The Wichita Symphony announces an opening for the position of Manager of Marketing and Communications. The start date for this position will be on or about May 10, 2021.
The successor will inherit a multifaceted marketing program built and managed by a single individual for over ten years. While much is in place, the position will challenge a creative individual to maintain and develop the marketing and communications plan in a rapidly evolving environment that places increasing emphasis on digital content and data analytics.
Critically, the successful candidate will be responsible for strategizing, re-starting, and implementing a plan for re-launching subscriptions, single tickets, and a patron loyalty program as we emerge from the pandemic.
The position requires a dedicated and experienced professional with a knowledge of symphonic music and whose expertise covers the breadth of marketing and communications from the traditional to the most contemporary digital techniques used today. The candidate will be skilled and knowledgeable working with the many social media outlets available today and will be capable of functioning as a digital stage manager when called upon to coordinate live public events on the Symphony’s Facebook page or Zoom. This person will demonstrate a curiosity and drive to learn and expand their knowledge of the techniques and resources needed to excel at this position.
The candidate will be a skilled communicator with superb writing and speaking skills, capable of representing the organization in various settings and the ability to convey musical concepts to the public. This person will be knowledgeable in data analytics and strategic thinking. Familiarity with data analytics and techniques espoused by TRG Arts (https://trgarts.com/) will be a major plus for consideration.
The Symphony’s database and ticketing system is Patron Manager, built on a Salesforce platform by Patron Technology.
Current pandemic conditions allow for flexible hours and work from home. An out-of-town candidate who could work remotely will be considered, but eventually, relocation to Wichita will be required.
The Symphony staff is a small, close-knit group of professionals who work and support each other in a collegial manner. It is anticipated that all staff will return to our Century II offices to some level in 2021.
STAFF RELATIONSHIP The Marketing and Communications Manager reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.
To apply for the Marketing and Communications Manager position, please use this link to access the application on Cognito forms. Be prepared to upload a cover letter stating your qualifications for the position, a resume clearly stating work history and professional experience, and three references with contact information.
For best consideration, please submit materials by March 5. We will only contact those candidates being considered for the position. No phone calls, please. The anticipated start date is on or about May 10, 2021.
QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in marketing, communications or public relations, or the equivalent experience. Knowledge of and/or training in symphonic music is important.
Experience required. At least 3 – 4 years preferred.
The candidate will demonstrate successful experience in the following areas:
Writing news and promotional oriented materials
Demonstrate ability to create basic collateral material (e.g., flyers, simple programs, event invitations)
Social Media Management
Creation and management of digital content. Working knowledge of software in use by WSO, including Photoshop and InDesign, and the knowledge to edit and update websites.
Demonstrated success at marketing events and increasing earned revenues
Knowledge of ticketing and CRM systems
Experience in sales and/or fundraising
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: BENEFITS
•Employee Group Medical Plan with Health and Dental with dependent coverage available at employee expense
•Company paid Century II parking
•Reimbursement of mileage for Society related business at applicable rate.
About Wichita Symphony Orchestra
The Wichita Symphony was formed in the closing months of World War II in 1944 when demand for entertainment and culture were in demand for a growing City heavily invested in the manufacturing of airplanes for the war effort. Still a hub for aircraft manufacture, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas with a population of nearly 400,000 and another 400,000 residing in the ten-county south-central region.
The Symphony has about 85 musicians on the roster with most living in the Wichita region. Daniel Hege is the Music Director and Conductor. 2020 – 2021 marks his eleventh season.
The Symphony staff consists of five full-time and between four and six part-time or seasonal employees. Offices are maintained at Wichita’s Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, just a few steps away from the Concert Hall of 2,148 seats.
In a non-pandemic year, the Symphony operates on a budget of about $2.4 million. Rated a 4-star organization by Charity Navigator for five consecutive years, the Symphony has one of the highest ratings score of any performing arts organization in the entire country.
The mainstay of the Orchestra's annual activities is the 8-concert Masterwork subscript...ion series. Other programs can include three Pops concerts, Family Concerts, and two free, citywide presentations – the Spirit of the Season family holiday concert in December and the Twilight Pops Concert for Wichita’s Riverfest. The Orchestra's educational activities include the Young People's Concerts for grades three through six. One of the most extensive programs of its kind in the country, YPCs serve about 22,000 students and teachers every year. A Youth Orchestras program, consisting of four ensembles for students in grades four through twelve, trains about 275 talented students selected by audition for this sought-after educational opportunity.
For more information about the Symphony, please visit our website at https://wichitasymphony.org/.