Mass Cultural Council

10 St. James Ave., 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
September 10, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Communications Director


Mass Cultural Council is the state agency responsible for cultivating a rich cultural life for Massachusetts communities through a wide range of grants, direct services, field building, and advocacy work. 

The Communications Director is primarily responsible for identifying, cultivating, and maintaining relationships with the Massachusetts state legislature, governor’s office, state government entities and other institutions and individuals that advance the agency's vision, mission, and goals. Among these are partners in federal and local governments as well as the state; nonprofit cultural and educational organizations; advocacy networks; public and private philanthropy; and media. This person works to assure Mass Cultural Council secures the resources—financial, political, and institutional—that it needs to support the nonprofit cultural sector of Massachusetts.

The Communications Director also develops and executes public communications strategy in support of the agency’s strategic plan, branding, and positioning. And this position works closely with the Executive Director and senior staff to develop, support, and advance the work of the appointed volunteer members of Mass Cultural Council. This is a member of the agency’s senior leadership team and is a designated as a senior policy-making position within Massachusetts state government.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Government Relations

  • Ensure Mass Cultural Council maintains strong, productive relationships with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.
  • Provide consistent, accurate information to state legislators, executive officials, and constitutional officers, about the work of the Council and its constituents.
  • Work with advocacy partners across sectors to make the case for public investment in the nonprofit arts, humanities, and sciences at all levels of government
  • Identify and track legislation, policies, and regulatory changes that affect the nonprofit cultural sector and, when necessary and appropriate, organize responses.
  • Serve as contact for federal cultural agencies such as National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, to align advocacy and public policy objectives.
  • Identify and develop inter-governmental relationships that achieve public policy goals that help the nonprofit cultural sector.

External Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain key institutional partnerships with nonprofit cultural organizations, educational institutions, and public and private philanthropies that help advance Mass Cultural Council’s mission.
  • Advance institutional positioning strategies that enable Mass Cultural Council and its leadership to cultivate and leverage meaningful relationships with select external audiences, including partners in state government.
  • Identify emerging opportunities and threats facing the sector and agency. Work with appointed Council members and staff to identify internal and external communications opportunities and challenges, and define and execute appropriate strategies and tactics to meet them.
  • Work closely with advocacy networks such as MASSCreative and Americans for the Arts to advance support for arts and culture.
  • Coordinate and assist the appointed members of the Mass Cultural Council in their role as ambassadors and advocates for the agency’s work.

Public Relations and Communications Operations

  • Develop and implement an integrated, agency-wide strategic communications plan to broaden and deepen public understanding of the Mass Cultural Council and its mission, and the benefits of a strong and healthy nonprofit cultural sector.
  • Oversee the continued development and use of the Mass Cultural Council brand and positioning.
  • Oversee all public communications to ensure alignment with agency’s strategic plan, brand and positioning.
  • Oversee development of all print and branded materials.
  • Oversee development of electronic communications, including website, biweekly electronic newsletter and other digital communications.
  • Oversee communications manager in his/her relations with media, government, and institutional partners.
  • Oversee digital communications manager to develop web platforms, services, and other online resources.
  • Support Executive Director and other agency leaders in external communications, public presentations, and public relations.
  • Manage relationships with consultants and contractors as needed.

For personnel managed

  • Provide personnel supervision for staff.
  • Perform personnel functions by providing or arranging training and/or professional development for staff, working with program staff to develop work plans and timelines for accountability and evaluation.
  • Ensure projects and tasks are delegated to staff for efficient use of human resources.
  • Ensure staff are challenged to work effectively and creatively.
  • Develop and track performance measures and ensure staff work plans are tied to department goals.

  • Team Development/Management
  • Recruit, manage, and evaluate communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy across the agency and with its partners.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to excellence and equity.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a consistent, supportive, and collaborative approach.

Representing the agency

  • Represent Mass Cultural Council in a wide range of public settings, meetings, events, conferences, etc.
  • Take part in and contribute to agency wide activities and initiatives.
  • In-state travel required. Occasional nights and weekends required. Occasional out-of-state travel may be required. Other duties as mutually agreed.
  • 10 or more years of experience in a communications role 
  • 5 or more years of leadership experience at an organization
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, required
  • Extensive experience managing personnel
  • Extensive experience in government relations role
  • Experience managing and executing across several communications media
  • Skills as leader, manager and coach for board, staff, and volunteers
  • Willingness and ability to share ideas, foster conversation, and build consensus among senior staff, agency staff, and board members
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic

  • Experience with artists and cultural nonprofit organizations, preferred
  • Experience with Massachusetts state government and politics, preferred
  • Experience with WordPress and/or HTML, preferred
  • Experience with standard communications software such as Microsoft Office suite, preferred
How To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to: or via USPS to: Communications Director Search, Mass Cultural Council, 10 St. James Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
This position will remain open until filled.
Apply by:
September 30, 2019
Senior Staff level position Salary range: $95,000-$105,000
About this Organization:

The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

We believe in the power of culture. Working through the arts, humanities, and sciences, culture is a dynamic force for enriching communities, growing the economy, increasing accessibility, and fostering individual creativity. Culture is intrinsically valuable and unique in its ability to lift the human spirit.

We recognize the essential role that a rich cultural life plays in communities and the lives of individuals. To invest in our cultural life is to invest in our shared future.

We partner with artists, communities, organizations, and schools to unleash the power of culture across the Commonwealth.