Communications Manager

California Science Center Foundation   Los Angeles, CA   Full-time     Management
Posted on September 2, 2022

SUMMARY

The Communications Manager works with the Director of Communications to implement the department’s overall media goals and objectives.  This includes, but is not limited to, cultivating and maintaining working relationships with media, scheduling and facilitating media visits, assisting with the development of content as a member of the social media team, and acting as project manager for select filming and media events. Manages logistical planning for media events. Supports the Communication Department’s efforts to plan and implement the strategic media relations program for the California Science Center’s educational and exhibits programming, IMAX Theater, and ExploraStore.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in public relations, communications or a related field.
  • Experience working for a museum, science center, informal education institution, or nonprofit organization is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to obtain media coverage in a competitive market.
  • Excellent writing and editing with a creative flair. Writing samples required.
  • Ability to assess good visual and audio opportunities for media.
  • Experience with project management in communications, marketing or related field.
  • A passion to learn; and an enthusiastic team player with strong relationship-building skills.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Awareness of best social media practices is desirable.
  • Multi-task oriented with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe, and social media tools.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule - some weekends and evenings.

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Proactively create media outreach opportunities and cultivate relationships with media. Maintain and build media contact lists.
  • Host media on site in response to inquiries. Facilitate interviews between media and Science Center spokespeople.
  • Assist in the development of messaging and campaign strategies.
  • Develop and edit press releases and other media materials.
  • Archive and organize digital, print, radio, and television clips and reports of media coverage.
  • Point person/lead for select exhibitions, events, or IMAX films on a rotating basis.
  • Oversee all internal communications efforts for the California Science Center to ensure "consistent" communication channels, plans, process, and design throughout the organization.
  • Serve as an active member of the social media team, and contribute content.  
  • Manage logistics for news conferences, media briefings and media previews for exhibition launches, communications programs and events. Supervise volunteers and select staff during media events.
  • Respond to media inquiries and collect RSVPs for media events.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The California Science Center Foundation is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


California Science Center Foundation

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