The Waco Symphony Association Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization in order to achieve the orchestra’s primary mission - to present live classical music that will enrich the cultural life of our community. Executive Director is responsible for overall day-to-day management of the Waco Symphony’s administrative, marketing, public relations, fundraising, planning and development, and financial operations, and other duties as assigned. Fulfilling this responsibility necessitates cooperative work with the diverse constituencies of the Waco Symphony within the limits of available financial resources. Provide managerial and administrative leadership to the Waco Symphony and collaborate with the Music Director (who must exercise responsibility for the artistic direction of the orchestra) in developing and articulating goals, objectives and plans and in executing agreed-upon strategies and programs.
The Executive Director reports to and is accountable to the Board President of the Waco Symphony Association.
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
Align the management structure to support and encourage fulfillment of the artistic mission.
Structure and direct an administrative staff, including the functions of operations, artistic administration, orchestra and staff personnel, management, volunteers, promotion, fundraising, finance, marketing, and general administration. Engage, supervise and release all administrative staff members, evaluate their performance and set compensation levels within the overall approved budget of the Waco Symphony.
Act as a facilitator, coordinator and counselor to the entire organization; for example, to musicians, staff, and volunteers; thus, allowing issues, problems and opportunities to be raised, discussed and resolved in the most professional manner.
Act as coordinator, negotiator and contracting agent with certain essential external constituencies, such as foundations and government funding agencies.
Work with the Treasurer and the Board Chair in preparing operating and capital budgets and then exercising budgetary responsibility in carrying out programs and plans as approved by the Board of Trustees. The exercise of budgetary responsibility includes all aspects of the organization’s activities through effective cost control, long-range operational and capital budgets, timely financial reporting, and realistic financial planning within the reasonable ability of the Waco Symphony to develop the necessary financial resources.
Work closely with the Board and its committees and the volunteer association in the development of policies and plans and in assuring organizational support for these plans and activities.
Represent the Waco Symphony in the external relations to include communications, fund raising, grant applications and monitoring of legislative activity.
Work creatively and supportively with the Music Director in fulfillment of the artistic mission. This involves:
Collaborative work with the Music Director on matters of overall artistic philosophy, musical programming and long-range planning.
With the Music Director build a long-term vision of the type, mix and direction of activities the Orchestra's subscription series, Youth Concerts, etc. and production and promotion of such activities as are approved.
Development of support to enable full and effective carrying out of the mission of all of the entities referred to in the preceding paragraph.
Within budgetary and artistic guidelines established by the Board, supervise negotiation of terms and conditions of engagement for all members of the artistic staff. This includes musicians selected by the Music Director subject to the trade agreement, musicians not covered by the trade agreement, guest artists, as well as assistant and guest conductors.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the capacity to lead and motivate, supervise, manage, delegate and inspire confidence. At least 5 years experience in non-profit executive leadership preferred. Ability to understand and interact with the music world on a local, regional, national and international level. Skill to work with a diverse group of constituencies. Capacity to understand the importance of effective communication within and without the organization, and the ability on a personal level to communicate effectively. Demonstrate a history of successfully raising funds for an organization through multiple avenues to include events, major gift solicitation, sponsorships and grants. Ability to direct operations with a disciplined budgetary accountability.
Internal Number: 0001
About Waco Symphony Association
The primary mission of the Waco Symphony Orchestra is to present live classical music that will enrich the cultural life of our community. The Orchestra, led by music director/conductor Stephen Heyde, features a variety of world-renowned soloists at its season concerts, which run from September through April.