Job Notice: Communications Manager

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is seeking a Communications Manager to join its team to join its team headquartered in the Bronx, New York. The position can be remote or hybrid, with occasional travel required. This position will report directly to the Vice President & Director of Programs; and will work collaboratively with other members of the GIA team, including the President & CEO, Director of Operations & Finance, and development and program colleagues.

The Communications Manager's responsibilities include the development of communication plans for GIA programs and information dissemination, including coordination of information from members and national partners. Further responsibilities include editorial oversight and promotion of GIA’s communication platforms, including website, news feed, social media, weekly member bulletin, and blogs; editorial support of the GIA Reader, including managing guest submissions alongside the VP; and management of communications and other items as needed related to the annual conference.

Desired qualifications and experience are as follows:

  • A combination of education, training, and experience in communications (including communications strategy, publications management, journalism, external affairs, social media management, or other relevant sectors.)
  • 5 years of experience in communications preferred with demonstrated success in using varied communications vehicles, strategies, and platforms.
  • Coordination of content for publication, including communications with authors, artists, researchers, and designers.
  • High level focus on details and organizational skills required, ability to creatively problem-solve independently and collaboratively preferred.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and copy-editing skills required.
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, organized, and dependable.
  • Knowledge of communications strategy and content development required.
  • Knowledge of design, styles, and publication practices and principles preferred.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with a range of constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, program partners, and participants.
  • Proof of work eligibility and the ability to travel.

Responsibilities and duties

  • The Communication Manager will design and implement integrated communications across platforms to promote GIA programs and information for members and the arts funding community. The Communication Manager will design and implement integrated communications across platforms to promote GIA’s advocacy and organizing for improved grantmaking policies and practices and public policies for GIA’s members, the arts funding community, and other related stakeholders. 
  • This role will be primarily strategic and will also include execution on their own and in collaboration with GIA team members and consultants. 
  • This role will also include self-directed work and oversight of and delegation to team members and consultants.

Strategy, Planning, and Administration

  • Provide strategic thinking with member(s) of GIA team maintain website(s), manage organizational communications and publications, strategic communication partnerships and opportunities, and other external representations of GIA.
  • Responsible for design and collaboration on implementation of GIA’s communication plans, facilitating promotion of GIA’s programs, goals, and information across platforms. 
  • Responsible for management and coordination of internal communications, a communications calendar, and both routine and novel communications campaigns with GIA team.
  • Responsible for development, implementation, and adaptation of collaborative communication strategy with VP.

Publications & Mailings

  • Coordinate communication, inform strategy, and oversee marketing and distribution of GIA publications and research.
  • Oversee marketing and distribution of GIA publications.
  • Coordinate content, editing, and production of GIA Online Reader, Member Bulletin, GIA blogs, Presidents’ Blog, and other GIA publications as needed.
  • Collaborate on GIA Online Reader publications in new format: blogs, commissions, media, news items, etc. and coordinate research and communications as needed.
  • Oversee conference-related communications, including manage and produce conference-related social media; manage and support contracted bloggers and photographers; manage communications-related conference volunteer support. 

Web activities 

  • Work with GIA staff on all aspects of content creation for GIA's website and its impact on all of GIA's activities.
  • Oversee all aspects of social media to engage GIA members and encourage new members: This could become increasingly delegated to a junior team member or intern.
  • Management of social media planning, strategy, content creation, and data tracking and analysis.
  • Work with GIA staff to update content regularly and identify resources GIA could make available on the website.
  • Develop content for members on GIA's web site; continually improve existing and add new web services for members.


  • Support needs of conference planning and implementation as needed.
  • Travel as needed, possibly on weekends, for convenings, meetings as needed.
  • Provide other support to programs as needed within the overall scope of GIA's work.

Grantmakers in the Arts uses a Drupal platform website, Civi-CRM database, Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, Microsoft Office 365, Google Docs platform, and QuickBooks. Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Sprout Social, Canva, Squarespace, Wordpress, Survey Monkey, and Mailchimp.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) non-exempt position with some after-hours and weekend work and travel required. Applicants are not required to be based in New York, however working hours follow a standard New York City (east coast) schedule. 

Grantmakers in the Arts believes we must center those most impacted by systems of oppression to build the future we want. This includes Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Arab, disabled, queer, transgender and nonbinary, women of color identifying folks and people of color. We intentionally considers candidates from these communities and strongly encourage individuals who identify as such to apply.

Compensation: Salary range: $65,000-$75,000 dependent on experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes health, vision, and dental insurance, an employer-matching 401(k) plan, and a generous paid and unpaid leave policy, summer Fridays, and three weeks of scheduled office closure annually.

TO APPLY: Not sure if you meet our desired qualifications? If you believe that you will excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. Please review our application form to submit your responses to our applicant questions, submit your resume, and an optional cover letter. We may request further extant writing samples as part of the interview process. Please direct any questions to PLEASE no phone calls.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on February 12 and will close when position is filled, with a projected start in March 2024.

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is the only national network of private, public and corporate arts funders in the US and Canada, including independent and family foundations, public agencies, community foundations, corporate philanthropies, nonprofit re-grantors and national service organizations.  We provide our stakeholders with the resources, organizing tools and leadership they need to support artists, arts organizations and communities. We are committed to increasing support for arts and culture while advancing racial, economic and intersectional justice through arts and culture. Our vision for the future of our grantmaking field, as well as our programs and resources, can be found here.