The San Francisco Symphony’s Development Division is seeking a talented communications professional to write copy and manage a comprehensive communications plan to support and enhance the success of the fundraising program. This position is a member of the Development Strategic Planning team, which provides reporting, analysis, relationship maintenance via an expansive stewardship plan, creative dialogue with constituencies through a comprehensive communications plan, and administrative support to the Symphony’s frontline fundraisers.
Successful candidates need to demonstrate initiative, quality of work, and an ability to work across multiple communications platforms, both independent to and in strong collaboration with the institution’s marketing and communications departments. Further, an ability to “tell the story” to our patrons through exercising superb creative writing is necessary for this individual to be successful in his/her role.
Reporting to the Direct Marketing Program Manager, this position is responsible for extensive copy-writing and for managing the implementation of the fundraising communication strategies of the San Francisco Symphony. The Communications Manager & Copywriter will work within a dynamic and fast-paced environment to increase awareness among SFS patrons of the impact of philanthropy upon the Symphony’s strategies and programs through a variety of development publications and media. S/he will work with a team to develop collateral for the various fundraising lines as outlined above.
With direction from Development department leadership and the Direct Marketing Program Manager, assist with communications strategies and the creation of key messaging and content to support the Development department’s ongoing fundraising, donor communications and outreach efforts.
Responsible for copy and proofing on all print and electronic communications related to fund development, including ads, individual and corporate proposals, brochures, newsletters and e-newsletters, stewardship materials, campaign case statements, fundraising reports, audio/visual presentations, etc.
Drafts and copy-edits all Development collateral to ensure quality and a consistent message.
Project-manages the development of all fundraising materials, including coordinating a year-round production schedule with the Creative Services team.
Maintains the communications calendar that project manages a comprehensive communications plan for the Development department.
Tracks progress of materials with in-house and outside designers, photographers, producers, printers and suppliers; coordinates their needs and ensures that work is completed in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Works closely with Marketing and Editorial on additional collateral to maintain the Development sections of the SFS website, Playbill, and other relevant pieces, including marketing proofs for emails, print & electronic ads, and season materials.
Provides logistical and scheduling support for photo/video shoots and interviews.
Works closely with Development department leadership to ensure effective and appropriate internal and external communications for Development department.
Bachelor’s degree required and at least three years of relevant professional communications and copy-writing experience.
Exceptional verbal and written communications skills; strong creative writing as well as excellent copy editing skills.
Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work calmly under pressure of deadlines.
Proven project management skills in publications and print production.
Knowledge of diverse media platforms, including new social media platforms.
Ability to work with variety of constituencies and to manage details as well as to maintain total project overview.
Ability to work independently as well as to be a team member with colleagues to achieve common goals; flexibility in finding solutions to problems.
Advanced computer skills in word processing, familiarity with desktop publishing, and preferably website design and maintenance.
Poise, maturity of judgment, sense of humor.
A love and appreciation of orchestral music
Knowledge of In Design and Photoshop
Knowledge of Smartsheet
Knowledge of Tessitura
Advertising, branding or sales marketing background helpful.
Professional experience in fundraising within a large organization.
About San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the U.S. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas since 1995, the Orchestra is a leading presence among American orchestras at home and around the world, celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. In December 2018, the San Francisco Symphony announced Esa-Pekka Salonen as its Music Director Designate along with a group of eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural realms who collectively form a new artistic leadership model. Salonen will begin his appointment as the SFS’s 12th Music Director in September 2020, at which time Michael Tilson Thomas will become the Orchestra’s first Music Director Laureate, following his remarkable 25-year tenure as Music Director.
The San Francisco Symphony presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 450,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through its active national and international touring. A cornerstone of the organization’s mission..., the San Francisco Symphony’s education programs are the most extensive offered by any American orchestra today, providing free comprehensive music education to every first- through fifth-grade student in the San Francisco public schools, and serving more than 75,000 children, students, educators, and families annually. The SFS has won such recording awards as France’s Grand Prix du Disque and Britain’s Gramophone Award, as well as 15 Grammy Awards. In 2004, the SFS launched the multimedia Keeping Score on PBS-TV and the web. In 2014, the SFS inaugurated SoundBox, a new experimental performance venue and music series located backstage at Davies Symphony Hall. SFS radio broadcasts, the first in the nation to feature symphonic music when they began in 1926, today carry the Orchestra’s concerts across the country.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the San Francisco Symphony will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.