Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223

Date Posted:
March 25, 2021

Western Massachusetts

Public Relations/Marketing


Public Relations and Communications Coordinator


Full Time Seasonal: March - September 3, 2021

Jacob’s Pillow seeks a Public Relations & Communications Coordinator to support all press communications for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and oversee communications planning with editorial content, copywriting, and proof-reading support for the Marketing Department.

Public Relations

  • Act as main contact for press communications and relationship management
    • Cultivate and develop relationships with members of local and national Media
  • Lead strategic planning of press efforts for all branches of Jacob’s Pillow programming and initiatives
  • Act as lead in production image selection and approval for press purposes
  • Manage the institutional voice and style guide for Jacob’s Pillow
  • Provide media coaching and mentoring for Jacob’s Pillow staff
  • Write, fact-check, and proofread all press materials (including press releases, media alerts, talking points, and fact sheets), and manage public dissemination
  • Manage various press efforts including targeted pitches; interview coordination; follow-up calls; coordination of press visits; and information, interview, and photograph requests
  • Research, update, and manage the Pillow’s press contact databases
  • Manage press clip filing, tracking, and dissemination as well as press photo galleries; and selection for distribution to Board and funders.
  • Act as the main on-site liaison during press visits, as well as off-site engagements when necessary
  • Facilitate intern and staff training on Festival artists including the creation of Festival artist cheat sheets and review sessions
  • Supervise one Festival Public Relations interns during the summer
  • Stay current on programming of other arts organizations and with happenings of Pillow artists


  • Develop and sustain knowledge of Jacob’s Pillow brand and mission through careful crafting of messaging alongside major institutional announcements & programming initiatives
  • Act as lead copywriter, copy editor, and proofreader for all content within Jacob’s Pillow publications and marketing material
  • Secure internal and external approvals for marketing materials that pertain to Festival artists and special events.
  • Run Jacob’s Pillow Twitter account to share large announcements & cultivate industry following.
  • Assist in Director of Marketing & Communications in project managing marketing publications
    • Track and set internal deadlines and review timelines for all departments
    • Manage content review process and edit collation, deliver clean copy and/or collected edits to Graphic Designer(s)
    • Drive editorial & design choices through institutional goals & messaging
  • Manage the creation, review, and coordinate printing logistics of program/playbill inserts for Festival artist engagements, the Season Opening Gala, and other Philanthropy events, and others as needed.
  • Assist with implementing promotional logistics with external contacts, alongside Associate Producer
  • Manage dissemination of artist marketing materials post event


Jacob's Pillow is observing COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all employees who plan to work during Festival 2021.  Accepting employment at Jacob's Pillow this summer will require a commitment to maintaining social distancing, masking, and testing practices on an ongoing basis for the duration of the term and to uphold the values of a community agreement that recognizes safety as top priority in both the decisions made in the workplace and each person's daily life. This protocol will evolve due to changing conditions, and is subject to change in accordance with local laws and regulations and medical direction


Press/media relations experience required. Applicants must be energetic, professional, dedicated, and detail-oriented, with a passion for and thorough knowledge of dance. Superior interpersonal, time management, and multitasking skills are essential. Applicants should have impeccable writing and verbal skills. Six-day workweek required during the Festival.

How To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, digital portfolio, and references to HR at hr@jacobspillow.org with “Public Relations & Communications Coordinator” in the subject line.

Apply by:
March 31, 2021
$0 - $00
About this Organization:

Jacob’s Pillow is committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, accessible, and equitable environment that cultivates the celebration of the art of dance and its positive impact on communities. Jacob’s Pillow’s mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. Organization-wide values include inclusion, leadership, integrity, flexibility, partnership, and sustainability. Learn more about Jacob’s Pillow, its mission statement, and its values here.

Jacob’s Pillow is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employee for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.

Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival, currently in the midst of its transition to becoming a year-round center for dance through a five-year strategic plan titled Vision ‘22. Each Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and over 500 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, events, and community programs. The School at Jacob’s Pillow is one of the field’s most prestigious professional dance training centers. The Pillow provides professional advancement opportunities across disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production through seasonal internships and a year-round Administrative Fellows program. With growing community engagement programs, the Pillow serves as a partner and active citizen in its local community. The Pillow’s extensive Archives, open year-round to the public and online at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org, chronicle more than a century of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and videos.