Communications Manager

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Communications Manager

The Calgary Philharmonic celebrated 65 years as a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in 2020 and has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. Led by Music Director Rune Bergmann, the orchestra presents classical standards, pop favourites, bold collaborations, and cutting-edge new works and attracts world-renowned guest artists and dynamic conductors each season. In addition to 66 orchestra musicians, the Calgary Phil is one of two major symphony orchestras in Canada with its own chorus of over 120 volunteer singers, which celebrates 60 years in 2023. In a typical season, the Calgary Phil welcomes over 100,000 visitors to the concert hall, connects with thousands of students through its educational programs, and reaches audiences worldwide through free and accessible digital programming.

The Role

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic communications manager to join our marketing + sales team. Are you a dynamic storyteller who is passionate about building community through music? As a key member of the administrative team, you will report to the director, marketing + sales, and work closely with musicians, guest artists and community partners.

The communications manager helps share the Calgary Phil story through engaging and informative content and is responsible for managing all communications activities. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, exceptional communicator, results-oriented and has demonstrated experience in forging strong relationships with the community.


Media Relations

  • Develop and execute a media relations strategy.
  • Secure and grow positive media coverage for concerts, events, digital programs, fundraising campaigns and other initiatives.
  • Write compelling media releases and concert advisories.
  • Work with Calgary Phil musicians and administrative team to generate story ideas and provide media coaching and talking points.
  • Update and grow media contact database.
  • Track and archive media stories and provide monthly media reports.
  • Field media queries and provide photographs to media outlets.
  • Act as primary contact for media at events.


  • As editor of Prelude — Calgary Phil’s in-house magazine — develop content strategy, write and/or coordinatefeature articles, sell advertising, gather and compile content including programs and artist biographies
  • Write and/or edit content for season brochure, including organizational messaging and concert descriptions.
  • Coordinate additional in-house printed programs.
  • Proofread and edit communications collateral.


  • Support the director, marketing + sales, with marketing activity schedule and campaign content.
  • Liaise with advertising suppliers and write scripts for radio campaigns.
  • Oversee digital marketing specialist and social media strategy, including content creation for website, newsletters and social media posts.
  • Work with marketing + sales coordinator on community engagement and cross-promotional activity.


  • Work with director, marketing + sales, to develop and execute communications strategies for publicannouncements, season launch, crisis management, etc.
  • Prepare speeches for all onstage concerts and events.
  • Coordinate pre-concert chats.
  • Write, edit and/or proofread communications collateral for all departments.
  • Schedule and plan content with artistic and development teams.
  • Advance internal communications between departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in communications or marketing, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years communications/marketing experience.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, proofreading and presentation skills.
  • Public relations experience is required.
  • Publishing experience is an asset.
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Excellent social media insight.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Experience in a not-for-profit or performing arts organization an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Knowledge of classical music and/or a sincere interest in arts and culture.

Additional Details

Salary range for this position is $60,000 – $75,000 annually dependent on related job experience.

This position requires flexible hours including attendance at evening/weekend concerts and events throughout the season.

The Calgary Phil is trialing a hybrid remote work program until July 31, 2024. Employees who are eligible for this program can work up to three days/week from an appropriate remote location.

As part of our full compensation package, Calgary Phil offers three weeks’ vacation, a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, an employee assistance program, bonus days off and other non-cash benefits.

Office location: Arts Commons (Floor 2, 205 8th Ave. SE)

Application Process

Deadline: August 28, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and suitable candidates may be contacted before the deadline.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary expectations to Janet Bwititi, Director, Marketing + Sales, at with the subject line Communications Manager.

The Calgary Phil is committed to fostering an anti-racist, equitable, diverse and inclusive environment and, as such encourages qualified candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

If you require an accommodation for the recruitment/interview process, please let us know so that we can work with you to assist with your needs.

We thank you for your interest in the Calgary Phil. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

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