Job: Communications & Marketing Specialist

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we’re growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: IntegrityRespectProfessionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

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Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
Department Information
This position is with the Aurora Fox Theater of the Library & Cultural Services Department.

The Aurora Fox Theater was originally built in 1946, and was Aurora’s only “movie palace” serving the needs of a growing population and military personnel stationed at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and Lowry Air Force Base.  Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the Fox Theater with its Art Moderne entrance and 61­ foot neon sign was a popular destination for children and adults. In 1981 caused extensive fire and water damage.  Between 1983 and 1985, however, civic groups, the city of Aurora and private companies worked together to fund a restoration and rehabilitation of the theater. The building reopened on March 8, 1985 as the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

Today, the Aurora Fox is an anchor organization in the city’s recently established Aurora Cultural Arts District and home to the Aurora Fox Theatre Company, an award winning professional theatre company operated by the city of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division.  The Aurora Fox is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the theater employs four full time staff and includes two performance spaces: a 230 seat proscenium theater and a 73 seat corner thrust black box theatre. Operations include a main stage season , a children’s theater program, various classes and guest productions.  The Fox is firmly committed to diverse and colorblind casting, culturally specific programming and the pursuit of innovation.

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Creates and/or manages print and online campaigns that build the Aurora Fox brand and help drive revenue and donations; rallies Aurora Fox’s stakeholders (staff, patrons, supporters and volunteers) around the brand; ensures brand standards are maintained across all channels and markets
  • Develops strategic partnerships with area media outlets
  • Creates, edits, submits for approval and disseminates visually compelling and well-written sales and communications materials across channels including marketing/advertising; news releases/advisories; e-mail newsletters to patrons; event calendars; multi-page publications; event invitations for development activities
  • Creates, submits for approval and manages engaging content on the website and social media
  • Develops and recommends budgets; manages approved budgets efficiently; provides forecasts and reports
  • Provides input on programming
  • Plans and implements new and creative strategies to strengthen the annual fund-raising program
  • Prepares, guides and supports the board of directors and other volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts (annual and capital)
  • Builds strong relationships with foundation and corporate funders
  • In collaboration with the Patron Services Manager creates a strong sponsorship program
  • Supports the board in the planning and implementation of the annual gala and other special events
  • Identifies, compiles, and submits grants, proposals, and reports in a complete, timely, accurate and compelling fashion
  • Oversees the collection of data on contributors
  • Working with the Cultural Arts Supervisor and the Patron Services Manager, markets programs for K-12 school students, including weekday matinees, workshops and other integrated opportunities for learning
  • Develops and oversees value-added programming for audience development, including pre-show lectures, post-show discussions with the artists and study guides
  • Administers and supervises internship programs
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, marketing, arts administration, or a related field


  • 2 years of development and marketing experience

Education Equivalency:
Relevant professional level experience may be substituted for the education requirements on a year for year basis.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Driver’s License

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • A passion for and understanding of the theatre, musical theatre and theatre arts education
  • Proven success at meeting and exceeding revenue goals
  • Proven successful interactions with boards and a diverse array of community stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer/technology skills, especially in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media platforms. Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • A spirit of curiosity and tenacity to “get the job done”
Working Conditions
Physical Demands:

  • Primarily sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination for operation of office equipment
  • Vision for reading and interpreting reports and data analysis and preparation
  • Frequent speech communication, hearing and listening to maintain communication with employees and citizens
  • Speech communication to give instructions and provide technical direction
  • Vision to read gauges and instructions and operate equipment

Work Environment:

  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; sometimes works nights and weekend

Equipment Used:

  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.

The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.