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Aperture is a not-for-profit foundation, connecting the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, with the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally. The Foundation offers public programs including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and conferences that contribute to and expand the dialogue on photography’s role in our society as well as outreach education for children and teens building visual literacy and aimed to engage diverse new audiences.
 
 

Publicist

At a time of rapid and dynamic growth, and as Aperture continues to sharpen its global brand, our Publicist plays a key role in the institution. He or she oversees the organization’s communications channels and is directly responsible for all publicity outreach, including placement of features, reviews, and author/artist interviews relating to Aperture Foundation initiatives, products, awards and events in local, national and international media, including art and photography publications and online media, trade magazines, mainstream dailies/magazines, television and radio. The Publicist also manages related publicity events, and is responsible for preparing content for Aperture’s own website, blogs and our other marketing tools.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Working closely with the Sales and Marketing Director and other key staff at Aperture, to devise and manage successful publicity campaigns for Aperture’s programs and projects, including new books, new issues of the magazine, and new exhibitions at Aperture’s Gallery and at partner institutions, and other Aperture themes and projects
    • Composing and distributing press releases, media alerts, and other promotional copy
    • Devising, organizing, presenting, and promoting events related to Aperture’s projects (artist talks, book signings, film screenings, etc.) at Aperture’s premises, our partner venues, and book retailers, etc.
    • Promoting and negotiating serial rights and other rights agreements, where relevant for Aperture content.
    • Managing the supply of press materials, including photographs available for press usage.
    • Overseeing digital communications across the organization, including the scheduling and execution of weekly e-newsletters and social media activity
    • Contributing to and helping manage Aperture’s other online resources, including the blog, project microsites, etc.
    • Project managing the execution of marketing materials (print ads, fliers, postcards, etc.)
    • Managing and building Aperture’s media database and partner contacts lists
    • Handling requests from media outlets around the world for information about Aperture’s programs, review copies of front and backlist titles, etc.
    • Coordinating event partnerships and cross-promotional opportunities with external institutions, companies, and venues
    • Working closely with major partners to plan and execute communications and media outreach around joint programs
    • Working closely with the Sales and Marketing Director and team on the production and promotion of
Aperture’s annual benefit
    • Frequent media reporting to distribution partners, project partners, and published artists and authors
    • Ensuring the Aperture brand is appropriately represented at all times

The Publicist reports to the Sales and Marketing Director, and is responsible for managing a full time Publicity and Events Assistant, a Digital Marketing Assistant (who manages Aperture’s blog and social media, and creates online content including project videos), and up to two media interns.

Qualifications:

      •  Proven track record of placing media stories
      • 2-3 years of professional experience in the arts and culture, with at least 2 years in marketing, communications, media relations, or a related area
      • Established media connections and relationships
      • Willingness and ability to pitch projects cold to new contacts, in writing and in person
      • Confident and engaging personality
      • Successful track record of mounting social media campaigns
      • Creative flair and good ideas for creating successful project campaigns
      • Knowledge of the photography, art, and cultural landscapes in NYC and internationally
      • A passion for photography

 

To Apply

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhirepublicity@aperture.org. Please use the following conventions:

      •  Subject line: Publicist
      • Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf
      • Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf
      • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE

Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 
 

Sales Director, Books

As Aperture continues to sharpen its global photography brand, and its list of both consumer titles and more specialized collector titles, we are seeking a new Sales Director to drive improvements in the sales performance of our book publishing program.

