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Classified Ad: Communications and Outreach Director

Posted: October 15, 2019
Category: Job Postings
End Date: December 19, 2019


The Vermont Arts Council, an independent nonprofit statewide organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to serve as the Council’s communications and outreach director.

About the Arts Council

Since 1965, the Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. It is the only designated state arts agency in the U.S. that is also an independent nonprofit organization. The Arts Council board and staff envision a Vermont where all people have access to the arts and creativity in their lives, education, and communities. Engagement with the arts transforms individuals, connects us more deeply to each other, energizes the economy, and sustains the vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live. To advance this vision, the Council awards grants to artists, cultural organizations, schools, and communities, and supports the creative sector through technical support, research, and advocacy.

Position Description

Working closely with the executive director, the communications and outreach director is responsible for developing and implementing clear and powerful public communications strategies to promote the Council’s mission. The person in this position manages all print materials, media relations, and online communications. This requires the ability to transform information from various sources into compelling messages that convey the values and goals of the Council’s work.

The Council produces three e-newsletters. The person hired for this position will be someone with the passion and skills to expand the reach of the Council’s communications to engage new and diverse audiences.

The communications and outreach director supervises and ensures the smooth and effective work of a small, creative communications team. Staff development, mentoring, and evaluation are central to the position. The position also includes responsibility for planning and coordinating special events—including the annual Vermont Arts Awards—and communications relating to arts advocacy.

This position is based at the Vermont Arts Council office in Montpelier, and reports directly to the executive director. It requires flexible hours and a willingness to travel throughout the state.

More information about the Arts Council’s work can be found on the website.

Candidate Profile


  • minimum of seven years’ communications experience, ideally developing and implementing communications strategies within a nonprofit organization
  • experience developing and managing media relations, print and online communications
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • working knowledge of software for design (Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop and InDesign), and web technology (including Google analytics and email marketing software)
  • experience developing and coordinating effective special events.
  • highly collaborative style and ability to balance a variety of high-level projects concurrently
  • experience effectively supervising professional staff
  • demonstrated leadership, initiative, and commitment to working collaboratively with staff, board, partners, funders, and constituents

desirable characteristics

  • knowledge of Vermont’s arts landscape and cultural organizations
  • personal or professional connection to the arts
  • experience with social media management


This is a fulltime position with a flexible work schedule. Compensation package will include a competitive salary (between $51,500 and $55,000) and benefits, as well as professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this position, as well as the names of three references to Please put “ATTN: Communications Director Search” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until December 18, 2019 (deadline extended from December 5) and will be kept strictly confidential.


The Vermont Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

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