We Seem To Have Reached A Good Tipping Point

It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new job posting at ArtsAdminJobs.com. In the last four days, eight new jobs have been posted and two new profiles have been added to the arts admin resume database.

It continues to make be feel increasingly hopeful for the near future, doubly so given the broad range of positions currently listed. There are 41 listings across symphonic, theatre, festivals, dance, opera, academic, performing arts centers, commercial orgs, and service orgs. The only two sectors without a listing are choral groups and museums.

The new resume profiles bring the total up to 37 with experienced individuals that span an equally diverse cross section of sectors and departments.

Given the site’s mission to provide unlimited access to both employers and job seekers where job listings are free to post, free to browse, and free to apply I couldn’t be happier with the direction things are headed.

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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