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We're always looking for creative, open-minded, kind, and hardworking people to support the theater and our nonprofit mission. See something that appeals to you?
COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER
(Full Time, salaried)
Under the supervision of the Managing Director, the Communications and Marketing Manager leads ImprovBoston's efforts to promote theater programs, activities, classes, and facilities to audiences through local and national media (print, electronic, and broadcast), and to oversee all aspects of media and audience relations, marketing, and advertising for the purpose of theater positioning, branding visibility, and audience and visitor growth in support of our mission and goals. The Communications and Marketing Manager is also responsible to assist in building ongoing public interest and support for ImprovBoston programming; to maximize revenues through paid programs, sponsorships, donations and other sources; and to sustain and expand the theater's various audiences.
This is a brand new position!
- Creates and executes overall marketing and public relations strategies for ImprovBoston.
- Supervises creation of digital and physical design collateral and helps ensure design continuity for advertising and marketing campaigns. The ideal candidate will possess above average graphic design skills and will be able to create 50-75% of the digital content themselves.
- Designs and executes email marketing campaigns
- Serves as executive editor of ImprovBoston’s website properties
- Develops new media initiatives, focusing on both existing and emergent social networking channels
- Writes press releases, pitch letters, fact sheets, media alerts, and other forms of media outreach
- Serves as primary contact for PR, communications and marketing
- Conceives and implements overall institutional identity-building initiatives through audience research, strategic planning, media, and marketing research. A key initiative will be to implement brand consistency across ImprovBoston’s digital and physical presence.
- Understands, helps define, and ensures adherence to communication standards.
- Is responsible for theater advertising strategies, including selection of publications for ad placement and layout, both digital and print
- Secures frequent local, and regional, media coverage of the theater’s programs, classes, activities, and other important events.
- Works with travel and hospitality partners to promote ImprovBoston as a cultural destination.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential responsibilities of this position may change or be changed from time to time.
Must have three to five years experience in a directly related field. Bachelor's degree required, ideally in public relations, marketing, communications, graphic design, or liberal arts; or commensurate related experience. Demonstrated track record in planning and conducting marketing and communications stratagem. Knowledge of national arts and audience trends and extensive experience with audience research, strategic public information, and community-relations concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques. Experience in media placement, printing, production, creative development, and innovative community partnerships a plus. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of advertising and marketing theory, good contacts with media, strong grasp of emerging social media, and also be an effective team player with ImprovBoston's other staff. Must have excellent, demonstrated written, oral, interpersonal, communication, and graphic design skills (including editing ability), and must be able to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Comedy training or experience is not mandatory, but the ability to write copy in the voice of a comedy theater is essential. Candidates for this position should possess a good capacity for thinking strategically. Nonprofit experience is preferred. Must be able to perform effectively in a fast-paced environment with a high level of creativity and dynamism. Should have an ability to work flexibly and collaboratively, and occasional nights and/or weekends.
Salary is commensurate with experience
To apply, please send us:
- A cover letter in the style of a marketing promotion for yourself, including graphic design elements (DO NOT SEND a traditional cover letter)
- Your portfolio if you have one
- Your resume
Be the first person to welcome our patrons to the theater each night! Box office responsibilities include selling tickets, answering the phone, and handling walk-in inquiries. Members of the box office staff should have a sunny disposition to greet and help patrons with any and all questions or concerns. The theater can get busy, so it is important that you are able to handle stress under pressure. Basic computer and iPad skills are also necessary to sell tickets. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and cover letter.
ImprovBoston offers a wide variety of drinks and snacks at Gag's Bar (that's the name of the bar) and we are always looking for friendly people to serve them. Responsibilities include set up of the theater and lobby before shows as well as serving drinks and snacks to patrons. Applicants should be motivated individuals who will maintain and stock the bar during shows. If interested, please email email@example.com with resume and cover letter.
Behind the scenes of a show can be just as important as what goes on on stage. ImprovBoston is always seeking motivated individuals to join our Tech Crew managing lights and sound during our shows. An interest in comedy and attention to detail is crucial in responding to light and sound cues during shows. Some previous tech experience is helpful, but not required. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and cover letter.
ImprovBoston presents: THE INTERN INFO RUN-DOWN:
So… you want to be an intern. Here are some things you should know!
We offer internships in exchange for ImprovBoston Comedy School (IBCS) classes. Our most common internships are Floaters & Office interns, described below.
1. Floater Interns
Many of our IBCS interns become “Floaters,” which entails working with our Front of House crew one show-night per week for 8 weeks. These shifts are Wednesday-Friday evenings.
As a Floater, you are essentially assistant to the House Manager & our nightly staff, helping out with tasks as needed. Often including setting up & breaking down the theaters for shows, greeting & assisting patrons.
Being a Floater is a great way to be in the hub of the IB community and to get to know many members of the amazing ImprovBoston family. For these positions, we look for friendly, high-energy applicants with “Can-Do” attitudes.
2. Office Interns
We also have IBCS interns work two (2) 4hr-days per week for 8 weeks. These shifts are generally Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday 1-5PM.
Our office interns have the chance to get a feel for what working behind the scenes at a comedy theater is like. You will help our small, but mighty, office staff with general office administrative tasks, inventory organization, light handy-work (like vacuuming or putting duct tape on a box. You know, handy-work!), and other weekly tasks.
Some of our rockstar interns have transitioned into a more specialized field (photography, graphic design, sales, etc.), but only after one session “working the office.”
*** ImprovBoston expects interns looking to work in exchange for an IBCS class to begin their internship about 2 weeks prior to the start of the session in which they wish to enroll.
*** Resume & interview will be required.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call us at 617-576-1253