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Director of Public Programs and Communications

The School for Advanced Research seeks a director of public programs and communications. This position provides leadership in developing, implementing, and promoting programs at SAR in order to help connect the scholarship/research of SAR with the general public. This position is full-time, exempt.


Program Planning

  • Plan dynamic public programs and activities to attract targeted audiences, general public, and potential donors to SAR
  • Work with SAR leadership team (president, scholars, Indian Arts Research Center, and development) on an annual schedule of programs that connect the work of SAR with the general public
  • Coordinate public program logistics for public lectures, scholar salons, classes, and other planned programs including venues, travel, honoraria, and itinerary while speakers are in Santa Fe
  • Arrange and oversee the recording and distribution of lectures, colloquia, and other public presentations via web and social media
  • Develop a process for obtaining and maintaining data from program participants to evaluate level of engagement and learning; and using data as a means of continually working on improving and expanding public programming
  • Work with reception and membership staff to coordinate campus tours and train volunteers to conduct tours

Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

  • Work with SAR president and division heads to develop an annual communications plan that reaches targeted audiences, increases visibility of SAR, and leverages resources for maximum benefit
  • Develop strategies to expand press coverage of SAR programs and events, including editorials, press releases, advertising, social media, radio interviews, and other media. Work closely with scholar programs, development, and the Indian Arts Research Center to promote their programs/events
  • Manage SAR’s marketing efforts to build visitation and develop an active program for hosting organized tour groups coming to Santa Fe
  • Design communication strategies and messaging for use by board members, staff, and volunteers when representing SAR at public events
  • Work with communications coordinator on messaging about public and scholar programs, and on developing and writing articles for the monthly E-news and SAR NOW print publication
  • Manage production of print media such as brochures and annual reports
  • Ensure the SAR website is up to date and reflects the public dimension of all divisions and programs of the institution
  • Supervise the work and work product of the communications coordinator
  • Act as liaison with contractors on web content and graphic design as it relates to public programs
  • Oversee the reception center, attending to requests for building maintenance as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISION: Supervised by SAR president

SALARY: $65,000 plus benefits.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree plus 3 to 5 years’ experience, preferably in nonprofit; advanced degree in communications, humanities, or social science a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to implement successful programs and manage public relations and communications strategies for nonprofit or other organizations. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Willingness to work as a team and exceptional interpersonal skills a must. Demonstrated facility with MS Office, Outlook, and social media. Some clerical work. Microsoft Office knowledge required. Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Sitting, Walking, Talking, Hearing, Typing, Seeing, Grasping, Repetitive Motions. Sedentary work for extended periods of time.

TO APPLY: Please email your cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references in one consolidated .pdf to: no later than Monday December 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM.