Director of Marketing and Communications

California, United States
25 Oct 2018
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25 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cantor Arts Center is committed to developing a diverse candidate pool. 

About Us:

The Cantor boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, and now serves as the center for the visual arts on campus. The Cantor is an encyclopedic museum, with collections of historic and contemporary art from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and from the Stanford family, totaling over 33,000 objects. 

In 2014, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, opened next to the Cantor. The Anderson Collection is a world-class collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculpture, all gifted to Stanford by the Anderson family.

Under new leadership, the Cantor has aspirations to be one of the finest university-museums in the country.  The Cantor’s growth opportunities are boundless and is expected to present national and international exhibitions over the next few years, bringing together the spirit of innovation and world-class research that is expected of Stanford.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center and working with the Director of the Anderson Collection, the Director of Marketing and Communications will build a 21st century marketing/communications program that will help propel the institutions forward.  We’re looking for an entrepreneurial thinker who is eager to try innovative approaches to reach new audiences.  A partner who can speak to our diverse communities and create conversations with art as the centerpiece.  We seek a leader who can balance the needs for traditional communications with the rewards that social media and technology offer.  

Core Duties:

  • Create an integrated 21st century marketing program that puts the arts on campus at the center of the conversation.
  • Refine and improve the museums’ brand strategy to set the museum up to be internationally known as the visual hub of Stanford and a national contender.
  • Develop and grow the public relations opportunities, building on recent success and developing deep relationships within a changing media environment.
  • Support the efforts of fundraising and provide support for programs and events to ensure growth and acknowledgment for institutional successes.
  • Work collaboratively and cross-departmentally on initiatives, projects, and other institutional goals.
  • Responsibility for staff including the recruitment, management, development, and retention.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the visual arts; previous museum experience
  • Previous experience in marketing, preferably in a visual arts context.
  • Experience with digital, web, print, social media marketing.
  • Understands how to implement effective marketing programs across multiple channels.
  • Creative problem solver with strong critical thinking skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Prior experience in planning and managing program budgets.

Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.