The Omaha Symphony welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager, available in the Spring of 2021.
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Celebrating its 100th anniversary season in 2020/21, the Omaha Symphony is committed to excellence, innovative programming, education, and collaboration. The Orchestra serves more than 120,000 people annually through mainstage concerts, music education programs, and community engagement initiatives. The Omaha Symphony’s greatest resource is its 70 professional musicians, which includes a 42-member core.
In 2005, the Omaha Symphony began performing in Omaha’s state-of-the-art Holland Performing Arts Center in the acoustically superior 2,000-seat Peter Kiewit Concert Hall concert hall. Under the leadership of Thomas Wilkins, who was appointed music director in 2005, the Symphony has undergone a period of dramatic artistic growth and is well-positioned as a leader within the city of Omaha’s own expanding vision for its cultural life and reputation.
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 more than 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 provides responsive and accessible arts opportunities to the community at large through a Community Engagement Program that creates music experiences beyond the concert hall.
Omaha enjoys exceptionally strong support of the performing arts. The community ranks well above the national average in individual net worth, has a history of major community foundation activity, and is home to five Fortune 500 companies. As the city of Omaha experiences expansion through new construction and downtown revitalization, the Omaha Symphony seeks to be an institution that contributes significantly to Omaha’s national reputation for culture and quality of life.
Thomas Wilkins will conclude his distinguished 15-year tenure with the 20/21 season. Ankush Kumar Bahl will become Music Director in July 2021. Jennifer Boomgaarden has served as President and CEO since 2018.
Working closely with the President and CEO and the Music Director, the Senior Vice President and General Manager influences and oversees the implementation of the long-range artistic vision and artistic policies of the Omaha Symphony. The SVP/GM provides leadership and strategic direction to the teams who manage the artistic, education, community engagement, production, and orchestra operations functions of the Orchestra as they collectively work to invigorate the art form and concert experience, broaden and deepen community relationships, embrace social consciousness, and achieve fiscal and organizational strength.
In collaboration with the Leadership Team, the Senior Vice President and General Manager is the principal driver for all season program content, including the structure and programming for subscription concerts, education programs, and all major projects such as festivals, semi-staged and multi-media productions, and artistic collaborations with community partners. The SVP/GM is responsible and accountable for the ensuring that the programs of the Omaha Symphony reflect the highest possible artistic quality and production values, align with the organization’s strategic imperatives, and are managed efficiently within budgetary guidelines.
The Senior Vice President and General Manager drives the execution of key organizational initiatives ensuring that the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are reflected in all aspects of planning, programming, and execution. They develop and strengthen programs that engage the broader community and build audiences for all Omaha Symphony concerts. They establish clear, challenging performance goals and metrics for each season and manage team performance to deliver results that exceed expectations.
The Senior Vice President and General Manager reports to the President and CEO and manages the Vice President of Artistic Administration, the Director of Orchestra Operations, and the Director of Education and Community. They, together with the Chief Revenue Officer, the Director of Marketing, and the Director of Development, form the Omaha Symphony’s Leadership team. The SVP/GM is one of the Orchestra’s primary liaisons to the community and is a visible spokesperson for the Orchestra throughout greater Omaha.
The successful candidate will be a seasoned leader with a passion for orchestras and the demonstrated ability to manage complex projects, drive innovation, and motivate teams to exceed expectations. They will be a strategic thinker and effective decision-maker. They will have excellent planning skills and the proven ability to design and implement programs and activities that allow the Omaha Symphony to realize its vision, fulfill its mission, and achieve goals for artistic, organizational, and financial success.
The successful candidate will have a thorough working knowledge of music and orchestras. They will bring at least ten years’ experience in arts management, preferably with a professional orchestra. They will have successful experience implementing a collective bargaining agreement and fostering an environment that allows musicians to do their best work. They will demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in all aspects of their work.
The successful candidate will be an effective problem solver. They will have the imagination, creativity, and courage to innovate, challenge the status quo, and be an agent for positive change. The successful candidate will be able to inspire and empower their staff to embrace teamwork and focus on the strategic initiatives that move the organization forward.
The successful candidate will have excellent budgeting, forecasting, and financial management skills. They will have experience reading, preparing, negotiating, and implementing contracts. They will be knowledgeable, current, and comfortable using technology in both their artistic and administrative work. The successful candidate will have outstanding written and oral communication skills. They will be able to focus on the big picture while always paying attention to detail.
The successful candidate will be imaginative, curious, persistent, and flexible. They will able to handle multiple priorities and competing priorities with grace and good humor. They will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards with a strong commitment to transparency in all communications with colleagues, staff, and community collaborators.
The successful candidate will be able to maintain a schedule that includes evening and weekend performances and events. They will welcome the opportunity to be fully engaged with the arts, culture, and community life of the city of Omaha.
Compensation, including a comprehensive benefits package, is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Omaha Symphony is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization and welcomes recommendations, nominations, and applications from all qualified candidates.
Please submit a cover letter that describes your specific interest in the Omaha Symphony and your qualifications for the position. Please send with your resume and salary expectations. Please also include the names of at least three professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement. Electronic submissions are requested.
Please send materials to:
Omaha Symphony – Senior Vice President and General Manager c/o Catherine French Group 2500 Q Street NW, Ste. 623 Washington, DC 20007 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Omaha Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation, including benefits, are competitive and commensurate with candidate’s experience.
About Omaha Symphony
Formed in 1998, the Catherine French Group works with symphony orchestras, opera companies, performing arts presenters, music festivals, schools of music, and other music and arts organizations as they recruit chief executives, senior management, and artistic personnel. The Catherine French Group is based in Washington, DC. Catherine French is founder and principal. Musician, administrator, and educator Christopher Wingert joined CFG in 2005 and is Managing Director. Henry Fogel, former CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and former Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, collaborates on projects that have a special focus on music directors and artistic directors.