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Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Employment

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra currently has the following employment opportunities available:

Assistant Conductor

Events Manager

Individual Giving Manager

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Position Description

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) seeks a dynamic and talented conductor for the position of Assistant Conductor beginning in the 2015.2016 season. The Assistant Conductor serves as the primary supporting conductor to the Music Director and visiting guest conductors for all rehearsals and performances. Additionally, the Assistant Conductor is integral to the MSO’s educational, promotional, and audience and patron development initiatives. Individuals who demonstrate efficiency, flexibility, creativity, effective communication skills, and a commitment to classical, pop, educational, and promotional orchestral performances and events will be successful in this position.

The Assistant Conductor is expected to reside in or near Milwaukee, WI.

Reports to:

Music Director; Chief Operating Officer

Works with:

Director of Education and Community Engagement; Artistic Planning team; Marketing and Communications team; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians, chorus, and staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire and the concert production cycle
  • Ability to develop programming ideas in consideration of goals, audience, and budget
  • Ability to communicate with audiences of all ages and levels of knowledge
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Duration of Employment

The appointment is for an initial term commencing between September, 2015 and January, 2016, and ending on July 15, 2017. The position may be extended year-by-year after the initial term.

Compensation

Contracted salary will be commensurate with experience, to be discussed at time of interview/audition. The MSO provides benefits including medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, and life insurances.

Job Responsibilities:

Conducting Duties

  • Conduct all education, family, community and promotional rehearsals and performances. The MSO presents more than 25 educational and community performances each season
  • Conduct all state-wide tour and run-out rehearsals and performances, including classical, pops, and educational tour and run-out programs. The MSO presents more than 15 tour and run-out performances per season
  • Conduct subscription classical, pops and special event rehearsals and performances, as assigned

Cover Conducting Duties

  • Provide service as “cover conductor” for classical and pops subscription, and special event rehearsals and performances. Responsibilities include assisting the Music Director, soloists, and the Librarian, being prepared to conduct the specified performances at a moment’s notice, and other duties as assigned

Administrative/Other Duties

  • Work closely with the Music Director, Executive Director, and various MSO departments on season, series, and event planning and programming, guest artist selection, and program development
  • Appear at and participate in promotional, educational, audience development, and donor development events, including speaking and hosting engagements
  • Make in-school educational presentations to elementary children. The MSO visits more than 20 schools per season
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

Applications must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be invited to Milwaukee at their own expense by Friday, May 16. Finalists must be available for live, in-person auditions and interviews all day on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

All applicants are required to submit the following to assistantconductorsearch@mso.org:

  • Current resume or curriculum vitæ, and list of repertoire performed
  • Two (2) example educational programs, including description of concert’s educational goals, repertoire to be performed, and resources needed, for a) an elementary school audience and b) a high school audience
  • Up to 30 minutes of conducting footage showing a range of different styles of music and diverse conducting abilities.

Additionally, two (2) references (name, email, phone) OR two (2) letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. If letters are to be submitted, they should be sent by email or attached PDF directly from the author to assistantconductorsearch@mso.org

All materials must be received by electronic means (email link, WeTransfer, Dropbox, YouTube, or other). Please enter “ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR SEARCH-LASTNAME” in the subject line of the email.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

 

EVENTS MANAGER

Job Overview

Under the direction of the Vice President of Development, the Events Manager works across the institution to: 1) plan and execute events for the Development and Marketing departments including Season Preview Dinner, Chairman’s Council Dinner, and Music Director’s and President’s Luncheons; 2) provide fulfillment for many of the Symphony Friends benefits; 3) assist with and/or execution of Forte-authorized signature events such as Symphony Soiree, Grape Expectations, Meet the Artists Luncheons, Stars of Tomorrow, and Salon Series with a focus on ROI; 4) facilitate UPAF requests including performances, speakers, open rehearsals, etc. 5) other events as necessary.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working in concert with other staff, prepare, plan and execute events such as Season Preview Dinner, Chairman’s Council, Open Rehearsals, and Meet the Artist Luncheons. Many but not all events require the following duties:
    • Adhere to timelines and budgets, provides advance thought on event protocol, timing, and structure, including roles and responsibilities of staff, volunteer leadership and service volunteers.
    • Help to think through event flow and timing to anticipate customer, staff and volunteer needs i.e. accessibility needs, restrooms, coat racks, parking, signage, etc.  
    • Organize and clear dates on calendars, reserves rooms, help identify speakers, emcees, volunteer needs and communicates as such; consider event timing to avoid conflicts.
    • At the direction of other staff, contract with catering, valet, flowers, hotels, and serve as liaison with venues. Secures and liaisons with performers, speakers, photographers, entertainment, etc.
    • Prepare Save the Date material and works with Marketing to create press/communications plan.
    • Write invitation copy, facilitates invitation design, creation and printing with Marketing.
    • Identify target audience, pull appropriate mailing lists, provide printing counts to Marketing, and sort and send invitations with volunteer assistance. Investigate and resend invitations that are misaddressed. Periodically provide sales reports to leadership and volunteers.
    • Assist in the preparation of seating charts and briefing memorandums, scripting and talking points, and background for MSO leadership and volunteers.
    • Take RSVPs and prepares attendance lists (by name and corporations), prepares nametags and signage such table tents, table cards with authorized logo’s as necessary; finalizes printing of programs; sends instructions to dignitaries; ensures arrangements for arrival are confirmed;
    • Help secure auction items, facilitates in-kind receipting, acknowledgment, and appropriate recognition. Prepares presentation materials and staging for each item, including program copy.
    • Renew raffle license yearly if necessary.
    • Invoice and facilitate payment of all sponsors, participants, and successful auction bidders, and investigates the use of technology to make the process more efficient.
    • Facilitate event promotion such as press releases, program inserts/copy, banners, web and social media communications as necessary working through the Vice President of Marketing and Communications while respecting others workloads and deadlines.
    • Prepare final report and helps to analyze and evaluates each event with a focus on ROI.
  • Provide all clerical support for the Forte Board, its committees and their programmatic initiatives in the areas of Education, Patron Engagement, Marketing, Membership, and Events.
  • Assume an entrepreneurial approach to developing and initiating new revenue opportunities, community partnership, and venues for volunteer involvement.
  • As part of the Development team, works to leverage relationships with prospects to explore all avenues for increased giving as well as planned giving opportunities.
  • Assist with various development events and functions to raise awareness and contributions.
  • Serve as Forte and Development representative at public events and MSO concerts as needed.
  • Assist with UPAF and other campaigns or projects as directed or needed.
  • Additional duties may be assigned for professional growth and as the needs of the office change.

