Content Lead – Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

About Cantor

Cantor Arts Center boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, serving the University and the broader community. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the museum, necessitating its closure to the public. In 1995 groundbreaking for a major new wing and restoration of the historic building began in earnest with the revitalized museum opening in 1999 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts. The Cantor offers approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as classrooms and other study spaces for students and faculty. The Cantor’s collection spans 5,000 years and includes more than 38,000 works of art from around the globe. Collections include art from Europe and America, both historical and contemporary; Asia, primarily Japan and China; Africa; Oceania; historical works from Mexico, Central America, and South America; the Stanford Family Collection; and public sculpture on the Stanford campus.

Job purpose

Under the guidance of senior management, lead development and implementation of content strategy, curation, production and post-production for Stanford’s art museums to generate support, expand audiences and increase visitor engagement, with focus on social media and editorial channels.

Core duties

  • Developing and executing social media channels for the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford, including creating and sourcing multimedia content.
  • Composing written and visual material supporting major museum priorities for the Stanford Report
  • Contributing and repurposing content on the museums’ websites in partnership with the Digital Media Manager
  • Editing, storyboarding, writing and sourcing contributions (images, text, graphic design, copyediting, et al.) for the Cantor’s twice-yearly donor publication and participating, with PR Assistant Manager, in its review and production
  • Developing museum print collateral
  • Developing and managing the museums’ photo database and editorial calendar; sourcing and distributing photography to support owned, earned and paid media content; acting as creative lead and point of contact for photography requests
  • Identifying areas of editorial collaboration with other arts entities and influencers in the community and at Stanford
  • Manage vendor estimates and invoice processing for creative service (photo, video, graphic design, etc.) as needed
  • Supporting cross-functional collaboration across the organization; consult with development, education, programming, exhibitions, collections and curatorial departments on editorial content as needed
  • Adhering to communications and brand strategy across channels
  • Other duties as assigned 
Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5-7 years of experience as editorial and strategic lead; or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong understanding of social media and demonstrable experience developing engaging content that outperforms benchmarks across the major channels
  • Background in monitoring and optimizing the performance of social media content and experience with the analytic suites of major channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
  • Experience writing copy of various lengths and formats
  • Photography and graphic design skills are a plus
  • Familiarity with the digital influencer ecosystem
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • An understanding of editorial approaches and digital publishing
  • Ability to work across complex organizations with multiple internal and external partners and vendors
  • Interest in visual arts; past museum, cultural organization or higher education experience preferred
Physical Requirements
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork
  • Occasionally staff photographers, take photos and be present for video and photographic-based work

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional meetings may occur off-site, including in buildings around Stanford’s campus
Work Standards
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

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