Swallow Hill Concert Director
Swallow Hill Music Association
Job Title: Concert Director Department: Concerts
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer Effective Date: 5 April 2021
Classification: Full-time Exempt Compensation: $80,000-$110,000 Annually, with Medical, Dental, Vacation and Sick Time Accrual
About Swallow Hill:
For more than 40 years, Swallow Hill has presented and promoted concerts, offered music lessons, and provided music education in under-resourced communities. Based in Denver, we offer a unique suite of services:
● Live Performances: We produce live and live-streamed concerts, virtual open stage events and hootenannies. Musical genres produced on our stages include Americana and roots, as well
as singer-songwriters, world music, family friendly, rock, bluegrass, classical, country, jazz, blues and spoken word.
● Acoustic Music Lessons: We’re the country’s second largest acoustic music school, providing in-person and online private lessons and classes. Our 40 teachers, all professional musicians,
teach in an experiential style and specialize in stringed instruments, percussion, piano and voice. We teach all age groups, and our students range from beginners to accomplished musicians who are honing their skills. The wide variety of genres we teach include: Americana and roots, as well as bluegrass, folk, world music, jazz, blues, rock, country and pop.
● Community Outreach: Because we’re passionate about making music accessible, we offer music education and experiences in under-resourced communities. Our programming includes Little Swallows ECE music education for preschoolers, workshops and interactive performances in K-12 schools and music therapy for our aging population, veterans and people living with
developmental or mental health challenges.
The Concert Director, an executive leader, reports to the CEO and is responsible for all aspects of the Concert Department including creating, booking and executing a comprehensive concert program, strategic visioning and tactical execution in the achievement of programmatic and revenue goals and objectives, administration, staff management, budgeting and inter-departmental communication. A successful Director will collaborate across departments and develop and maintain partnerships to maximize programming opportunities.
● Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new Concert staff.
● Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
● Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
● Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.
● Develop and manage the Concert Department budget, meeting revenue and expense goals.
● Develop, in collaboration with the CEO short- and long- term Concert Department goals and strategies and recommendations for changes to, or the creation of, new concert programs and
● Ensure successful booking of talent (headliners and support acts) for all concerts, including but not limited to, weekly shows at our Flagship location on Yale Ave (Daniels Hall, Tuft Theater & The Quinlan Café), Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, Shady Grove Concert Series at Four Mile Historic Park, Ukefest, and Off-Site Concerts;
● Send and monitor offers; execute artist contracts; and ensure contractual timelines are adhered to (including artist fee deposits);
● Collect and analyze data to evaluate concert value relative to organizational mission and
● Ensure appropriate staffing, coach and provide professional development opportunities for staff ensuring effective coordination and execution of all activities and supporting a patron-centric culture.
● Supervise Concert staff and other vendors as needed.
● Work with Development, School and Community Outreach Departments to leverage connections with artists to create value add propositions for the organization as a whole.
● Collaborate with the Marketing Department to maximize impact of materials and messaging
● Provide reports to the Board of Directors regarding Concert Department strategies, tactics and the achievement of goals;
● Attend all outdoor shows and ensure talent settlement payments;
● Other duties as assigned.
● Values diversity and contributes to an inclusive working and learning environment.
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
● Excellent interpersonal, sales and customer service skills.
● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
● Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
● Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
● Excellent supervisory and leadership skills.
● High level of leadership and fiscal management skills.
● Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
● Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
● Ability to navigate complex relationships, anticipating where challenges may arise and addressing them proactively
● Proficient with booking tools such as Celebrity Access and Pollstar
● Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and/or related software.
● Comfortable utilizing remote meeting & video conferencing technology such as Zoom.
Education and Experience:
● Minimum of five years of experience as a talent buyer and/or concert director (2,300 seat venue capacity) and three years related senior management experience.
● Successful track record in booking and executing concerts.
● This position requires walking, stooping, bending, reaching, and standing for long periods of time.
● Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
● This position also requires hearing to accurately understand information at normal spoken word levels in a potentially loud environment and visual observation for reviewing, checking,
preparing, and maintaining written and computer files.
● Manual dexterity to operate standard office, data entry, and other related facility and production equipment is required.
Swallow Hill provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Swallow Hill complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Paul Lhevine, CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 May 2021.Apply Here