Communications Associate

11 Sep, 2023


Communications Associate

Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA


Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations, and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.

Currently, we are recruiting for a Communications Associate to join our team. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an organization that values creativity, teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion and where you will be surrounded by a diverse, talented, and enthusiastic group of colleagues. The Communications Associate identifies and pitches compelling stories to local, national, and international press; securing coverage of museum exhibitions, programs, and initiatives; maintaining a positive profile of the museum broadly in the media ecosystem; and ensuring impact and awareness of the museum’s activities among community partners and stakeholders.

The position regularly engages with staff, vendors, visitors, volunteers, members, and colleagues in a personable and respectful manner.


  • Under general guidance, conceives of and executes communications initiatives and develops strategies to promote exhibitions, events, and public programs in a timely fashion.
  • Solicits attention in all media (print, broadcast, online) for multiple projects.
  • Writes, edits, and promotes all media materials relating to exhibitions, programs, events, and news, including press releases, media alerts, briefing documents, and printed promotional materials.
  • Develops and maintains strong professional relationships with domestic and international media outlets covering arts and lifestyle news.
  • Works collaboratively on projects with other museum departments and appropriate external stakeholders to streamline internal communications.
  • Arranges, prepares, and accompanies curators and other museum staff on interviews, photoshoots, and filming.
  • Responds to and tracks all media requests for information and images.
  • Organizes exhibitions, public programs, and event images in our press room, located on the museum website, for media use.
  • Supports and maintains our media contacts database and our media aggregation platform (Cision), and researches and meet with new contacts to develop relationships with key reporters, influencers, freelance writers, and other members of the media.
  • Organizes press events, including press conferences and previews.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications or a related field and one year of related experience. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
  •  Excellent analytical, research, creative problem solving, and organizational skills.
  •  Strong multichannel strategic communications skills and media contacts.
  •  Experience overseeing complex long- and short-term projects within budget.
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  •  Exceptional project management and organization skills.
  •  Ability to work on multiple projects with different deadlines.
  •  Strong computer skills across various platforms.
  •  Experience developing and tracking budgets.
  •  Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion principles and practices.
  •  Ability to work under time constraints and meet tight deadlines.
  •  Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion principles and practices.
  • Establishes and nurtures strong working relationships with museum staff, colleagues from other institutions, patrons, consultants, and vendors.
  • Performs other duties and projects as needed.


  • Standard museum and office environment.
  • Computer, tablet, and phone use.



The Asian Art Museum is committed to practicing salary transparency. The hourly range for this position is $30.1439 – $36.2036/hr. This FLSA exempt opportunity includes a generous benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • Fully covered medical, dental and vision insurance for employee
  • 12 paid holidays (2023)
  • 15 days of vacation starting
  • 12 days of sick leave
  • Group retirement plan starting after one year of employment

This position is represented by Local 1021, Service Employees International Union. New hires typically start at the beginning of the wage range.


At the Asian Art Museum, we are dedicated to ideating, building, and holding ourselves accountable for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion in everything we do. We strive to foster a culture of respect, belonging and inclusivity for all employees.
Our mission is to celebrate, preserve, and promote Asian and Asian American art and cultures for local and global audiences. We provide a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, inviting collaboration, and fueling imagination to deepen understanding and empathy among people of all backgrounds.

Diversity of thought and experience is essential to our mission, and we are committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.


Apply online at Ensuring a smooth and enjoyable candidate experience is critical for us. Application materials will be screened in relation to the criteria described. Candidates deemed to be the most highly qualified will be invited to participate in the interview process. Our interview process tends to take about 4 weeks to complete but may fluctuate depending on the role. Appointment is subject to completion of a thorough background check process.

The Asian Art Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories (arrest and criminal histories) consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.

Job posted: 2023-09-11