Responsible for the management of all human and financial resources needed for the continuing success of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (JSO). The Executive Director will serve as the chief operating officer and reports to the Board of Trustees through the Board President. Additional responsibilities include the establishment of a close working relationship with the Music Director to support his/her artistic activities related to the JSO and to manage budgetary and fundraising activities to support the financial stability and sustainability of the organization.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Set the tone for the organizational operations. Attend orchestra performances and public presentations and serve as an advocate for the JSO, taking an active role in fundraising and community engagement and serve as a public face for the orchestra in community and patron/donor relations.
Cooperate with, support and assist the Music Director and facilitate the performance of his/her duties.
Provide day-to-day oversight for the office staff of the JSO (Office Manager, Librarian, Orchestra Manager, etc.) to assure that the staff is properly focused and led to achieve the expected business results.
Direct the business management of the JSO and assure adherence to its annual operating budget, including oversight of finances, fundraising, marketing and public relations, concert production, administration, volunteers (including active Auxiliaries in Johnstown and Somerset), and human resources.
Cultivate donors and sources of contributions to support the organization, advise the Board about opportunities that could promote the orchestra's objectives, and successfully merge practical business acumen with creativity in fund raising.
Promote the image of the JSO by publicly articulating and supporting the mission, vision, programs, and impact of the JSO, acting as spokesperson in collaboration with the Music Director and Board President and maintaining effective communications and public relations with funders, community groups, and volunteers.
In collaboration with the Board, develop and implement current and long-range planning to ensure the effective administration and operation of the JSO.
“Own” the success of the JSO while at the same time accepting and acting upon both positive and constructive feedback.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES. This position will act as the supervisor for the other members of the Johnstown Symphony Office Staff and, when directed or assigned, will serve as a Management Representative for Collective Bargaining matters with the American Federation of Musicians, Local #41
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position requires at least five (5) years of related experience in a senior management role, preferably in a non-profit organization, and the demonstrated understanding of complex nature of the arts organizations, as well as a familiarity with orchestral music.
Ability to read, write, comprehend and communicate written and oral instructions.
Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to subscribers, donors, Trustees, volunteers, sponsors, community leaders, administrative staff and the general public.
Ability to start and complete projects, while motivating and assisting others to accomplish institutional goals in an orderly and inclusive manner.
Experience in managing projects related to institutional image building, marketing, external relations and fund raising and a demonstrated ability to promote initiatives in each of these areas.
A demonstrated proficiency with software such as Office Suite, QuickBooks and Donor Perfect software is preferred.
A four-year baccalaureate degree is preferred.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: This position requires excellent platform speaking and presentation skills, as well as the ability to communicate with great effectiveness in writing.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must use tact in dealing with others and demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm and tolerance in all interactions with staff, Board and the public.
Must be willing and able to work with the highest degree of integrity, high ethical standards and self-discipline.
Must maintain an appearance commensurate with maintaining a positive image of the JSO to external visitors, subscribers & etc.
Must be able to receive and transmit communications clearly, accurately, and in such manner as to inspire the respect and confidence of Board members, donors & etc.
Must be capable of performing complex administrative work, continually exercising consistent and mature judgment; must possess the ability to operate with a high degree of independent action.
Must apply common sense understanding in carrying out the Board’s intent without the need for formalized written or oral instructions.
Must exhibit punctuality, attention to detail and high professional standards when acting on behalf of the JSO.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS. This position will require the following physical requirements and personal skills. Sitting, Standing, Walking, Bending, Squatting, Lifting, Carrying, Reading, Writing, Telephone Skills, Typing/Computer Skills (Office and Project), Listening Skills and Communication Skills.The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A variety of action-oriented, interpersonal and intellectual competencies are required for this position including, but not limited to the following:
Ability to plan and organize, take decisive action and drive results;
Ability to communicate information, build relationships and influence others;
Ability to apply technical knowledge, interpret technical or complex information and analyze problems and think creatively to develop strategies and solutions
Demonstrate leadership ability; team-building skills and training/teaching skills
Please send 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) contact info for 3 professional references to
Requests for further information to same email address or 814-255-4088
About Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
The JSO was founded in 1929 by a small group of local musicians and is now a level 6P orchestra, performing six subscription concerts and additional education and outreach concerts at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown campus and at other venues in the Johnstown area under the direction of Maestro James Blachly.
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