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Marketing & PR Manager

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Music/Dance, Planning/Project Management

Department: School of Music and Dance
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $48,500 - $55,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

March 1, 2022 (updated); position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload the following documents with your online application:
• A resume
• A cover letter highlighting how your knowledge, skills, and experience qualify you for the requirements, competencies, and qualifications outlined in the job posting.
• A writing sample such as a press release or descriptive copy for past events.

In your online application, please include the names and contact information for three professional references that can speak to your skills and abilities.

Department Summary

The School of Music and Dance (SOMD) has an enrollment of more than 800 music and dance majors and minors, a faculty and staff of 85, and approximately 70 graduate employees. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered, from the baccalaureate through the doctorate, including programs in dance, music performance, collaborative piano, music education, composition, theory, musicology, jazz studies, piano and string pedagogy, conducting, music technology, and music with a liberal arts emphasis. The school is known for being the only comprehensive school of music and dance in the state of Oregon. It is also home to the internationally recognized Oregon Bach Festival and ChamberMusic@Beall performance series.

Position Summary

The Marketing and PR Manager (MPM) serves as an integral part of the School of Music and Dance (SOMD) Communications team. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing, the MPM is primarily responsible for implementing event marketing strategies and developing effective, enterprising PR campaigns. The position also includes work with SOMD auxiliary programs, such as the regionally renowned ChamberMusic@Beall series and the Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival.

Marketing activities include shared management of ticket sales, media sponsorships, event publications, and university recruitment publications. PR and communications activities include crafting “stories” about SOMD faculty and students, drafting press releases for public events and announcements, developing relationships with local press, and tracking coverage. Additionally, when needed, the MPM will assist members of the SOMD Communications team with social media and website maintenance.

During the spring and summer months, the position predominantly focuses on the marketing and PR needs of the Oregon Bach Festival. While this is essentially a continuation of the overall SOMD ticket sales and media goals, the MPM will also be expected to help solicit program ad sales, collaborate with OBF development and education staff, contribute to event planning, and deliver outstanding customer service.

This is not a supervisory role but will give direction to a Communications Specialist and a Graphic Designer. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required, especially during the OBF summer season.

The ideal candidate will be proactive and capable of working autonomously while simultaneously being a strong collaborator and team player. The candidate will have an appreciation for performing arts, the ability to multitask and prioritize, and the desire to contribute to positive office culture.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's Degree in communications, marketing, arts administration, or related field.
• Three years of demonstrated successful experience in marketing, communications, or public relations.
• Demonstrated successful experience writing press releases, making presentations, and negotiating with media.

Professional Competencies

• Skills with Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, email marketing, website management, and other electronic forms of communication.
• Commitment to excellence in creating materials for constituents.
• Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and competing priorities; demonstrated ability to meet goals and timelines.
• Ability to think critically and solve problems, using good judgment and discretion in handling confidential or sensitive information.
• Interest, knowledge, or willingness to learn about music and dance.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in performing arts, non-profit, or event marketing (or similar/related area).
• Four or more years of marketing or communications experience.
• Demonstrated success with performing arts ticket sales.
• Experience in higher education.
• Skills in photography and/or video.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

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