Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Manager
Department: Advancement
Classification: Exempt, Full Time
Reports to: Director of Advancement
Supervises: Integrated Marketing Coordinator, independent contractors, interns, and volunteers
Date: January 2020

Position Summary
The Marketing and Communications Manager sets and guides the strategies for all communications products including: printed matter for exhibitions (press releases, cards, brochures, scholarly publications), website, e-news and other online communications, media, public relations, and marketing messaging to consistently articulate Kemper Museum’s brand and mission. This individual will directly manage activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation and work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Major Responsibilities
Communications/Marketing Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop, oversee, and evaluate integrated marketing and communications strategies for the Museum in accordance with management agreed-upon institutional priorities and the Board’s vision as articulated in the Museum’s Strategic Plan
  • Oversee the Museum’s brand, including look and feel, and style guides, to create consistency throughout the organization
  • Represent the Museum in relations with other cultural institutions, civic groups, tourism-related organizations, and the like, including management of the Museum’s presence at off-site promotional events
  • Serve on Kemper Museum committees related to long-range planning and strategic projects
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior leadership to develop communications strategies that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact
  • Support institutional advancement efforts including strategies to increase Museum attendance, membership numbers, philanthropic gifts, Café Sebastienne and Special Events sales, and Museum Shop sales

Communications/Marketing Operations

  • Serve as spokesperson as necessary and develop talking points for key projects
  • Manage and oversee website, social media networks, and app content
  • Manage the creative development and place all advertising (paid or gratis) including for exhibitions, programs, and revenue generating activities
  • Write, fact-check, and proofread press materials, including talking points, fact sheets, exhibition press releases, invitations, brochures, email blasts, and other communications
  • Develop and pitch unique story angles for traditional and online media for local, regional, and national editorial coverage
  • In conjunction with curatorial staff, produce and manage exhibition brochures and
    scholarly publications including catalogues
  • Responsible for all phases of all media communications in an accurate and timely manner, including responding to media requests, preparing and distributing media releases and advisories, maintaining online press kits, media outreach to gain coverage about the Museum, exhibitions, programs, events, Café Sebastienne, and more; manage media photo shoots; compile and maintain clip reports
  • Manage relationships and oversee the work of external vendors, contract employees, and other independent consultants
  • Plan and oversee research about Museum visitors, non-visitors, and other target markets

Department Administration

  • Plan and manage budget in areas of responsibility to ensure control over resource utilization
  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor department employees, interns, and volunteers
  • Monitor staff performance and developmental goals and conduct annual performance appraisals
  • Measure, review and report on the progress of marketing and communications plans and projects

Key Competencies
Strategic Thinking: Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals, understands organization's strengths and weaknesses, analyzes market and competition, identifies external threats and opportunities, adapts strategy to changing conditions

Oral/Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings. Writes clearly and informatively, edits work for spelling and grammar, varies writing style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, able to read and interpret written information

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, plans for additional resources, sets goals and objectives, organizes or schedules other people and their tasks, develops realistic action plans
Motivation: Sets and achieves challenging goals, demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles, measures self against standard of excellence, takes calculated risks to accomplish goals

Quality/Quantity: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, looks for ways to improve and promote quality, applies feedback to improve performance, monitors own work to ensure quality, meets productivity standards and completes work in timely manner

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, English, marketing communications, or related field; prefer strong art and art historical knowledge; prefer Master’s degree in a related field
  • Five to seven years of experience in marketing and communications, preferably in nonprofit sector
  • Management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with integrated marketing and communications
  • Demonstrated experience with traditional advertising and print production
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, content management systems (website, email marketing platforms, and app), and social media platforms management
  • Physical Requirements:
    • Talk: The ability to express or exchange ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly by means of the spoken word, imparting information or detailed instructions to clients, to the public, or to co-workers.
    • Hear: The ability to perceive the nature of sounds by ear.
    • Vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more. The ability to identify and distinguish colors. Three-dimensional vision, the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships to see objects where and as they actually are.

Your resume and cover letter can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Human Resources Manager
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64111

Teen Arts Council Coordinator

Department:  Learning and Engagement 
Classification:  Part-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Reports to:  Creative Engagement Manager
Supervises: Members of the Kemper Teen Arts Council
Date:  July 2020

Position Summary
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a coordinator for the Kemper Teen Arts Council. The Teen Arts Council Coordinator must demonstrate the ability to work with teens ages 14 to 18 and to create innovative engagement opportunities for the teen council members and teens in the Kansas City community. The position is primarily responsible for leading and facilitating council meetings, working with the council to develop teen programs, and coordinating all projects and duties as needed that involve the Kemper Teen Arts Council. 

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead and facilitate council meetings and teen programs
  • Collaborate with the Creative Engagement Manager to create a curriculum for the Kemper Teen Arts Council program
  • Oversee and update the Kemper Teens Instagram account
  • Facilitate Kemper Teen Arts Council projects
  • Connect with organizations and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area to create partnerships and to promote the Kemper Teen Arts Council and teen programs
  • Research teen programming at other museums and organizations 
  • Coordinate the Kemper Arts Council application and interview process 
  • Manage the Kemper Teen Arts Council budget
  • All other duties as assigned

Key Competencies

Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity, meets challenges with resourcefulness, generates suggestions for improving work, develops innovative approaches and ideas, presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Cooperation/Teamwork: Works harmoniously with others to get a job done; responds positively to instructions and procedures; able to work well with staff, co-workers, peers, and managers; values working relationships.

Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Flexibility: Remains open-minded and changes opinions on the basis of new information; performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change; manages transitions from task to task effectively.

Oral/Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, writes clearly and informatively, edits work for spelling and grammar, varies writing style to meet needs.

Job Specifications

  • Must be proficient in Mac OS and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends as teen programs and meetings may dictate
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with youth preferred 

Your resume and cover letter can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Human Resources Manager
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64111