Are You Looking For A Marketing Or Development Position?

I don’t typically point out job openings here at Adaptistration but today will be an exception to the rule thanks to an unusual set of circumstances that managed to produce not one, but two openings inside an organization for all the right reasons.

Adaptistration People 023In this instance, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) is looking for a Marketing and Communications Manager as well as a Development and Specials Events Manager. These openings are the result of the organization promoting their Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships, Samantha Teter, to the Executive Director position thereby creating the need for these two new positions to adequately fill those responsibilities.

In full disclosure, and something that will not come as a surprise to regular Adaptistration readers, I am the organization’s web provider plus my wife serves as the CSO’s concertmaster. In this instance, all of those items have contributed to my becoming more familiar with the organization than compared to a peer ensemble where those connections did not exist.

This means that from a professional perspective, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the CSO is in the right place at the right time for attracting the best possible candidates for these two positions.

If that weren’t enough, the city itself is a wonderful place to live; it has a thriving tech industry (it’s called Gig City for a reason) and I have yet to encounter a city with such a high ratio of top notch coffee houses per capita (that includes you Seattle). If that weren’t enough, its culture community is listed as one of several major draws per a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Just look at this video their chamber of commerce recently released; the satirical approach helps underscore just how much Chatt is the new San Francisco…without all of the San Francisco, if you get my drift.

It’s hip, exciting, and a downright entrepreneur magnet so you can imagine how much opportunity that means for their cultural sector.

So what are you waiting for? Go, apply, interview, and win one of those jobs!

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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