The executive director is responsible for the overall operation of the orchestra including financial health, fundraising, publicity/marketing, and general administration. In addition, the ED is the hiring supervisor of staff, serves on the board of directors (non-voting), and works closely with the music director. The ED reports directly to the board of directors.
The executive director:
Is responsible for financial planning and oversight, including developing and tracking budget
Seeks corporate donors, run fundraising campaigns, recruit corporate advertisers for season program booklet, maintain donor records, respond to donations, assist with fundraising events, manage grant writing efforts
Is responsible for all aspects of marketing and publicity, working closely with graphic designer on ads, posters, mailings; producing e-newsletters and press releases; maintaining social media accounts; and representing the orchestra publicly
Hires and supervises staff (currently 3 part-time) and contractors (currently 1 part-time), except for music director; ensures HR compliance; arranges to hire guest artists
Ensures smooth operation of all office activities, including office phone, mail, supplies, email, and other online services; maintains corporate files, mostly online;
Serves as ex officio, non-voting member of board of directors, supports board and committees administratively, and serves on some committees.
Monthly hours vary during the year. Estimate 20 hrs/wk.
Starting July 2023
To be considered for this position, please email your application to email@example.com. Please include with your resume a cover letter that outlines the strengths and what you would bring to the executive director role.
Skills and Requirements
Must have knowledge of classical music and organizations, and commitment to promoting them
Must have strong administrative skills with attention to details
Must have clear written and oral communication skills
Must be able to work collaboratively and be responsive
Must be adept with technology, with the ability to work with Google Workspace, Facebook, Instagram, in particular, and with apps such as Canva, MailerLite, and Dropbox
Must be available to be present on four concert weekends October–May
The MSO is a community orchestra founded in 1990, serving the Brunswick/Topsham and Lewiston/Auburn areas. Started as a chamber orchestra, it now numbers as its members more than 80 volunteer musicians from many communities in Maine. Under the baton of Rohan Smith, the orchestra delivers top-notch musical performances through scheduled concerts in October, January, March, and May, plus additional special events. The MSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.