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Communications Director

Title: Director of Communications

Reports to: Executive Director and Chief Curator

General summary:

The Director of Communications is responsible for planning and implementing all communications activity for the Renaissance Society, both externally and internally. This individual drives public relations, audience engagement, and marketing initiatives, and is a key contributor to overall institutional strategy.

S/he works closely with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that the Renaissance Society is represented in an accurate and compelling manner, and actively seeks out new channels for raising awareness of and engagement with the institution. This is a highly collaborative role, supporting communications needs across exhibitions, public programs, publishing, operations, and development.

Essential functions:

  • Develops and executes a comprehensive communication plan across multiple media channels; articulates institutional messaging in collaboration with Executive Director and colleagues; establishes measures of success consistent with the organization’s mission
  • Promotes the Renaissance Society’s activity through the creation and dissemination of content across print and digital materials, including program booklets, posters, website, social media, and annual reports
  • Leads audience engagement and visitor experience efforts, including producing interpretive materials, running Student Committee and Student Membership programs, training gallery attendants, and overseeing ticketing and signage
  • Secures press coverage for the museum’s program and institutional announcements by distributing press releases, cultivating relationships with writers and editors, and actively pitching stories; monitors media coverage and maintains press archive
  • Maintains internal calendars and circulates information among staff and board members as required
  • Represents the Renaissance Society to external partners and networks
  • Manages departmental budget and negotiates relationships with external vendors, including graphic designers, photographers, printers, and distribution services


  • BA degree; MA preferred
  • Five or more years of professional experience in an equivalent or related position required; experience working in a museum or nonprofit organization preferred
  • Interest in contemporary art and culture required
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy
  • Proactive and creative thinker who is able to work independently, managing a diverse workload, reliably meeting deadlines, and performing well under pressure
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with staff and board; and with external constituents, including patrons, vendors and audience members
  • Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly within a small team, including the ability to work evening and weekend events
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity and discretion
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite programs required; experience using web-based technologies (e.g. content management systems, email marketing, social media, Google Analytics); basic graphic design skills preferred

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to Jessica Cochran, by July 12, 2019.

No emails or phone calls, please.

About the Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry. We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and the commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.

Contact Info:
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago - Hyde Park