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Due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters has reached capacity for today, Sunday, May 16th.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé/CV, and contact information for three professional references to hr@telfair.org.

Job Description:

Position: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications
Job Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Date Written: April 23, 2021


Job Summary and Key Objectives:

The Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for many of the day-to-day public relations tasks, initiatives/projects for Telfair Museums’ three sites.  Reporting to the Director of Marketing/Public Relations, the Public Relations Coordinator is also responsible for the execution and delivery of all types of media interaction (paid and earned) and exposure, and for supervising department Interns/volunteers.


Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Responsible for creating, maintaining and distributing up-to-date Media Lists for print, TV, radio, selected freelance, and selected Internet news media outlets, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Ensure media contact lists are up-to-date.
  • Assist with paid advertising
  • Work with graphic designer on the trafficking of ad schedule
  • Responsible for accurately populating all area events calendars before calendar deadlines. This includes websites, television, radio, and other appropriate community outlets. Write and/or issue press releases under the guidance of the PR Director.
  • Coordinate public relations activities ranging from interviews to press conferences, events, and social platforms. Distribute press releases, media alerts and statements to media list.
  • Leverage existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts within business and industry media
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests in a timely fashion
  • Maintain a keen understanding of industry trends and make appropriate recommendations regarding communication strategy surrounding them
  • Conduct research to support PR planning
  • Assist in tracking media coverage or PR metrics
  • Create or collaborate with staff on articles, press releases and blogs
  • Create PowerPoint presentations
  • Research, build and maintain community outreach relationships
  • Represent Telfair Museums at Savannah community/business events; strengthen relationships with business/community/media
  • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, training and supervising department interns or volunteers
  • Responsible for the timely distribution of flyers and other literature to community outreach partners, retail, college locations and all grass roots efforts
  • Ensure the timely and accurate tracking and payment of department invoices and billing statements
  • Provide assistance to the Director of Marketing as needed

Skills and Attributes:

  • Superior writing skills
    Superior data entry skills.
    Able to work a flexible schedule including, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications and Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree required in professionally appropriate field
  • Two to three years of prior administrative/communications work experience at a senior level
  • 2-3 Years Public Relations Experience with National Media
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to schedule and complete multiple short term and long term tasks within deadlines
  • Proactive work ethic: able to initiate and coordinate detailed work with colleagues
  • Professional and mature working style and ethical standards
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated collaborative mentality with museum constituencies and staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a broad range of people
  • Excellent customer service skills.  Friendly and outgoing personality.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some physical activities.


Telfair Museums offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Please provide the following as part of your application:

Complete resume, references, and including salary expectations.
A cover letter addressing both your interest in Telfair Museums and your qualifications for this position.


Indicate “Marketing & PR Coordinator” on the subject line of the email or in the body of the cover letter
Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at hr@telfair.org.
Mailed applications: Telfair Museums, Attn: HR, PO Box 10081, Savannah, GA 31412.



Telfair Museums offers compelling expressions of visual culture — embracing three unique buildings and three distinct collections that bridge three centuries of art and architecture. The museum develops awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and serves as a dynamic cultural center connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South, founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent local philanthropist Mary Telfair, who left her home and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. Today, Telfair Museums consists of three unique buildings: Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, two National Historic Landmark sites built in the early 19th century, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.

Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks. The Telfair Academy is also home to Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous in the Jack Leigh photograph on the dust jacket of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. In addition to the historic house museum and decorative art ranging from the late 18th to the early 19th century, the site includes rare intact urban slave quarters and a lovely parterre garden. The site underwent an award-winning reinterpretation in 2018, providing audiences with a broader understanding of how slavery impacted urban life in and beyond the home.

The Jepson Center, designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, is devoted to temporary exhibitions and today’s art and home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary holdings. The collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past 50 years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. Other contemporary artists include Carrie Mae Weems, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists.

Telfair Museums’ permanent collection of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts contains over 4,500 objects from America, Europe, and Asia, dating primarily from the 18th to 20th centuries. Telfair provides a range of educational initiatives, including youth and family programming, school tour programs, preplanned field trips for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools fourth and eighth graders, youth classes, and summer camps. Telfair offers adults a variety of virtual and onground classes and workshops, ranging from drawing and painting classes with established local artists to workshops related to current exhibitions and exhibition opening lectures. Telfair (www.telfair.org) welcomes approximately 225,000 visitors each year.

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