Director of Orchestra Operations & Production Orchestra
Operations Position Title: Director of Orchestra Operations &
Reports To: Chief Strategy and Impact Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be
able to perform each duty and/or responsibility satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge,
skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions of the position.
Position Summary The Director of Orchestra Operations &
Production is responsible and accountable for all aspects of
orchestra operations, ensuring that the musical activities of the
Omaha Symphony are executed at the highest standard. This position
provides leadership for the operations department and builds
collaborative working relationships with Omaha Symphony musicians
and conductors. This position is key as a resource and partner
supporting the initiatives of the artistic planning, education, and
community engagement functions within the organization. The
preparation and monitoring of budgets (approximately $5 million) is
a critical aspect of this position.
Position Duties and Responsibilities Guides, nurtures, directs,
and sets tone for staff in operations department; ensures staff
members have appropriate resources and information to complete
tasks and projects successfully and provides ongoing evaluation
relative to professional development for each staff member.
In collaboration with the Chief Strategy and Impact Office and
Vice President of Artistic Administration, ensures contractual
obligations are adhered to with an emphasis on comfort and support
for the artists, enabling their best possible performances.
Ensures that Omaha Symphony concerts and productions are
executed at the highest standard.
Negotiates and approves orchestra members’ individual
Prepares, monitors, and is held accountable for the operations
department budgets, ensuring financial guidelines and processes are
adhered to in a timely and accurate fashion.
Serves as liaison with the Orchestra Committee on matters of
detail and, together with the Chief Strategy and Impact Offer and
President, on matters of importance to the organization.
Keeps in regular contact with members of the orchestra;
anticipates and resolves issues or delegates to Orchestra Personnel
Manager when appropriate.
Assesses venues for all touring and paid fee activities,
ensuring smooth logistics for touring and run-out programs while
building positive relationships with presenters.
Ensures that the orchestra’s schedule maximizes opportunities
for revenue and artistic achievement.
Participates in planning discussions; acts as a role model
embracing a collaborative leadership style and demeanor.
Attends concerts as backstage concert duty manager; provides
on-site overview of concert operations; evaluates artists for
future engagements and entertains artists when appropriate.
Serves as the primary liaison with Omaha Performing Arts
(managers of the concert hall) for scheduling, future projects and
concert hall issues.
Experience and Qualifications: Appreciation for, understanding
of, and sensitivity to the needs of professional musicians, guest
artists and conductors.
Familiarity with orchestral repertoire, classical artists and
conductors, and pops performers.
Able to read, analyze and interpret complex documents such as
legal contracts with artists, collective bargaining agreements, and
other contractual documents with the ability to define problems and
opportunities, collect data, establish facts and draw valid
Detailed knowledge of orchestra operations, including
understanding of orchestra concert programming and/or performance
of orchestral repertoire.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Proven experience with budgeting and the ability to understand
financial implications of various decisions in tandem with planning
and managerial skills.
An enthusiastic advocate for all styles and genres of orchestral
music with the ability to work effectively, and with composure,
Skill in working with word-processing and spreadsheets.
Creative, imaginative, flexible, adaptable and energetic.
Able to work well with a broad spectrum of personalities.
Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in arts
administration or music-related field preferred.
Five years progressive experience in orchestra management,
specifically concert operations in a unionized environment
Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: None
Supervisory Responsibilities: Operations & Production
Physical Demands: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Required to sit for extended periods of time.
Requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to
Equipment/Machinery Used: Compensation: Commensurate with
experience. Benefits package includes medical and dental insurance,
retirement match as well as paid vacation and flexible personal
days. Full-time, exempt.
Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter that
describes your specific interest and qualifications for the
position, resume, and references to:
Organization Description : Celebrating its 100 th anniversary
season in 2020/21, the Omaha Symphony is committed to excellence,
innovative programming, education, and collaboration. Under the
artistic leadership of Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the Omaha
Symphony serves over 120,000 through mainstage concerts, music
education programs, and community engagement initiatives. The
symphony’s greatest resource is its 70 professional musicians (42
core; 28 per service). Each year the symphony provides more than 50
culturally enriching and entertaining live orchestral performances
in six distinct mainstage concert series - MasterWorks, Pops,
Rocks, Movies, Family, and Chamber. The Omaha Symphony’s vibrant
Susan Morris Adventures in Music education series encompasses seven
core programs, and annually serves nearly 25,000 pre-kindergarten
through twelfth grade students, educators and administrators from
over 300 schools. The programs are interactive, adhere to Nebraska
Standards for Education, and are built upon one another so that
students have the opportunity to participate from preschool through
high school for a continuous learning experience.
In addition, the Omaha Symphony is committed to providing
responsive and accessible arts opportunities to the community at
large through its Community Engagement Program that creates
meaningful music experiences beyond the concert hall.
Maestro Wilkins will end his 15-year tenure with the 20/21
season. Ankush Kumar Bahl will take the baton as Music Director in
The Omaha Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.