How Did We Find Employees Before This?

I’m very happy to see the response coming in for the new Candidate Database at Arts Admin Jobs. We keep receiving new profile submissions on an almost daily basis (submit yours now) and each one gets us one step closer to fundamentally changing the way nonprofit arts and culture orgs go about finding talent.

The Goal

The Candidate Database should be the first stop any employer makes on the path for finding new employees. It’s already difficult enough to find and attract talent and why this hasn’t existed before now is a mystery. Nonetheless, it’s here now and growing!

Updated Comparisons

Since it’s been a few years, I decided to update how Arts Admin Jobs stacks up against other jobs boards and was shocked to see how much things have changed (and in some cases, stayed the same).

Arts Admin Jobs Arts Journal Musical America Art Jobs AFTA League (member)  League (non-member) 
$/day: regular listing $0.00 $17.85 $6.50 $2.00 $3.98 $8.33 $22.50
$/day: featured listing $0.77 $22.85 NA NA $6.65 $11.66 $25.83
Minimum Spend $0.00 $125 $195 $90 $239 $250 $675

Since its launch in 2011, Arts Admin Jobs’ prices have never increased. This is thanks in large part to the site’s mission: unlimited access, free to post, free to browse, and free to apply. No tricks, no fine print, no nonsense.

I also complied a comparison with the only other provider that offers a candidate database, Musical America. Having said that, there’s not much to compare since the vast majority of their listings are from candidates who don’t work in the field and aren’t actively looking for employment in our sector.

Subscribe To The Candidate Database

The Future

The site will always evolve and improve. Since launch, the candidate database added a new option that allows candidates to indicate which departments they have experience and those they are considering. This makes it much easier for employers to filter candidates based on relevant experience and confirm where candidates see their careers moving.

Another idea brewing is finding a way to incentivize employers including salary ranges in listings. Given that listings are already free and featured listings are crazy affordable compared to other jobs boards, I’m at a bit of a loss.

I would love to hear some ideas!

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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