Job Posting: Communications Manager

Applications and Inquiries

Please indicate your interest by emailing your application to: lesley@playwrights.ca

Applications should include: 

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • one writing sample from your previous work (examples can include a press release, brochure, social media post, etc.)
  • one digital or print design sample from your previous work (examples can include a poster, postcard, digital marketing image, website, etc.)

We encourage applicants to send in their applications as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before September 13, 2021. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverse, disabled and/or living with chronic illness and chronic pain. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so. 


For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/


Organization overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre development centre based in Montréal. PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. PWM gives artists the opportunity to create and experiment, dream and take risks. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

PWM has a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. PWM’s staff have read and reviewed the progress of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as well as the UNDRIP, and are committed to working towards adapting recommendations into the organization and its programming. PWM regularly partners with Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, and disabled artists and organizations in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM’s annual budget is between $500-$600K. The organization has five full-time and three part-time staff and offers seasonal internships. The Board of Directors currently has nine members and can hold up to 15. PWM hires 75 to 150 artists and contractors each year. In the 2019-2020 season, PWM collaborated on the development of 45 new works, with 190 artists participating in core programming.

PWM’s programming includes the Glassco Translation Residency, Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, Cole Mentorship for Emerging Translators, Exploring Practice series, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Young Creator’s Unit, New Stories Project, Digital Dramaturgy Clinic, and other programs in partnership with organizations in Montreal and across Canada.

PWM operates a 2,000 square foot creation studio and shared office space, equipped with theatre lighting, sound and digital equipment. Click here for accessibility information of our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility/

PWM is an ongoing member of the Group of 5+, a collective of five professional independent English-language theatre companies seeking to share a creative and administrative space to establish a sustainable arts ecosystem.

About Dramaturgy and How We Work

For PWM, dramaturgy is an exploration of all the elements that make a work, how they are brought together to create meaning, and what the process for developing that work might be.  We are committed to the exploration of dramaturgy as a process and as a discipline, and its application to the creation of new work. 

PWM understands that the work of playwriting and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore we consider not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of our studio. We collaborate with artists that are wrestling with these complexities.

PWM understands that the act of creation is necessarily socially engaged. We are actively committed to principles of feminism, anti-racist practice, and social justice. 

At PWM, the artist is at the centre of our work. We strive to cultivate a space where artists can be vulnerable, challenge themselves, and define their own risks and goals. 

For more information about how we work, as well as a glossary of terms, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/dramaturgy-at-pwm

Position Summary

Working with the PWM team and reporting to PWM’s Artistic Director and Managing Director, the Communications Manager is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of PWM’s marketing and communications strategies. The Communications Manager creates, produces and distributes materials using PWM’s communications channels and monitors and maintains PWM’s website and social media platforms. 

Primary Responsibilities

Communications Strategy

  • Writing content to support communications and marketing efforts, including but not limited to newsletters, website, social media, brochures, and press releases;
  • Planning, coordinating and carrying out marketing, communications and promotional initiatives;
  • Proposing, designing, planning and executing annual marketing and communications plans with the general goals of increasing visibility and audience reach;
  • Managing an annual expense budget of under $5000 for all marketing and communications.

Execution of Communications Tasks

  • Writing content to support communications and marketing efforts, including but not limited to newsletters, website, social media, brochures, and press releases;
  • Designing or overseeing the creation of promotional materials for PWM’s communication and marketing efforts, including posters, postcards, signage, letterhead, brochures, business cards, as well as image and video content;
  • Overseeing media calls and photo shoots;
  • Managing, maintaining and updating PWM’s website;
  • Compiling calls from the community that would benefit artists that PWM closely works with (i.e. Playwrights, Translators, Dramaturgs);
  • Tracking and promoting PWM-developed plays after they go into production or are published;
  • Editing and enforcing recognition and crediting contracts with PWM collaborators.

Skills and Characteristics 

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • An analytical mind and ability to think critically;
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills in English; professional fluency in French
  • Experience in the design, execution and distribution of digital and print materials;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Comfort with managing multiple projects at the same time and ability to adapt;
  • A commitment to growing and improving PWM’s efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in communications and marketing.
Qualifications

Experience

  • 2-3 years experience in a communications or marketing role;
  • An asset, but not mandatory: graduate of a communications, marketing, or public relations program.

Technical knowledge

  • Established experience of WordPress;
  • Familiarity with video and graphic editing software;
  • Knowledge of SEO and Google Analytics;
  • Knowledge of GSuite, Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and their specificities;
  • Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices;
  • An asset: experience of HTML/CSS coding, WCAG guidelines, photography, videography, CiviCRM, Mailchimp.
Salary and Benefits
  • $21 per hour for 32 hours (or 4 days) per week which is the equivalent of $34,944 per year
  • Five weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid wellness/sick days per year
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per yearReimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year
  • Group Insurance benefits that includes access to a health plan, life insurance and travel insurance
  • Optional enrolment in the Common Good Retirement Plan, with a future possibility of matching contributions from PWM, based on the organization’s budget