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National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks Communications and Development Officer

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National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks Communications and Development Officer

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is seeking a candidate for the Communications and Development Officer position.

The NAGB now has an exciting opportunity for a creative, talented and professional Communications and Development and Officer with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for outreach, fundraising, public relations at the nation’s premier cultural institution. One of the premier art institutions in the Caribbean, the NAGB aims to cultivate an awareness of Bahamian fine arts both at home and abroad.

For the past 13 years, the NAGB has committed itself to fostering local artists who continue to push the frontiers and foundations of culture across the islands. The institution assumes a critical role in the development of visual arts and devotes itself to exchange, the shoring up of national identity, scholarship and education.

The Communications and Development Officer would oversee the gallery’s communication and publicity efforts and is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the gallery’s public relations and outreach efforts, media relations, programming initiatives and, most importantly, digital communications strategies, including the website.

The Communications and Development Officer would also be responsible for assisting Director and Chief Curator with the planning and production of public fundraising campaigns for exhibitions, general programming and capital projects.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Writing press releases and blog entries about exhibitions and gallery programming activities;

• Assisting in writing about works in the National Collection or in temporary exhibitions;

• Assisting with writing educational and communication materials for exhibitions, coordinating with the Curatorial department and the Education and Community Outreach Officer;

• Managing the gallery’s external communications, including coordination of any advertising; not limited to radio ads, and print advertising along with the organization of the Blank Canvas Radio show.

• Coordinating content across all social media platforms and bi-monthly newsletters under the supervision of the Chief Curator, ensuring that these strategies are optimized in relation to the aesthetic aspects of the museum and its brand in signage and spatial utilization;

• Work with the Director and Chief Curator to enhance NAGB’s public identity and positioning, foster positive external relations and build long-term strategic alliances;

• Play an active, public role as a spokesperson and representative of the gallery;

• Maintaining updates on NAGB website;

• Managing gallery tours for schools, donors and VIP guests;

• Assisting with communication to corporate and individual patrons;

• Assisting in preparing corporate and individual fundraising mailings, including letters and proposals, for exhibitions and other gallery programs in conjunction with the Registrar;

• Supervise and manage the research and preparation of all foundation, corporate and government grant proposals, and oversee grant administration and reporting;

• Performing general administrative duties, including scheduling of tours and programming talks and screenings.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS:

• Qualified candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in related field – Communications, Marketing, English – and two or more years of experience;

• Previous working experience in communications, development, social media management in a fast paced cultural environment;

• Excellent communications, organizational and interpersonal skills demonstrating various capacities to plan, liaise and manage multiple projects;

• Exceptional writing and oral skills, proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

• Some knowledge of working with Adobe Suite, MailChimp, Google Documents;

• Must have the ability to plan, prioritize and manage workloads whilst meeting deadlines;

• Previous project management experience;

• An outstanding team player with the ability to work on own initiative to drive results;

• A vested and deep interest in and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, especially from The Bahamas and the region.

Please send the following documents in support of your application:

1. CV or résume

2. Letter of Intent

3. Writing sample of under 500 words.

4. 3 Letters of recommendation.

Note: Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment. Only the most qualified applicants will continue on in the selection process.

Selection Process: The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Deadline for applications: September 9th, 2016

For further questions, please contact Amanda Coulson, Director, The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas at acoulson@nagb.org.bs or info@nagb.org.bs