CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DIRECTOR OF FUND AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT (DFAD)

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra (JSO), an excellent, professional, regional orchestra serving Southern Mid-Michigan, seeks an individual with strong skills in both fundraising and audience development to help the JSO increase philanthropic and earned revenues. Experience in the performing arts, especially music, is highly desired.

The Director of Fund and Audience Development (DFAD) will play a key role on the Orchestra’s leadership team. Over the next five years, the JSO seeks to dramatically grow its audience base and major gift fundraising efforts and sees those two goals as inextricably intertwined. The successful DFAD will be a highly motivated individual with a background that includes demonstrated experience in securing philanthropic gifts and a track record of successful marketing. In partnership with the JSO leadership, this position will manage the JSO’s portfolio of current donors and prospects for giving as well as ticket sales and sponsorships.

The DFAD will report to the Orchestra’s Executive Director and will work closely with the JSO’s active Board of Directors.

Opportunities

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is poised for a period of growth. The Board is just completing a strategic planning process and has identified several areas of priority for the next three to five years. Among these four, are three in which the successful candidate’s energy, expertise and experience will be crucial to success.

These priorities are:

  • JSO’s education programs and their funding
  • Increasing streams of contributed revenue
  • Maximizing earned revenue through audience development

Qualifications

Requirements
The ideal candidate for the position of Director of Fundraising and Audience Development should have:

  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: nonprofit philanthropy, arts and culture, marketing, branding, sales, community partnerships, grant management;
  • A friendly and professional demeanor that engenders relationships with donors and colleagues;
  • A track-record of using data to inform decisions;
  • Superior communication skills to manage the expectations of patrons, volunteers, and colleagues;
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously;
  • A strategic approach with the vision to see the project as a whole but also to implement a clear path to completion and to inspire others to follow;
  • Sound computer and technical skills;
  • Creativity to look for new and better solutions, to question assumptions, and an enthusiasm for innovation; A bachelor’s degree.
  • Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who have:
  • Demonstrated success in securing philanthropic support and working successfully on a team of colleagues, Board members and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of
    • Audience and donor building techniques with a focus on a donor-centric approach;
    • Marketing and brand-building;
    • Sound fundraising practices;
  • A minimum of 5 years of development and/or marketing experience; preferably with arts knowledge/background.
  • A bachelor’s degree in an applicable field and/or a master’s degree.

Primary responsibilities

The Director of Fundraising and Audience Development will:

Audience Development

  • Help in leading the efforts to address the JSO’s Audience Development goals by:
    • Define and implement data standards for patron records;
    • Understand patron motivation and obstacles to attendance;
    • Map the patron experience;
    • Address ticket pricing and scaling;
  • Supervise the process of ticket sales and program advertising;
  • Build corporate and individual programs sponsorships;
  • Develop ticket/patron acquisition programs to drive sustainable growth in subscription and single ticket sales for ticketed events;
  • Launch strategies and execution for JSO programs such as community volunteer groups and educational programs;
  • Support the growth, stewardship, engagement, and retention of donors through the development of marketing tools such as multi-channel campaigns, printed and advertising assets, and sponsorship level programs.

Fundraising

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to secure contributed revenue from individuals, foundations, government grants, and special events;
  • Support and partner with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees on all fundraising initiatives including efforts to fund the JSO’s education programs called out in the strategic plan;
  • Grow a nascent major giving program by working closely with senior staff, Board members, and volunteers to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects;
  • Serve as a key member of the JSO leadership team and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues to engage them in effective audience and community engagement and fundraising;
  • Meet or exceed all annual and long-term JSO fundraising goals;
  • Effectively manage, develop, and coordinate a vibrant and comprehensive development program for individual donors including systems to transition mid-level gifts to major gifts and a strategic broad-based giving campaign for entry-level donors and the plan;
  • Successfully execute signature fundraising events, working alongside volunteer leadership to meet or exceed revenue goals associated with each event;
  • Ensure proper accounting for all fundraising income and pledges and reconcile records;

Wage
Salary range begins in the low $40k/year and is negotiable commensurate with experience. A generous and competitive benefits package is offered.

Reporting to:
Music/Executive Director

To Apply:
Please email your cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to bethc@jacksonsymphony.org.

Deadline:
Materials should be submitted as soon as possible – position is actively interviewing candidates on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled.

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


VOICE/VOCAL ARTS TEACHER

The Jackson Community Music School is currently accepting applications for a friendly, energetic, and responsible private instructor to teach voice private lessons, and other potential music classes, on a part-time basis at our school located in downtown Jackson, MI. Previous teaching experience is required; those with a Master’s Degree in either music performance or education will be given priority. Employment will begin immediately upon completion of background check and fingerprint verification. Priority will also be given to any candidate living near or within Jackson city limits.

The Jackson CMS pays $36/teaching hour and also include a mileage premium for those outside of Jackson. Faculty dictate their own schedules including teaching days. For the right candidate, there will also be ample opportunity for outreach, performance, and networking.

Interested musicians should submit a cover letter, a one-page resume highlighting teaching experience, and relevant audio AND video links to info@jacksonsymphony.org. Phone interviews will proceed immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

The Jackson Community Music School is a non-profit music organization located in Jackson, MI. Our school is the educational branch of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and serves the community through private instruction, group classes, community events, and public concerts. For more information, please browse our Facebook page or visit our official CMS website at jacksonmusicschool.org.


