Celebrity Series brings the world’s best performing artists to
Boston, and is New England’s leading multi-disciplinary performing arts
presenter. Founded in 1938, Celebrity Series presents performances by
instrumental and vocal soloists, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance
companies, jazz and popular music performers, folk and ethnic performance
groups, and other performing artists in concert halls and theaters across
Boston and Cambridge. Guided by a recent update to a strategic plan, the
organization is expanding its programming in several performance areas.
Position: Manager of Performance
Immediate Supervisor: Associate Director of
Summary of Position
This position manages concert production and artist
servicing details for a portfolio of performances at a variety of venues across
Boston and Cambridge. These events are
consistent with the mission of the organization, as well as the vision and
priorities set by the President. In
partnership with the Associate Director and Director of Performance Operations,
the Manager is charged with creating a concert experience for audiences and
artists on behalf of Celebrity Series consistent with the organization’s values
Duties and Responsibilities
-Serves as primary liaison to advance and fulfill all concert-related
requests and requirements while working within the designated budget for a
portfolio of concerts each performance season. Topics will include but not be limited
to equipment, rehearsal, travel, hotel, front-of-house, and backstage
-Directs artists, artist representatives, venue staff, and
outside contractors via thoughtful, proactive communication to ensure a
-Serves as an onsite organization representative at venues
among artists, agents, venue staff, contractors, etc.
-Collaborates actively with other Celebrity Series departments
to ensure that artist-related activities are fully integrated into the
priorities of the organization and in line with the strategic plan.
-Oversees financial reconciliation of performances, including
but not limited to invoice payments, petty cash reconciliation, and
reimbursements; produces financial settlements for artist management companies
-Oversees ticketing needs for artists, management companies,
with venue and Associate Director of Community Engagement to coordinate
masterclass and other community engagement logistics when applicable.
-Under direction of Associate Director, takes the lead on select
advance and onsite details pertaining to other engagements and special events
-Collaborates with Associate Director on hotel rate negotiations
and proactively maintaining relationships with the industry.
-Actively participates in maintaining and updating production-related
documents and equipment inventory.
-With Director and in conjunction with project team, spearheads planning and execution of
select portions of high-profile public art/performance projects.
-Support artistic areas of large special events, such as the
annual Gala, as part of the team.
-Facilitates proactive communication between staff of the
venue, artist, and presenter.
-Maintains regular contact with colleagues, especially the
Artistic Programmer and other department members, but also in other departments
to support cross-departmental projects that have artist and performance
implications, including, but not limited to program book copy proofing, special
events, educational and audience engagement initiatives, and staff meetings.
-Represents the organization at select vendor events and
-Uses in-house database, Artifax Event Online, to facilitate
cross-departmental conversation and coordination.
self-starter who can handle multiple projects at a time efficiently and excels
in a fast-paced environment. Proactive,
effective communication and follow through are essential to success in this
ability to achieve results when working collaboratively with a wide variety of
people and ideas.
to take on a variety of tasks and responsibilities and strives to exceed
• Ability to
thoughtfully analyze situations and persevere despite unfamiliar territory.
• Ability to
maintain diplomacy and remain poised, tactful, and supportive in stressful
to providing a high level of service to artists and patrons.
office hours plus evening and weekend hours during performance season (October
• Minimum of
3-5 years of professional experience preferred.
of performing arts industry important, music background preferred.
in concert operations required, including familiarity with both front-of-house
and backstage operations. Concert portfolio will include both classical and
non-classical music performances.
• Ability to
lift 10 lbs.
license helpful, but not required.
degree or equivalent required.