Get Your Job On

As we swing into the beginning of the 2011-2012 season and groups are starting to feel the benefits of the cash flush portion of the fiscal year, that typically means it is time to begin filling administrative openings. And before you go off spending your limited HR funds on buying job ads, make sure you’ve posted your openings at Adaptistration Jobs, the only completely free service for performing arts orgs to list administrative openings and for job seekers to browse and apply.

I launched the site last May as an effort to give something back to the performing arts administration community by offering them a break on something as difficult as attracting top talent to their organization. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the number of groups taking advantage of the free service and it’s time to step that up a notch.

[sws_pullquote_right]Since this is an entirely philanthropic effort, it relies on you to help spread the word. [/sws_pullquote_right]Since this is an entirely philanthropic effort, it relies on you to help spread the word by encouraging colleagues to use the service. That means taking a second to FaceTweet+1, post a note at discussion boards, text or email, etc. If your organization has openings and you don’t see them posted at Adaptistration Jobs, make sure your HR department knows that it is a free service and it only takes moments to set up a user account and start posting openings [sws_css_tooltip position=”center” colorscheme=”rosewood” width=”450″ url=”” trigger=”(don’t worry)” fontSize=”12″]We don’t slam you with email blasts promoting this or that. In fact, we have yet to send out a single mass email notice to job posters since the service launched. We’re not here to hassle you, we’re here to help 🙂 [/sws_css_tooltip]. 

And when I say the service is free, I mean it. That means no fees to post jobs, no fees to search though listings, and no fees to apply online right from any listing. In fact, the only fee (a $25 featured status upgrade for listings) is entirely optional and limited to no more than two on the entire board at any one time.

Add to that, every job post is listed right here at Adaptistration as well as the weekly summary email newsletter. That means thousands of views per week from among the most discerning professional in the business (after all, you’re here reading this right now!).

The site will continuously evolve as it grows to accommodate improved technology standards and user suggestions. To that end, I encourage everyone to post their ideas and suggestions at the Make Us Better page. And to help maximize positive impact, I’m allowing nonprofit organizations to syndicate any part of Adaptistration Jobs’ content free of charge, we’ll even help you set up the pages at your website (tip: a perfect solution for regional service orgs). The complete details are available at the Syndication page.


About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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