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8 Jul 2019

Full-Time Communications Manager

Literary Arts  Portland, Oregon, United States

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Job Description


The Communications Manager oversees all external-facing communication channels for our rapidly growing and innovative community-based nonprofit. This includes the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns and promoting Literary Arts’ mission and programs. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director and is a director-track role.



  • Project Management – Initiate, plan, and execute a variety of communication projects, ranging from online campaigns to large print mailings. Collaborate with directors, agency partners, and contractors. Create schedules and manage project timelines and budgets.
  • Marketing Strategy – Create and implement authentic promotional campaigns for ticketed events, classes, and seminars throughout the year that are often focused on important cultural topics. Adapt and refine promotional campaigns to reach key audiences. Collaborate with promotional partners and media outlets while managing budgets.
  • Communication Strategy – Understand all aspects of our complex and multifaceted organization, and convey success stories and information to a wide variety of constituents through marketing and development projects. Produce, oversee, and manage all external avenues of communications, including website, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Brand Management – Help elevate the organization’s image and values by maintaining strong brand guidelines and communication protocol across the organization, including visuals used in promotional materials and voice and tone of written content.
  • Public Relations – Work with directors to highlight newsworthy accomplishments. Build and maintain relationships with local media outlets, and pitch stories to press.
  • People Management – Manage the marketing support staff and take responsibility for the performance, management, and hiring of the employees.
  • Create, produce, and manage any special projects identified by the Deputy Director.
  • Participate in Literary Arts events and annual fundraiser.
  • Ensure the organization is using current and effective communication tools.



  • Commitment to the essential role literature plays in civic life.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, literature, or related field.
  • Proven professional experience in the coordinated management of organizational communications, marketing, budgeting, project planning and management, social media, and public relations.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including relationship-building.
  • An eye for clean design.
  • Fluency with Mac business applications (including PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and database management software (Filemaker Pro preferred), and the flexibility to adapt and learn as digital tools evolve.
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and attention to detail in digital and print formats.
  • 5+ years of full-time work experience.
  • Management experience preferred.


Compensation: $45,000 to $55,000 (negotiable/DOE). This is a full-time, exempt position including health and dental, retirement, and paid leave benefits.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Literary Arts is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our employees and volunteers. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply: Please send a single PDF document that includes the following items to

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Relevant work samples, including writing and/or design (1-2 pages)


Deadline: Review of applications will begin on Monday, July 15, 2019.  Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, design, management, manager, marketing, and non-profit. States: Oregon.

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