues and challenges that arise

-Creative thinker who enjoys innovating both independently and in a team context

-Quick learner who is able to pick up new tools and learn new processes quickly

-Teamworker who is motivated, highly organized, and self-directed when necessary

-Energetic presence, with spirit of resourcefulness, flexibility, commitment, and optimism

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