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Communications manager
at DVDL Design Decisions

DVDL is hiring a communications manager to join its team in New York.

DVDL is an agency of innovators and strategists working at the intersection of cultural analysis and human behavior. We believe all
organizations should, at their core, be about people first. We use our expertise to develop strategies, models, and concepts that bring
the future of communities, cities, corporations, or cultural institutions into focus by helping our clients guide their work towards people
and the issues they hold dear. We keep our ears to the ground so that our clients understand current trends as they develop, rather
than play the game of perpetual catch-up. Whether that is for a museum, architect, brand, neighborhood, or public space: we help
advance and innovate.

We are a growing team of New York City-based and remote staff, as well as freelance talent. We are passionate about creating inclusive, hybrid, interdisciplinary, flexible, and contextual programs for institutions and buildings that can connect to and grow with diverse audiences, opportunities, and challenges. Our clients range from museums, universities, art fairs, and libraries, to cities, parks, developers, architects, and art collectors.

We are currently looking for a highly motivated communications manager to thrive in and grow this new role at DVDL. Working in close
collaboration with David van der Leer and our internal team, this person will drive business development as well as communications and marketing content.

The scope of responsibilities includes a broad range of duties related to digital communications, marketing, business development, and media relations. The Communication Manager will drive content and messaging strategy in a variety of mediums including e-blast campaigns, social media, print, video, etc. Collaborating with staff, partners, and stakeholders, they will develop communications goals and a messaging strategy, and identify the best tactics to deliver that information. Their goal is to educate, inform, and motivate the audience, while leading the firm’s marketing objectives. The ideal candidate is passionate about architecture, the urban environment, placemaking, cultural institutions and visual art and culture, and has a deep interest in culture for the future. The position requires excellent content development skills, a self-starter with proven organizational, graphic, and writing skills, as well as clear and professional communication abilities within a team, with clients, and people in our network.


This position will collaborate closely with the principal and managing director on all communications and marketing activities, including
strategy, new business proposals, press inquiries, press releases, lectures, awards, and other external outreach:

  • develop and execute a business development strategy for different professional fields and geographic markets
  • identify new business opportunities (organizations and individuals)
  • with the principal and team members, represent the agency with potential and existing clients
  • develop proposals for clients
  • research, coordinate and produce highly tailored RFP and RFQ responses, presentations, portfolios and brochures
  • write and edit fact sheets, firm and staff bios, and project descriptions for firm’s brochures, proposals, press, social media, and all publications
  • maintain digital image library and other collateral marketing assets
  • maintain and update the firm’s website including projects, news, and press updates
  • research, write and produce internal blog/newsletter in collaboration with external writers and researchers
  • implement social media strategy across multiple platforms and conduct performance analyses
  • oversee maintenance of DVDL’s contact database
  • organize speakers and writer’s bureau, recruitment of new voices, education and training of people speaking and writing on behalf of our organization
  • in collaboration with DVDL’s project teams, develop statements on where the future is headed and provide recommendations for clients
  • partnership with outreach staff members on supporting events and speakers
  • prepare content/materials for external meetings and speaking engagements (i.e., research briefings, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, talking points, etc.)
  • develop and maintain relationships with reporters (local and national) who focus on issues related to the campaign



  • required residence in New York (preferred), Pennsylvania, or Florida only
  • bachelor’s degree in architecture, architectural history, urban design, art history, visual studies, English, communications, journalism, or related field
  • two plus years’ relevant experience, preferably with an architecture or design firm, museum or art space
  • experience writing and producing successful RFPs
  • effective verbal and written communicator
  • ambitious self-starter who takes initiative, is comfortable multi-tasking and easily navigating in a fast-paced environment managing simultaneous deadlines, and collaborates effectively in a team environment
  • strong attention to detail – visual and written accuracy and precision required
  • independent, self-directed, and resourceful in creative capacities
  • highly collaborative and experience working with a diverse range of people and clients
  • demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and flexibility
  • excellent graphic design skills – particularly InDesign as well as the full Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • proficient using MailChimp, Word Press, and HTML and social media platforms
  • proficient in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Google Workspace


  • experience working with architecture firms, museums, art spaces, exhibition design or other cultural institutions
  • affinity with placemaking, public space, and cultural institutions
  • experience with public presentations such as boards and client groups
  • art/architecture writing background

Work hours and benefits

This is a full-time position. The communications manager will work in a remote/hybrid capacity five days per week. We provide industry
standard holiday, vacation, and sick days; and offer health and dental insurance for roles over 20 hours per week.

At DVDL we think all organizations should, at their core, be about people first, including our own. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. Cultivating a culture of inclusiveness isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing. We know that having varied experiences and points of view helps generate better ideas and insights for our changing and increasingly interrelated world.

Accepting applications via email only.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and writing sample in a single PDF file via the apply for job button below quoting ‘communications manager’. Due to the volume of receipts, only qualified applicants will be contacted. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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