The San Francisco Symphony is seeking an Assistant Editor with a passion for words and music to join our Editorial team. Reporting to the Editorial Director and working alongside a diverse team of editors and writers (internal and external), our ideal candidate is a team player who can effortlessly juggle multiple editing and writing projects that require a range of styles, lengths, and tones. He/She is an experienced editor and writer who brings to the table an advanced knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and style guides; he/she is equally knowledgeable about classical music and musicians and the performing arts industry. The Assistant Editor will assist in ensuring the accuracy of organizational copy and messaging, and in doing so, helps maintain and reinforce storytelling and brand identity across a myriad of content channels. He/She will work and collaborate with all aspects of the organization, including editing and writing ad/sales copy, content on music and musicians, web content, and institutional news stories and copy.
The SF Symphony’s Editorial department is part of a fast-paced, high-volume, artistic environment. Those who are quick to learn and quick witted; classical music lovers and/or music makers; adept at editing and shaping accurate and engaging copy; creative and compelling storytellers; team players and thought leaders; curious, resourceful, and detail-orientated; and excel at communication and organization are encouraged to apply.
Editing content and copy to reach a range of target audiences across a variety of channels (print, radio, television, and digital), and ensuring that SF Symphony style guidelines are maintained. This includes but is not limited to ad/sales copy, content on music and musicians, social media content, and institutional news stories and copy.
Working within organizational brand platform and style guides, thoughtfully editing content with accuracy
With optimal engagement in mind, contributing new ideas on how content can be made most accessible, impactful, accurate, and for a broad range of audiences and channels.
Working closely with internal partners across the organization in creating thought-provoking and compelling content.
Writing content and copy to reach a range of target audiences across a variety of channels (print, radio, television, and digital), and ensuring that SF Symphony style guidelines are maintained. Including but not limited to ad/sales copy, content on music and musicians, and institutional news stories and copy.
Staying up-to-date on current organizational activities.
Staying up-to-date on editorial and engagement trends.
Staying up-to-date on artists and classical music, including but not limited to attending SF Symphony rehearsals and concerts, and sourcing industry news/forums.
Building strong relationships within and across the organization.
Studying organizational history and understanding the arc of the SF Symphony story
Assisting with departmental and administrative workload as necessary.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
3+ years of experience in the editorial/publishing/writing field, with a portfolio of writing/editing samples that show a range of tones, lengths, subjects, and intended readers. Experience editing for/writing about classical music and the performing arts industry is strongly preferred.
Top-notch editing, proofreading, and grammar skills.
Current and extensive knowledge of/engagement with classical music and musicians is essential.
Advanced understanding of writing style guides.
Ability to multi-task and independently manage competing deadlines.
Computer- and tech-savvy; at ease with publishing and project management tools.
Appreciation for all types of music and the arts.
Collaborative and has a sense of humor
Experience working for a non-profit a plus.
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 “View jobs at the SF Symphony.” Search for this job and click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.
The San Francisco Symphony, one of America's most forward-looking arts organizations, presents more than 220 concerts each year, creates leading-edge media initiatives with its Grammy-winning in-house record label SFS Media and serves its community with one of the most extensive education and community programs of any orchestra in the country. Led by its innovative Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the SF Symphony continues to set the highest possible standard for excellence in orchestral performance and to shape the cultural life of the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About San Francisco Symphony
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 more than 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 website. 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. More than 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. 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 standar...d 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.