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Communications Manager

Position Title: Communications Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

Department: Director’s Office

Grade: 56, exempt

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week



Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute of Harvard University, located in Washington, D.C., that specializes in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. The institute welcomes about 40 fellows and visiting scholars ever year, and hosts a number of annual conferences, public lectures, concerts, and other events. In addition, the center has a world-renowned museum and historic garden open to thousands of visitors every year. Since 2015, Dumbarton Oaks has been expanding its collaborations with local cultural organizations to deliver mission-relevant scholarly and public programming. The Communications Manager will lead, advise on, and implement institutional strategy on marketing and communications; develop a budget; oversee print and digital communication outlets; and work to support and expand our local partnerships.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement a social media and communications strategy.
  • Lead an institutional rebranding campaign to update and streamline print and digital outlets.
  • Create and manage a communications and marketing budget.
  • Maintain and expand the strategic partnerships to fulfill the institutional mission and maximize the center’s impact.
  • Manage the monthly newsletter, institutional communications and associated mailing lists.
  • Research and recommend avenues for publicizing the institute’s scholarly activities, publications, and events.
  • Research and recommend avenues for disseminating ongoing video and digital projects designed for the public, such as the Virtual Garden Tour and the Digital Map of Cultural DC.
  • Handle press inquiries, press releases, requests for interviews or promotional materials, and other press and media requests; exercise independent judgment in selecting among various proposals for press coverage the ones that are best aligned with the institutional mission, and for identifying new marketing outlets.
  • Collaborate with departments to identify and support new projects that highlight Dumbarton Oaks activities and resources.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise fellows and interns who develop content for the newsletter and social media.



Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, English, Museum Studies, etc.).
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience.

Additional qualifications

  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Excellent administrative, interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated passion for outreach to diverse communities.
  • Knowledge of Spanish an advantage.
  • Video skills an advantage.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer-service skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.


To Apply

This position is open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter by applying at the link below:


Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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