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Associate Director/Director of External Communications
College Art Association
50 Broadway, Floor 21
New York, NY 10004

Under the supervision of the executive director, the associate director is responsible for developing scholarly communication strategies for CAA, and communicating with its members and to the international community of academic and museum visual arts faculty, students, and curators. The associate director will work to help CAA address the changing needs and demographics of the academic visual-arts field and to communicate the value of the Association to individuals in academia, in museums, and those who work independently. This position: 1) oversees strategic communications for social media and social communications regarding the annual conference, newsletter, website, directories of graduate programs, affiliated societies, fellowships and professional development programs; 2) stays current with issues related to communications in the visual arts in academia and art museums and recommends actions to be taken by the Association on behalf of the field; 3) represents CAA at meetings, conferences and events that promotes awareness of the Association.


  • In cooperation with the executive director and the senior staff carries out market research in the visual arts field to develop an annual strategy for scholarly communications of CAA to the visual arts field and beyond;
  • In cooperation with the executive director and senior staff determines the strategies for all communications for the association including technologies that extend the conference, websites, programs, guidelines and activities of the association;
  • Oversees the publicity strategies in concert with the executive director, senior staff and Taylor & Francis for all publications including journals, newsletter, websites, directories of graduate programs, and electronic communications;
  • Develops a communications network with the CAA affiliated societies to promote cooperative programming and support;
  • Oversees all social communications and works with CAA staff to establish strategies for maximum participation among members and related associations and stakeholders;
  • Oversees Online Career Center;
  • Stays current with the visual arts advocacy issues;
  • Prepares yearly budget forecasts and manages the communications budget;
  • Supervises the full-time newsletter editor and a full-time staff assistant.

Education and Experience

  • Terminal degree or the equivalent in communications, new media, studio art, or art history;
  • At least five years experience in academic scholarly communications or educational association communications;
  • Expertise in scholarly communications, development and design of websites, streaming, webinars, electronic publications, databases, and social communications;
  • Experience managing a major website redesign and/or implementing new technology for programming or scholarly communication systems
  • Expertise in market research and analysis, and the use of statistical databases on the visual arts field;
  • Current with trends and critical issues in academic visual arts, art museums and professional visual art associations, and learned societies.

Salary dependent on experience
EEOC Employer
Start date: June 1, 2015
Full-time with benefits

Please send letter of interest, CV and references to:


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