The Sales Director, Books reports to the Executive Director, while working closely with the Publisher, Books, the Managing Editor, and the staff team as a whole. The Sales Director, Books, supervises two Sales Associates, one of whom is at the front desk and manages the house bookstore.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Working closely with the Aperture team, lead initiatives to improve and maximize sales of Aperture’s photobook list;
      • Manage Aperture’s relationships with its distributors and direct clients, including lining up relevant materials for sales and other meetings, consulting distributors regarding sales projections, and general relationship supervision
      • Personally lead co-edition, special and direct sales initiatives globally (within the framework/s agreed with our distributors), identifying and acting upon opportunities and issuing sales agreements, in co-operation with relevant staff
      • Produce and disseminate book sales data, and manage relevant systems, in co-operation with the Managing Editor and Chief Financial Officer; organize and chair monthly sales meeting, providing and analyzing reports on front and back list sales
      • Oversee, coordinate, and streamline Aperture’s book inventory across all warehouses; oversee and manage detail sheets for all titles going to press and stock transfers as necessary, in co-operation with relevant staff; managing remaindering and other stock control measures
      • Work with the Executive Director, Publisher, Books, and Chief Financial Officer to develop and implement new strategies to grow Aperture’s book sales and sales margins
      • Co-operate with and support Managing Editor and Publisher, Books regarding front list title preparation and list closing for each season, including preparation of catalog data and tipsheets, providing assistance shaping sales copy and sales points where necessary, and double checking ISBN numbers, barcodes etc
      • Liaise directly with distributors and foreign co-edition partners regarding backlist needs, coordinating fulfillment with Publisher, Managing Editor, Senior Text Editor and Production Manager as necessary
      • Contribute to development of Aperture’s ebook sales strategy
      • Co-operate with Publicity and Events Manager and other sales and marketing staff on sales and marketing strategies for each book
      • Oversee deliverables to the website for all new seasons of books and biographic data for distributors in co-operation with Sales Associate and Managing Editor
      • Oversee and respond to incoming text and image permission inquiries related to Aperture’s backlist in co-operation with communications and editorial staff, and the Paul Strand Archive
      • In co-operation with Managing Editor and Publisher, Books, manage Aperture’s presence at key international publishing trade shows, including London International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair; work with Managing Editor and editorial staff to ensure the timely preparation of all necessary sales materials, including tipsheets and booth arrangements, etc.

Qualifications:

      • Passion for Aperture’s mission
      • Knowledge of photography and photobook publishing
      • At least three years of sales and/or marketing experience in book publishing, with strong direct sales record
      • Proven ability to build good relationships with customers, outside sales representatives, and vendors, as well as team members
      • Experience with Acumen or comparable publishing accounting software
      • Strong initiative and judgment
      • Ability to handle multiple, complex projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills
      • Strong Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) skills essential
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        To Apply
        Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiresalesdirector@aperture.org. Please use the following conventions:

        Subject line: Sales Director, Books
        Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf
        Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf

        Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE. 
        Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

         
         

        Institutional Funding Officer

        Aperture is seeking an Institutional Funding Officer to work with development and program staff to prospect, develop, and write proposals; manage grant-related documents; and produce required grant reports.
        This is an exciting opportunity to help drive the growth of an entrepreneurial non‐profit by developing compelling proposals to secure grant funding from a range of sources including private foundations, corporate foundations, and government entities. The Institutional Funding Officer will report to the Deputy Director.

        Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

            • Create compelling and successful proposals for foundations, government, corporations and other entities, ensuring all materials are of the highest quality and all deadlines are met
            • Project‐manage complex proposals and reports, working across the organization with program and development staff
            • Manage and maintain calendar of proposal and report deadlines and ensure timely submission to funders
            • Collaborate with the finance team to ensure accuracy and integrity of financial information including budget submissions
            • Maintain existing relationships and create new relationships with foundation and government agency funding managers and administrators
            • Identify and research new foundation prospects to help maintain a viable pipeline of opportunities
            • Maintain accurate and updated information in Aperture’s fundraising database (Sales Force)
            • Develop and update proposal templates by gathering program information, anecdotal and statistical data, and internal and external research
            • Complete other writing assignments and special projects as needed
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              Qualifications:

                  • Excellent writing skills
                  • Passion for Aperture’s mission
                  • 3+ years of demonstrated grant writing experience with successful track record of securing foundation grants for publishing, arts, and/or cultural institutions
                  • Superior writing skills including the ability to write and edit with quality, thematic congruity, and style
                  • Ability to assimilate information about Aperture’s programs from a variety of sources in order to make materials and other documents persuasive to potential funders
                  • Understanding of the education sector and/or experience securing education-focused grants desired
                  • Experience recording and managing information in a fundraising database application
                  • Comfortable working with budget and other financial documents required for grant submissions
                  • Commitment to team collaboration with strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
                  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight and thrive under pressure and on deadline
                  • Excellent time‐management and prioritization skills
                  • Knowledge of photography
                  • Bachelor’s Degree
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                To Apply

                Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiredevelopment@aperture.org, using the following conventions:

                Subject line:  Institutional Funding Officer
                Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.doc
                Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.doc

                Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  NO CALLS, PLEASE.
                Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer
                 
                 

                Business Development and Advertising Sales Manager

                Aperture seeks an experienced advertising salesperson based in the New York City area to grow the magazine’s advertising base and execute a broad-based business and sponsorship strategy, which exploits and assists other opportunities across the Foundation. This person will work closely with Aperture magazine’s publisher, executive director, and director of sales and marketing to develop Foundation-wide cross-platform advertiser programs for corporate partners. Excellent, long-term growth opportunity for someone who has the initiative to create partnerships between the corporate and art worlds and wants to take their professional skill set to the next level.

