Associate Director

Lehmann Maupin

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Lehmann Maupin seeks an Associate Director, Press Relations to join its Communications & Marketing department. The position is based in New York and reports to the Global Director of Communications & Marketing. The ideal candidate will have at least four years related experience in public relations with strong contacts in art and culture publications. The Associate Director is responsible for developing the gallery’s international communications strategy, in conjunction with the Global Director and external PR agencies, and executes media relations on behalf of the gallery and its artists. The position is responsible for managing the gallery’s global media outreach, fielding and delegating inbound press requests, and cultivating media contacts on behalf of the gallery. The Associate Director supports in the development of public facing messaging as pertain to the gallery’s principals, leadership, artists and program; identifies opportunities and obstacles in reputation management; and controls the flow of information between the gallery and public. Excellent writing and communication skills, the ability to efficiently manage multiple projects at once, work collaboratively, and manage and meet deadlines is required.

Lehmann Maupin’s Communications & Marketing Department is responsible for globally promoting and increasing the profile of the gallery and its artists, their exhibitions, projects, and collaborations. In addition to press relations, the department creates and implements the gallery’s brand marketing and advertising; oversees the gallery’s digital and social media platforms; and manages the gallery’s events and program initiatives.


Press Relations

  • Craft and advise on press messaging strategy and develop key media placements to inform public of core brand propositions and differentiations

  • Write and edit gallery press releases, for exhibitions, art fairs, corporate announcements and special projects, in collaboration with key stakeholders

  • In conjunction with Global Director, develop and execute customized media plans for gallery exhibitions, art fairs, select third-party museum exhibitions, as well as corporate and crisis communications

  • Serve as primary, global media contact and field day-to-day media requests pertaining to the gallery

  • Manage relationships and facilitate work flow of global PR contractors

  • Review and sign off on institutional or partner press releases as required

  • Draft briefings for staff / artist interviews

  • Review all media image requests for appropriate written documentation of permission and courtesy information

  • Maintain all press image links for the gallery

  • Monitor news and provide timely updates to stakeholders, including real-time notifications to staff and gallery artists of key major media placements

  • Track and evaluate public relations campaigns to assess and adjust as necessary

  • Assist with sending out sales reports to the art market media, liaising with art fair PR departments and agencies

  • Write gallery editorial content for internal and external communications, i.e. web viewing rooms, art fair catalogs, gallery and artist boilerplates, etc.

  • Help liaise with museum press offices and PR agencies on institutional shows as needed

  • Direct translation of all appropriate media materials

  • Review email newsletters, prepared by Digital Marketing Manager, and provide input on editorial content

Artist Relations

  • Field media requests for gallery’s complete roster of artists

  • Advise artists on media opportunities and public relations strategies

  • Review all institutional press releases for artist’s exhibitions, and support institutional PR efforts, advising and supporting as necessary

  • Arrange studio visits and phone calls as necessary to develop media strategies with artists

  • Maintain collaborative, productive relationships with artists and their studios

  • Identify media opportunities for artists outside of exhibition program

  • Liaise with Archivists in press scanning/clippings and press packs

  • Ensure artists receiving timely press updates, clippings, and print copies

  • Maintain searchable information for artist specific media influencers

Events & Relationship-Building

  • Coordinate logistics for all New York press previews/media events and provide on-the-ground support, or remote support, as required

  • Advise on key media guests to engage for gallery events

  • Work closely with the New York Communications department to create general and targeted invite lists for press previews and outside press trips

  • Draft remarks, introductions and toasts for public events for gallery leadership

  • Maintain strong relationships with press, critics, and other opinion makers to the benefit of the gallery and its artists

  • Represent the gallery at New York events, as needed

  • BA or Masters degree in Art History, English, or Communications preferred

  • 4 + years of related experience in a gallery, PR agency, museum, or arts institution

  • Past experience working with New York-based media and achieving coverage is key

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Exceptional time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines and coordinate across departments in a fast-paced environment

  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Keynote; experience working with InDesign, Photoshop and/or Illustrator is a plus

  • Proactive, positive, and solution oriented

Position hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 6 pm. Candidate will occasionally need to work additional hours and travel. No calls or walk-ins please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Lehmann Maupin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The gallery makes decisions concerning hiring and terms and conditions of employment without regard to any characteristic protected by applicable law.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and two (2) professional references to with “Associate Director Press Relations” in the subject line.

Posted on December 18