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PRESS MANAGER

JOB SUMMARY

Performa’s Press Manager develops and implements an integrated public relations strategy that reflects the domestic and international ambitions of the organization and will deliver its development goals.  The Press Manager will plan and execute the overall communications strategies for Performa and the Performa Biennial. The Press Manager will be responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with all media and for ensuring the growth of Performa’s profile across all media platforms nationally and internationally.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Act as primary press contact for Performa the organization, the Performa biennial, and Performa’s Founding Director, including fielding all day-to-day requests, creating schedules for visiting members of the press, and consistent follow-up on all outstanding pitches.
• Work with outside PR firm to develop and execute strategic press campaigns for the Performa biennial and Performa’s year-round public programming, benefits, and other special events as they arise including a timeline and publicity plan for the biennial as a whole as well as individual publicity plans for all Performa commissioned projects.
• Work in conjunction with outside PR firm to pitch and place stories, interviews, television segments, etc., about Performa, the Performa Biennial, Performa’s Founding Director, and individual Performa curators and artists to print, broadcast, radio, and online outlets both locally and internationally, including continuous follow-up on all outstanding pitches.
• Maintain and cultivate relationships with press in all media and act as the liaison between all Performa artists and the press in arranging interviews, answering follow-up questions, etc.
• Write, edit, and proofread all press materials, including press releases, press kits, pitch letters, images, promotional texts, artist biographies, etc.
• Liaise with members of the press and arts organizations in cities that the Founding Director travels to, including identifying and scheduling interviews and one-on-ones, in order to maximize press coverage internationally.
• Develop innovative online tools and press outreach in response to extensive global interest in Performa.
• Organize and coordinate with publicists from the Performa consortium (the NYC art organizations that contribute to the biennial) to develop a unified and consistent approach to biennial publicity and outreach, and to target and pitch press for specific artists and events.
• Liaise with Archival Photographer and other freelance photographers to obtain and download event photos, and then select and distribute press images as quickly as possible.
• Plan and produce special press events including cocktails, previews, and a biennial press conference.
• Oversee intern staff to manage press invitations, ticket lists and check-in for all Performa-produced events, organize and maintain press clippings and website updates, distribute press images, do follow-up and maintain smooth operation and distribution of information.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Demonstrable capacity to fulfill senior level responsibilities in public relations in the visual and performing arts sector.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Extensive knowledge of contemporary art and performance.
• Competence in producing reports.
• Digital marketing and social media experience.
• Ability to think quickly, problem-solve, and make decisions in high-pressure situations.
• Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple priorities.
• Diplomatic attitude and ability to negotiate between several different parties.


SALARY AND TERMS

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a temporary, contract position. Please submit a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg, a current résumé, and a writing sample to jobs@performa-arts.org. Please be sure to include "Press Manager" in the subject line.

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ANDREW W. MELLON CURATORIAL FELLOW

Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships at Performa are designed to provide a comprehensive training experience for post-doctoral scholars interested in a career in curating contemporary visual art performance, including new media, dance, music and film. Fellows will work closely with Performa’s curatorial team, external curators and international advisory board, and will participate in year-round Performa Institute initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and programs. Each Fellow will be given the opportunity to develop a project for the biennial in tandem with Performa’s resident curators. These opportunities include contributing to programming for the Performa Institute, conferences and publications, and adding to a repository of performance scholarship and documentation. During the Performa biennial, Fellows will be involved with the coordination and day-to-day operation of the Performa Institute at the Performa Hub. The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellows at Performa will be involved in ongoing historical research of live performance by artists from around the globe, as well as with the editorial content for Performa Magazine, providing opportunities for substantive research and writing. The Fellows will also gain in-depth exposure to the practice of contemporary artists and to current issues in curating performance in a museum and gallery
context.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Working with Performa’s curatorial team, the Fellow will conduct curatorial research, including compilations of artists’ information, interviews or other material directly related to Performa Commissions and Projects.
• Contribute to programming for the Performa Institute’s year-round activities.
• Contribute to the preparation of project descriptions and biographical archive on artists.
• Work with the press and marketing associates to prepare curatorial information to meet press and marketing deadlines, including material gathered from Performa Consortium partners.
• Work with the development associate to understand funding structure of non-profit organizations, including foundation research and grant writing where appropriate, as well as special projects.
• Assist in managing curatorial activities leading up to the Performa Biennial, including interviews with artists and curators, lectures, and seminars.
• Conceive and develop an independent project within the guidelines of the upcoming biennial and research initiatives of the organization.
• Work with the Producing Director to understand pre-production, budgeting, and marketing of Performa operations.
• Work with the Producing Director to manage the production and presentation of independent project.
• Assist in the cataloging and archiving of photographic, video, and audio documentation.
• Maintain system for evaluating curatorial activities and proposals.
• Contribute entries for the Performa Magazine and Performa biennial publication.
• Assist Curators with research, information gathering, and presentations for lectures and conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D degree in Art History or Performance Studies with a broad knowledge of and interest in contemporary global practices across art history, visual arts, performance studies, media, architecture, dance, music and film. An ability to work collaboratively and to effectively contribute to Performa’s senior curatorial and management team is a requirement. The position is paid and full time for 2 years.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg and a CV to jobs (AT) performa-arts.org with "Mellon Fellow" in the subject line. Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be contacted for potential interviews.

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MARKETING MANAGER

JOB SUMMARY

Performa’s Marketing Manager develops and implements an integrated marketing strategy that reflects the domestic and international ambitions of the organization and will deliver its development goals.  The Marketing Manager will plan and execute the overall marketing strategies for Performa and the Performa Biennials as well as be responsible for an earned income target from sales and distribution delivered through box office, sales of editions and distribution of publications.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Lead the strategic planning, development and implementation of all marketing and sales activity to build a broader profile and reputation for Performa and meet income targets.
• Working with colleagues, research and solicit new business sponsorship deals.
• Develop new business opportunities and partnerships with other organizations and the Biennial Consortium.
• Work with senior team and external advisors to maximize revenue from sales and develop new initiatives in line with income targets.
• Manage the development and implementation of all marketing campaigns including print, online, social media, book distribution and sales of editions to the highest standard and to schedule.
• Draft, edit, and proofread all marketing copy in coordination with Performa’s curatorial team and Biennial Consortium organizations.
• Manage and work with external graphic designers ensuring consistency of brand identity across communications platforms.
• Plan and execute all advertising campaigns.
• Work closely with Performa’s public relations contractors to meet all public profile and branding targets. Maintain press relations in between Biennials.
• Maintain marketing budget and assist in budget development.
• Lead the development and updating of Performa’s websites, working with web developers to design and maintain online presence.
• Manage database and direct mail campaigns.
• Develop audience and market research initiatives and based on findings draw up plans to maximize participation.
• Oversee all e-news communication -- content strategy and list management.
• Coordinate the preparation of annual reports.

MANAGEMENT  

The Marketing Manager supervises the work of Performa Magazine Editor, Marketing Interns, and temporary marketing staff, and will oversee and manage the work of external contractors, such as designers and printers. The Marketing Manager reports to the Founder/Director and to the Producing Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Demonstrable capacity to fulfill senior level responsibilities in marketing and/or sales in the visual or performing arts sector.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of contemporary art and performance.
• Competence in analyzing marketing data and producing reports.
• Digital marketing and social media experience.
• Experience working with graphic designers to create print and digital materials.
• Ability to think quickly, problem-solve, and make decisions in high-pressure situations.
• Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple priorities.
• Diplomatic attitude and ability to negotiate between several different parties.
• Ability to cultivate and broker corporate sponsorship.

SALARY AND TERMS

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full time permanent position with benefits. Please submit a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg, a current résumé, and a writing sample to jobs@performa-arts.org. Please be sure to include “Marketing Manager” in the subject line of your email.