MSU FELLOWS

In association with Michigan State University

  • Graduate students perform with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra as paid musicians next to their professors
  • Conducting students can observe rehearsals and performances
  • Students are chosen by MSU professors

2021-22 SECTION VIOLIN AND SECTION CELLO AUDITION

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra announces section violin and section cello auditions for the 2021-22 season. The winning candidate will be offered a contract effective immediately. Based on these auditions, we may also add musicians to our supplemental musician list.

Date
Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Location
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall
215 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson MI 49201
Unlimited free street parking is available in front of our building

Repertoire
The audition repertoire has been attached. The candidate is responsible for providing their own music. The first round of this audition will be screened; subsequent rounds may or may not be screened.

Please mail a one-page resume and $25 deposit to the address above by August 15, 2021. Be sure to indicate “℅ David Lamse, JSO Personnel Manager” on any correspondence. Your deposit will be returned to you at audition check-in. No electronic submissions will be accepted. Personal checks should be made out to “Jackson Symphony Orchestra.” Please direct any questions to the Personnel Manager at jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com.

2021-22 JSO section pay-scale is $70/service with $25/travel allowance per round trip, outside of 30 miles from any venue. A typical JSO season includes 5 mainstage programs, one educational concert, several pops concerts, and many additional opportunities for outside performance and outreach. Not all concerts may require this position.

The audition committee of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate that does not meet the highest professional standards at these auditions.

Updated 7/5/21
Please email any questions to jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com

 

STRINGS

VIOLIN:

  • SOLO plus
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1 (1st mvmt. mm 1-9; Allegro to reh B)
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 40 (4th mvmt. Mm. 1-34 no repeats)
  • Strauss – Don Juan (1st page)

(All excerpts are VIOLIN I)

CELLO:

  • SOLO plus
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (3rd mvmt. mm 1-18; C maj key change, first 18 mm. )
  • Debussy – La Mer (quartet passage)
  • Strauss – Don Juan (1st page)

2021-22 TRUMPET III / ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AUDITION

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra announces TRUMPET III/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL auditions for the 2021-22 season. The winning candidate will be offered a contract effective immediately. Based on these auditions, we may also add musicians to our supplemental musician list. Should a current JSO musician win this audition, we may offer the runner-up their open chair.

Date
Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Location
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall
215 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson MI 49201
Unlimited free street parking is available in front of our building

Repertoire
The audition repertoire has been attached. The candidate is responsible for providing their own music. The first round of this audition will be screened; subsequent rounds may or may not be screened.

Please mail a one-page resume and $25 deposit to the address above by August 15, 2021. Be sure to indicate “℅ David Lamse, JSO Personnel Manager” on any correspondence. Your deposit will be returned to you at audition check-in. No electronic submissions will be accepted. Personal checks should be made out to “Jackson Symphony Orchestra.” Please direct any questions to the Personnel Manager at jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com.

2021-22 JSO section pay-scale is $70/service with $25/travel allowance per round trip, outside of 30 miles from any venue. A typical JSO season includes 5 mainstage programs, one educational concert, several pops concerts, and many additional opportunities for outside performance and outreach. Not all concerts may require this position.

The audition committee of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate that does not meet the highest professional standards at these auditions.

Updated 7/5/21
Please email any questions to jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com

 

TRUMPET III/AP

  • First movement of the Haydn or Hummel Concerti plus
  • Beethoven – Leonore Overtures no. 2 and 3, offstage calls*
  • Debussy – La Mer (Movement 3: 6 mm. before Rehearsal 58 to 3 mm. before Rehearsal 58) – cornet 1
  • Mahler – Symphony no. 3, Movement 3 (Posthorn Solo: 1 mm. before Rehearsal 14 to 3 mm. after rehearsal 15)
  • Mahler – Symphony no. 5, Movement 1 (Beginning to 4 mm. after Rehearsal 1)
  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade A: Beginning to Rehearsal 2. Promenade B: All. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle: mm. 58 to 62)
  • Ravel – Piano Concerto in G (Movement 1: Rehearsal 2-3. Mm. 34 to end)
  • Stravinsky
    • Petrouchka (1947) (Trumpet I)
    • Ballerina Dance (Part 3: 1 mm. before Rehearsal 134-139)
    • Waltz (Part 3: Rehearsal 149-151)
    • Ending (Part 4: Rehearsal 265-267)

BOX OFFICE AND COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

Part Time 10-20 hours/week

This part-time role involves operating the box office for ticket sales, customer service, and Community Music School operations. You will be one of the faces representing the organization and helping to create positive experiences for our audience and students.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Receiving and sorting incoming mail
  • Answering the phone, taking messages, and handling customer inquiries
  • Processing ticket orders over the phone and in-person
  • Use of PatronManager, a ticketing platform used for live events
  • Handling cash and checks for payments and donations
  • Opening and closing the building some days
  • Interacting with parents and students of the music school on a regular basis
  • Taking payments through ASAP, our music school software
  • Working some evenings and weekends in box office/ for our concerts/ music school/ and private events
  • Training will be provided

Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Knowing how to multi-task in a busy environment
  • Able to work independently and in a group setting
  • Able to move and lift 50 pounds
  • Basic knowledge of computers

Jackson Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition reviews. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org.