DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

 

The Development & Communications Associate supports Storefront in all fundraising and communications activities for the organization. In terms of development, the position supports the organization’s major areas of funding, including institutional and foundation giving, membership development (corporate and individual), special events, and earned income. The position also supports all public communications conducted by the organization, including email and print communications, website maintenance, social media channels, press and media relations, internal and external events and public appearances, and publications. Creative thinking and problem solving are essential skills for employees of Storefront.

 

SKILLS

 

  • Outstanding written communication skills, including drafting content, editing, and proofreading in English. Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and time­ management skills with impeccable attention to detail and timelines.
  • High energy, creative thinking, and team­ player attitude.
  • Proficient with Google Drive applications, Microsoft Office applications, CRM and database software, website and social media channels, and basic HTML (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), and Google Slides. Other presentation applications is a plus.
  • Comfort working in a fast-­paced environment that changes regularly based on programming.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and curious lover of culture with a knowledge and understanding of art and architecture. The candidate should be able to simultaneously work on large Excel/Google Sheets documents and editorial content for social media posts with equal passion. They will be brilliant, quick, flexible, team-­oriented, affable, and well­-rounded.

 

The candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and will be able to quickly develop appropriate relationships with Storefront members, corporate sponsors, the press, and the Board of Directors, among other audiences. They will have strong negotiation skills, as well as superior verbal and written communication skills. They will have an entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated ability to think creatively in order to achieve communications and development goals. Ideal candidates will hold a Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field, with knowledge and/or interest in management and arts administration in non­profit environments.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Development:

Institutional and Foundation Giving

  • Draft and edit content and documentation for grant applications
  • Manage, alongside Deputy Director, development and maintenance of grant calendar
  • Draft, edit, and prepare documents for final reports
  • Acknowledge successful grant applications
  • Organize and maintain files of all grant applications and materials
  • Research prospective grants and carefully maintain records in organizational database

 

Membership Development (Corporate and Individual)

  • Maintain and update membership roster; ensure proper listing and acknowledgment of donors 
  • Manage member correspondence 
  • Proactively assist in the solicitation of new members 
  • Conduct prospect donor and member research and develop innovative ideas and strategy for solicitation of new individual and corporate members
  • Prepare, execute, and oversee annual appeal mailings
  • Develop and maintain membership events calendar
  • Coordinate planning and execution of membership events
  • Ensure membership benefits are fulfilled
  • Solicit renewals of membership, including preparation of renewal letters on an ongoing basis
  • Conduct up-to-­date research and reports on potential improvements, changes, or needs regarding the structure and content of the organization’s multi­level membership program
  • Maintain and manage database to track and acknowledge donor gifts, histories, and profiles
  • Research prospective donors and carefully maintain records in the organization’s database
  • Prepare and send acknowledgment letters for all contributions in a timely manner, including contributions made by cash, check, credit card, and online

 

Special Events

  • Coordinate planning, execution, and evaluation of all special events, including Storefront’s Membership Dinner, Spring Benefit, and all membership events
  • Oversee and secure online presence of all events
  • Assist in public relations and communications for special events
  • Assist in coordination and implementation of proactive communications strategies targeted towards existing and new potential event sponsors
  • Process credit card payments for ticket/sponsorship purchases
  • Track income received through special events and ensure all gifts are properly acknowledged
  • Coordinate staff roles for all events; draft and distribute memos to full team prior to events 
  • Solicit in­-kind donations for all events 
  • Assist in planning of cultivation and events, including openings, dinners, and donor receptions
  • Create and present evaluations and analysis of all events

 

Earned Income

  • Manage Storefront’s online editions and publication sales and all subscription platforms
  • Process online book sales and help to drive in­-gallery limited edition sales
  • Assist in managing gallery and space rental requests
  • Maintain development files, records, and archive
  • Maintain inventory of limited editions and books available for sale in Storefront’s collection
  • Make recommendations on additional ways to secure earned income

 

Communications:

Email and Print Communications

  • Assist in coordination of design, production, and dissemination of newsprints and e­blasts
  • Collaborate in editing of curatorial statements and other texts for print and electronic materials
  • Analyze web and email stats quarterly, and generate reports and evaluations

 

Website Maintenance

  • Serve as webmaster and editor of Storefront’s website
  • Assist in coordinating development of website specific to project-based websites, such as for Storefront’s yearlong program, Building Cycles

 

Social Media Channels

  • Develop daily social media communications statements and mentions
  • Assist in creation of conceptual framework for communications
  • Propose creative strategies and projects to engage audiences online
  • Maintain social media calendar and manage creation and dissemination of content
  • Coordinate weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly social media analyses and reports

 

Media Relations

  • Manage press tracking and press archiving
  • Create and manage press kits and materials for dissemination
  • Serve as primary liaison for press requests (images, captioning, curatorial quotes, etc.)

 

Internal and External Events and Public Appearances

  • Work with Gallery and Operations Manager to coordinate the documentation of all Storefront exhibitions, events, and programs, ensuring all programs are photographed digitally, videotaped, and live­streamed
  • Assemble informational/institutional packets for events and meetings
  • Develop and maintain lists of existing and potential public appearances, and opportunities for Storefront’s external engagement

 

Publications

  • Promote and drive sales of Storefront publications
  • Coordinate the arrival and sales of books for book launch events
  • Maintain inventory of books with Gallery and Operations Manager

 

Executive Support:

Board Liaison

  • Assist In preparation of materials for board meetings, including agendas, minutes, and financial and programmatic reports
  • Schedule board meetings, board committee meetings, and coordinate attendance considering various individual schedules

 

General:

  • Hire and manage Development and Communications interns; supervise departmental assistants, interns, and other team members as required
  • Participate in development planning and strategy meetings
  • Propose institutional partnerships and manage relationships with various partners
  • Manage office logistics (ordering supplies, keeping the space organized, etc.) and events (ordering wine, snacks, etc.) in coordination with Gallery and Operations Manager
  • Represent and promote the mission and vision of Storefront to the public
  • Attend programs and events as required
  • Other duties as assigned

 

TO APPLY

 

To apply, please email a single PDF document (maximum 5 MB) including a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (5 pages total maximum) to apply@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “Development & Communications Associate.”

