Role Profile: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Marketing, Communications, and Events Director is an integral part of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Strategic Planning for continued growth of existing programs and expansion of new programs necessitate a highly skilled and passionate Marketing, Communications, and Events Director to oversee subscription and single ticket campaigns, direct new marketing initiatives to gain increased visibility from new and emerging markets, lead efforts to ensure consistent delivery of messages relating to IPO’s mission and Strategic Goals, and implement strategic special events.
Implement all aspects of season subscription and renewal campaigns, including direct mail and potential telemarketing. Oversee the acquisition of prospect lists and production of all campaign materials.
Write copy for, and work with designer(s) to produce, all marketing and development materials, including season brochures, advertisements, concert program books, community engagement and education materials, special events communications, development communications, website, direct mail pieces, e-newsletters and eblasts.
Plan and implement single ticket campaign, including the design and placement of print and electronic advertising and special promotions.
Work with the Box Office Manager to provide ongoing analysis of ticket sales and subscription trends.
Conduct audience and market research as needed; develop strategies based on survey analysis. Provide statistical and demographic information as requested.
Monitor budget of all marketing efforts, making adjustments as necessary to meet goals as determined with Executive Director.
Liaise with Board Marketing Committee, providing leadership and assisting in the development of audience-building strategic goals. Report to Board Committee on progress of all ticket sales campaigns and other marketing efforts.
Recommend marketing policies and promotion strategies to the ED and Board Marketing Committee with the goal of reaching new audiences for IPO.
Act as Front of House Manager for IPO concerts and events, coordinating ushers and other volunteers as needed.
Oversee and implement Program Ad solicitation and cultivation.
Oversee and implement Check Out IPO and IPO Dine Programs with area libraries and restaurants.
Public Relations & Communications
Develop Communication Plan for internal and external stakeholders.
Work to establish and maintain positive contacts with local media outlets. Act as a spokesperson for IPO.
Develop and distribute press releases to area media outlets. Post on digital news sites where applicable.
Lead efforts to ensure consistent delivery of messages relating to IPO’s mission.
Coordinate all aspects of program book production, including written content, layout and printing.
Develop and implement social media strategies to cultivate online relationships with patrons and potential patrons in the IPO service area and with relevant organizations and contacts locally and nationally.
Work with ED and Development Director to produce, market, and highlight top notch events including annual fundraising Gala.
Oversee Gala implementation, working with volunteer committee to set expectations, build excitement, and meet overall fundraising goals through ticket sales, online auction production, and auxiliary fundraising platforms.
Attend IPO concerts and events.
Attend civic and cultural events in the community; represent IPO by speaking at public events as requested.
Act as point-of-contact office representative when Office Manager is unavailable.
Archive all internally produced and external collateral featuring IPO for future reference.
Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Excellent organizational, administration, telephone and interpersonal communication skills
Self –starter with the ability to collaborate as needed
Professional demeanor, flexible and able to respond to multiple demands
Ability to prioritize tasks and willing to take responsibility
Careful attention to detail
Strong creative problem-solving skills
Solid writing, editing and presentation ability
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, and graphic design platforms; ability to learn new software quickly
Weekly office hours required. Work from home opportunities available as mutually agreed. Some evening and weekend events required including concert/event attendance.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested persons should email resume and letter of interest, with subject line “MCE Director Inquiry” to:
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Mid-sized arts nonprofit offers vacation and flexible work hours.
Internal Number: 7084817774
About Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
MISSION: The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will provide concerts of compelling professional symphonic music, support music education, and expand audience awareness of musical excellence for the diverse communities of the greater Chicago region.
Now entering its 41st season, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) is the largest performing arts organization in Chicago’s Southland providing professional orchestral music of beauty and excellence to the region. IPO’s repertoire ranges from Baroque and Classical masterpieces, to world premieres and modern favorites. The Illinois Council of Orchestras named IPO the "Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year" in 1992 and again in 2010, recognizing IPO’s overall artistic excellence.
During the 41st Season, IPO will perform five Saturday evening classical concerts, a full length Holiday Messiah matinee concert in December, and a February Science Pops concert featuring video footage of NASA explorations alongside the sweeping score of John Estacio. IPO also performs four youth education concerts in May for approximately 4,000 Southland students. All 2018-19 season concerts will be held in Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College i...n Palos Heights. The IPO will also present its sixth season of Summer Music at Ravisloe, a series of five IPO musician ensemble performances at Ravisloe Golf Club in Homewood.
IPO’s history dates back to 1954. Then known as the Park Forest Orchestra, it was formed at the community level with volunteer musicians. In 1978, the orchestra was re-formed into a professional chamber orchestra performing in Park Forest. In 1982, the orchestra was renamed to reflect its regional mission. Instrumental to IPO’s growing success was the naming of Carmon DeLeone as Music Director in 1986. During DeLeone’s 25 year tenure, the IPO expanded its Artists-in-the-Schools Education Program to include interactive Youth Concerts. In the 1990s, the IPO performed in residence at the Center for the Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park. In 2008, the orchestra began a new residency at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort, a regionally centralized location. Maestro DeLeone became Conductor Laureate of the IPO in 2011. After an international search process, the IPO appointed David Danzmayr as Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, serving from 2012-2016 and expanding IPO’s programming to include an American work on every program. In 2017, following a search that attracted over 170 applicants from around the world, the IPO Board of Directors announced the hiring of Stilian Kirov as Music Director beginning with the 40th Anniversary Season.