Director of Programming: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 10:59 am.

Company Description: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is an outdoor amphitheater located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park with a 14,000 person capacity for Main Stage events.  The Mann is renowned for its artistic excellence and innovation, bringing some of the biggest names in rock, jazz, and cultural performances to Philadelphia audiences.  The 2013 summer season marked the debut of significant renovations, including a grand promenade, a new “great lawn” and the return of our Skyline Stage.

Department: Programming

Reports to: President and CEO

Position Summary:

The Director of Programming is the direct contact for all programming at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. This position will seek, budget, coordinate, contract, and liaison with all agents, managers, partners, consultants, and orchestras to create a successful season at the Mann. It will manage and book all artistic visioning with President, Artistic Advisors, and interface with select Board of Director Committee Members. This position will ensure that all programming is presented to and approved by both the General Manager and President.  The Director will schedule and manage special curatorial projects including commissions, festival concerts, and anniversary seasons.  It will also seek, book and strategically grow all third-party rentals and aggressively secure graduations and corporate/private events to book-end the Mann Center season.  This candidate will coordinate programming details, including schedules, payments, hotel and travel requirements, and related tasks with all necessary departments.

Implementation: 55%

Planning, Analysis, Research: 30%

Administrative: 15%

Essential Functions:

  • Act as liaison between AEG, orchestras, and any promoters seeking to rent the venue;
  • Forecast and budget potential performances at the Mann in collaboration with the VP/General Manager;
  • Budget the entire orchestral season in collaboration with VP/General Manager and comptroller for yearly budgeting;
  • Manage an up-to-date list of confirmed shows, outstanding offers, offers under consideration, and passed offers, ensuring that the senior team receives this list weekly;
  • Interface with the Mann’s Artistic Advisors, Mann Festival Curatorial Planners, and select Board Committee Members regarding artistic visioning;
  • Serve as main point of contact for all agents and artists’ managements on Mann Presents and rental performances;
  • Review, mark up, and ensure compliance of all contracts for both Mann Presents and rentals, as well as all contracts marked up by AEG on behalf of the Mann;
  • Keep Mann staff informed of all ticket on sale schedules and all programming information, including approved marketing materials;
  • Ensure that Mann box office has all appropriate information to build shows in a timely manner and that all hold and presale conditions are met;
  • Oversee completion and ultimate distribution of internal ticket reports;
  • Process all hotel and travel needs, as requested, and coordinate through the Mann’s Travel Agent;
  • Coordinate with Finance and the VP/General Manager the paying of all Mann presents and orchestral performances deposits and final balance of guaranteed payments inclusive of any buyouts;
  • Interface with the VP/General Manager in artist settlement by delivering materials exclusive of production invoices no later than the morning of the performance;
  • Assist with Development grant applications, as needed.


Bachelor’s degree preferred, with a minimum of 5 years of arts programming experience


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of arts and entertainment programming;
  • Knowledge of and experience in orchestra industry and performing arts field;
  • Proven team player with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Success in creating artist offers and risk/loss projections based on industry research;
  • Experience in creating and red lining artists’ contracts;
  • Knowledge of ticketing systems;
  • Excellent organizational skills and efficient time management;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present effectively, both internally and externally;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Employee must be available to perform essential functions of the job on nights and weekends. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50 percent of the time, and be able to remain standing and walk throughout the campus.

To Apply

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Scott Loeffler at with “Director of Programming Application” in the subject line.  Please include your salary requirements with your submission.


The Mann is an at-will employer.  It is the policy of the Mann to provide equal employment in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.  All conditions and privileges of employment are administered to all employees without discrimination or discriminatory harassment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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