The Publicist plays an essential role in the Museum’s Communications Department, taking primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategic public relations plans for the Whitney’s exhibitions, public and educational programs, and institutional initiatives. Additional responsibilities include drafting press materials; oversight of the Museum’s media contact database; producing press coverage reports; and overseeing film, television, and photography shoots in the Museum.
The Communications Department designs and implements the Museum’s external communications strategy to advance a positive, compelling, and nuanced story of the Museum’s mission and core activities globally. Through proactive engagement with print, digital, and broadcast media, it builds greater institutional awareness externally and drives audience attendance. The department also fosters a broader understanding of and advocates for the value of communications within the Museum.
The Publicist works in a dynamic environment within a highly visible organization. Critical skills and experience required for this position include excellent writing and verbal communications; strong media relations capabilities; knowledge of historical and contemporary art; and the ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects and deadlines while working both independently and as part of a team. The Publicist must also bring to this role knowledge of the media landscape and awareness of its continuous evolution.
About the Whitney
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.