Community Engagement and Festival Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline:



1242 9th Avenue
San Francisco
United States


Community Engagement and Festival Manager

The Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization founded in 1973 that manages all activities of the Kronos Quartet (  Kronos/KPAA commissions, performs, and records contemporary repertoire, tours internationally for five months annually, presents an annual Festival in San Francisco, and delivers a rich education program, both locally and while on tour.  The Kronos Quartet is a celebrated leader in creative programming across many genres of music, often in collaboration with other musicians and artists. The Kronos Performing Arts Association is considered by many to be a model arts organization.

KPAA seeks a Community Engagement and Festival Manager who will be responsible for managing the Bay Area community engagement relationships, performances, and activities for the Kronos Quartet as well as for the annual Kronos Festival. S/he will report to Managing Director and will work closely with all members of the Quartet and KPAA staff.


Performances and events:

·      Lead and coordinate all aspects of producing the annual Kronos Festival, from booking the venue to realizing the program developed by KPAA’s Artistic and Managing Directors. 

·      In collaboration with the Managing Director, develop and enhance KPAA relationships with all community partners; take the lead in program design and coordination on a project and ongoing basis.

·      Work with local presenters and community partners to arrange and program residencies and educational activities

·      Oversee advancement of Kronos local performances and events from conception through completion; serve as primary logistics contact for presenters, and connect presenter’s staff and Kronos’ technical team early in the process

·      Make travel arrangements such as air, hotel and ground for crew, guest artists, and composers/arrangers for all local performances, including the annual Kronos Festival

Document administration:

·      Working with the Managing Director, create and administer contracts for local performances, including with presenters, guest artists, composers/arrangers, etc. as requested

·      Prepare detailed itineraries for all local performances and events

Budgeting and finance:

·      Prepare and manage the budget for the annual Kronos Festival; reconcile close-out of all Festival income and expenses.

·      Prepare budgets for local performances and events; manage buy outs

Production support:

·      Provide planning and logistical support for all local concert dates and KPAA-presented events

·      Provide logistical support to KPAA development staff for fundraising events (house concerts, receptions, etc.) as needed

·      The position will be based at the KPAA office, however the Community Engagement and Festival Manager will travel on occasion as needed.

·      Be available to work flexible hours as needed to support performances, events, recordings, residencies, and Kronos Quartet/KPAA programs. 

Record keeping/archiving:

·      Maintain performance records and files; compile venue, repertoire, and technical information


·      Commitment to the mission, goals, and objectives of Kronos/KPAA

·      Undergraduate degree and at least 3 years of work experience in performing arts production and/or administration required

·      Proven strong organizational skills and keen attention to details

·      Excellent written and oral communication skills

·      Proven experience in developing and managing complex project schedules and budgets

·      Exceptional interpersonal skills that demonstrate an ability to forge excellent relationships with co-workers, presenters, artists, music business professionals, vendors, and others

·      A strong ability to anticipate and troubleshoot problems and follow through with prompt and effective solutions

·      Possess a positive attitude; balance roles working in a team environment and independently, taking initiative and direction in an appropriate, professional manner

·      Ability to assess and communicate the status of multiple projects, anticipate problems, and resolve issues, maintain a flexible attitude and exercise mature, commonsense judgment

·       Proven ability to cope with and facilitate last-minute changes in plans

·      Ability to exhibit confidentiality, discretion, ethics, tact, and diplomacy in all interactions

·      A self-starter and creative thinker; calm, confident and possessing a sense of humor

·      Must be able to work in the U.S.

·      Technical skills & knowledge:

o  Mac OS X literate including Mac Mail and Gmail

o  Microsoft Office (Excel & Word)

o  Experience with theatrical and/or concert stage production technologies and procedures, stage management, and theater protocols desirable.

o  Familiarity with current project management software concepts & applications desirable.

o  Familiarity with theatrical lighting, video, and audio technology desirable.

CLASSIFICATION:  Exempt, Full Time 


COMPENSATION:   Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, FSA Section 125, vacation and paid holidays (per schedule).


HOW TO APPLY:   Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references by email to:



Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, FSA Section 125, vacation and paid holidays (per schedule).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references by email to: