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Monday, June 16, 2014

VocalEssence - Communications Associate



VocalEssence is comprised of the 100-voice VocalEssence Chorus, the 32-voice professional Ensemble Singers, as well as guest soloists and instrumentalists, and offers audiences a broad series of concerts. Called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, VocalEssence was founded in 1969 by artistic director Philip Brunelle. VocalEssence has championed the vocal experience in unconventional ways through concerts, commissions, and community engagement, and has debuted more than 150 commissions and world premieres. Beyond performances and recordings, VocalEssence impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its innovative programs, contests, and support for choral art. In 2014, VocalEssence initiated a brand refresh, and, in conjunction with contract designers and web developers, will be creating a new responsive website on a WordPress platform that will launch in mid-September.

Responsibilities:
The Communications Associate will be responsible for managing the brand and identity of the organization; writing all outbound communication including all promotional materials, electronic communication and social media content; coordinating the creation of print materials including concert programs and annual reports; developing and implementing online engagement strategies through social media, electronic communication and the website; and acting as the staff liaison to Resonate, the VocalEssence young professionals group for ages 21-39.  All duties tie into the marketing department’s goals of expanding the audience base by age and racial diversity, encouraging giving, promoting the choral arts through advocacy, increasing the visibility of the VocalEssence education programs, and refreshing the VocalEssence brand. The ideal candidate is an energetic communications professional who is detail-oriented and can coordinate content management, social media, writing and editing for all outbound communications among a team of staff and contractors. This position is salaried at 25 hours per week.

         Write and/or edit all outbound communication including but not limited to all promotional materials, concert programs, website content, monthly e-newsletter and annual report
         Responsible for day-to-day creation and management of engaging content across external digital properties, include website and social media platforms
         Write, collect, and edit information for concert programs and annual reports
         Assist with marketing and audience development strategies
         Create press packs including photographs, biographies and other background information
         Staff liaison to Resonate, the VocalEssence young professionals group
Significant Relationships:
The Communications Associate reports to the Director of Development and Communications, and also works with the media consultant and other VocalEssence staff members to complete the duties of the position.

Qualifications: 

Required
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills
·         Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
·         Commitment to high quality work consistent with the VocalEssence brand
·         Experience with Content Management Systems such as WordPress
·         Experience developing the online component of marketing campaigns demonstrating measurable results in list growth, engagement and revenue
·         Fluent in social media applications
·         Ability to work with a variety of diverse cultures
·         Work effectively as part of a team
·         Ability to problem solve with flexibility
·         Experience managing volunteers
·         Knowledge and love of choral music
·         Bachelor’s degree with skills in communication and/or related fields

Preferred
·         Experience with photography and video editing software
·         Graphic design skills and knowledge of desktop publishing programs like Adobe Creative Suite for in-house graphic design and production
·         Creativity expressed through ideas and perspective

Hours
Salaried 25 hours a week.  The work schedule is flexible, but needs to be consistent by week.

Compensation
                Salaried based on a 25 hour work week and experience
Deadline for Application:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
To Apply:
Submit your application online: www.vocalessence.org/apply

Include the following three items:
·         A cover letter
·         A resume, listing three references and contact information
·         A sample of your marketing writing

Any questions can be e-mailed to Katrina Wallmeyer, Director of Development and Communications, at katrina@vocalessence.org.

VocalEssence is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We encourage candidates with a diversity of life experiences to apply.