Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)
ART + AUDIENCE + LEARNING
Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada's leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives?
Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (?the AGO?) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to more than 1 million visitors annually. Focused on delivering content of exceptional quality and contemporary relevance, the AGO is deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and strengthening its recognition on a global scale. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO's compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.
We are seeking a full-time Communications Officer. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter able to effectively maintain balance while handling multiple priorities. They will also possess excellent written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Responsible for pitching story ideas and following up with media outlets. Coordinates media coverage including exhibition reviews, event listings, stunts and interviews with media across all platforms. Responds to incoming media requests and coordinates interviews, in-Gallery visits and tours. Assists in coordinating press and blogger/influencer events. Identifies profile-building opportunities for AGO spokespeople.
- Contributes to the AGO's story-based e-newsletter(s) and blog. Identifies, researches, writes and edits e-newsletter/blog content that reflects the AGO's accessibility and brand, increases audience engagement and drives attendance.
Develops a variety of content to support short and long-term external communications plans and strategies. As directed, writes and updates media-friendly materials including key messages, press releases, blog posts, social media posts, web copy, media invitations, media pitches, biographies, press materials and any reports required for communications purposes.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Degree in Communications, Journalism or Public Relations combined with a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience in communications and media relations.
- Knowledge of art and cultural sector an asset.
- Outstanding writing and editing skills. Proven experience in writing press releases and pitches that capture reporters' attention and land media coverage. Journalism writing experience an asset.
- Excellent media relations skills. Experienced in executing communications plans and securing local, national and international media coverage through effective and innovative tactics.
- Familiar with local, national and international arts media, including print, broadcast and digital publications.
- Experienced in writing for the web and e-newsletters. Knowledge of best practices in writing for e-newsletters, blogs and the web.
- Exceptionally detail-oriented and skilled in developing error-free content within tight deadlines that follows appropriate style guides.
- Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills.
- Video pre-production experience would be an asset.
- Advanced communication skills (verbal and written) including presentation skills.
- Knowledge of applicable computer programs and software i.e. Microsoft Office, Mailchimp, Drupal and Wordpress.
- Experienced in working with tracking softwares for traditional and social media coverage such as Google Analytics, Meltwater, Hootsuite, Critical Mention, Sprout Social, True Social.
- Knowledge of industry standard measurement systems such as Media Relations Points (MRP) and Ad Value Equivalency (AVE).
- Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, with ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Media training and experience speaking in front of a camera an asset.
- Strong relationship skills that can be leveraged with media contacts when required.
- A self-starter, equally skilled in working independently as collaborating with a team.
We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via our website: https://ago.ca/jobs-and-volunteering. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO's Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process. The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.