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.
The Marketing and Communications Manager reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.
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