Location: Greensburg, PA
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type: Full Time Salaried
- Education appropriate to the position, including management training and familiarity with orchestral music; 4-year degree is a plus
- Proven grant-writing skills
- Sociable approach to interpersonal relationships and communications: people skills effective with donors, board members, staff, public, volunteers, and components of musical community
Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (WSO) to achieve the organization’s mission “To promote musical enrichment through quality performance and education to a broad-based audience in the Westmoreland region.” The Executive Director implements policy as set by the Board and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization.
- Planning. Participate in the development and implementation of a strategic plan that supports the WSO artistic, financial, and community engagement objectives and current and long-range plan for personnel and structure.
- Board of Directors. Advise Board on matters within the Executive Director’s scope of responsibilities. Attend all Board committee meetings, providing administrative support and facilitating communication and coordination. Help identify, recruit, and orient qualified candidates for Board membership. Regularly meet with President and provide written report for Board of Directors’ meetings. Have the ability to work in partnership with the Board, engaging them in meaningful collaboration and active participation in the fundraising effort.
- Fundraising and Development. Ensure effective communication with WSO constituencies to achieve the public service objectives of the organization. Assist Board of Directors in all fund-raising activities. Write and submit grants and cultivate relationships with granting agencies. Ensure all donations are acknowledged and accurate and complete records kept; oversee patron database. Direct advocacy activities, monitor legislative activity that affects orchestras and advise Board. As a relationship builder, the Executive Director will maintain a high professional profile and will develop, cultivate and sustain a growing donor base to maintain the financial resources for the orchestra. Secure ongoing and new funding from corporations and individuals. Participate in the work of the Fundraising committee.
- Artistic Administration. In collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Artistic Planning Committee, develop, implement, and monitor WSO’s artistic objectives, the selection of guest artists and conductors, and programs. Negotiate contracts for guest artists, supervise their travel and hospitality needs and attend rehearsals and concerts.
- Concert Production. Manage orchestra operations. Ensure that equipment, instruments, music, licenses, and permits are obtained and that rehearsals and concerts are properly staffed. With Board and Artistic Director, seek new opportunities for performances. Secure funding for performances in advance of the performances.
- Marketing and Promotion. With Marketing Director, develop and implement a marketing plan to maximize attendance and revenue. Build and maintain good relationships with local media.
- Community Relations. Build and maintain strong relationships with key individuals and organizations within the community. Collaborate with other organizations for purposes of mutual and community benefit.
- Finance. With Finance Committee, prepare and work within an annual budget, monitor expenditures, and prepare projections on income and expense and cash flow. Monitor monthly preparation of Financial Statements and accounts payable and receivable. Supervise bookkeeper, grant expenditures and reports and cooperate with auditors. Ensure IRS filings are made as required. Ensure compliance with State, Federal and IRS requirements.
- Administrative. Recruit, select, manage and develop administrative staff. Responsible for correspondence, record retention, insurance, benefits program, payroll records, and office maintenance.
- Orchestra Relations. With Artistic Director, oversee the musician hiring process, ensure implementation of orchestra policy, and maintain a positive working relationship with musicians.
- Programs. Supervise the Academy of Music Director and the Friday Evening Music Club in terms of planning and implementation of education/engagement programs and maintain positive relationships with schools. Support the integration of other programs as they are established.
- WSO Event Volunteers. Maintain a high level of communication, trust, and involvement to enhance and support their programs.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1969 by several area musicians and community leaders who wished to have a good local orchestra perform under the direction of an outstanding conductor. The orchestra grew each year in both size and professionalism. The current season includes 4 classical concerts in the historic Palace Theatre, a Home for the Holidays concert with choral singers, as well as collaboration with a local ballet for performances of the Nutcracker. The WSO also performs a very popular summer outdoor concert and Young People’s Concerts for area elementary school students. The WSO Academy of Music includes the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as additional music education programs for youth and adults. The Friday Evening Music Club performs ensemble concerts in small group settings.
The Executive Director supervises an office staff consisting of a clerical support person, academy director, and a marketing specialist. The position of assistant to the Executive Director will be created and filled in the near future. Support personnel for concert production includes a music librarian and an orchestra personnel manager along with youth symphony conductors. The WSO Board of Directors is highly involved in all aspects of the WSO and seeks to provide guidance and support for all of the WSO’s activities.
Daniel Meyer is the Artistic Director of the WSO and Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra as well as Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and the Lakeside Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Director of Orchestra Studies at Duquesne University. His keen musical intellect, innovative programs and engaging presence invigorates orchestras and facilitates his commitment to connecting with the community. Daniel has a very busy schedule of guest conducting across the US and Europe. He has brought a wonderful excitement to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Greensburg is the heart of Westmoreland County. It shares much of the Pittsburgh area’s vibrant industrial and cultural heritage, all while maintaining its own agricultural, historical, and hometown traditions. Westmoreland County is home to St. Vincent College, Seton Hill University, the Greensburg campus of the University of Pittsburgh, and the Westmoreland County Community College. You can find everything from revolutionary battlefields and a colonial fort, to skiing, fall foliage, beautiful parks and friendly people.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the duties and responsibilities of the position, a resume including names and contact information for at least three professional references, a salary history and future requirements. All applications will be treated as confidential. Email submissions to [email protected] are preferred.