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Awesöme Orchestra Collective plays everything from Stravinsky to The Simpsons in fun places all over the Bay. Learn more at www.awesomeorchestra.org.

Position Overview

Awesöme Orchestra seeks a skilled, creative, ambitious person to join our small, part-time staff. The Director of Communications is responsible for the marketing, communications, online presence, and some operations of the orchestra.

An average of 15–20 hours a month, with some flexibility to work variable hours each month. Paid by the hour as an independent contractor (benefits are not included and taxes are not withheld from paycheck). Position pays $20 an hour.

Required

  • Love of live music and community events
  • Excellent writing skills including proofreading and editing. Can write in a style that is both clear and fun
  • Adept with social media
  • Quick learner
  • Flexible schedule—ideal for a freelancer
  • Have your own computer 
  • Able to work efficiently remotely and complete tasks on deadline (ability to work portion of hours at shared office work space in Downtown Oakland a possibility if preferred)
  • Motivated to think creatively about how Awesöme Orchestra can get even more awesome and improve our business model

Preferred

  • Experience working for a non-profit
  • Experience playing orchestral music
  • Graphic design chops
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and communications
  • Experience using Google Drive apps
  • Experience managing social media accounts
  • Know how to type an ö

Responsibilities

  • Create and lead strategic plans for the orchestra’s communications 
  • Compose and send emails to our lists of musicians and audiences
  • Promote events through various channels
  • Manage and update social media accounts
  • Coordinate with a photographer/videographer for each event
  • Manage and update website
  • Run surveys — one annual, comprehensive survey of musicians and audience, and mini-surveys after events to players
  • Maintain good relationships with supporters, volunteers and community members
  • Report to Founding Artistic Director
  • Meet with Awesöme Orchestra staff monthly
  • Assist with operations and events as needed
  • Assist with planning and managing an epic 5-year Anniversary Party (currently scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2018) and End-of-Year Concert (currently scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2018)
  • Solicit and engage volunteers as needed
  • Log working hours

Work with a great team to make awesome musical adventures possible!

Application process

Email a cover letter and resume by Friday, January 12 to David Möschler at dmoschler@awesomeorchestra.org with “Director of Communications Application” in the subject line.

Contract period: February 1–July 31 (6 months with potential to renew)

*Note, we are also currently hiring for a Director of Development. We will consider the same candidate for both positions. Please let us know if you are applying to both.