Performing Arts Assistant Director

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Working/Functional Title

Director of Marketing & Communications in Performing Arts

Position Summary

Wharton Center for Performing Arts is Michigan’s premiere performing arts presenter, presenting over 100 performances annually with an annual budget of $8-15 million.  Wharton Center presents 5-7 weeks of Touring Broadway annually including extended runs, as well as over 20 performing arts engagements including the best of touring Classical Music, Jazz, Dance, World Music and Theatre.  Wharton Center is committed to Arts Education and Community Outreach and created the Institute for Arts & Creativity in 2009 to further that mission. Wharton Center is the home of the Michigan State University’s College of Music and Department of Theatre as well as the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The Marketing & Communications Department is responsible for subscription, group and single ticket sales campaigns, advertising, audience development, forecasts, budget oversight, publications, communications, public relations, and social media. This position is responsible for the supervision of 4-6 salaried employees and some students/on-call personnel.  The Director of Marketing & Communications assists the executive director in evaluating subscription and audience development techniques and develops policies for implementation of marketing strategies and provides a superior ability to collect, analyze, and act upon data (demographic, sales, and financial data as well as other metrics) to increase ticket sales.  

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in arts marketing or arts administration; experience in word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheet, database software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Desired Qualifications

Five to seven years of marketing and media buying experience in the Touring Broadway, Performing Arts or other Live Entertainment genre; accomplished copywriter and editor; experienced in leading a successful team in a fast paced environment; experienced in non-profit, mission driven communications and fundraising; general knowledge of arts management principles and a broad knowledge of performing arts disciplines are desirable; and have the desire and ability to learn new technologies as required.

Required Application Materials

Resume and cover letter and references upon request.  

Work Hours

occasional nights and weekends

Bidding eligibility ends on 5/15/2018 at 11:55PM




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Posted: 5/9/2018
Application Due: 8/9/2018
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