Mass Humanities seeks a Director of Communications to lead the organization’s external communications. As the foundation launches a new strategic plan, Mass Humanities seeks to develop its communications platforms to champion the work of its grantees and grow support for the humanities in Massachusetts. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent writing skills, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, relevant experience in managing projects with multiple stakeholders, familiarity with digital media production, and a practical understanding of the media landscape in Massachusetts. A love and knowledge of Massachusetts, its people and its history, is always a plus.
About Mass Humanities
Founded in 1974, Mass Humanities is a private non-profit organization that serves as the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making to small nonprofits throughout the state, partnerships with educational institutions, and community engagement programs, we create opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable commonwealth. We believe in promoting an equitable and inclusive society that recognizes all people’s perspectives, especially those who have been historically excluded. At this critical juncture for our state and the nation, we believe the humanities must be part of decision making from the street corner to the classroom to the town meeting and the State House.
We support more than 200 organizations across the state each year, including local museums, cultural centers, human services providers, and historic sites. Our key initiatives include Reading Frederick Douglass Together, the Clemente Course in the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program. Through our grants and partnerships, we seek to elevate new narratives that reimagine the ideas and people that shape the Commonwealth’s past, present and future. We believe this work must be visible, accessible and interactive. The Director of Communications will lead these efforts.
About the Role
The Director of Communications will be a member of the organization’s leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Director of Communications serves as editorial director for the organization, developing the organization’s voice and audiences through storytelling, digital media and strategic partnerships, and providing in-house coverage of the organization for key audiences that include Mass Humanities grantees, donors and legislators. This new position will supervise an outside marketing firm currently coordinating the organization’s social media and traditional media outreach.
The successful candidate can work from the organization’s office in Northampton or work remotely full-time from another location in Massachusetts. Occasional travel around the state is required.
- Develop and manage an organization-wide communications calendar.
- Write copy for press releases, website, and promotional materials, ensuring consistency in public-facing messaging.
- Manage the organization’s website with regular content updates, including features on grantees, events, and program participants.
- Supervise the development and distribution of original content to amplify the organizations and programs funded by Mass Humanities.
- Launch and direct media partnerships to increase the audiences for the humanities.
- Partner with Executive Director on legislative relations and media outreach.
- Partner with Grants Department to create outreach tools that reach new audiences for grant opportunities.
- Partner with Development Department to create compelling fundraising tools.
- Supervise outside media firm for effective use of social media.
- Prepare for organizational rebrand in 2023.
Key Skills and Qualities
- Outstanding writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
- Team player who works well with others and can manage multiple large projects and deadlines.
- Experience working in diverse communities and with grassroots organizations
- Experience with digital and social media strategies, brand development, public relations, media, content development.
- Strong record of accomplishment of project management in communications.
- Deep interest in the news and current events, and how they connect with the humanities.
- Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining media contacts.
- Proficient with WordPress, Microsoft Office
- 5+ years of related experience in journalism, public relations or marketing.
- Bi-lingual a plus
Mass Humanities offers generous benefits to include fully paid individual health insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement contribution, as well as vacation, personal and sick leave. Mass Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full-time remote work is a possibility for this position.
Salary range: $75,000-$85,000