San Francisco Performances offers a team environment with a permanent, full-time staff of twelve assisted by consultants in the areas of fundraising and specific projects and events.
Director of Communications
The Director of Communications reports to the President (Executive Director) and is responsible for directing all strategic communications and messaging, as well as promoting a positive organizational image for San Francisco Performances. He/She must have a demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute sophisticated strategies. This member of the senior management team should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to articulate compelling messages that generate enthusiasm and commitment among stakeholders. Excellent organizational, budgeting and management skills are required. The Director should be goal oriented and results driven with an understanding of how to effectively build consensus in achieving both long and short-range marketing and public relations goals.
- Working with the President, the Marketing Committee and other staff, plan and implement both long and short-range marketing and public relations plans, strategy evaluation, and promotion of individual performances.
- Act as the primary publicist for the organization, writing press releases and managing media relations.
- Manage San Francisco Performances’ brand to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy in all communications.
- Plan and execute subscription renewal / acquisition campaigns and single ticket initiatives to generate ticket revenue in collaboration with other key staff.
- Implement market segmentation, pricing strategies and other targeted approaches to maximize revenue and ROI.
- Develop and oversee Marketing and Public Relations budgets.
- Coordinate with President to articulate an artistic vision for San Francisco Performances in the marketplace.
- Oversee all written communications in the Marketing Department. Create and/or edit copy for advertising (radio, TV, print), direct mail, email and web-based projects.
- Manage the editor/project manager responsible for the creation and publication of the performance programs as well as the print newsletter.
- Act as the primary contact with the organization’s website designer/programmer.
- Monitor cultural trends and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with peer arts organizations.
- Identify opportunities, and create and implement plans for development of new and existing audiences.
- Plan, manage and execute projects with outside consultants on projects that support marketing and public relations projects (as needed).
- As primary staff contact, partner with the Board of Trustees and the Marketing Committee to identify and create appropriate projects.
- Attend concerts and events throughout the season and oversee staffed information table; attend meetings with Board of Trustees and with the Marketing Committee.
- Five to ten years of demonstrated marketing experience with increasing responsibility
- Experience in and/or demonstrated understanding of publicity
- Exceptional writing and proofreading skills
- Experience or knowledge of the performing arts, preferably classical music and contemporary dance
- Strong planning, organizational skills, leadership and problem solving skills, with the ability to develop and implement effective marketing strategies
- A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required for reporting, budgeting purposes
- Superior database and overall computer skills (knowledge of Tessitura and Photoshop a plus)
- Prior experience managing staff, working with consultants and vendors
- Excellent communications skills
- Background in non-profit preferred
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends
- Strong work ethic and a sense of humor
Salary: TBD. Competitive benefits with medical and dental coverage.
Please send resume with cover letter (email preferred):
(Subject line: Director of Communications Search)
San Francisco Performances
500 Sutter Street, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94102
No phone calls.
San Francisco Performances accepts internship applications year-round from undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students. Projects are based on the intern’s interests and skill set. Knowledge of the performing arts is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. Internships are unpaid and weekly hours are determined according to intern’s and SFP’s schedules.
To be reviewed for an internship position send a cover letter and resume to:
Mail: 500 Sutter, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94102
San Francisco Performances is looking for dedicated volunteers to work on administrative tasks and usher at select performances. Duties in each of the areas include, but are not limited, to the following:
Presenting performances requires an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes work. Without the help of administrative volunteers, San Francisco Performances would not be able to present such an extensive season. We are looking for on-call volunteers to help with such activities as mailings, internet research, filing, organizational assistance and data entry.
San Francisco Performances wants to ensure that performances are enjoyable and stress-free for all audience members. In order to do so, we rely on the help of informed and friendly ushers. Usher’s duties would include ticket-taking, seat assistance, handing out programs, collecting and passing out surveys, and sometimes assisting with post-performance events (guest check-in, pouring champagne, washing glasses, cleaning up, etc.).
Special Event Aide
We are looking for volunteers on an as-needed basis to help out at special programs throughout the year. Events may include educational and community events as well as our annual gala. Tasks and times vary greatly depending on the event.
In return for their valuable help, volunteers are given tickets to select performances and recognized in other ways throughout the year.
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