Revels Job Opportunities

 

Music Director 

Development Manager

Company Manager

 

Diversity Statement

Diversity is a fundamental element in Revels’ musical and theatrical productions. Through music, dance, and storytelling, we celebrate the seasonal and cultural traditions of our world, honoring and upholding the differences that make individuals and cultures truly unique while reminding us of the shared humanity that connects us all. This principle guides our organizational approach with events, educational programs, performers, audience, volunteers, partners, and staff. We offer an open, creative space that welcomes every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences.

 

 

August 2021

 

Music Director

 

Music at Revels

Music permeates everything Revels does. It is the basic material from which every Revels production is created, from the flagship Christmas Revels to our smaller pub sings and harbor cruises. It is a core component of every educational program and outreach initiative. Music provides the bond that joins volunteer chorus members together with professional performers and the audience, engaging everyone present with jubilant energy.

 

Revels founder Jack Langstaff, an acclaimed concert artist and lifelong educator, believed in the power of music to transform lives and built Revels in accordance with that belief. At Revels, music and stage are completely symbiotic and the partnership between the two is of paramount importance. Music and script are built together, integrated into a single artistic vision, and conceived through active collaboration with cultural leaders and guest artists.

 

Job Overview

Revels seeks an engaging, creative, and collaborative individual to join an established and evolving team of professionals to shape the music and musical offerings that are both the foundation and the language of Revels. The Revels Music Director is responsible for creating and upholding the Revels musical vision, working closely and in creative collaboration with the Revels Artistic Director, to whom this position reports. This role calls for curiosity and enthusiasm for multicultural music and traditions along with formal music training, wide-ranging musical tastes, a desire for creative collaboration, and a deep understanding of the core elements of Revels (which can be learned once in the role).

 

The Music Director is responsible for the selection, arrangement, and delivery of the musical program for Cambridge Revels performances, programs, and events throughout the year; creation, management, scheduling, and conducting of Revels choral groups; and direction and production of recordings and musical publications.

 

Job Responsibilities

Specific duties include:

  • Create, direct, and evaluate the music program for Revels.
  • Select, arrange, and/or compose the music for Revels events, recordings, performances, and publications.
  • Recruit, audition, and select guest artists, tradition-bearers, vocal soloists, instrumental ensembles, and volunteer chorus members for The Christmas Revels and other performances and events.
  • Lead and manage existing Revels choruses, including the rehearsals and performances of Revels Singers, the Youth Alumni Chorus, and the seasonal Christmas Revels volunteer adult and children’s choruses, as well as imagining and recommending opportunities for expanded choral activity.
  • Actively collaborate with the Education Director on music selection for education and outreach programs.
  • Write musical content and program notes for use online and for printed event programs, and ensure all musical notes, scores, and arrangements are archived in the national Revels Repository.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization’s mission and musical vision via speaking engagements, media interviews, written content, public and social appearances, and fundraising events, as appropriate.
  • Actively pursue creative collaborations and partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations, community groups, artists, musicians, and others in support of the Revels mission.
  • Provide musical support and guidance to Revels national affiliate companies, including preparation for and evaluation of the annual affiliate productions of The Christmas Revels.

 

Skills and Experience Required

  • A sincere and proactive commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A solid choral conducting background and proven record of success
  • Demonstrated ability to arrange and score music
  • Proven ability to motivate, inspire, and lead choruses of adults, children, and volunteers
  • A passion for traditional world music and the role the arts can play in celebrating our shared humanity and building a more connected and harmonious society
  • Interest and ability in creating new partnerships that explore musical traditions of diverse world cultures
  • Ability to develop and sustain reciprocal, collaborative, and long-term relationships with a broad range of artists, performers, and cultural tradition-bearers
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and facility with computers and office software
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of an extended team
  • Experience producing printed scores using music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius
  • Ideally, experience with audio recording, editing, and mixing using appropriate software
  • Flexibility, comfort with ambiguity, and a well-developed sense of humor

 

Additional Details

  • Salary range for full-time employment is $70K-$90K per year
  • The Revels benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days, and the ability to contribute to a pre-tax 403b retirement fund.
  • Opportunity for a flexible work schedule. Some evening and weekend work is required
  • Office Location: 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472

 

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a statement of interest along with whatever materials they think would best communicate why they are the right person for the job. Additional materials may be requested. Send your materials to jobs@revels.org with the subject line: MUSIC DIRECTOR.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


 

September 2021

Development Manager

 

Job Overview

Revels is seeking a creative and strategic Development Manager with experience in annual fund solicitation and stewardship. Reporting to the Director of External Relations (DER), and as part of a collaborative marketing and development team, the Development Manager will lead and manage the annual Revels Fund, cultivate prospects, help to develop and implement a planned giving strategy, and provide overall support to Revels’ 50th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign and other organizational initiatives of Revels.

