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Seeking Development & Communications Manager

Posted: Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 11:49 am in Job Announcements

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Development + Communications Manager

The National Performance Network / Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), a national, nonprofit arts organization based in New Orleans, LA, seeks a Development + Communications Manager. This new, full-time position requires excellent oral, written, and computer skills; strong attention to detail and project management timelines; and the ability to coordinate work across multiple departments. The NPN staff is a collegial, energetic team, and we offer a flexible environment, excellent benefits, and opportunities to travel.

The National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network believes artists and arts organizations are essential for creating a just and sustainable world, and we believe communities deserve broad access to art and culture that reflect their own experiences and inform the experiences of others. Through our commitment to building an arts sector rooted in justice, the mission of NPN/VAN is to foster a group of diverse cultural organizers (including artists) working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States.

In collaboration with more than 80 partner organizations across the U.S., as well as Latin America and Japan, NPN/VAN seeks to provide original, risk-taking performing and visual artists with the resources needed to develop and tour new work, to ensure arts leaders have the skills and opportunities to be change-makers in the arts presenting field, and to influence cultural policy for more just and artist-centered practices. Learn more about our programs at

The Development + Communications Manager is an opportunity for an energetic professional to work collaboratively with NPN/VAN staff across departments to drive the creation, management, and execution of development and communications activities. The ideal candidate will enjoy crafting communications strategies that better message and integrate our many programs, execute project management skills to coordinate development and communications activities across departments, and contribute to a holistic and evolving strategy to tell the stories of our organization’s impact.


  • Research and track new funding opportunities
  • Manage fundraising calendar and track development activity in Salesforce (database) for current and upcoming grants and individual donors
  • Proofread and edit development submissions
  • Coordinate the submission of letters of intent, proposals, support materials and reports to funders
  • Work with staff to create and evaluate development plans and priorities


  • Manage and execute communications efforts for the organization, including monthly e-newsletter, periodic e-blasts, social media posts and other communication platforms
  • Develop and manage communications calendars and timelines
  • Coordinate and edit communications content developed by each department
  • Coordinate marketing efforts, particularly for facility rentals and fiscal sponsorship
  • Liaison to web developer / designer to ensure up-to-date messaging and content
  • Work with staff to create and evaluate communications plans and priorities


  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • A deep commitment to social justice and equity
  • Energetic, positive, and self-motivated
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written
  • Proficient with computer applications, including Salesforce or a similar CRM and Microsoft Office. Graphic design, photo editing, and social media development a plus.
  • Proficient in social media platforms
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to pay close attention to deadlines and detail
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Experience providing day-to-day support to team members


  • Reports to:Chief Operating Officer
  • Full-time, salaried position
  • Salary: $36,000-40,000/year
  • Benefits: 100% of individual health and dental plans; annual FSA (Flexible Spending Account) plan; vacation, personal and sick leave; life insurance; professional development and travel opportunities


  • Application deadline August 15, 2017. The position is available immediately, and we expect to begin the interview process within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.
  • Please include cover letter, resume/CV, and at least two writing samples (may include catchy headlines, short blurbs, long articles, blogs, grant proposals, press releases, inspirational e-blasts, etc.!). Email to (no phone calls or snail-mail submissions, please).


In alignment with NPN/VAN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, or other bias. NPN/VAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, marital status or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage diverse applicants to apply.

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