Director of Marketing

Milwaukee Ballet


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Position Details

Director of Marketing
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI


The Director of Marketing is a vital leader within the Milwaukee Ballet team. This person leads the development of Milwaukee Ballet’s marketing, branding and public relations activities across the Company and School & Academy. The mission-drive role defines and executes strategies to increase Milwaukee Ballet’s earned revenue. The role provides foundational support for the delivery of programs and growth goals across Milwaukee Ballet’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Director of Marketing manages three full-time staff.


  • Developing marketing strategies to set, meet or exceed Milwaukee Ballet’s performance revenue and attendance goals. 
  • Creating and implementing marketing strategies to support Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy’s enrollment and growth goals. 
  • Forging effective working relationship with Artistic Director to ensure marketing strategies support delivery of his vision. 
  • Collaborating with Director of Development and Director of Community Engagement to develop strategies in support of their awareness and growth goals. 
  • Maximizing brand building opportunities presented by the move to our new home in Milwaukee’s Third Ward (August 2019) and our 50th Anniversary Season (2019-20). 
  • Devising and using database and market research projects for ongoing marketing effectiveness. 
  • Charismatically representing Milwaukee Ballet on peer committees, at our events and engagements, in the community and with patrons and donors.

Strategic Planning, Analysis and Audience Development:

  • Lead the development of ticket pricing strategy, including discounting and demand pricing initiatives, in conjunction with Ticket Director. 
  • Use key metrics and identify ticket sales trends to guide strategy, especially for subscription sales. 
  • Define and assess opportunities for development of new and existing audiences. 
  • Monitor cultural trends and peer organizations to identify new opportunities. 
  • Evaluate progress based on metrics, including renewal and reactivation rates for subscriptions, new to file retention and multi-buyer rates for tickets.

Revenue Generation and Expense Management:

  • Plan and execute subscription renewal / acquisition campaigns and single ticket initiatives, generating in excess of $2.5M in revenue annually. 
  • Develop income and expense budgets for marketing and communication programs, allocate resources amongst projects and report regularly against budget. 
  • Develop and share reports on the progress of campaigns with Board of Directors as required.

Communications, Media / Public Relations, and Branding:

  • Increase regional and national awareness of Milwaukee Ballet (with Media & PR Manager) 
  • Ensure cohesive execution of Milwaukee Ballet’s brand across all channels and media. 
  • Seek continuous improvement of (with Marketing & PR Manager) 
  • Oversee social media and digital communication, monitoring the creation of timely, original, high-quality content. Ability to use social media analytics to inform content production & growth marketing ideas. 
  • Monitor patron touchpoints for to ensure best in class customer experience.

Personnel Management:

  • Lead, motivate, and support the marketing team with confident decision making. 
  • Track projects to ensure prioritization, resource allocation, budget control, and excellent customer service. 
  • Continually assess capabilities and identify resources for staff development.


  • An active and curious mind; adventurous attitude to try new strategies! 
  • Visible leadership skills and able to be calm under pressure. 
  • Excellent and proven project management skills. 
  • Willingness to ‘roll your sleeves’ up to get the job done with minimal supervision. 
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced environment whilst staying on track with multiple deadlines. 
  • Gains deep satisfaction from facilitating the best work of others. 
  • Be able to navigate multiple different working styles with colleagues across a wide range of backgrounds.


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism combined with 6+years’ experience in marketing/communications is required, including 2+ years with supervisory experience. 
  • Arts and cultural marketing experience preferred. Dance organization experience a plus. 
  • Excellent written communication skills as well as active listening skills and speech clarity. 
  • Expertise with social media platforms and analytics. 
  • Strong grasp of traditional and emerging marketing channels. 
  • Knowledge of ticketing software an advantage although not a requirement. 
  • Technically savvy, expert user of MS Office suite.

Compensation relative to experience level. Years 0-3 10 paid vacation days; 9.5 paid holidays per year; 4 paid personal days; Half-day Fridays in summer; Medical dental, long-term disability and life insurance; business casual office; 403(b) retirement plan offered; complimentary tickets to performances; discounted WAC membership.

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