Communications Officer Job Announcement

Job Description

Part-Time – 18-19 hours/week

Working to promote Mass Humanities’ mission to use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the Commonwealth, the communications officer’s primary responsibilities include heightening awareness of the organization and cause, and encouraging people to become more involved.

The communications officer works closely with program and IT staff to gather and disseminate the message and stories of Mass Humanities to the general public and targeted groups. The communications officer creates the “voice” of the organization across platforms that include print and electronic newsletters, social media, email announcements, media releases, Website, and others. Reports to the director of development and communications. Based in Northampton, MA.

Application deadline: 8/16/17                     Start Date: September 2017                   Job Posted: 7/28/17



Work with executive director and director of development and communications to increase awareness of Mass Humanities among the general public and targeted groups.

  • Write/compile/edit monthly eNewsletter.
  • Serve as editor of the annual print newsletter.
  • Post to social media accounts regularly.
  • Report to legislators about grant making activities.
  • Update Website content regularly and create features to draw in viewers.
  • Collaborate in launch of new project Website.
  • Serve as liaison to communications board committee.
  • Other related tasks as required.


Work with program staff to plan, guide, and advance program-specific communications to increase awareness and attendance/involvement with the various programs that Mass Humanities conducts.

  • Promote programs across platforms.
  • Write media releases and develop relationships with media contacts.
  • Research and identify strategies for reaching new audiences.
  • Maintain lists of key hubs for disseminating announcements to targeted groups.
  • Lead monthly meetings with program staff members to discuss upcoming needs.
  • Attend program events.
  • Calendar and track program-specific communications tasks.
  • Support and sometimes train grantees in their public relations efforts.
  • Coordinate and schedule announcements with development department.
  • Coordinate and edit The Public Humanist blog.


Commensurate with experience. Minimum $19/hour.


  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • Track record of strong professional relationships and collaboration skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field
  • 2-4 years of related experience
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
  • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize a number of projects

How to Apply
To apply, complete form below with required documents (letter of intent, writing sample, and CV) and references. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 16, 2017 or until the position is filled. The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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