The Operations Director (OD) reports to the Executive Director (ED) and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization’s operations. The OD develops, implements, and monitors performance against the organization’s mission and budget. The OD works closely with the ED and Music Director (MD) developing and implementing programs that support the organization’s artistic vision. The OD handles all aspects of artistic planning, including engagement of guest artists, managing rehearsals and performances, new commissions, and electronic media. The OD manages relationships with the orchestra, chorus, youth orchestra, and education program partners, venues, and vendors. The OD ensures compliance with the terms and conditions of negotiated agreements and also manages collective bargaining negotiations with musicians. The OD maintains the organization’s master calendar and ensures that programming and scheduling is communicated throughout the organization as needed in an accurate and timely manner.
This is a senior management position.
Associate Operations Director/ Box Office Manager
Production/Stage Managers/Tech Staff
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Serve as part of the senior management team to assist the ED in setting and implementing administrative and artistic policies established by the Board;
Work closely with Executive Director, Music Director, Finance Director, and designated staff in long-range planning, budgeting, and implementing plans, while monitoring of the organization’s artistic objectives;
Develop and monitor $2.2 million budget, master plan, and schedule of programs, concert presentations, special events, run-outs, touring, and electronic media;
Plan and administer activities including hiring guest artists, contracting event staff, booking venues, renting instruments and equipment;
Interpret, implement, and uphold terms of master agreements and collective bargaining agreements;
Facilitate activities for Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Education, and Community Engagement involving use of the venues, orchestra, chorus, youth orchestra musicians, guest artists, stage crew, etc.;
Hire, train, manage, and evaluate performance of all operations staff;
Participate in concert duty with the ability to work nights and weekends;
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Please respond with cover letter, resume, and list of three references to email@example.com. No Phone calls please. Job is open until filled.
A successful candidate must possess:
The qualities of a strategic thinker, meticulous planner, and hands-on doer;
Proactive with high level of professionalism, consistency, and, autonomy;
Solutions focused, with superior verbal and written communication skills; equates numbers to outcomes;
Knowledge of music: orchestral/choral repertoire;
The confidence to lead and the humility to follow;
Availability to work on weekends for rehearsals, performances, and other activities;
Access to reliable transportation.
Preferential consideration is given to the candidate who holds:
Previous experience as an operations director.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, exempt position with hours typically Monday – Friday with some night and weekend requirements.
About Oakland Symphony
The Oakland Symphony is celebrated as one of the most distinct regional orchestras in the country, serving a diverse population through its unique convergence of artistic excellence, community service, and education programs. Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1963 and has been providing world-class orchestral training to young musicians for over 50 years. Oakland Symphony Chorus is launching its 56th season of serving the community through vocal training and performance opportunities for all.
The Symphony, the Youth Orchestra, and the Chorus have the shared aim of making classical music accessible to all members of our community by presenting unique programs and attracting a wide-ranging, culturally diverse audience. We strive to bring together people who might otherwise never have met, to sit side-by-side and share a meaningful cultural experience.
In addition to presenting unconventional, approachable concerts, the Symphony invests heavily in education and outreach, working with schools and in the community to introduce people of all backgrounds to the joys of playing an instrument and experiencing classical performance.
Along with our education programs, ...we foster the future of classical music through partnerships with contemporary musicians and composers. Throughout the years, the Symphony has fostered collaborations with local arts organizations, from children’s choruses to jazz ensembles. The Oakland Symphony Chorus collaborates with a number of regional performing arts groups including Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, as well as regularly collaborating and performing with the Symphony and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Chorus serves as a premier resource for continuing education in the choral arts and holds open auditions throughout the year.