Jobs & Internships

Throughout our almost-60 year history, the Academy of Country Music has always proudly stood as a progressive, welcoming organization for all, most recently through our active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Indeed, the official mission statement of our DEI Task Force reads, “The Academy of Country Music is relentlessly committed to creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented groups, encompassing but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, LatinX and Women in the Country Music industry, from the boardroom to the stage.”

We truly take that to heart and aim to keep it top-of-mind in everything we do, particularly in terms of recruitment, employment, and staff retention. 

The Academy of Country Music provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Job Openings

Director, Brand Creative & Design

As Director, Brand Creative and Design, you will play a mission-critical role in the Academy's growth strategy by supporting the VP, Marketing, Digital Strategy and Engagement and the in-house marketing, creative, and content teams and overseeing the organization’s visual brand identity as well as supporting major live events, programmatic tentpoles, brand partnerships, and strategic revenue-generation efforts with key creative development. Impactfully drive communication and engagement across key organizational constituents – artists, industry, membership, brand partners, and fans – through graphic media, stretching across print, digital, social, web, email, out-of-home, live event, merch, partner activations, and more. Embracing a true ‘no job too big or too small’ attitude, this position will both establish and evolve creative brand strategy and then bring that work to life across static and motion design. Leverage the organization’s exceptional history and heritage as well as a sharp and well-honed eye and keen appetite for creative exploration and experimentation to break through a crowded landscape and cement the Academy as a powerhouse industry trade association and a dynamic and thriving consumer brand.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead all creative and design strategy, creative development and production, and execution of best-in-class digital and physical assets for the Academy of Country Music, the organizational brand, and all Academy initiatives, events, and owned properties and channels. Ensure all sub-brand design identity systems ladder up to master organizational brand system.
  • Produce easily-activatable and shareable toolkits and style guides for all design systems, identify and provide logomarks as a variety of file types, plus layered files, color palettes, fonts, textures, etc.
  • Oversee strategic visual refresh of owned channels – from quarterly membership print magazine and event program books to weekly email newsletters, social channels, and organizational website – in line with master organizational brand and attributes/positioning.
  • Ensure consistent and correct usage of brand toolkits, both organizational and individual/event systems, across all owned, earned, paid, and partner deployments.
  • Work closely with external resources – broadcast/distribution and production partners for tentpole TV shows, event production agencies, sponsorship sales teams, etc – to represent organizational/brand representation needs and ensure consistent and impactful creative direction and expansion of historic design work.
  • Create assets for paid media and advertising campaigns, versioned and tagged to provided specs.
  • Partner with in-house creative and content staff, as well as external resources, on relevant projects, from ideation to deployment and analysis.
  • Collaborate with in-house strategic partnerships and sponsorships team to deliver any/all branded sales materials, presentation decks, and program fulfillment.
  • Assist with production and polish of quarterly presentations for Academy and ACM Lifting Lives Boards of Directors.
  • Partner with event production teams for all decor, signage, and information design needs.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for key partners on all things design.
  • Oversee any/all external creative design work to ensure top quality results are consistently delivered on budget and on schedule.
  • Collaborate with Marketing lead on further defining and developing organizational voice, tone, attitude to stretch across all owned media platforms, as well as clear, concise, and actionable guidelines for internal staff and external partners to follow.
  • Find compelling, dynamic ways to expand and bring brand voice and positioning to life through visual and motion graphic idents.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, or related field required. 
  • 5+ years Brand Creative and Design experience required.  
  • Previous industry experience as well as knowledge preferred.
  • Hands-on creative, graphic, motion, and brand design experience, ideally for a media or entertainment organization or company with historic/established brand presence
  • Familiarity with activating design identity systems across owned, paid, and earned media, as well as all media platform types (print, digital, social, website, email, video, live event activation, information design/signage, decor, etc), ensuring consistency in visuals, messaging, and branding.
  • Experience with building and managing micro design identity systems under multi-tiered, macro master brand umbrella, guaranteeing clear and impactful hierarchy and stylistic uniformity without limiting creativity or impact.
  • Experience working with heritage brand and finding nimble, astute ways to refresh and refine existing work to bring up-to-date and meet current and future media needs.
  • Collaborative, flexible, passionate, open to internal and external feedback in addition to, interpersonal and communication skills, both in person and in writing, within an internal team environment as well as to external 3rd parties.
  • Experience using various Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, and Outlook), equally comfortable developing big picture strategy as developing design systems in Photoshop/InDesign and producing deployable assets to spec, and the ability to learn business related systems and/or software. 
  • Strong team player, maintains professional disposition, and the ability to perform under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and results oriented person, able to lead projects, highly organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and adaptable.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality when working with sensitive employee and business data.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements

The Director, Brand Creative and Design typically works Monday through Thursday shifts from the home office in Nashville, TN and work from home on Friday.  Due to the additional requirements surrounding events; evenings, weekends, and travel is required and efforts are made to communicate to the team in advance.  The physical requirements that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job consist of and/or may include sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time, frequent mental and visual concentration for computer usage, and both internal and external office and event tasks.

