ArtsAdminJobs Crosses A Milestone

This week marks the first time Arts Admin Jobs (AAJ) had 100 active listings since its launch in 2011! Growth over the past two months has been simply fantastic, not only have the quantity of listings increased but so has the diversity.

There are openings in academic, choral, dance, festivals, museums, nonprofit service orgs, operas, performing arts centers, orchestras, and theaters. In fact, the only sector that doesn’t have a listing at the time this article was published was something in a commercial outfit that works exclusively with arts and culture clients.

If that weren’t enough, there are now 140 resumes and candidate profiles available in the candidate database.

Perhaps the one key detail that makes me especially pleased with this growth is 100% of the listings come directly from the organizations. Meaning, there’s no padding listings with content pulled from jobs boards like Indeed. The same thing is true for the candidate database; each profile comes right from the individual arts manager.

As always, the site continues to be free to post, free to browse, and free to apply. Moreover, the site continues to focus on making the job and resume submission process quick and easy. It’s not about us, it’s about you and that means a user interface that removes barriers. Compared to the other usual suspects, it’s no wonder AAJ has become one of the go-to resources for employers and candidates.

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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