Vice President of Marketing

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Vice President of Marketing, The Philadelphia Orchestra

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DescriptionThe Philadelphia Orchestra invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Marketing, available in the Spring of 2019.

The Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound and admired for its legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging and exceeding that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.

As the founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents its main season there in Verizon Hall. Within the city, the Orchestra performs during summer months at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and Penn’s Landing, Longwood Gardens, and the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which are often venues for free Neighborhood Concert Series as well as educational and community partnership programs. In summer, the Orchestra enjoys a three-week residency in Saratoga, New York, and a week with Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado.

Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, The Philadelphia Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and the nation. In addition to touring in Europe, the Orchestra has a five-year agreement with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China and a five-year agreement with the Shanghai Media Group. The Orchestra has a strong media presence with recordings available on disc and digital music services, weekly radio broadcasts, and a national radio series on Sirius FM.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now in his seventh season as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Matías Tarnopolsky was appointed President and CEO in 2018. Ryan Fleur is Executive Director.

The Position

The Vice President of Marketing develops and leads the marketing strategy for The Philadelphia Orchestra as an institution and for the Orchestra’s programs and activities worldwide. The Vice President is responsible for the consistency and effectiveness of messages delivered to the Orchestra’s many stakeholders and diverse audiences through print and digital marketing materials, messaging, and the Orchestra’s website. The Vice President manages, promotes, protects, and expands The Philadelphia Orchestra’s brand. S/he ensures optimal positioning for The Philadelphia Orchestra in the local, regional, national, and international marketplace.

The Vice President of Marketing is responsible and accountable for achieving and exceeding annual revenue goals for subscription and single ticket sales, currently at $12 million, and for all aspects of audience development for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s concerts at the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. S/he designs and implements strategic marketing plans and ticket sales campaigns. She collects and analyzes sales and patron data to ensure data-driven marketing decisions designed to expand audiences and maximize revenue. The Vice President oversees design and content development for the Orchestra’s website and all print and digital marketing materials.

The Vice President of Marketing leads, motivates, supervises, and evaluates a marketing team of seven and manages a marketing budget of $3.5 million. S/he collaborates with the development team in securing and fulfilling concert sponsorships. S/he develops and directs individual giving campaigns for gifts of less than $1,000. S/he collaborates with the Artistic Planning team in developing ticket sales goals and marketing strategies for individual concerts and events. The Vice President of Marketing oversees and manages the Orchestra’s relationship with Ticket Philadelphia to ensure patron loyalty through excellence in all aspects of customer service.

RequirementsCandidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional who combines a passion for orchestras and symphonic music with the proven ability to build audiences, achieve revenue goals, and strengthen brand recognition internationally. S/he will be a creative and strategic thinker who is able to develop and lead implementation of institutional and event-specific marketing plans.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to conduct, analyze, and utilize market research to design marketing strategies that achieve revenue goals. S/he will be knowledgeable about marketing best practices for the performing arts, including patron services and retention, use of technology, social media, e-commerce, telemarketing operations, pricing and packaging, web marketing, licensing, sales, and institutional branding. A strong working knowledge of music, artists, and repertoire, although not required, will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will have strong project management experience, including balancing multiple priorities and deadlines. S/he will demonstrate the ability to align priorities with institutional goals. S/he will be experienced in managing an organization’s brand, image, and message in multiple and diverse cultural environments.

The successful candidate will be an effective manager of human and financial resources. S/he will have excellent communication and organizational ability. S/he will be creative, curious, persistent, and imaginative. S/he will be a problem solver with a collaborative management style that focuses on accomplishment and success. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards with a strong personal commitment to transparency. S/he will be able to accept a work schedule that includes attendance at evening and weekend performance and events.


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Philadelphia Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of the organization. We seek to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcome nominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

Applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in The Philadelphia Orchestra and outlines your qualifications for the position. Please submit with a resume, salary requirements or expectations, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Please send materials to:

The Philadelphia Orchestra – VP of Marketing

c/o Catherine French Group

2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623

Washington, DC 20007

Please submit material in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format.

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