Disclaimer

This job description may not list all duties for this position. The incumbent in the position may be asked to perform other duties.  Academy of Country Music reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment, and either the incumbent or Academy of Country Music may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by Friday, June 28 to [email protected]


Director, Strategic Partnerships

The Director of Strategic Partnerships will play a critical role in cultivating, and managing strategic partnerships and business opportunities to drive revenue growth and expand the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) brand and overall market presence. The primary duties for this position will be to oversee partnership activation and ensuring that elements sold by the ACM or associated partners/vendors are executed with a high level of accuracy and customer service. Beyond that, the Director will assist the ACM’s EVP, Chief Business Officer across a range of business development activities including identifying potential partner organizations, developing pitches and negotiating agreements in order optimize revenue generation. The Director will also work closely with senior leadership to align business development efforts with the company’s long-term goals for sustained growth and success. Finally, this role demands exceptional communication skills, along with an understanding of entertainment properties, live events and multimedia content development and sales.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Gain and share understanding of ACM partner’s organization, strategies, and decision-making structures to identify opportunities for growth, develop, and maintain relationships with existing partners through regular communication, meetings, and updates to ensure mutual satisfaction and achievement of partnership goals.
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams internally, in strategy, planning, and execution of ACM/Lifting Lives partnership programs, including identifying, cultivating, and developing leads and prospects in addition to negotiating contracts, packages, closing deals, and providing account management, all efforts to ensure partner initiatives are integrated into broader company strategies and objectives, via communication between ACM departments including but not limited to marketing, artist and industry, finance departments, etc… and outside 3rd parties.
  • Identify and evaluate potential new partners by analyzing market trends and competitors' partnership strategies to ensure alignment with the company's goals and growth objectives.
  • Develop and negotiate partnership agreements and contracts, including terms of collaboration, financial arrangements, and mutual goals, to ensure a clear understanding and expectations between parties.
  • Implement partnership strategies by organizing joint marketing, co-branded, and cross-promotional activities to maximize visibility and mutual benefits and achieve marketing objectives.
  • Manage ongoing partner relationships through regular communication, performance reviews, and strategic meetings to ensure continued alignment and identify opportunities for growth.
  • Resolve any issues or conflicts that arise with partners in a timely and professional manner to maintain strong, productive, and long- term relationship sustainability.
  • Monitor and report tracking document information on the performance of partnerships, including analyzing the data to assess the success of partnership activities, making recommendations for new market entries, and return on investment in efforts of keeping the company at the forefront of industry trends and opportunities.
  • Work with Coordinator to maintain standard and customized proposals, recap decks, tracking documents for all ACM partners and prospects, as well as in administrative support whilst ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Research and apply for partnership awards and recognitions to enhance the organization's reputation and showcase successful collaborations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, or related field required.
  • 4+ years Strategic Partnership experience required.
  • Previous industry experience as well as knowledge preferred.
  • Proven relationship management, strategic planning, contract negotiation, stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, and performance monitoring skills are essential.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, both in person and in writing, within an internal team environment as well as to external 3rd parties.
  • Experience using various Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, and Outlook), Google Suite, and the ability to learn business related systems and/or software.
  • Strong team player, maintains professional disposition, and the ability to perform under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and results oriented person, able to lead projects, highly organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and adaptable.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality when working with sensitive employee and business data.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements

The Director, Strategic Partnerships typically works Monday through Thursday shifts from the home office in Nashville, TN and work from home on Friday. Due to the additional requirements surrounding events; evenings, weekends, and travel is required and efforts are made to communicate to the team in advance. The physical requirements that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job consist of and/or may include sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time, frequent mental and visual concentration for computer usage, and both internal and external office and event tasks.

Disclaimer

This job description may not list all duties for this position. The incumbent in the position may be asked to perform other duties. Academy of Country Music reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment, and either the incumbent or Academy of Country Music may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by Friday, June 28 to [email protected]

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