The Director of Orchestral Operations (DOO) is responsible for overseeing all operational and artistic functions of the Richmond Symphony.
Within artistic and budgetary parameters, the DOO will ensure the efficient and effective operation of all orchestra-related activities.
Plans, in consultation with the Music Director and Executive Director, the season’s annual artistic and operational plan, including guest artists and conductors, programs, commissions and other concert-related activities.
Develops and schedules the RSO season, including subscription programs, special programming, and research and programming for tours and run-outs.
Creates master schedules including coordination of rehearsal, performance, touring, and vacation schedules in accordance with the musicians’ union contract.
Negotiates and ensures implementation of contracts with venues and promoters that directly relate to concert operations. Serves as primary contact at all facilities used by the Symphony.
Ensures correct implementation of the Orchestra’s collective bargaining agreement and assists in resolving labor issues as able.
Coordinates recording/reinforcement of concerts with Recording Engineer/Sound Engineer.
Negotiates individual musician agreements and guest artist contracts.
In coordination with the Community Partnerships Manager, other RSO staff and related community partners, implement operations and orchestral aspects of our “Big Tent” festivals, including coordination with localities as to site, licensing and security matters
Oversees local fee, contracted concert, run-out, and tour activities including negotiating concert fees and exploring new venue/presenter options.
Supervises artist inquiries and coordination of future programming details.
Coordinates, in consultation with the Executive Director and Search Committees, the Music Director Search process.
Acts as Liaison between Music Director (and/or Music Advisor as necessary), Associate Conductor, Assistant Conductor, and Artistic Excellence Committee.
Prepares and oversees RSO artistic and operations budgets.
Supervises Operations Department, including budget, personnel, files, equipment, etc.
Serves as a member of the RSO Leadership Team and performs additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Provides on site assistance to Personnel Manager for Auditions. Arranges for Operations Staff to help run auditions.
Provides on-site presence at concerts and rehearsals.
Represents Leadership Team on the Symphony’s Artistic Excellence & Negotiations Committees.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and the Music Director.
Successful performance in this position requires an individual with excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and efficient time management, the ability to collaborate creatively and work effectively with internal and external partners, and the ability to foster positive relationships with conducting staff, musicians, guest artists, and outside personnel. The ability to work effectively, and with composure, under pressure and the ability to improvise and respond to unusual circumstances and requests with an attitude of service and flexibility are a MUST.
A college bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. Preference will be given to candidates with professional orchestral experience and/or experience in orchestra personnel administration. Knowledge of classical music and understanding of orchestral instrumentation is required. Computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software systems is essential. A working knowledge of OPAS is a plus.
The ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment with limited resources is crucial to performance of the position’s requirements.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2018 or until position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: •Work is performed in a fast paced environment.
•Work space is provided in the Richmond Symphony offices. Parking is also provided.
•Attendance and participation at rehearsals, concerts, events and activities will be expected outside of normal office hours and on weekends.
•The Richmond Symphony strives to create an environment that practices shared values inclusive of the following: Mutual Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Transparency, Trust, Insistence on Excellence, Hunger for Success, Passion, Creativity and Fun.
The Richmond Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Richmond Symphony
We change lives through the power of our music.
The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities.
About the Richmond Symphony: www.richmondsymphony.com: Celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season in 2017/18, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, and its reach extends throughout the Metro Richmond region and across the Commonwealth from its home downtown in the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and over 260 students in the four ensembles in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Each season, more than 200,000 people enjoy its live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Richmond Symphony also provides inspirational and immersive educational programming for over 55,000 students and teachers each year.
Its 40-week season (from September through June, plus an annual July 4th concert and summer concert series) includes the following series and programs under the headings of Classics, Currents and Community: Masterwo...rks, Pops, Metro Collection, Casual Fridays, LolliPops, Rush Hour, Discovery, Come & Play, Messiah, Big Tent community festivals, and annual contracts with Richmond Ballet and Virginia Opera. The Richmond Symphony was recently named as one of 21 American orchestras selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About RVA: Richmond, Va. is a culturally diverse and historically rich capital city with a thriving creative community, vibrant entrepreneurial growth and renowned food scene. Recent accolades: Best Places to Live by U.S. News (2017); One of South’s Best Cities by Southern Living Magazine (2017); Richmond is one of “U.S. Most Exciting Food Cities (Zagat, 2017); and Frommer’s named Richmond as a world Top Ten Designation in 2014.
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