Work for The Gilmore
Job Description — 28 April 2017
The Director of The Gilmore will be a creative, visionary and innovative leader who inspires and engages Board and staff, embodies the organization’s commitment to excellence and serves as a visible and enthusiastic ambassador for the arts in Kalamazoo.
Reporting to the President of the Board, the Director serves as artistic director and chief executive and is responsible for The Gilmore’s overall management including: artistic and educational programs and operations; financial and human resources; and future growth and development. The Director, working closely with dedicated Board members and staff, ensures The Gilmore’s current and long-term financial health through a combination of creative and proactive fundraising and earned revenue pursuits.
The Director will ensure that The Gilmore is financially and operationally sustainable today and into the future, seek new ways to develop and engage audiences, and retain a first-rate staff and engaged Board in order to fulfill the Gilmore’s mission to further the development of world-class keyboard musicians and composers.
Key responsibilities for the incoming Director include:
- Provide overarching artistic and operational leadership at the highest level for the biennial Gilmore Festival, annual Rising Stars recital series, biennial Piano Masters concert series and year-round music education programs
- Serve as chief representative of the Gilmore Festival and Awards in the global music world, assuring that the reputation of both is maintained and enhanced worldwide among artists, artist managers, composers and presenters; burnish The Gilmore’s tradition of excellence
- Nurture and invigorate The Gilmore’s exceptionally loyal community, drawing in new generations and broader audiences from near and far; carefully evaluate The Gilmore’s programming track record and bring a fresh perspective to developing high-quality, innovative and marketable programming which serves and attracts both new and existing constituencies and generates revenue
- Enhance and further develop The Gilmore’s education and audience engagement efforts throughout the region
- Continue to build The Gilmore’s brand, locally, nationally, and internationally, through traditional and digital platforms
- Develop collaborative relationships with members of The Gilmore Board and inspire them to invest their best ideas, efforts, resources and contacts; identify, recruit and engage new Board members
- Recruit and lead Artistic Advisory Committees of international scope to select recipients of the Gilmore Artist and Gilmore Young Artist Awards
- Mentor and nurture the careers of Gilmore Artists and Gilmore Young Artists
- Direct the commissioning of music involving the keyboard for the biennial Festival and the recipients of the Gilmore Artist and Gilmore Young Artist Awards
- Support and inspire areas of potential growth and work with the Board of Trustees to set the stage for next-level achievements, building on the goals identified in the 20152018 “Strategic Map”
- Build and steward relationships with the local donor community, especially the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation; proactively identify and cultivate new sources of support locally and nationally, if not internationally
- Supervise, recruit as needed, and retain a highly qualified and motivated professional staff; unify and empower the team; delegate and hold individuals accountable for specific and collective performance; maintain morale and provide direction
- Build relationships with other presenters and educational and cultural leaders in Southwest Michigan and beyond that may lead to beneficial partnerships for The Gilmore
- Establish a tone at the top that demonstrates and fosters high integrity and strong stewardship of The Gilmore’s reputation and resources
The Director will be an experienced artistic leader and administrator with a deep commitment to music broadly, and keyboard music specifically, and who will excite and generate support from current and potential audiences, artists, and donors. He or she will also ideally have or be:
- Executive experience as a music presenter with a reputation for quality, excellence and innovation; a familiarity with presenting diverse musical programming, ranging from classical to contemporary; experience with and a commitment to music education
- Extensive contacts and relationships in the international music community of artists, artist managers, composers and presenters; experience, relationships, and gravitas needed to recruit and inspire effective members of the Artistic Advisory Committee
- Experience and knowledge needed to mentor and nurture the careers of Gilmore Artists and Gilmore Young Artists
- A proven record of sound financial, staff and operational management, including extensive experience negotiating contracts
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to make decisions thoughtfully, thoroughly and decisively
- A team builder and collaborator with a successful record of engaging, partnering and building alliances with a wide range of stakeholders; willing to serve as a resource for the local arts community
- Demonstrated success as an enthusiastic and accomplished fundraiser with individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors; able to develop and maintain strong relationships with the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation and other major donors
- A commitment to managing, mentoring, delegating and empowering a dedicated, loyal, and collegial staff
- The ability to attract and engage new and diverse audiences; creative marketing savvy; comfortable with technology and emerging digital platforms
- Experience energizing and engaging a board
- A good listener with excellent communication skills internally and externally
- A pragmatic risk taker with an entrepreneurial spirit; a track record of coalescing others around objectives and their successful implementation
- Committed to demonstrating and maintaining the highest ethical standards
- A sense of humor and humility
To Apply for Director Position
Please send applications or nominations to Becky Klein and Mark Tarnacki at TheGilmore@PhillipsOppenheim.com.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Job Description — 25 April 2017
The Director of Marketing and Public Relations directs the organization’s overall marketing and communications efforts, including the production of print and electronic advertising, social media content and collateral materials specific to the promotion of ticket sales, concert attendance, fundraising, education, community engagement programs and other external relationships. A key responsibility is to manage a plan of well-curated, highly-engaging and shareable copy, video and other content that helps to build interest in and knowledge of classical and jazz music while raising awareness of all programs associated with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
A successful Director of Marketing and Public Relations will strive for collaboration and communication interdepartmentally and throughout the organization regarding new content initiatives, and will have a strong customer service mentality both internally and with outside vendors, media and partners. The individual will be an excellent writer with a passion for classical and jazz music and the mission of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Both creative and pragmatic, the Director will have a strong ability to continually brainstorm new angles and ideas for content and publicity.
