DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

David Kordansky Gallery

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DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Monday – Friday (full-time, exempt)

David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team as Director of Communications. The Director of Communications is an executive role, responsible for leading a range of significant functions, including managing the Communications Team; strategically directing the gallery’s press, marketing, web, and social media engagements; raising the profile of the gallery by proactively cultivating relationships with writers, editors, and publications worldwide; and coordinating all gallery events. This position is a full-time role, Monday through Friday, and will require flexibility for additional hours based on the needs of the gallery. A generous benefits package is offered.

Responsibilities

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

David Kordansky Gallery is one of the most dynamic venues for contemporary art in Los Angeles and is internationally regarded as a leading gallery of its generation. Established in 2003, the exhibition program is dedicated to presenting artists’ work with passion and intellectual rigor, and to bringing the utmost care and precision to showcasing artistic visions. The Gallery is committed to presentations that blend scholarship and connoisseurship with equity and inclusion. We are an institution rooted in our hometown of Los Angeles, and in California, as we embrace cultural activity as a fully global phenomenon.

Maintaining a culture of belonging is important to us—we strive for a workplace where every single team member feels valued, supported, and heard. We believe in the power of creativity and seek opportunities for connection, collaboration, and learning between cultures and communities. We are committed to championing policies and practices that promote diversity, foster cultural equity, and sustain an environment of inclusivity. The Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Gallery does not discriminate, and does not permit discrimination against its employees, interns, volunteers, or applicants. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of individuals who contribute their time and talents to our mission, and we pledge to create a safe, accessible, and inclusive place to work.

The Gallery’s consistent growth, developed in tandem with its artists’ ambitions, occurs through the unique participation and contribution of each employee. We look for colleagues who are the most driven, the most talented, and the most creative. Every member of the Gallery’s team should aim for excellence and ingenuity, surpassing challenges and discovering new possibilities together. We value long-term commitment and loyalty, and in turn provide avenues for career advancement across all departments.

Requirements

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Communications and Archives Management:

  • Lead the Communications Team (3-4 employees), including Archivist and Media Manager

  • Implement strategic communications and archives plans for gallery, including policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Press Relations:

  • Develop press strategy, executing campaigns for artists, exhibitions, fairs, and gallery

  • Grow gallery’s network of, and relationships with international, national, and local press contacts and influencers

  • Serve as spokesperson for gallery, fielding interviews and providing quotations

  • Pitch and secure press coverage with targeted writers and editors

  • Oversee press inquiries, asset development and delivery, fact-checking and corrections

  • Direct production and distribution of press releases and newsletters

  • Events:

  • Coordinate all gallery events (e.g. post-opening artist dinners for exhibitions and fairs, press events, programs, talks, screenings, performances, etc.), including invitations, guest lists, vendor booking, and venue reservations

  • Research and pitch corporate and/or targeted client-specific partnerships for events, including sponsorships and promotion

  • Digital Content, Social Media, & Marketing:

  • Direct social media strategy, content, and engagement for gallery

  • Grow gallery’s social media following and engagement through experimentation / innovation and analytics-based reporting

  • Supervise documentation and media presentation of exhibitions (photography, videography, virtual tours, etc.)

  • Oversee maintenance of gallery’s website

  • Advertising:

  • Develop strategic advertising plan (print, web, and social) for maximum return

  • Outline advertising expense budgets, track costs, submit invoices for payment, and secure discounts from vendors

  • General:

  • Communicate gallery’s artists’ practices & biographies to writers, editors, curators, clients, and the public in an articulate, engaging, and professional manner

  • Follow trends in press outreach, audience growth, and brand development

QUALIFICATIONS:

Our ideal candidate is highly detail-oriented and creative with exceptional organizational skills; an excellent verbal and written communicator; and possesses the ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. We seek candidates who are extremely self-motivated, responsible, and efficient, and who hold a sincere appreciation for and experience with navigating diverse cultural spaces. In addition:

  • Knowledge of contemporary art required

  • Minimum five (5) years experience working in communications at a contemporary art gallery, public relations agency, art museum, publisher, and/or artist studio preferred

  • MA in Communications, Marketing, Modern / Contemporary Art History, or related field preferred, but consideration is given to candidates with a BA and/or related experience

  • Preference is given to candidates with expert knowledge of global contemporary art, including art of the African Diaspora, Latin America, and Asia

  • Proven record of achieving press coverage with art and culture press

  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading abilities

  • Experience managing a team of at least 2-4 people preferred

  • Interest and experience in VIP engagement and event-planning preferred

  • Skills in media analytics (print and social) preferred (e.g. Google Analytics, Instagram Insights, etc.)

  • Skills in a Mac-based environment required, including: Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Sheets) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Skills in the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign) preferred

  • Basic knowledge of databases such as ArtBase / FileMaker (or similar) preferred

  • Fluent in English, fluency in an additional language welcomed

How to Apply

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • This is a full-time salaried position.

  • The pay scale for this position will be given at the time of a phone interview.

Benefits for full-time salaried employees include:

  • Fully-paid premium medical and vision insurance

  • Discounted dental and long-term disability insurance

  • Paid sick time

  • Paid holidays

  • Paid personal and vacation days (starting at 13 annually)

  • Participation in a 401k plan

COVID-19:

  • During the pandemic, 80% of the work required of this position can be completed remotely, with some occasional in-person meetings required

  • The gallery values the health & safety of its employees, and is following all local guidelines with regard to the pandemic 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following via email with the subject line “Director of Communications” to jobs@davidkordanskygallery.com:

  • A cover letter detailing your previous experience and how you would approach the position

  • A complete CV, including a list of recent press stories secured

  • A list of your top 10 – 15 press contacts (arts writers, editors, publishers, influencers)

  • A selection of 1 – 3 short writing samples (500 words or less)

Submissions including the above items will be prioritized. Applicants with most, if not all, of the requested qualifications are invited to apply. No phone or walk-in inquiries, please.

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Posted on October 9