Vice President of Marketing and Communications
The Omaha Symphony, one of the finest professional ensembles in the Midwest and resident orchestra at Omaha’s highly acclaimed Holland Performing Arts Center, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
With the mission “to enrich people’s lives through the exhilarating experience of live orchestral music,” the Omaha Symphony offers six distinct concert series and a wide array of education and community engagement programs, run-out concerts, tours, and special events for thousands of people of all ages throughout the region. The Orchestra’s series of MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, and Family Concerts are performed in the 1,965-seat concert hall of the Holland Performing Arts Center, an architectural and acoustic marvel that opened in the heart of downtown in 2005. A chamber orchestra series is presented at the Joslyn Art Museum.
Each season, the Omaha Symphony reaches more than 30,000 students throughout the state and region with an innovative and nationally recognized music education curriculum designed for pre-school through high school. The Orchestra also provides professional workshops for band and orchestra directors and for Omaha-area music teachers.
The Omaha Symphony has developed partnerships throughout the community with social service agencies, arts groups, and academic organizations, including Boys Town, El Museo Latino, Completely Kids, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Creighton University, UNO, Temple Israel, and the Joslyn Art Museum.
Founded 1921, the Omaha Symphony employs Nebraska’s largest complement of professional performing artists. The Orchestra’s 70 members include a core of 42 full-time musicians and 28 part- time musicians, all of whom work under a collective bargaining that covers a 38-week season.
Thomas Wilkins, who has been Music Director of the Omaha Symphony since 2005, announced that he will step down at the end of the 2020-21 Season, when he will become Music Director Emeritus.
A search for the next Music Director is underway. Ernest Richardson serves as Principal Pops Conductor and Resident Conductor and oversees the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs.
The Omaha Symphony has a 20-member Board of Directors that includes top corporate and community leaders. Fifty Governing Members serve as advocates for the Orchestra throughout the community. For many decades, the Omaha Symphony has enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the Omaha Symphony Guild and the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony. The annual operating budget of the Omaha Symphony is $9 million. The Orchestra’s endowment currently exceeds $30 million.
A staff of 24 full- and part-time employees manages the Orchestra’s activities. The Omaha Symphony partners with Omaha Performing Arts for certain financial, administrative, and box office functions. Jennifer Boomgaarden was appointed President & CEO in July, 2018.
With a unique blend of Fortune 500 companies, visionary not-for-profits, award-winning arts and cultural organizations, and innovative start-ups, Omaha attracts outstanding talent ranging from artists to corporate executives to entrepreneurs. A vibrant performing and visual arts community provides a broad array of performances, exhibits, film, and special events, including Omaha Symphony concerts; jazz, blues, dance, comedy, and popular entertainment at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the best of Broadway at the Orpheum Theater, both under the aegis of Omaha Performing Arts; exhibitions and programs at the Joslyn Art Museum and the Bemis Center for the Performing Arts; acclaimed productions by Opera Omaha; an internationally recognized art house, Film Streams; the Saddle Creek indie label; and a number of independent art galleries. Outdoor activities abound, including hiking in Fontenelle Forest or the nearby hills of Iowa, strolling the more than 100 acres at the Lauritzen Gardens, and walking, running and biking on waterfront trails. Sports fans will enjoy the NCAA College World Series (CWS), United States Olympic Swimming Trials, and the Kansas City Royals’ AAA affiliate team, the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Omaha, Nebraska, has a population of more than 1.2 million within a 50-mile radius. The City of Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies: Peter Kiewit Sons’, Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, and Union Pacific. With a cost of living lower than the national average, clean air and water, short commutes, and all the cultural and entertainment amenities of a city twice its size, the greater Omaha area is nationally recognized as a great place to live, work, and play.
The Omaha Symphony Vice President of Marketing and Communications is responsible and accountable for the creation, development, and execution of strategic marketing and communication initiatives that support the Omaha Symphony’s mission, vision, programs, and special projects. The VP is charged with ensuring that the organization maximizes sustainable earned revenue while building and cultivating the Omaha Symphony’s audiences and brand. The VP designs and facilitates strategic marketing and public relations plans; implements subscription and single ticket campaigns to meet ticket revenue goals; analyzes sales and patron data and market trends to assist the organization in making data-driven decisions; and executes dynamic public relations campaigns that effectively highlight the unique programs of the Omaha Symphony. The VP communicates effectively both inside and outside the organization. S/he works in close partnership with the President & CEO and senior leadership team and collaboratively with the Music Director, symphony staff, and Omaha Performing Arts staff.
The VP reports to the President & CEO and oversees a staff team of three and several independent contractors. The VP manages the relationship with Omaha Performing Arts box office, Ticket Omaha, and collaborates with box office staff on customer service initiatives.
The ideal candidate will be dynamic and innovative professional with a proven record of success in achieving income goals, institutional branding, and marketing. S/he will have a minimum of five years’ successful experience that includes conducting, analyzing, and utilizing market research, preferably with a performing arts organization. Knowledge of orchestras, artists, and repertoire will be considered an asset. A passion for connecting audiences and orchestras and the ability to convey excitement about classical music and its value to a community are essential.
The successful candidate will be resourceful, flexible, and comfortable leading and embracing change. S/he will have a results and team-oriented work style characterized by an imaginative approach to problem solving and the ability to handle creative as well as administrative tasks. S/he will knowledgeable about marketing best practices, tools, techniques, and trends. The successful candidate will be an effective manager of human and financial resources. S/he will have excellent budgeting skills and be adept at developing accurate revenue projections. S/he will engage, motivate, and manage a high-performing marketing and communications staff team.
The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills and an unwavering commitment to outstanding customer service. S/he will be able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks effectively, and execute projects to the highest level possible. S/he will welcome the opportunity to utilize the services provided by Omaha Performing Arts and collaborate with the OPA team.
The successful candidate will have the ability to learn and use industry standard database software. Experience working with Tessitura will be an asset. The successful candidate must be willing and able to accept a work schedule that includes attendance at evening and weekend performances and events.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Omaha Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of the organization. We seek to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcome nominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin.
Applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter that clearly describes your interest in the Omaha Symphony and outlines your qualifications for the position. Submit with résumé, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement. Please send to:
Omaha Symphony VP Marketing and Communications
c/o Catherine French Group