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Director of Orchestra Operations & Production

Company: Omaha Symphony.
Location: Omaha
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Director of Orchestra Operations & Production Orchestra Operations Position Title: Director of Orchestra Operations & Production

Department: 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 contracts.

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 conclusions.

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, under pressure.

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 required.

Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: None

Supervisory Responsibilities: Operations & Production Manager

Stage Manager

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 time.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate

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 July 2021.

The Omaha Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: Omaha Symphony., Omaha , Director of Orchestra Operations & Production, Other , Omaha, Nebraska

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