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Public Engagement and Communications Coordinator (Wage)


Public Engagement and Communications Coordinator (Wage)

  • R0043807
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Communications
  • The University of Virginia
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is seeking applications to fill the role of Public Engagement and Communications Coordinator. The position will manage museum communications and act as the face of the museum on weekends. This position supports a broad range of communications functions, such as advertising, marketing, public relations, media relations and creative production. They support the museum’s ongoing communications needs and participate in specific communications projects, as assigned. In addition, they engage the public during the museum’s weekend hours, providing tours, answering questions and supporting all of the museum functions to ensure an excellent visitor experience.

Qualified candidates will love interacting with the public, enjoy translating the museum’s value across digital platforms, gaining cumulative knowledge about Indigenous Australian art and sharing it with others, and will enjoy working independently while providing integral support to a small team. The anticipated start date for the position is March 1, 2023; the position will remain open until filled.

This position directly supports the museum’s vision to create a world in which Indigenous people are listened to, and their arts and cultures are honored and celebrated.

  • Perform a broad range of functions to support the visitor experience and external communications needs of a small museum.
  • Manage and develop the museum’s social media presence, plan and send email communications, post museum events on community calendars, update the museum’s website.
  • Serve as first point-of-contact for communications platforms, as assigned. Respond to emails and phone calls, assist with mailings and manage the museum's mailing lists.
  • Monitor news, press mentions, and media coverage. Prepare press releases and outline pitches for local media.
  • Greet visitors and answer the phone, communicate with volunteer guides and other Kluge-Ruhe staff.
  • Lead tours of current exhibitions, promote the museum’s special events and membership program.
  • Evaluate the visitor experience and work with staff to ensure consistency and excellence.
  • Staff the museum on weekends and one day during the week, open and close the building and attend to gallery needs and security duties.
  • Manage the gift shop as needed, restocking and conducting sales.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

This position requires interaction with the public and working on weekends. Remote work is not possible. Must have weekend availability; 12 of the 20-25 hours are on Saturday and Sunday.

Anticipated hiring range $20-22/hr.

To apply, please submit an application online through Workday at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach a current CV/Resume and Cover Letter . Search on requisition number: R0043807.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link: http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-029 .

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions related to the application process may be directed to Brandi Shifflett, Sr. HR Specialist at (434) 243-4095 or brc2s@virginia.edu.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: At least two years of experience. Degree in English or communications may substitute for experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences; mastery of prominent social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok or others; attention to detail, policies and procedures; self-motivated and independent; curious, explorative, empathetic, socially aware and interested in arts and culture; possess a high ability to multi-task and to adapt to unexpected circumstances

Licensure: None
Computer Applications: Microsoft Office

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. Ability to lift 30 lbs and climb a ladder 4 feet off the ground.

Education: Undergraduate degree in education, art history, fine art or anthropology or related field

Experience: At least two years of experience working for a museum or non-profit, leading communications for a non-profit business, or teaching.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to produce short videos; graphic design skills.

Computer Applications: Quickbooks Point of Sale, Wordpress, Mailchimp, Adobe Suite.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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