Communications Manager

The Shed

About The Shed

Opening in spring 2019 where the High Line meets Hudson Yards on Manhattan's west side, The Shed will be the first arts center dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. From hip hop to classical music, painting and sculpture to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed will bring together leading artists from all disciplines under one roof. The building—an innovative 200,000-square-foot structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—is designed to physically transform to support artists' most ambitious ideas. Committed to nurturing artistic invention, The Shed, led by Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots, will work with artists from a broad range of genres and backgrounds, along with innovative thinkers from across the sciences and humanities, to advance culture in the 21st century.


About the Position

The Communications Manager will play a key role within The Shed’s Marketing & Communications team, which is charged with developing and driving local, national, and global visibility for The Shed’s opening in 2019 and creating comprehensive campaigns to publicize all performances, exhibitions, programs, initiatives, and events. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Director of Communications to define and differentiate The Shed within the cultural sector, build institutional awareness, develop strong relationships with the media, and foster a broad appreciation of its programs and mission. The ideal candidate will be someone who connects deeply with The Shed’s mission to advance contemporary culture and can work collaboratively with colleagues across a new and quickly growing organization.


Key responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities to gain media exposure for The Shed’s programs and activities
  • Craft compelling and accurate press releases, media alerts, pitch letters, fact sheets, presentations, and other communications materials for external and internal audiences
  • Manage and/or update communications material assets including artist bios and photos, production and exhibition photos, architectural renderings, biographies, synopses, etc.
  • Assist with organizing events for general press and critics, including previews of exhibitions and performances, early-access viewings, building site visits, and media briefings
  • Manage communications schedules and timelines; assist with scheduling media interviews with The Shed’s staff and assist with preparation and research
  • Liaise with The Shed’s editorial, social media, and design departments to develop compelling, holistic communications campaigns
  • Track, research, and update The Shed’s database of media contacts across all sectors of performing and visual arts, locally and nationally
  • Monitor, distribute, and archive press placements; conduct quarterly reporting to measure PR impact for internal review
  • Liaise with development staff on press efforts for galas and receptions


Qualifications and Qualities

  • 5+ years of experience in media relations, preferably in contemporary arts and culture
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong strategic, organizational, and project management skills
  • Quick and nimble, with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse number of projects with limited supervision and a positive attitude
  • Working knowledge of digital communications, emerging platforms, and engaging key influencers
  • Familiarity with G-Suite, Adobe, and project management tools

Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed



Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please provide salary requirements with your application.


None specified


No requirement



Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name. Send submissions to with “Communications Manager” in the subject line. Only resumes and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

The Shed is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.




New York, NY
Due Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on March 29, 2018 - 12:14pm