Senior Manager of Creative Projects & Community Engagement
June 27, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The Senior Manager of Creative Projects & Community Engagement provides artistic oversight and administrative support for the development and execution of the SSO’s concert programming and community engagement activities. Primary responsibilities include managing special artistic engagement projects, programming select concert series, and working collaboratively with all members of the Seattle Symphony Organization.
The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional with a solid understanding of and experience with program development, relationship cultivation, strategic thinking, budgeting skills and event management. They will also have a deep appreciation of symphonic music, a diverse knowledge of and interest in non-classical music, substantial experience working with community partners and a commitment to developing the Seattle Symphony’s position as a vital community asset.
This role will also manage community composition projects, including supporting artist residencies, and assist in curating creative community engagement events in the new learning center. We expect a commitment to social justice, and a willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue and growth around issues of race and other oppressions. Extensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire and experience in community engagement and social justice training required.
This position requires both attention to detail and flexibility, and someone who embraces and exemplifies the Seattle Symphony values: Excellence, Innovation, Curiosity, Collaboration, Respect, Inclusivity, Integrity, and Service.
Essential Job Functions:
Assist VP of Artistic Planning & Creative Projects and VP of Education & Community Engagement in programming, selecting artists and budgeting of classical, education and community programs, pre- and post-concert performances and activities and masterclasses; researching new repertoire, commissioning opportunities and artist availabilities
Contribute to the artistic planning process and introduce new programming ideas, with thorough knowledge of artists, repertoire, and industry trends
In coordination with VP of Artistic Planning & Creative Projects manage new music series in Seattle Symphony’s new learning center
Manage Composer in Residence and Artist in Residence programs
Oversee implementation, program design and assessment of all community engagement programs
Design and evaluate audience and participant experiences in education & community engagement concert programs and creative community collaborations
Manage community composition projects, ensuring a positive experience for all stakeholders
Represent the Seattle Symphony at public events, as needed
Stay informed on key developments and trends in the arts, arts education and community engagement
Collaborate with the Education & Community Engagement team to create and facilitate professional development for staff and stakeholders
Develop and maintain relationships with performance venues, arts partners and nonprofit community partners
Manage multiple components of technology related projects
Performs significant operations concert duty, which includes concert and event oversight
Work with VP of Artistic Planning & Creative Projects on advancing special artistic projects as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in music or arts management, with a minimum of 4 – 6 years professional experience in arts administration with a symphony orchestra (or equivalent experience) is required
Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to meet deadlines on a timely basis
Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
Ability to prioritize and multi-task, as well as manage interdepartmental processes
Must demonstrate the ability to successfully manage relationships with music director, guest artists, staff conductor, SSO staff members, musicians, volunteers and other constituents
Experience working with a wide range of communities, especially communities that are underrepresented in the concert hall
Demonstrated proficiency in PC network environment and experience with Microsoft Office and Windows is required. Knowledge of ArtsVision software is highly desired
Knowledge and love of classical music and ability to read music/orchestral scores
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and to handle calmly and efficiently situations ranging from routine to emergency
Perform extensive concert duty-including evenings and weekends
The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
About Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.