The Museum of Fine Arts Houston functions as an integrated visual arts experience centered in one of the nation’s great cities. Counted amongst North America’s largest museums, MFAH has permanent collections spanning more than 6,000 years of history with an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works of art and a wide range of media from six continents. The main campus encompasses 14 acres in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, with buildings contributed by world-renowned architects housing permanent collections; 450,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition spaces; a variety of horticultural features and visually stunning gardens, fountains and outdoor exhibition areas; restaurants and arts-themed retail shops; school, classrooms, research and lecture hall facilities; archives, libraries and conservation facilities; and administrative offices. During most of the transformative Campus Redevelopment that has been in process since 2012, annual attendance reached a high of 1.25 million despite significant construction.
Houston stands among America’s largest cities by population and area, is diverse racially and ethnically, and is an economic powerhouse with a very strong arts ecosystem that attracts over 7 million visitors alone to the Museum District where MFAH is centered. MFAH employs over 600 staff members funded solely by MFAH. 400 docents support the educational mission, and 1,500 volunteers support a broad range of MFAH activities.
The MFAH has extensive COVID mitigation protocols in place to provide for a safe working environment, including: Face coverings required for staff at all times in public settings; Plexiglas partitions for staff members who do not work in offices; Temperature checks for staff at entrances; Onsite COVID testing for staff who work in close contact with colleagues or visitors.
We are currently seeking to hire an Associate Publicist. In this role, you will work in close cooperation with the Senior Publicist as a key member of the Communications team. At various times you will work with the museum director and other MFAH colleagues to create and execute our publicity campaigns. You will take initiative and accountability, bring energy and creativity, and know how to leverage various communications verticals, strategies and levers to deliver innovative and impactful campaigns. The selected candidate will be skilled at developing, preparing and executing a wide range of campaigns, while working with the Senior Publicist and Head of Communications on large high priority campaigns. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the cultural arts space, regionally, nationally and internationally. This role offers an amazing opportunity to build upon the Museum’s historic role in producing innovative exhibitions, publications and programs.
We are offer: Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance; Life and Long Term Disability Insurance; MFAH Retirement Savings Plan (403b); Flexible Spending Plans; Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Volunteer Time Off, Holiday Pay; and Museum Membership and Discounts.
Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.
Handles media planning and outreach for house museums as well as MFAH programs, social events and benefits, the Film program, plus smaller-scale exhibitions and other bi-annual events
Supports the Senior Publicist in a range of initiatives, including at exhibition media previews
Develops and implements local/regional media communications plans
Researches, drafts and circulates for approvals media alerts, and related materials and images
Consults and coordinates with departments across the museum to achieve media objectives for programs and initiatives
Develops and implements pitches
Coordinates and manages media requests, interviews and shoots
Oversees photo and/or TV shoots, coordinating with appropriate departments
Manages press at MFAH social events and benefits and creates advance face books
Must possess strong writing, communications and interpersonal skills
Exceptional project management skills, including organization, prioritization and communication
Takes initiative, problem-solver and follows through
Knowledgeable about trends, technology developments and innovations as they relate to publicity and social media, with a knack for identifying new opportunities and ideas
Persuasive communication for pitching and selling stories to broadcast, print, online and new media
Creative, resourceful, sociable, persuasive and ambitious personality
Positive attitude, which looks like someone who is more than just upbeat! You are also versatile and adaptable
You have a good eye to spot a good story
Bachelor’s degree in related field (English, Journalism, Communications or Art History) strongly preferred or an equivalent combination of experience and education from which comparable and demonstrable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
1-3 years of related experience (preferably in media relations, journalism and/or a cultural institution. )
Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
All offers of employment from the MFAH are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and providing sufficient proof of fully vaccinated status.
Qualified candidates may apply online by clicking here. Click on All Current Employment Opportunities to submit your cover letter, resume, and list of professional references. Please include information describing how you have validated any or all of the following in your career: Action oriented (Proactive – don’t wait.); Creative, enthusiastic and energetic attitude and “CAN DO” spirit; Results driven (Stretch goals and objectives.); Ability to apply ingenuity and originality – think on your feet; try anything!
Equal Opportunities for All
Our commitment to our policy and practice of nondiscrimination represents more than good intentions. It provides for employment decisions that are made without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law or any other reason unrelated to your ability to join and contribute to our organization and support our mission to provide a museum experience for all. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is equally committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals interested in employment with the organization. As part of this commitment, we want to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation needed to 1) participate in the job application or 2) interview process; 3) perform essential job functions; and/or 4) participate in the benefits and privileges of employment with the MFAH. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the human resources department: HR@mfah.org.