Education and Qualifications

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra seeks a candidate with one to three years of project or event management or development experience in a non-profit environment, preferably in the arts. The most successful candidate will be self-motivated with demonstrated organizational skills and high attention-to-detail. This position is visible and has contact with MSO leadership, campaign volunteers, MSO staff and orchestra members and prominent community leaders.

A Bachelor’s degree, ease in working with Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, and database experience is required. Tessitura database experience and knowledge of music is helpful. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills. 

Access to a car and a valid driver’s license are essential to perform this position. Must have a cell phone. Must be able to use a personal computer and related software, as well as carry boxes up to 25 pounds, and climb ladders to install banners or signage. The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to attend evening and weekend concerts on a regular basis, to participate in special events, and to become a visible and active member of the Milwaukee community.

To Apply:

Send your resume as Word or PDF attachment to hr@mso.org. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

 

INDIVIDUAL GIVING MANAGER

Job Overview

Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Individual Giving Manager oversees the identification, cultivation and highly personalized solicitation of individual donors targeted for gifts of $1,000 to $3,000 in helping to meet annual fundraising goals. These individuals may elect to make gifts through charitable funds, family foundations, or privately-held corporations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 200 individual prospects targeted for gifts of $1,000-$3,000 to the MSO’s annual operating campaign, with the goal of increasing support from this division.
  • Goals for this prospect pool include at least one focused visit per year, and 3-6 touches per prospect which can include stewardship, event attendance, phone calls, cards, etc.
  • Create individualized Moves Management plans for each prospect.
  • Understand donors’ individual motivations and aspirations to help drive increased giving.
  • Utilize research, data analysis, and personal contacts, volunteers and staff to create lasting relationships with these prospects.
  • Develop, implement and track specific programs that will identify, solicit, involve and retain new donors at giving levels of $1,000-$3,000. A percentage of this portfolio will be new donors each year.
  • As part of the Development team, work to leverage relationships with these prospects to explore all avenues for increased giving as well as planned giving opportunities.
  • Prepare and write proposals, solicitation letters and reports as needed.
  • Assist with various development events and functions to raise awareness and contributions.
  • Manage Maestro’s Club and serve as Development representative at MSO concerts and events as needed.
  • Oversee UPAF and Annual Fund workplace giving.  Assist with other campaigns or projects as directed or needed.
  • Serve as Concert Duty Manager at MSO concerts as needed.  
  • Additional duties may be assigned for professional growth and as the needs of the office change.

Education and Qualifications

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra seeks a candidate with three to five years of development experience in a non-profit environment. A proven track record of success in relationship fundraising management is required. This position is highly visible and has contact with MSO leadership, campaign volunteers, MSO staff and orchestra members and prominent community leaders. The ideal candidate must be able to meet the donor where he/she is, and tailor strategies to his/her interests. He or she must be adept at soliciting gifts from prospective and current donors and at developing relationships with prospects new to the organization.  A solid understanding of fundraising principles is required. He or she will also have a keen appreciation for the organization’s history, mission and contributions to the arts.  

A Bachelor’s degree and ease in working with donor databases is required. Tessitura database experience and knowledge of music is helpful. This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills. Intellectual curiosity is a must.

Access to a car and a valid driver’s license are essential to perform this position. Must have a cell phone. Must be able to use a personal computer and related software, as well as carry boxes up to 25 pounds, and climb ladders to install banners or signage. The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to attend evening and weekend concerts on a regular basis, to participate in special events, and to become a visible and active member of the Milwaukee community.

How to Apply

Send your resume as Word or PDF attachment to hr@mso.org. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

 

AUDITIONS

For orchestra auditions, please see the MSO Auditions page.

For chorus auditions, please see the Chorus Auditions page.