Employment Opportunities

Tucson Pima Arts Council

Marketing and Communications Specialist


Job Description

The Marketing and Communications Specialist is the lead individual responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies for the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), the designated art council for the City of Tucson and Pima County. TPAC’s mission is to “foster artistic expression, civic participation and the economic growth of our diverse community by supporting, promoting and advocating for arts and culture.” TPAC provide arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions / contracts to artists and arts organizations, and to select cultural projects.

Job summary: The Specialist will lead the crafting of the TPAC marketing message; develop and implement marketing strategies for TPAC; identify and cultivate relevant media platforms and forums for the dissemination of TPAC messaging and information.

The Specialist will be responsible for telling the story of the arts and cultural life in Southern Arizona. The Specialist will create a strategic marketing and outreach plan that is proactive and innovative and will engage current audiences and identify and reach new audiences.  This plan will position TPAC as responsive to the local artists it serves, the larger Tucson community, as well as local and national funders–including business leaders, government, foundations, and opinion makers.

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervisory responsibility: The Specialist works in consultation with the Communications and Marketing Committee of the Board

Salary: $15,000 PT (Based on a 20hr wkly work schedule)

Essential job duties include:

  1. Content production and delivery through all media:  The Specialist will write, edit and compile content for use in print, web, and broadcast media including social media and will provide content for use by Visit Tucson, a key editorial partnership.  The Specialist will supervise content and graphics for the TPAC website.
  2. Editor and Writer: The Specialist will produce the TPAC monthly “News and Ops” on-line publication.
  3. Media Relations:  The Specialist will write and distribute press releases and provide short- and long-term follow up with media representatives locally, regionally and nationally.  The Specialist will develop and implement a media outreach plan to include all media in all markets and is the primary interface between outside media and TPAC and will act as spokesperson in addition to the Executive Director, Members of the Board, and other staff to be designated.
  4. Contractor Relations: The Specialist will solicit at least three competitive bids for any outside contracts in support of the strategic plan to include print, design, etc.  The Specialist supervises production in all media of all content created for TPAC.
  5. Program support:  The Specialist will write and produce marketing material for the Lumies arts awards, Open Studio Tour and all special events.  Additionally, the Specialist will provide copy editorial supervision for all grant RFPs and external publications and reports, working in concert with program staff.

Minimum Requirements

Education: BA English, marketing, communications or related field or equivalent education and/or experience.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications: An understanding of Tucson and its unique sense of place is critical to the development of the marketing and communications plan, as is an understanding of how the arts contribute to and lead economic development and civic well-being. The ideal Marketing and Communications Specialist candidate has the ability to craft a narrative that reflects the challenges and successes of the arts community; and expertise and ability to assess and apply appropriate social media tools to further the mission and message of TPAC.

Please submit: Resume, Cover letter and email to: info@tucsonpimaartscouncil.org
Please add in the Subject: Marketing and Communications Specialist

Position Open until filled.


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Image from Linda Ahearn, participant in the 2011 Open Studio Tour.