Communications Manager

Indiana Humanities
1500 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Title: Communications Manager
Job Type: Full-time

Are you a highly motivated, creative individual with a passion
for engaging with people in person and online? Do you enjoy serving as the voice of an organization on social media and helping it better reach its audiences? Do you have experience reaching out and engaging with diverse audiences? Are you a lifelong learner who wants to connect Hoosiers with more opportunities to think, read and talk? If so, we want you to join the Indiana Humanities team as our communications manager.

The primary responsibility will be to cultivate relationships through
our social media platforms. However, this person will also play a key role in developing relationships offline as well, using inclusive community engagement strategies and communicating with the public through a variety of methods—including e-newsletters, presenting at community meetings, staffing booths at public events and more. The communications manager will be part of a strong and versatile team and work closely with all staff members—including those in communications, programs, grants and development.

Regular activities will include: developing new social media content and strategies for engagement and growth of followers; planning for and writing e-newsletter copy; writing for and overseeing the design of collateral materials and planning where to distribute them; meeting with and convening arts and cultural marketers; thinking critically about how best to communicate with and broaden our audiences; listening and learning about various communities’ needs; contributing to grant and program development conversations; and more.

The ideal candidate is also passionate about the humanities (history, literature, civic education, languages, cultural studies, philosophy or ethics, etc.) and understands the challenges and opportunities facing Indiana.

Indiana Humanities is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting the public humanities. We are a grant maker, a neutral convener, a facilitator, program partner and much more. We strive for an Indiana where the humanities belong to everyone, where action is rooted in insight and where community grows from conversation. Like all members of the Indiana Humanities team, this professional should be committed to our mission and exhibit our values of inclusivity, curiosity, community, creativity and partnership.

• Communicates with broad and diverse audiences and develops strategies and tactics to reach various publics
• Manages and oversees all social media marketing campaigns
• Helps identify, plan and manage other content needs for web, print, video and photography
• Serves as an advocate for Indiana Humanities in social media spaces, engaging in dialogues and answering questions where appropriate
• Monitors trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design and strategy
• Analyzes key metrics and adjusts strategies as needed
• Works closely with programs, grants and development staff members to identify and develop communications strategies and opportunities
• Regularly meets with arts and cultural marketers in Indiana to share
best practices
• Provides communications trainings, tips, toolkits and tutorials to our partners
• Represents Indiana Humanities by participating in statewide, regional and local meetings to better understand community needs
• Strives to bring new, creative ideas to Indiana Humanities as a way to deliver interesting content—in engaging ways—to our audiences

Indiana Humanities is an equal opportunity employer, and our hiring process is inclusive of all genders and gender expressions, races and ethnicities, religions and sexualities as well as veterans and people with disabilities.

Indiana Humanities is following the federal, state, local and CDC guidelines regarding Covid practices. This means that we are currently working remotely and will do so until it is safe to return to the office. In the interim, there may be times when the person who fills this position will need to come to the office and will be expected to follow the safety measures we have in place. We offer a stipend to employees to help with expenses due to working remotely.

Our offices are located near downtown Indianapolis in a lovingly restored historic home built by Indiana author Meredith Nicholson. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but we offer flexible working schedules to accommodate the professional and personal needs of our staff.

We are able to offer relocation expenses for out-of-state applicants.

  • Is a self-motivated, collaborative, proactive, critical thinker
  •  Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.), their respective participants and how each platform can be utilized in different scenarios
  • Is able to effectively communicate information and ideas in written, audio and video format
  • Has experience and comfort with speaking in front of audiences
  • Is available for occasional travel within Indiana (reimbursed)
  • Flexibility to support occasional evening and weekend work
  • Has an interest in the humanities and in helping provide Hoosiers with greater access to literature, history, conversation-based programming and more
  • Is a team player with the confidence to take the lead and guide other employees when necessary (i.e., idea development, creation and editing of content, and online reputation management)
  • Multilingualism a plus

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
• Holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, English, history, public affairs or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Has 3+ years of experience

We realize there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Compensation Range: $45,000 to $60,000
Kristen Fuhs Wells
How To Apply:

To apply, send a resume (with references) and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to Kristen Fuhs Wells, vice president, at Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Applications are requested by April 30 but will be accepted until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.