 

Job Responsibilities

Specific duties include:

  • Manage the design and implementation of the Revels Fund including appeals, developing strategies for donor retention and acquisition, and stewardship;
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and leadership gift prospects;
  • Develop and maintain donor stewardship program, timely acknowledgments, personalized communications, and events;
  • Use internal and external data to follow donor giving trends to develop programs that meet financial goals and donor growth targets;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a Revels Alumni program;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of numerous special events throughout the year;
  • Collaborate with Revels staff to maintain robust volunteer program;
  • Provide general support as necessary for the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders.

 

 

Skills and Experience Required

  • Demonstrated success managing fundraising programs
  • Proven ability to establish positive relationships with donors
  • A sincere commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A genuine sense of cultural curiosity and a passion for the performing arts
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to think critically and recommend ways to improve process, gain efficiencies, and better serve needs of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism
  • A well-developed sense of humor 

 

Additional Details

  • This is a full-time, year-round position. Salary range is $55K - $65K per year
  •  The Revels benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days, and the ability to contribute to a pre-tax 403b retirement fund
  • Office Location: 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Opportunity for partial work-from-home / remote schedule
  • Some evening and weekend work is required

 

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit whatever materials they think would best communicate why they are the right person for the job. Please put DEVELOPMENT MANAGER in the subject line.  Send your materials to jobs@revels.org.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


 

 

 

August 2021

Company Manager

We are seeking a personable, organized, and detail-oriented Company Manager to act as the principal liaison with performers, teaching artists, volunteers and chorus members, and tradition-bearers, working under the guidance of the Production Manager to ensure everyone involved in our performances and programs receives the support and care needed to deliver a high-quality production – and have a good time doing it!

The Company Manager is responsible for coordinating and supporting all applicable travel, lodging, hospitality, and other needs for all individuals involved in Revels’ productions year-round. This position works closely with the Production Manager to manage all contracts, negotiations, payroll, and stipulations in accordance with various industry unions. The Company Manager is responsible for recruiting, managing, and maintaining strong relationships with our community volunteers and for collecting feedback from audiences, performers, and partners to help us improve our programming and operations.

Job Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:


Artist / Performer Hospitality and Service

  • Coordinate, arrange, and manage travel and temporary local housing for guest performers
  • Meet and greet guest performers, assist with online or in-person logistics
  • Remain available to performers for the duration of their engagement
  • Order, arrange, or provide hospitality (F&B, etc.) and local transportation as needed
  • Conduct performer onboarding, orientation, and post-event feedback surveys, online or in-person
  • Manage and keep records of all aspects of performers’ contractual ticketing
  • Collect all information and provide to ticket office, distribute tickets as needed


Program and Production Administration

  • Coordinate all contracts for performers, teaching artists, cast, chorus, and tradition-bearers
  • Maintain contracting, housing, travel, hospitality, and ticketing tracking documents for each production
  • Prepare reports and track status of the above
  • Work with Production Manager to track and reconcile all production expenses and receipts
  • Assist Production Manager with documentation for various labor unions as needed
  • Create and submit payment requests to ensure contracted payments are issued in timely manner
  • Collect program information and bios from artists, performers, chorus, tradition-bearers, and teaching artists and prepare for use on website and in publicity materials
  • Implement post-event feedback surveys for performances and programs, summarizing findings and recommendations to be shared within the organization
  • Ensure well-stocked and maintained rehearsal room and backstage areas
  • Recruit, manage, and build and maintain strong relationships with event volunteers, community chorus volunteers, and office volunteers


Skills and Experience Required

  • A sincere and proactive commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Previous experience in company management, stage management, production management, and / or hospitality
  • Familiarity with COVID safety regulations
  • Strong customer service skills and experience in conflict resolution
  • Ability and passion to work inclusively with all ages, diverse populations, and community volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of an extended team
  • Ability to develop and sustain long-term relationships with a broad range of performers, volunteers, contractors, and community members of all ages and diverse populations
  • High level of computer proficiency with knowledge of Microsoft Office, G Suite, spreadsheets, and collaboration software (Slack)

Additional Details

  • This is a part-time, permanent position. The hourly rate range is $20-$25 per hour based on a time commitment of 20-24 hours per week.
  • The Revels benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days, and the ability to contribute to a pre-tax 403b retirement fund
  • Opportunity for a flexible work schedule with additional paid hours likely in December and January. Some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Office Location: 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472

 

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a statement of interest along with whatever materials they think would best communicate why they are the right person for the job. Additional materials may be requested. Send your materials to jobs@revels.org and please include COMPANY MANAGER in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you.