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Communications Manager

  • 504278
  • Full-time


The Arizona Historical Society is a nonprofit organization and state agency established in 1864. AHS connects people through the power of Arizona’s history. AHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Arizona’s past through museum exhibitions, libraries and archives, historic sites, educational programs, and the Journal of Arizona History. AHS seeks to be the driving force strengthening Arizona’s communities by promoting history through leadership, partnership, and scholarship.

Communications Manager

Job Location:

Address:  1300 N College Avenue

Tempe, AZ 85281 

Posting Details:

Salary: $22/hr

Grade: 21

Closing Date: OTF

Job Summary:

The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the Arizona Historical Society {AHS) communications strategy. Scope of communications includes developing and issuing press releases, managing AHS website content and social media presence; creating and placing advertisements; developing collateral materials; overseeing membership communications; managing the annual fund campaign; developing and distributing internal communications for AHS announcements, events, meetings, policies and other important AHS communications. The communication manager will develop community relationships to promote AHS among multiple constituencies and develop useful relationships with media partners. The communication manager will be the official voice of AHS in external communications.

Job Duties:
  • Social Media: Develop and implement strategic social media plan that builds AHS attendance, membership, brand recognition and donor contributions. Social media responsibilities include developing a social media calendar, developing internal social media policy, creating engaging content and serving as Administrator for all AHS social media accounts. Collaboration with Archives, Collections and other AHS functional areas.
  • Content Management: Responsible for overseeing the content presented on AHS website, including creating, editing, posting, updating, and cleaning up outdated content. Ensure consistent messaging and adherence to brand standards. Manage AHS website maintenance, including WordPress and plug-in updates; server licenses and contracts; domain-name licenses and user authority.
  • Outreach: Oversee activities of Outreach Coordinator, including membership database management, communications to current and prospective museum members and volunteers, mailings and electronic messages. Develop outreach strategy for growing membership in AHS communities, and execute through Outreach Coordinator. Identify ways to more effectively recruit new members, and retain existing members.
  • Marketing: Develop and implement strategic AHS marketing plan that builds AHS attendance, membership, brand recognition and donor contributions. Includes the development and execution of an advertising plan and budget; development and placement of advertisement and development of collateral in collaboration with appropriate areas.
  • Public Relations: Develop and maintain current media contact list; write and distribute press releases. Develop relationships with key media partners; seek opportunities for editorial coverage.
  • Communication's Support: Work with Exhibits and Event opening activities to develop and distribute appropriate signage, print materials and external communications.
  • Personnel Management: Oversee activities of the Graphic Designer, prioritizing work and providing creative support as required. Provide employee coaching and performance feedback.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator and Photo shop. Proficiency with social media for business use -Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Proficiency with office software programs, -MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to effectively deal with internal and external customers with tact and diplomacy. Friendly, polite, gregarious, positive manner.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and written, To prioritize and manage multiple time sensitive tasks with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Self motivated, with strong problem-solving skills and drive for results.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural
    decision and judgments.
  • Good math skills and knowledge of accepted business and accounting procedures.
Selective Preference(s):
  • Bachelor's degree in communication, public relations, marketing or related field. 3 years experience in lieu of education.
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Must have a valid Arizona driver's license or the ability to obtain one.
  • Must provide a cover letter when applying for this position.

The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

  • Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
Contact Us:
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melba Davis at 520-617-1161 or mdavis@azhs.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.