21 Apr 2017

Full-Time Job General Manager

Omaha Symphony (Job Poster) – Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Job Description

The Position

The General Manager is responsible and accountable for all aspects of orchestra operations, ensuring that the musical activities of the Omaha Symphony are executed at the highest standard. S/he provides leadership and strategic direction for the operations department and builds collaborative working relationships with the musicians and conductors. As a member of the senior management team, this position is key as a resource and partner supporting the initiatives of the artistic planning, marketing, development, and education and community engagement functions within the organization. The preparation and monitoring of budgets (approximately $5 million) is a critical aspect of this position.

Working in a cooperative fashion, the General Manager plans, budgets, and manages the processes necessary to deliver performances of the highest possible caliber. Developing and maintaining a trusting working relationship with the musicians, whose activities are bound by the terms of a collective agreement, is essential. During negotiations, the General Manager is an active participant in contract discussions and works directly with the Orchestra Committee on challenges and opportunities during the term of the contract.

The General Manager leads the operations staff, comprised of the Operations & Production Manager, Artistic Manager, Orchestra Manager, and Stage Manager, in a management style that embraces mentoring, skill development and accountability. The General Manager reports to the President/CEO and is actively involved with board members and other volunteers, informing them and advocating the aspirations of the Omaha Symphony.

The responsibilities of the General Manager include:

• Guide, nurture, direct, and set tone for staff in operations department; ensure staff have appropriate resources and information to complete tasks and projects successfully; provide on-going evaluation relative to professional development for each staff member.

• In collaboration with the Vice President of Artistic Planning, ensure contractual obligations are adhered to with an emphasis on comfort and support for the artists, enabling their best possible performances.

• Negotiate and approve orchestra members’ individual contracts.

• Prepare, monitor, and be accountable for the operations department budgets, ensuring financial guidelines and processes are adhered to in a timely and accurate fashion.

• Serve as liaison with the Orchestra Committee on matters of detail and, together with the President/CEO, on matters of importance to the organization.

• Keep in regular contact with the members of orchestra; anticipate and resolve issues or delegate to orchestra manager when appropriate.

• Assess venues for all touring and paid fee activities, ensuring smooth logistics for touring and run-out programs while building positive relationships with presenters.

• Ensure that the orchestra’s schedule maximizes opportunities for revenue and artistic achievement.

• Participate in planning discussions; at senior management meetings and staff meetings, be seen as a role model embracing a collaborative leadership style and demeanor.

• Attend concerts as backstage concert duty manager; provide on-site overview of concert operations; evaluate artists for future engagements and entertain artists when appropriate.

• Serve as the primary liaison with Omaha Performing Arts (managers of the concert hall) for scheduling, future projects and concert hall issues.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of progressive experience in orchestra management, specifically concert operations in a unionized environment. S/he will have an appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of professional musicians, guest artists and conductors. Familiarity with orchestral repertoire, classical artists and conductors, and pops performers is desired.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, this position requires the ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents such as legal contracts with artists, collective bargaining agreements, and other contractual documents. The ability to define problems and opportunities, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions is essential.

Budgeting and the ability to understand financial implications of various decisions is a key component of this position, with superb planning and managerial skills supporting this requirement. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic advocate for all styles and genres of orchestral music with the ability to work effectively, and with composure, under pressure. S/he will be flexible, adaptable and energetic.

Strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills are essential. A detailed knowledge of orchestra operations, including understanding of orchestra concert programming and/or performance of orchestral repertoire, is vital for this position. The successful candidate must be able to work well with a broad spectrum of personalities, and to work days, evening and weekends as required. Creativity, imagination, flexibility and the ability to work under pressure are extremely important to this position.

Bachelors-level college degree is required. An advanced degree in arts administration or music-related field is preferred. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience.

The General Manager is eligible for the following benefits:
• Health and Dental Insurance
• Matching Contribution to 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Life, AD&D, and Long-term Disability Insurance
• Paid Leave (sick, vacation, personal, bereavement)
• Flexible Spending Account
• Workers’ Compensation
• Complimentary Tickets: available, depending on sales.

Omaha Symphony

Celebrating its centennial in 2021, the Omaha Symphony employs Nebraska’s largest complement of professional performing artists and is widely regarded as the finest musical ensemble in the region. The orchestra offers MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, and Family Concerts from Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, an architectural and acoustic marvel in the heart of downtown. A chamber orchestra series is also presented at the Joslyn Art Museum. In addition to performing concerts of the highest caliber, Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, and the versatile musicians of the Omaha Symphony engage the community through nationally recognized education programs, community partnerships, tours, and other special events. The Omaha Symphony Association operates with an annual budget of approximately $7.5 million. The endowment exceeds $25 million. The musicians recently ratified a five-year master agreement. Music Director Thomas Wilkins is contracted through the 2020/21 season.

Omaha, Nebraska

With a cost of living lower than the national average, clean air and water, short commutes, and all the cultural and entertainment amenities of a city twice its size, the greater Omaha area is nationally recognized as a great place to live, work, and play.

• Rated #1 Best City with the Biggest Bang for Your Buck (The Fiscal Times)
• Rated #1 Most Recession Proof City (Brookings Institution)
• Rated #2 America’s 10 Best Cities for Professional Women (Movoto Blog)
• Rated #2 Best City for Recent Grads (The Daily Beast)
• Rated #3 Best City to Live, Work and Play (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine)
• Cost of living is 10 to 12 percent below the national average (Sperling’s Best Places)
• Median price of an existing home is well below the national average
• Crime rate consistently lower than similarly sized metropolitan areas
• One of the 20 Awesome Cities You Need to Visit in Your 20s (Huffington Post)
• One of the 10 Best Cities for Millennials Right Now (The Atlantic Wire)
• One of the Six Cities Where Startups are Thriving (Money)

Omaha’s unique blend of Fortune 500 companies, visionary nonprofits, award-winning arts and culture, and innovative start-ups attracts a range of world-class talent – from entrepreneurs to artists – and there is no shortage of things to do! Music lovers enjoy the Saddle Creek indie scene, arena shows at the CenturyLink Center, orchestra concerts at the world famous Holland Performing Arts Center, and Broadway shows at the Orpheum Theater. Art lovers can take in a film at internationally recognized art house Film Streams, visit the Joslyn Art Museum’s world-class collection and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and visit independent galleries. Outdoor activities abound, including hiking in Fontenelle Forest or the nearby hills of Iowa, strolling the more than 100 acres at the Lauritzen Gardens, and walking, running and biking on paved waterfront trails. Sports fans will enjoy the NCAA College World Series (CWS), United States Olympic Swimming Trials, and the Kansas City Royals’ AAA affiliate team, the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Application Procedure

By May 21, 2017, please e-mail a résumé and cover letter, stating interest and qualifications, to:

James M. Johnson
President and CEO
Omaha Symphony Association

Visit www.omahasymphony.org for more information.

The Omaha Symphony Association is an equal opportunity employer.

All applications and inquiries will be considered confidential.



• Job Title: General Manager
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Omaha Symphony
• website: https://www.omahasymphony.org/
• Location: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: manager and music. Location: Nebraska.