Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2022
Start Date: Dec 15, 2022

Salary From: 45K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Kitchener/Waterloo Area
City: Kitchener
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job’s focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
KWAG is Waterloo Region’s leading public art gallery, connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture.  For the benefit of current and future generations, the Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the visual arts and offers dynamic public programming relating to the visual arts, all with a view to inspiring creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, often premiering works by Canadian and international artists. Exhibitions frequently draw upon selections from over 4000 works from the Permanent Collection to provide a context and forum for dialogue on current exhibitions and contemporary issues. KWAG plays a vital educational role in the community, offering a full spectrum of artistic experience for adults, children and families alike.

Job Description

Manager, Marketing and Communications
The Manager, Marketing and Communications is an innovative and energetic professional responsible for overseeing all media and communication activities aligned with KWAG’s mission, vision and values.  As a member of the Gallery’s team, the Manager executes a comprehensive marketing and communications plan including public and media relations, traditional and digital media, social media, and e-communications. The incumbent plays a critical role in supporting the Executive Director and Senior Managers as they create excitement about the Gallery, sharing the Gallery’s aspirations, stories and programming initiatives, and engaging with partners, supporters and the community.

Reports To
Executive Director. This is a full-time position at 35 hours/week with a salary of $49,000 per year.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive communications plan and budget annually
  • Works collaboratively to create internal and external communications pieces and ensure that content is produced and placed throughout print, online and social media communications channels
  • Responsible for all initiatives related to KWAG website, social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube), Constant Contact email marketing, Google Analytics, Google AdWords and other regular electronic and print communications
  • Ensures that all follow a communication style guide standard for all print and digital communications
  • Manages the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and online collateral including (but not limited to) newsletters, brochures, reports, e-newsletters, social media presence, and website, on time and within budget
  • Responsible for website content, ensuring accuracy and relevancy
  • Tracks and measures communication initiatives with emphasis on data analysis
  • Manages incoming requests for executive team speaking engagements, interviews and other public facing engagements, and takes a proactive approach in securing opportunities for leadership positioning through news editorials and speaking opportunities
  • Executes advertising initiatives; ensures effective use of public service announcement opportunities, schedules and submits paid information listings (e.g. Akimbo) and ensures the timely distribution of community information materials
  • Coordinates and edits the Gallery’s Annual Report
  • Tracks, analyzes and archives media coverage
  • Develops external media and agency relationships
  • Crafts and distributes news releases, assembles pitch materials, and communicates with media contacts
  • Establishes strong relationships with journalists, bloggers, industry professionals and other leading opinion makers
  • Meets with tourism partners regularly and monitors related external sites to ensure KWAG is being promoted
  • Liaises with hotels and other potential partners to collaborate on cross-promotional opportunities
  • Attends relevant industry and community events to build relationships and promote KWAG
  • Provides leadership and implementation of new Digital Strategy

The ideal candidate is an effective team player with excellent creative, managerial, financial, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as demonstrated oral and written communication skills. A creative and innovative thinker, he/she/they possesses high energy to motivate self and coach others, with a vision for integrating marketing and communications with relevant programs and is resourceful in developing and executing exciting and inspired ideas and concepts to raise the Gallery’s profile.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related field
  • Three years of relevant experience in marketing and communications
  • Ability to write and edit across different platforms including social media, print and digital media
  • Experience in updating website content
  • Demonstrated computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.)
  • Excellent written and editorial skills
  • Effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the Waterloo Region community
  • Knowledge of Canadian media landscape
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic and changing environment
  • Ability to work a varied schedule with expectation to work some evenings and weekends
  • Understanding in communicating and engaging with culturally diverse communities
  • Takes ownership of work, is proactive, and demonstrates initiative
  • Knowledge of the arts industry or interest in the visual arts
  • Understanding of challenges faced by not-for-profits and charities
Additional Info:
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is committed to being an inclusive and respectful workplace. We encourage and welcome applications that contribute to the further diversification of the Gallery including, but not limited to, women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by Friday 18 November at 5:00 pm to:
Shelly Mitchell, Director of Finance & Administration
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7
Email: [email protected]

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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