The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.
Working closely with the Associate Director of Marketing, serve as lead writer and publications editor to ensure quality branded content that reinforces sales and audience development strategies and aligns with the organization’s goals. Compensation for this position is full time, exempt, and ranges from $40,000 - $50,000 depending on qualifications.
In collaboration with staff members from Marketing and other Guthrie departments, write and/or edit original copy for a wide variety of essential printed materials for educating and engaging with audiences about the theater’s artistic mission, institutional goals, staff and artists.
Play an integral role in the department’s content development and curation process, maintaining an awareness of industry trends and identifying opportunities to position the Guthrie as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Write and/or edit projects across all Guthrie departments, including: letters, speeches, presentations, blog entries, newsletter submissions, news stories, profiles, handbooks and bulletins
Support Marketing team by editing marketing/advertising collateral, press releases, e-mails, and website and social media content, as needed.
Edit for style, substance and organization; reorganize text to create consistency in grammar, format and message; recommend editorial changes; and review, proof and fact-check copy.
Serve as editor-in-chief and lead copywriter for the organization’s publications, including but not limited to all play programs, the Call Is Places subscriber e-newsletter, Play Guides for educators, the annual Guthrie Guide and the annual report.
Uphold the voice and style of Guthrie publications, reviewing content for sensitivity and adherence to brand positioning.
Play an active role in editorial meetings to generate original content and build a content calendar to reinforce sales and audience development strategies.
Coordinate/collaborate with the Guthrie’s in-house graphic design team to establish layout of publications and prepare them for digital use.
Ghostwrite content on behalf of staff and artists as needed.
Conduct and edit interviews with Guthrie staff, world-class artists, and key stakeholders.
Solicit content from contributing writers, edit submissions, convey feedback, resolve issues and ensure deadlines are met.
Research and negotiate use of externally created content; ensure permissions standards for content and images are consistent and documented.
Collaborate cross-departmentally to ensure accuracy of information, from proper artist billing to sponsor/donor acknowledgements.
Coordinate photography for publications.
Offer general support to the Marketing Department to increase sales and awareness of the theater’s programs and initiatives.
Photograph Guthrie events as needed (Guthrie to provide camera).
Support team members in their work on a project-by-project basis.
Other duties as needed or assigned.
A. degree in English, Journalism or a related field or equivalent experience.
Three to five years professional communications experience, preferably in publications.
Command of English language writing, with background in AP writing style and willingness to adapt to Guthrie organizational publishing and brand styles.
Project management experience.
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to build rapport within a diverse team setting and across all levels of an organization, as well as with outside artists, agents, etc.
Strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and manage priorities.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with multiple and conflicting priorities.
Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and ability to utilize Microsoft Office suite to accomplish work.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
The Guthrie Theater is located in the historic Mill District along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the largest city in the state, Minneapolis offers a large variety of parks, lakes, great food, festivals, malls and more.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY?
Be a part of a leading non-profit organization that is committed to serving not only the local Twin Cities community (you betcha!) but the industry as a whole. Did we forget to mention the sidewalks in the sky, winter makes you stronger, and top-notch employee benefits?