POSITION DESCRIPTION | Communications Manager (part time, contractor)

CultureWorks Greater Houston seeks a seasoned writer, editor, or communications professional for part-time work as Communications Manager. This position is seasonal and part-time support as we work to open our Houston office. The scope of work for this position is to draft, edit, and provide overall content development management for all marketing and advertising-related communications for CultureWorks Greater Houston, including but not limited to monthly newsletters, board correspondence, and other internal and external communications. Developing the content, both images and text, for the Houston office’s full website will be a significant part of the scope of work. The Communications Manager reports to the Chief Commons Director.


CultureWorks is an emerging, national, nonprofit “management commons” model—a platform for sharing essential support systems for the arts and heritage community. The Houston office is supported by and receives technical assistance, core management technologies, impact assessment tools, and access to capital resources under its license from the national supporting organization, CultureWorks Commons Management, which maintains a charter relationship with each office, currently Philadelphia and Houston. Under our mission “to provide arts, heritage, and creative practitioners equitable access to the resources they need to flourish”, CultureWorks’ management commons offers a flexible and affordable array of integrated services, focusing on human capital, systems, policies, best practices, and a shared nonprofit umbrella. We build and share all of the essential supporting services that individual cultural practitioners and nonprofit organizations or creative enterprises need for their programs, work, or services to succeed. These include staff to manage finance, compliance, HR, legal, fundraising, marketing, and data, in addition to flex and interim staffing, office and meeting space, advisory services, basic insurances, and nonprofit status itself. CultureWorks Greater Houston serves the ten-county region around Houston encompassing the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Waller.


CultureWorks Greater Houston is a new office—our first beyond our founding office in Philadelphia—and the Communications Manager will be supporting the start-up leadership team. With funding from the Houston Endowment, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas and philanthropist Brad Bucher we have completed a seven-month research, community engagement, and start-up business planning process. We have secured interest from a core of Founding Members, as well as commitments for capital to establish the new office. In its first phase of work, this position will lead the development of our Founding Membership in Houston, and support other start-up needs, such as the fit-out of our shared workspace, and the implementation of systems, practices, and policies developed by CultureWorks, among others.


The Communications Manager represents the mission and vision of CultureWorks Greater Houston to the community at large, but is chiefly responsible for working closely with the Chief Commons Director and Lead Community Director on the development of visual and written content and management our principal communication channels.



  • With the Chief Commons Director and Lead Community Director, create a start-up communications plan with for CultureWorks Greater Houston.


  • Assist with targeted outreach and communications and presentations to prospective member communities and groups.


  • Lead and manage the development of all photographic and local text content for the full website implementation of cultureworkshouston.org.


  • Support the leadership team and board in planning and executing the logistics for internal meetings and meetings with external stakeholders and members/member prospects.


  • Create and maintain member and constituent data, and assist with setting up third-party communications platforms for bulk email, event management, etc.


  • Support the Chief Commons Director and board in managing the logistics for board meetings and keeping board information current on boardable.com.


  • Support the leadership team and board on other tasks as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent and at least 3 years of communications experience

  • Superior writing and editing skills with the ability to voice messages to different constituents

  • Demonstrated experience in managing a portfolio of projects and overall project management

  • Knowledge of the arts and heritage/humanities field, and the Houston cultural community

  • Experience working with artistic/curatorial, executive, and board leadership of diverse cultures

  • Superior communications, interpersonal, and team collaboration skills

  • Proficiency in basic management technologies (Microsoft Office, CRMs, databases, and others)



Please send in PDF form a cover letter, resume, and three references to Shannon Buggs, Chief Commons Director at the address jobs@cultureworkshouston.org. Applications mailed through the USPS or faxed are not accepted. The deadline for applying is December 8, 2017. CultureWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, gender, or sexual identity. Compensation is commensurate with experience. This work will be engaged on an independent contractor time-and-expenses basis, to be negotiated, with a minimum base rate of $50/hour.

© 2017 CultureWorks Greater Houston

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Shannon Buggs
Executive Director

Culture Source Inc.

sbuggs [at] culturesourcehtx.org