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Communications Editor

The Communications Editor will work closely with staff across the Museum to streamline, amplify, and maintain consistency of the Museum’s voice, mission, and brand. They will edit and create strong, error-free copy that aligns with the Museum’s tone while also maintaining institutional style. In the first six months, a key objective will be to work with the Communications Department and Museum stakeholders to update the Museum’s existing style guide.

The ideal candidate has the ability to edit copy for a variety of platforms and projects while staying consistent with the Museum’s voice and is able to communicate needs and expectations across multiple departments effectively.

Reporting to the Director of Media, Communications & Content, the Editor is responsible for the editing and proofreading of programmatic text produced (print and digital) and other Museum materials as needed. The Editor will also manage content, production, and distribution of the Museum’s award-winning print and online magazine, Studio.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Revise Museum style guide and ensure best practices are applied thereafter; offer guidance for common grammar and editorial mistakes to Museum staff
  • Copyedit all content across departments for grammar, spelling, usage, consistency, tone, accuracy, brand, and style
  • Coordinate between multiple departments to ensure the successful movement and timely delivery of edited materials
  • Understand and consistently reflect the brand voice of the Museum in editing and writing style. Distill complex ideas into clear and effective brand communications
  • Keep abreast of trends in content and style reflected on public platforms and across social media channels
  • Draft, edit, and proof press releases and media alerts. Assist in responses to press outlets for forward-facing Museum staff
  • Edit remarks for the Director’s Office around special events and programs
  • Working closely with curatorial staff, participate in the editing and revision of exhibition didactics and other gallery text and signage
  • Assist the Digital Communications Manager in keeping web copy up-to-date and constant across multiple pages on the Museum website
  • Manage the online version of Studio and lead in generating a department editorial calendar
  • Manage the Communications Intern  

 

Key Stakeholders (who this position will interact with regularly):

Internal:

The Communications Editor will work across multiple departments at the Museum, including but not limited to

  • Education
  • Development 
  • Curatorial
  • Public Programs
  •  Director’s Office

 

External:

Contributing writers and designers to Museum publications and Studio magazine. Contractors producing various media assets.

 

Education/Qualifications & Work Experience:

Required (items listed as “required” MUST be met for a candidate to qualify for this role):

  • 3–5+ years of copyeditor experience in an editorial role, preferably at a cultural institution
  • BA Degree or higher in Communications, English, Art History or similar concentrations
  • Proficiency with applying the principles of style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Style and The Elements of Style, to different types of writing
  • Outstanding writing, proofreading, and grammatical skills
  • Great attention to detail; the ability to turn around clean, concise, and error-free copy quickly
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • An interest in contemporary art

 

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of HTML
  • Capability and fluency with digital media (social networks, video channels)
  • Fluency in Spanish and other foreign languages
  • Strong background in contemporary art by artists of African descen

 

Competencies (Key Behaviors & Essential Abilities)

Required (items listed as “required” MUST be met for a candidate to qualify for this role):

  • Commitment (Core Value) - to the mission and values of Studio Museum in Harlem.
  • Collaborative (Core Value) – works well with others at all levels of the organization as well as with key external stakeholders (if applicable to the role)
  • Initiative (Core Value) - takes self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and / or drive progress and positive change.

 

Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. The Studio Museum in Harlem provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time.

The position is open until filled. Please send a resume and cover letter (optional) to jobs@studiomuseum.org. Please include “Communications Editor” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls or faxes, please.