Even In The Current Climate, There Are Jobs To Be Found

It’s times like the current job market that make me especially happy about the decision to set up ArtsAdminJobs.com a completely free resource for both employers and job seekers.

While most organizations are doing a great job at maintaining* as much of their workforce as possible, that doesn’t mean arts administrators aren’t feeling the pain. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that opportunities aren’t at usual levels, but that’s not to say opportunities are completely gone.

Since the downturn started, there have been a steady stream of listing coming in an ArtsAdminJobs of at least one per week. Interestingly enough, nearly the entire existing list is from the executive and senior development categories and all but one listing are full time positions.

And by all means, if you’re an employer and you’re looking for help, absolutely post a listing. It doesn’t matter if they are full time, part time or temporary positions, everything is welcome more than ever right now.

Visit ArtsAdminJobs.com

*If you haven’t submitted your employment status in this week’s survey, please take a moment to do that today.

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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