 

This is a paid full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Attendance at off-site, evening, and weekend events and programs is expected.

 

 

WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIPS 2020

 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

Interns play a crucial role in the accomplishment of Storefront’s mission, and gain access to Storefront’s staff and network of architects, artists, and designers. Our internship program is based on our programming and needs, and we welcome candidates with the appropriate skills, attitude, and interests.

 

Interns receive instruction and training from our staff and exposure to a broad range of activities spanning from daily operations and exhibition installations to institutional development, archival research, and project research and development. Applicants from all academic backgrounds are welcome. Interns are expected to work well both independently and in groups, and to possess an interest in cultural production, the arts, architecture, and ideas that drive Storefront’s mission. 

 

While all interns are exposed to the full spectrum of the organization’s operations, Storefront offers an opportunity to focus more specifically on one of the following categories: development/communications, curatorial, and gallery (for more details on each internship category, please see below).

 

Internship periods are organized to be in conjunction with university semesters (September–December, January–May, May–August). All applicants must be able to commit to at least two days per week. All interns are expected to help out with shared responsibilities including:

 

  • Monitoring exhibitions during gallery hours
  • Engaging and providing information to gallery visitors
  • Assisting Storefront staff with both long term projects and daily office or gallery tasks

 

All applicants should hold the following qualifications:

 

  • Interest in Storefront’s mission
  • Desire to gain knowledge of operations in a non-profit organization
  • Ability to interact with people in a gallery setting, and work in small office environment
  • General computer skills: word processing, data management, digital imaging

 

Please email all required application documents to apply@storefrontnews.org with the title of the internship position in the subject line (ie. “Development & Communications,” “Gallery,” “Curatorial,” as appropriate). Applicants will be invited to interview at least 2 weeks prior to each internship season. 

 

NOTE: Internships at Storefront for Art and Architecture are unpaid. Storefront prioritizes hiring students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs; university credit can be arranged. 

 

Storefront’s internship program offers training and direct experience working in what remains one of the only platforms focusing on the intersection of architecture, art, and design. Interns are intimately acquainted with Storefront’s broad community of artists, architects, designers, philanthropists, and administrators. Storefront is also part of the SoHo Arts Network, a community of organizations in and around SoHo that offers interns yet another opportunity to build a network of professional contacts.

 

OPEN INTERNSHIPS:

 

GALLERY

 

The gallery intern will work closely with the Gallery and Operations Manager to conceptualize the translation of curatorial ideas into a physical exhibition within the Storefront for Art and Architecture unique gallery space. They will research and develop exhibition design strategies, and assist with the preparation, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions and events. As gallery interns are also primarily the face of Storefront during exhibitions, it is their role to communicate the current exhibition to visitors and actively engage with the public to inform them of Storefront’s overall mission. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting with day-to day gallery operations and administrative tasks for Storefront, the production of exhibition drawings for layouts and related display elements, signage, or the formatting of artwork, as well as assisting in the installation and fabrication of these materials.

 

Requisites

 

  • Expertise in AutoCAD, Rhino
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, in particular; Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Ability to work under time constraints and flexible schedules
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Able to work and think independently

 

Preferred

 

  • Building and fabrication skills
  • Experience with the use of construction materials and power tools
  • Familiarity with sound and video equipment

 

Application Requirements

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • Work samples (3 page maximum)

 

CURATORIAL

 

The curatorial intern will work closely with the Curatorial Fellow to assist with curatorial research, helping in the preparation of exhibitions, events, projects, competitions, and publications organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, including preparation of schedules, exhibition and project texts, archival material, and day-to-day operations in the Curatorial Department. This internship offers valuable experience in a professional arts environment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Research on future exhibitions, assisting in curatorial and wall texts, preparation of checklists, draft of presentations, planning of events, installation and de-installation of exhibitions and events, gallery attendance, and organization of archival material. 

 

Requisites 

 

  • Interest in curatorial practices
  • Good researching and writing skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Interest in public engagement 

 

Preferred 

 

  • Computer skills preferred: Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) Microsoft Office, scanning software
  • Passionate about art and architecture and Storefront’s mission

 

Application Requirements 

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • Work samples (3 page maximum)

 

DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

 

Development & Communications interns will work closely with the Development & Communications Associate, assisting with a broad range of administrative, public-facing, and development work, helping to develop and prepare exhibition texts, social media posts, special event invitations, and assessments of all public-facing material organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture. 

 

This internship offers valuable experience in a professional arts environment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: drafting social media posts, new graphic design and design within templates, special event organization, vendor and sponsor outreach, preparation of printed materials for exhibitions and events, and on-site help for development events.

 

Required Skills

 

  • Passionate about art and architecture and Storefront’s mission
  • Interest in institutional communications and organizational structures
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Interest in relationship-building
  • Able to work and think independently

 

Preferred 

 

  • Computer skills preferred: Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Google Slides, Google Drive, social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and social media management software (Hootsuite, Sprout)
  • Passionate about writing and utilizing Storefront’s mission to activate relationships

 

Application Requirements 

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • Writing samples (3 page maximum)

 

 

How to Apply:

 

 

To apply, please email a single PDF document (maximum 5 MB) including a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (5 pages total maximum) to apply@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “Development & Communications Associate” by Friday, October 18th.

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Storefront for Art and Architecture is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.