Do You Hear What I Hear…New Listings At

Whoever said the holidays are for downtime clearly wasn’t looking to fill open staff positions. To that end, there are several new listings at just waiting for you to apply.

Hey now, here’s a senior executive level gig as a key member of Paul Helfrich’s team at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. If Paul’s name is familiar that’s because he’s written several guest author posts here at Adaptistration over the years.

Chief Marketing Officer

Looking for something in the big chair? Flagstaff Symphony is looking for a new Executive Director:

Executive Director

Are you more of the rainmaker type? Houston Symphony has a pair of devo openings:

Major Gifts Officer

Development Associate, Gifts and Records

Bonus: a non-orchestra devo opening:

Director of Development – College of Visual and Performing Arts

When isn’t a gig in artistic and operations a high value target?

Artistic & Operations Manager

Production Manager

If you’re all out education, then you might want to check into this opening at Sarasota Orchestra:

Education Associate

Don’t forget to check your stocking or you’ll miss out on this pair of internships:

Development Intern: Deer Valley Music Festival

Paid Summer Internships in Arts Management

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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