Auditions & Employment2019-08-13T13:53:27-07:00


2019/20 Season

All positions for the 2019/20 Season have been filled. Information for the 2020/21 Season audition will be posted in Fall 2019.

About Smuin Contemporary Ballet

Smuin Contemporary Ballet offers 35-40 week competitive dancer contracts, presenting approximately 70 performances per season.

A staple of the San Francisco dance community for over 25 years, Smuin pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet in bold, new ways, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Recent repertoire includes works by: Michael Smuin (founder), Amy Seiwert, Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Garrett Ammon, Adam Hougland, Darrell Grand Moultrie and others.

Marketing Manager

Smuin seeks a skilled and versatile Marketing Manager to join our dynamic team. The Marketing Manager is responsible for expanding and retaining Smuin’s patron base through performance attendance and ticket sales. This role is the perfect opportunity to leave a creative mark, both in developing a vision for the marketing plan and putting the plan into action. The ideal candidate has a solid understanding of Bay Area markets and the tenacity to expand the Company’s reach in a competitive performing arts landscape. The Marketing Manager works closely with Patron Services Manager and Communications Manager, as well as vendors, including a publicist, graphic designer, printers, mail house reps, and web developer.



Develop Smuin’s marketing plan for each season. Work closely with the Managing Director to maintain the marketing budget, and the Patron Services Manager to identify ticket sales goals. Keep up-to-speed on industry trends and identify new ways to reach audiences.


Serve as Smuin’s brand leader, ensuring all messaging and visual content reflects with the organization’s positioning and brand platform. Effectively communicate this brand with vendors, fellow staff, and board members.

Season Marketing

Own all aspects of the next season’s announcement, including coordinating the season brochure photo shoot, the design, printing, and mailing of the season brochure, and developing subscription and single ticket campaigns.


Develop advertising strategy for the season in partnership with Smuin’s publicist. Create advertising creative mock-ups and oversee vendors for production of locally resized ads, social media posts, and commercials. Design large advertising initiatives, potentially including transit advertising. Review vendor contracts with Managing Director.

Email marketing

Work closely with the Communications Manager to create the strategy and content for email campaigns, and across departments with the Development and Patron Services teams to ensure all campaign needs are met. Execute all aspects of emails, including list management, segmentation, design, and copywriting.

Photography and Videography

Manage all photography and videography vendor relationships. Coordinate with Artistic Director on photo and video review prior to publication, including at opening night press photo shoots, promotional photo and video shoots, and more.

Direct Mail

Manage all aspects of promotional mailings, including design, editing, printing, and list trades. Coordinate with the Patron Services team to generate segmented lists.

Print Production

Serve as editor-in-chief of the season’s three mainstage playbills, coordinating all curated content, layout design, printing, theater delivery, and inventory management. Manage the design, printing, and distribution of postcards, posters, and other materials promoting the season’s performances and events.


Oversee the management of the website, including page creation, asset and content updates and layout design. Work with a contract web developer to optimize the backend functionality of the site and address any bugs.

Special Promotions

Coordinate with the Patron Services team to reach new audiences through third-party promotional partners (Goldstar, Travelzoo, etc). Assist in identifying new ways to expand patron base through outreach, partnerships, and special promotions.


This position requires a minimum of three (3) years experience in a relevant marketing management role, preferably with a performing arts or nonprofit organization. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field preferred.

Occasional evening and weekend work to support performances and events, as well as local travel, is expected.


  • Highly collaborative professional with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Effective project manager who can keep initiatives on-budget and meet deadlines
  • Graphic design skills with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Video filming and editing skill a plus
  • Creative mind who thinks outside the box to tackle problems
  • Knowledge of dance and the performing arts preferred


Smuin Contemporary Ballet is offering a salary of $50,000 – $55,000. Benefits include a medical plan, as well as paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave. An employee-contributed retirement plan and Commuter Checks benefits are also available.

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to [email protected] 

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