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The TN Performing Arts Center

Patron Services Specialist

The TN Performing Arts Center


Job Summary

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) values staff diversity and actively encourages people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, perspectives, skills, and stories to apply in order to advance our nonprofit mission and enrich our organizational culture. All staff will work with others throughout the organization to implement and exemplify policies as part of TPAC’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, access, and equity. TPAC is a nonprofit performing arts organization and cultural anchor providing enriching arts experiences for all ages, empowering lifelong arts education programs, artistic expression reflective of our community, arts connections that support the local economy, and sustainable support for professional resident companies and local artists



The Patron Services Specialist processes ticketing transactions quickly and accurately using Tessitura CRM software and fields phone, email, and in-person patron inquiries. With a focus on excellence, this position ensures client and patron satisfaction, through broad product knowledge and precise order processing for all events at Tennessee Performing Arts Center/War Memorial Auditorium. This Patron Services Specialist is a positive team player, engaged with our company and TPAC’s mission, and serves as a physical representation of TPAC’s core values. By balancing creative solutions with understanding and patience, the patron services agent is an active, accurate, and valuable front line service provider for our patrons, clients, and fellow staff members.

Job Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides call center support for all incoming and outgoing calls. 
  • Follows up on voicemails left by patrons for all call center lines.
  • Responds to customer service issues as directed by Box Office Management. 
  • Assists with special communications with TPAC patrons including those requiring a third party translator. 
  • Stays current on upcoming shows/events, presale/public on sale dates, and special offers to better assist patrons.
  • Primary support during the annual season ticket campaign: assisting patrons with season ticket purchases, setting up payment plans, assigning seats, printing and mailing season tickets. 
  • Processes ticket orders and exchanges for all ticketed events held at TPAC’s venues. 
  • Provides the aforementioned services to patrons in person at the Box Office. 
  • Monitors and responds to patron emails sent to the Box Office inbox. 
  • Periodically works ticketed events, distributing will call tickets and handling walk-up ticket sales. 
  • At the direction of Box Office Management, implements outbound customer service calls to ticket buyers.
  • Regularly attends staff meetings.


Skills and Knowledge


High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Strong organizational skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Previous 3-6 months experience in customer support. Solid working computer knowledge of standard Windows computer applications including MS Word, Excel, & Outlook. Able to concentrate on multiple problems at once. Excellent time management and prioritization skills. Customer service savvy and ability to handle the public with care. Trusted to handle confidential material. The ability to prioritize and identify critical issues, and work towards resolutions. Capacity to accommodate a flexible schedule, including daytimes, evenings, weekends, and holidays as well as being able to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

Highly Preferred:

Two or more years of customer service experience and/or training. Knowledge and familiarity with the Tessitura ticketing system. Bilingual fluency in Spanish 


Two or more years of customer service experience and/or training. Knowledge and familiarity with the Tessitura ticketing system. Bilingual fluency in Spanish 

 Software and Services Used:

Tessitura CRM Mitel Computer Based Phone System Zoom/Microsoft Teams 

Frequent Functions and Working Conditions

Frequent Functions:

Working in an office environment and customer-facing role. Comfort with navigating both the front of house and backstage areas. Night and weekend operations show support. – Physical: Seeing, Hearing/Listening, Dexterity, Ascending/Descending Stairs, Standing/Being Stationary for long periods of time – Mental: Understanding & writing simple written/verbal communications, Analysis/Problem Solving, Judgement/Decision Making, Spatial Awareness, Basic Math Skills

Occasional Functions: 

Work Environment: Ability to work outside in all weather conditions including seasonably hot or cold temperatures, Loud Environments 


TPAC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of the employment process will be merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship or other protected characteristic. 

Additional Information


Full Time Benefit package: medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability, paid time off, 401K with match, EAP

How to Apply

Please visit our website and apply through our career portal:

Careers at TPAC


  • Date Posted: October 19, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture