This position works with the Vice President of Marketing & Communications (MarComms) to achieve the long- & short-term public relations and organizational storytelling goals in support of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall marketing, fundraising, artistic, education and DEI initiatives through traditional media (press) and collaborative content creation which is distributed via website, publications, eNews, blog and social media. The successful candidate will be able to prioritize the myriad activities and messages of the organization into a cohesive story that builds relationships with audiences and creates public value.
· Work with the VP of Marketing & Communications, publicist and external PR agencies to raise the profiles of both Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Symphony by creating a cohesive PR vision that builds reputation, reflects organizational priorities, and introduces new initiatives.
· Cultivate strong relationships with press. Serve as primary media contact on behalf of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall on any range of issues.
· In coordination with the Publications Manager, oversee a team of Marketing/Communications staff and freelance copywriters to produce a heavy volume of storytelling materials for the organization, for the purpose of engaging our audience base and telling the Seattle Symphony story. Storytelling materials will include press releases, feature articles for concert program and blog use, social media content, and various other concert program and website content pieces.
· Manage the drafting and distribution of press releases, and advisories, statements, talking points and FAQs.
· Work in conjunction with the VP of Marketing & Communications and the external PR firm to effectively prepare board, staff, musicians and executives for media interviews; create organization-wide messaging, including speeches.
· Take an active role in managing internal communications and newsletters while regularly sharing press coverage and other information to the Board, Staff, Orchestra, Chorale and Volunteers.
Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (PPO, low deductible)
Employer paid Long-Term Disability, AD&D and Life Insurance
Employer paid ORCA pass for Metro, Sound Transit, the WA State ferries, or other public transport system
403b retirement savings plan with employer matching at 1 year
10 days Vacation Time, 10 days Sick Time
2 personal days
11 paid holidays per year
Your birthday off!
Employee Assistance Program
The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
· Minimum of 4-7 years senior-level work experience in public relations or community relations with a non-profit arts organization.
· Demonstrated superior written and verbal communication skills.
· Knowledge of, and devotion to, symphonic music and the classical music industry.
· Strategic thinker who can prioritize many competing initiatives.
· Supervisory experience of a proactive media-relations department.
· Computer literate; knowledge of Word, Excel, and various online social media platforms.
· Bachelor’s degree in communications or public relations related fields, or related work experience.
The physical requirements described here must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The functions of this position are performed primarily in an office environment
· Regular activities include frequent sitting, standing, walking, reaching and bending.
· This position may require occasional pulling, lifting and climbing stairs.
· Ability to speak, hear and communicate clearly while handling staff inquiries, telephone calls and customer requests.
· Specific vision abilities require close visual acuity for viewing a computer screen and reading, preparing, entering and/or analyzing data.
· This position requires repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and fingers for typing at a standard keyboard and regular pinching, picking up and holding pencils and other desk tools.
Led by President & CEO Krishna Thiagarajan, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings, the orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. The Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall in the heart of downtown Seattle from September through July, reaching over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.