Director of Communications

Communications · New York, New York
Department Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Commensurate with experience.

The American Academy in Rome (AAR) is a leading American overseas center that supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars. The Academy provides space for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. AAR is currently seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, and highly skilled Director of Communications.  


The Director of Communications plays a key role in driving internal and external messages and communications strategy, overseeing the institutional profile , media relations, publications, the AAR magazine, and annual editorial , as well as staff and executive communications, (CEO, Leadership Team) and crisis management.

The position will articulate the evolving mission of AAR and ensure that its profile as an essential, contemporary, cultural institution is reinforced externally and internally. The director is responsible for AAR’s communications, website, and public relations and will report to and support the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The director will work with the President, and cross collaborate with the Vice President of Development, the Director in Rome, and the Rome communications .

The ideal candidate for this position will display a commitment and knowledge of the arts and humanities and possess exemplary writing and editing skills and the ability to maintain a consistent voice for the institution’s written material on its website and all print media. The director will have strong proofreading skills and a working familiarity with current academic and cultural topics.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the organization.
  • Support the President in speechwriting, scripting for both internal and external presentations, and all aspects related to building institutional profile.
  • Work closely with the VP for Development for promotional pieces and messaging and interact with Fellows and Residents to provide content for press and programming.
  • Oversee US-based programming and external events.
  • Create a brand/marketing/public relations strategy that stresses impact that will allow AAR executives and board leadership to cultivate relationships with targeted donors.
  • Lead the development of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Manage social media contacts.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and AAR’s website.
  • Mentor and lead direct report(s) for AAR’s website administration and coordination.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance-ensure that new and consistent information (articles, links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Manage production schedules for all print and media.
  • Some international and domestic travel required, and some evenings and weekends.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required
  • Master’s degree in a related field is encouraged
  • 7- 10 years’ previous experience in a key communications role, preferably in a cultural or academic setting
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as a proactive member of a senior team, managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives


  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite is required
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is preferred
  • Must be highly organized, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced work environment and meet aggressive deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively; and deliver work in a timely manner
  • Work well under pressure and coordinate multiple assignments

American Academy in Rome (AAR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AAR complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Audrey Nazario, HR Consultant at

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Commensurate with experience.