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Eva Silverman

Communications Associate, Art Design Chicago

The Terra Foundation for American Art is searching for a professional to provide communications support for Art Design Chicago (ADC), a citywide initiative highlighting the many voices and stories that are part of Chicago’s artistic identity and creative communities. The Communications Associate will play a key role in amplifying those stories by creating content, maintaining the digital presence for Art Design Chicago, and contributing to communications strategy. This is a temporary, 30-hour/week position through March 2025.

Who should apply? You should apply if you:

• Have demonstrated familiarity with the language used in writing about the visual arts and have applied strategies for engaging the public in visual arts activities

• Demonstrate strong written and verbal English skills and a record of effective storytelling through writing and digital media

• Have professional experience producing content for and managing a variety of social media platforms and with a variety of email- and content-management systems

• Are proficient with platforms for data analysis, presentation, and design (Adobe Creative Suite preferred)

• Have experience or requisite skill to track and analyze metrics to gain insights and inform strategy

• Can perform detail-oriented work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team

• Have strong time-management skills and the ability to complete all activities accurately and on deadline

• Are comfortable with quickly changing priorities

• Are located in the Chicago area

What will the Communications Associate do?

• In collaboration with the ADC team, ADC grantees, and external content creators, the Communications Associate will draft and/or edit written content; source, edit, and/or create images, graphics, and video; and post to:

o Social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Vimeo

o Art Design Chicago website event pages and stories pages

o E-mail marketing platform (MailChimp)

• Coordinate with the foundation communications team to cross-post content on foundation channels and generate story ideas, as needed

• Ensure accuracy of content represented via ADC communications channels

• Monitor and report on social media, e-communications, and website metrics

• Assist in drafting written content for print collateral, presentations, and reports as needed

• Track and organize all digital assets and coordinate rights and reproduction for internal and external assets

• Contribute to the evaluation of ADC and the dissemination of impact assessments internally and externally

• Other duties as assigned, including participating in internal discussions and meetings

What is the term, time commitment, and compensation?

• Reporting to the Art Design Chicago Project Director, the position is approximately 4/5 time (30 hours per week), temporary (through March 2025), with an annual salary of $50,000, plus benefits (health care, dental and vision coverage, 403 (b) savings plan, sick paid time off, and more). The Terra Foundation is currently operating on a hybrid in-office/remote work model.

To apply:

Submit resume/CV and letter of interest to The deadline to apply is August 25, 2023.

About the Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art, established in 1978 and having offices in Chicago and Paris, supports organizations and individuals locally and globally with the aim of fostering intercultural dialogues and encouraging transformative practices that expand narratives of American art, through the foundation’s grant program, collection, and initiatives. Learn more about the foundation.

About Art Design Chicago

Art Design Chicago is a special series of events and exhibitions that highlight the city’s unique artistic heritage and creative communities. An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with artists and arts organizations across the city, Art Design Chicago seeks to expand narratives of American art with an emphasis on the city’s diverse and vibrant creative cultures and the stories they tell.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion

The Terra Foundation for American Art is committed to strengthening diversity, equity, access, and inclusion across all aspects of its work, including board engagement, workplace culture, programs and grantmaking, and community and institutional partnerships. We seek to transform and expand how the story of American art is told—through the histories represented, artists and voices included, interpretive perspectives employed, methods of collaboration used, audiences engaged, and intercultural dialogues convened. We encourage applications from candidates who may contribute diverse perspectives to the foundation and help advance its mission.

Contact Info:
Terra Foundation HR
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago