Position: Community Engagement and Publications Specialist, Portland Baroque Orchestra
Position open: September 15, 2014 or until filled
Application deadline: August 18, 2014
Scope: FTE.50+, Exempt (ca. 20 hrs per work week, plus ca. 8 performance weekends per year)
Salary: $18,500-$21,000, commensurate with experience; plus partial employer-paid health benefits.
Additional Benefits: Paid time off, other fringe benefits.
Portland Baroque Orchestra seeks an entry- or mid-level associate for part-time office employment to work in the areas community engagement, graphic design and marketing. This position is part of PBO’s strategic initiatives to enhance programming in the areas of education and community outreach, especially among racially, ethnically and economically diverse groups, and to coordinate all design and electronic media functions of the organization to increase total audience reach.
The position will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with PBO’s Director of Development and Marketing and its Operations Manager. The position affords an excellent opportunity for training an individual interested in a career in the not-for-profit and/or performing arts sector. It is also suitable for individuals with excellent graphic design and desktop publishing skills who have a strong affinity for arts education and building community partnerships. The position will work in several functional areas of the organization, with a particular focus on Marketing/Publications and Education/Outreach. Experience, however, will also be gained in box office management and concert/event production and fundraising. The position will be expected to provide weekly status updates on projects. Specific duties of the position follow.
• Design, calendar management and timely submission of print ads for media placement;
• Design and production of print and electronic publications (e.g. program books, brochures);
• Content management of organization website (standard and mobile) and social media (writing, editing, monitoring postings; tracking metrics and offers);
• Assistance with planning and production of education/outreach programs, primarily with Portland Public Schools;
• Research and development of new community partnerships.
• Attendance/assistance (box office, patron services) at PBO public programs (ca. 24/year);
• Understanding of and assistance with box office functions as assigned, including ticket and subscription sales and seating;
• General database and office support.
• Graphic Design using Adobe Creative Suite (primarily InDesign and Photoshop) plus web-design and web-mastering abilities;
• Experience with social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
• Basic knowledge of mail merges in MS Word and spreadsheets in Excel
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written;
• Friendly, culturally sensitive demeanor, with excellent relationship building skills
• Ability to work with patrons in a positive and customer-oriented fashion;
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience/training;
• Experience in a professional office environment;
• Astute attention to detail.
Additional desired skills (not required):
• Experience with culturally specific organizations and communities;
• Editing, copywriting;
• Knowledge of Classical Music;
• Media/Advertising Relations;
• Elementary education experience;
• Database entry and report generation (particularly with DonorPerfect or other CRM system)
About Portland Baroque Orchestra (PBO)
PBO’s mission is to produce intimate and historically informed interpretations of music composed before 1840 for a wide audience, providing broad access and educating the community, including youth and underserved populations, about the composers, and historic context of this music through world-class professional performances, outreach and dialogue.
Portland Baroque Orchestra emerged in the early 1980s as a grassroots cooperative of musicians. Now, under the leadership of artistic director Monica Huggett for twenty years, PBO ranks among the best period-instrument orchestras in North America and Europe. In addition to its Portland season subscription series, PBO presents the Pacific Northwest’s only annual performances on period instruments of Handel’s Messiah. PBO has been period ensemble-in-residence of the Oregon Bach Festival since 2009, traveling statewide on behalf of the Festival. In addition to its partnership with OBF, PBO has collaborated with Portland Opera for staged productions of Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2009 and Handel’s Rinaldo in 2013. Recent recordings by PBO and Huggett include Bach’s St. John Passion (AVIE), with Les Voix Baroque (Montreal) and tenor Charles Daniels (UK) as Evangelist. In 2014-15 PBO will release the Complete Violin and Oboe concertos of J.S. Bach, featuring oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz, recorded last October.
PBO’s current administration consists of 3 full-time employees (each with 7 years or more history with the organization), and 2 part-time production personnel. The orchestra consists of 14 core members, plus 20-30 guest artists and soloists each season from around the world engaged as required according to programming. The work environment is energetic, detail-oriented and highly professional, with a great deal of camaraderie and opportunities for social interaction.
Portland Baroque Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.