                 

                Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

                    • Print, digital, and sponsorship revenue for Aperture magazine
                    • Generate sponsorship revenue for other areas of the foundation (annual benefit, books, education, exhibitions, public programs, membership)
                    • Build brand identity and raise awareness through effective advertising programs
                    • Develop and maintain relationships with key agencies and clients, including post-sale follow-up
                    • Develop and deliver effective presentations to prospective clients
                    • Meet quarterly and annual sales goals
                    • Provide regular account and sales reports to management
                    • Assist in trafficking incoming ads to ensure quality of materials
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                  Qualifications:

                      • Passion for Aperture’s mission
                      • 3–4 years of integrated sales experience
                      • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, team environment to effectively engage all areas of the foundation to build successful advertising and sponsorship proposals
                      • Proven ability to meet revenue goals and close new business
                      • Excellent cold-calling skills and history of setting appointments with senior marketing executives
                      • Proven ability to develop creative marketing solutions and present them effectively
                      • Self-starter who thrives under pressure and on deadline
                      • Rolodex of consumer brands

                  To Apply

                  Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiremagazine@aperture.org.  Please use the following conventions:

                   

                      • Subject line: Business Development and Advertising Sales Manager
                      • Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf
                      • Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf
                      • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE

                  Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

                   
                   

                  Development Associate

                   

                  We are recruiting a Development Associate to organize and manage special Development events, including our Annual Benefit and Auction;spearhead individual giving activities; help expand our membership programs; and handle donor database management. Related tasks will include external outreach tasks such as fundraising communications (print & electronic), and social media strategy & implementation.

                   

                  The Development Associate will report to the Individual Giving Officer.

                  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

                  • Coordinating the Annual Benefit and Auction, including planning, organizing, and implementing the event; working with Aperture staff on collecting, cataloguing, and transporting all artwork and auction lots; overseeing design and production of all printed materials, tracking ticket sales and invitees; and coordinating follow-up after the event
                  • Supporting the Individual Giving Officer in developing, planning, and implementing fundraisers and cultivation events, including invitations, RSVP tracking, invoicing, receipts and other correspondence.
                  • Working with Individual Giving Officer on conceptualizing, planning and implementing current and future development campaigns, membership programs, and other initiatives related to individual giving
                  • Coordinating and conducting research of core donor and prospects
                  • Coordinating, planning, and implementing strategies for the acquisition, cultivation, retention, and stewardship of current and prospective individual donors
                  • Working with Individual Giving Officer to set priorities for cultivation of these donor/prospect groups
                  • Producing all printed and electronic matter and oversee mailings for Membership and Annual Appeal
                  • Tracking departmental income/expenses in relationship to fundraising events and campaigns
                  • Maintaining the integrity of donor records in the foundation’s donor database and central files
                  • Overseeing and managing the development work scholar

                   

                  Qualifications:

                  • Passion for Aperture’s mission
                  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in event planning andmembership/patron cultivation, preferably in a cultural institution
                  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as active listening skills.
                  • Ability to assimilate information about Aperture’s programs from a variety of sources in order to represent Aperture’s mission to donors and members
                  • Professional and polished demeanor in phone, e-mail and in-person communication
                  • Experience with donor databases, preferably Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge.
                  • Comfortable working on budgets and other financial documents; detail oriented
                  • Commitment to team collaboration with strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
                  • Ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal oversight and thrive under pressure and on deadline
                  • Excellent time‐management and prioritization skills
                  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) and proficiency with HTML, WordPress and MailChimp
                  • Some knowledge of photography
                  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Art history, museum studies, arts administration, and/or related writing-specific disciplines preferred

                   

                  To Apply:

                  Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiredevelopment@aperture.org, using the following conventions:

                  Subject line:  Development Associate

                  Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.doc

                  Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.doc

                  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  NO CALLS, PLEASE

                  Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer