Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 61-27953
School Name Institute of Contemporary Art
Org Institute of Contemporary Art
Posted to the Web 02/15/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 10-6
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, was founded in 1963 and is a non-collecting museum. It is also one of the only kunsthalles style museums in America. ICA exhibitions aim to bring under-recognized artists to the attention of the broader world, with an international reputation as a premier venue for contemporary art and culture. The ICA is free for all to engage and connect with the art of our time. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, our artist-centric program is complemented by the intellectual rigor of a premier academic institution. On average, we have seven exhibitions yearly, and one on tour.


The Digital Content Editor works closely with Director of Marketing & Communications to strategize, evaluate, and implement all aspects of ICA’s external communications focused on expanding the museum’s innovative, rotating, online presence and messaging. As a writer the goal is to develop engaging, accessible language without flattening the complexities of challenging contemporary art. The Digital Content Editor is the second in a two-person department at a non-collecting, admission-free museum with continually rotating exhibitions and events serving UPenn and other college-age students, diverse area art and cultural communities, as well as international contemporary art audiences. The Digital Content Editor works closely with the Curatorial, Public Engagement, and Development Departments, along with occasional outside contractors to develop marketing content including artist interviews, promotional campaigns, and public program descriptions.

Main responsibilities center on conceptualizing and producing content for ICA’s website and social media as a way of informing audiences of different backgrounds, and varied familiarity with ICA (from the most seasoned visitor to the newest Penn undergraduate or the West Philadelphia resident who has never visited the museum), of the museum’s offerings and creating compelling ‘invitations’ to visit and engage ICA in conversation; identifying and creating strategic partnerships among UPenn students as well as with art and culture influencers representing the diversity of the Greater Philadelphia Area; strengthen ICA’s brand as a welcoming, public space where one can explore ‘the unknown’, engage in critical thinking and invaluable life-long learning, seek restorative and meditative space, and interact with diverse audiences through encounters with contemporary artists and ideas.

They will work closely with Curatorial and Public Engagement departments to develop digital content including event descriptions, social media campaigns, occasional artist interviews, live event streaming and engagement, and social postings drawing on ICA’s archive and/or related culture and timely art and social issues, on a limited budget, with occasional outside visual asset producers.

The Digital Content Editor is responsible for maintaining institutional identity standards on all communications and marketing materials.

They traffic production and maintain timelines of all digital and select printed communications.


Bachelor’s degree required with one to three years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires a savvy, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, and highly motivated communications strategist with: a passion for contemporary art and for reaching diverse audiences, stellar writing skills, and demonstrable experience creating successful digital content and social media marketing. ICA needs a team-oriented, confident, flexible writer open to editing. Copy-editing experience a plus.

Ideal candidate will reflect and extend the museum’s focus on inclusive and equitable exchange around under-represented or overlooked artists and ideas. Candidate should demonstrate record of digital marketing communications with audiences of differing race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, immigration history, educational background, class, and ability. The ideal candidate will possess and call upon a strong network of artists, college students, faculty and staff, and/or communities currently under-served by contemporary art institutions.

Familiarity with graphic design, photo-editing, and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite required. Video editing experience preferred.

Please send CV, cover letter (addressed to Jill Katz, Marketing and Communications Director) along with two references and 2-3 examples of digital projects as PDF’s or weblinks.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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