- Develop and execute a strategic marketing and communications plan for the organization
- Write and manage the design, production and traffic flow of marketing and promotional collateral
- Write, edit and proof ad copy and scripts for print, broadcast, outdoor and online advertising
- Manage e-marketing and regular communications with patrons and community
- Plan, develop, write and supervise production of print and electronic newsletters
- Supervise all social media content creation and advertising
- Supervise website design and development
- Supervise design and production of signage and banners
- Manage all photography and video to document the organization’s activity and create visual content
- Write and distribute press releases and maintain strong relationships with key media outlets
- Develop and implement an overall media plan including print, broadcast (radio, TV), and electronic
- Identify story ideas and potential media outlets for publicity campaigns across all channels
- Coordinate media coverage during Festival and respond to press inquiries
- Create publicity strategies with outside consultants, artist representatives and other Gilmore departments
- Manage the tracking of press coverage and historical information for the archives
- Direct the design and production of Gilmore merchandise and manage achievement of revenue goals
Event Programs/Program Notes
- Plan, develop, write and supervise the production of all event/performance programs
- Supervise the writing and collection of all artist programs and program notes
- Oversee advertising sales for Festival program book
- Serve as spokesperson for the organization along with the Director and Assistant Director
- Make presentations to local and regional service clubs and organizations
- Prepare speeches for other personnel, as needed
- Supervise all box office personnel, functions and procedures
- Manage achievement of budgeted ticket revenue goals
- Develop and communicate policies for ticket pricing, group and individual ticket sales and ticket discount programs for all Gilmore events
- Develop and effectively manage the marketing and public relations budget
Kalamazoo Tessitura Consortium (KTC) — a group of five local arts and cultural organizations that share a ticketing and customer relations management database
- Represent The Gilmore on the KTC Advisory Team for management of the shared Tessitura software
- Manage The Gilmore’s Tessitura budget
- Serve as liaison to the KTC Tessitura Specialist, who provides technical support for the five KTC organizations
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, or another communications field preferred
- Minimum 7 years of professional experience in marketing and public relations
- Outstanding writing, editing and proofing skills
- High level of proficiency in MS Office; Adobe Creative Suite and Tessitura, a plus
- Skilled in time and work-flow management, and ability to prioritize multiple overlapping projects and changing priorities
- Supervisory experience
- Knowledge of classical and jazz music preferred
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Ability to maintain a positive and professional demeanor in a fast-paced work environment
- Extra commitment during the biennial Festival and interim season concerts, including occasional evenings and weekends
The Director of Marketing and Public Relations reports to the Director and supervises a full-time Digital Marketing Coordinator, Box Office and Tessitura Coordinator, and part-time Box Office Associate in addition to temporary Festival interns.
The Gilmore Keyboard Festival offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.
To Apply for Director of Marketing and Public Relations Position
Please submit a cover letter and resume, in PDF or Word formats only to Daniel Gustin, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Daniel Gustin, The Gilmore, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls, please.
Deadline to apply: May 25, 2017
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F
The Gilmore adds to its core team of staff in the months leading up to and during the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. All opportunities, temporary and permanent, are advertised on this page when open.
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