JOB SUMMARY

The Artist Liaison works with the Artistic Planning Senior Manager and Artistic Coordinator with a focus on providing logistical and guest service support for visiting artists.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate artist transportation from arrival to departure, including setting up schedules for rehearsals, concerts, practice time, airport transfers, and special events.  May include driving the Symphony’s car and meeting artists at the airport.  Provide Music Director transportation as requested.  Responsible for maintenance and care of company car. Manage dressing room schedule. Set up dressing rooms for guest artists, and then breakdown dressing rooms in a timely manner (includes straightening up, resupplying, cleaning dishes and towels).  Communicate with artists and their management.  Coordinate with Operations and Orchestra Personnel departments.  Manage backstage lists, gathering information from guest artists and SFS staff.  Coordinate catering and hospitality as needed or required by artist contract riders.  Coordinate with SF Symphony Store staff about cd signings and requesting artist signatures on cd covers. Provides logistical support for guest artists (draws up schedules, makes travel and accommodation bookings).

Miscellaneous:

Attend regular meetings with Artistic Planning department and monthly full staff meetings.  Process all bills pertinent to artist care (gas, gifts, company car maintenance, rental cars, cash reimbursements, etc.).  Perform general administrative duties as assigned. Helps to maintain DSH and GPS artistic records in ArtsVision. Process expense report. Occasional department filing.

QUALIFICATIONS

General knowledge of classical music, performing artists, and/or pop performers required. One year’s work with a symphony orchestra preferred. California driver’s license and satisfactory results of a complete background investigation.  Candidate authorizes the San Francisco Symphony to conduct including, but not limited to, a credit check, criminal history search, social security trace, motor vehicle report and other such searches as the position applied requires. Responsible; able to work discreetly, independently and display good judgment in dealing with diverse personalities and potentially difficult situations; neat and professional appearance/manner. Able to work in a team environment and communicate clearly with co-workers. Travel industry/service experience desirable.  Foreign language desirable. Must be available to work flexible and long hours, particularly weekends and evenings. MSWord, Excel, database systems and general office equipment knowledge required.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply, please visit our website at www.sfsymphony.org.  Under the About Us tab, go to the Careers and Auditions page and click on “Jobs at the SF Symphony.”  Search for this job and click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

The San Francisco Symphony, under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, is one of the country’s leading orchestras. Some 220 concerts each year reach an audience of over 600,000, while national and international broadcasts, heard on more than 215 radio stations, reach millions more. The Symphony has its own recording label, SFS Media, and its recordings have won some of the world’s highest honors. Its multimedia initiative, Keeping Score, has reached over six million people with television and radio broadcasts, DVDs, and an interactive Web site. The Orchestra tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and its outstanding artistic reputation enables it to attract the world’s finest guest artists and conductors to Davies Symphony Hall. Over 70,000 young people are served each year by the Symphony’s numerous education programs, including its internationally renowned Youth Orchestra and Adventures in Music (AIM), which reaches every 1st through 5th grader in San Francisco’s public schools. In the 2011-12 season, the Symphony celebrated its centennial anniversary. This milestone was marked by an extraordinary year of concerts and events, including artist residencies, special concert programs, exhibitions, educational activities, community events, broadcasts, recordings, and world premieres of newly commissioned works. The organization is led by President Sakurako Fisher and Executive Director Mark Hanson.

The San Francisco Symphony’s mission is to set the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; enrich, serve, and shape cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; and maintain financial stability and gain public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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