Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Marketing and Public Relations, available in the Summer of 2014.
Now in its 71st Season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is the leading arts organization in northeast Indiana. The Orchestra performs more than 350 concerts a year for audiences of all ages throughout a 15-county service area.
The 2014-15 Season includes ten Masterwork concerts: six concerts are presented at the 2,450-seat Embassy Theatre and four at the 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Five Pops programs are offered at the Embassy Theatre, including six performances of the annual Holiday program. The Orchestra also presents four chamber orchestra concerts and four pair of chamber ensemble concerts. Several concert programs are repeated in run-out performances and the summer offerings include six free concerts.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is governed by a Board of 27 and has an administrative staff of 14 full-time and 6 part-time employees. Forty-one musicians are under contract for a 33-week season. The current operating budget is $4 million; ticket revenues are approximately $1 million. Andrew Constantine is Music Director; J.L. Nave is President and CEO.
The next Director of Marketing and Public Relations will join an organization where creative and exciting programming has generated renewed audience interest and increased attendance. S/he will have the opportunity to build on this positive momentum and lead efforts to reach new audiences and to raise the public profile of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic throughout the area.
The Director of Marketing and Public Relations is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s marketing, communications, public relations, and ticketing functions. S/he develops and implements strategies to achieve and exceed the organization’s goals for revenue, attendance, visibility, and patron satisfaction, consistent with the Philharmonic’s mission, vision, and long-term objectives.
The Director of Marketing and Public Relations reports to the CEO. She is a member of the senior management team that includes the General Manager and Directors of Development, Finance, Education, and Operations. S/he provides leadership to a four full-time marketing staff that includes the sales manager, patron relations and box office manager, communications manager, and the manager for publications, advertising and graphic design.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ successful experience as a marketing or communications professional, preferably with an orchestra or other performing arts organization. S/he will be an enthusiastic advocate for orchestras and music they play.
The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to achieve revenue goals and provide excellent customer service. S/he will be a team player who is able to lead staff in an energetic, fast-paced, and highly collaborative environment. S/he will have the ability to think both strategically and tactically, and to manage multiple projects and competing priorities with grace.
The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication ability. S/he will be skilled in working with designers, writers, and other creative artists in order to achieve the highest standards in marketing, advertising, and promotional materials. S/he will be experienced conducting, analyzing, and utilizing market research. S/he will be knowledgeable about utilizing the tools available through electronic and social media for advertising, sales, and promotion.
The successful candidate will be able to accept a work schedule that includes evenings and weekends consistent with the Philharmonic’s schedule of concerts and events.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please send a letter that describes your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Include with a resume, salary history or requirements, and the names of three references. All applications will be considered confidential and references will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior agreement.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send to:
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Search
Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street, NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only, please.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Assistant Conductor works closely and regularly with the Music Director. This position will require approximately 26 weeks of conducting and/or cover conducting duties. S/he is responsible for programming and conducting concerts as assigned. This position is a 2 year appointment with the option for a 1 year extension.
This position requires excellent musicianship and conducting skills. A Master’s degree in orchestral conducting or equivalent experience is required. Qualified candidates will possess and convey their passion for music to both the orchestra and the audience. The candidate must have a broad knowledge of repertoire and a desire to conduct a variety of concerts including classical, pops, family, ballet and education programs.
Salary commensurate with experience and job performance. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.
Date posted: 5/20/2014
Application deadline: 7/10/2014
Contact name: J.L. Nave III, President & CEO
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send letter of application, 2 professional references, and resume via email to the address above or mail to J.L. Nave III, President & CEO, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 4901 Fuller Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. No phone inquiries or video samples, please. Video samples will be requested from select applicants at a later date and will not be reviewed with the initial materials.