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One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, the PVS was founded to serve the Pioneer Valley by performing symphonic and choral music, providing the community the opportunity to participate in making music, and educating young children in music through exposure to live orchestral music.
The orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Paul Phillips, provides professional musical direction for over 125 volunteer musicians. Approximately 65 instrumentalists and over 60 singers participate annually, producing six symphonic concerts, as well as family, educational, and choral programs. Membership in both orchestra and chorus is open to any qualified musician. Participants range in age from high school to retirement years and hail from 36 different communities in western Massachusetts and six communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Under the direction of Music Director Paul Phillips, the PVS has gained national recognition for its programming of contemporary music. In both 1997 and 2011, the PVS won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers annual award for adventurous programming. The PVS regularly programs works by living composers and frequently performs world, American, and Massachusetts premieres.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director serves as the leader of the staff and the head of all administrative operations. As such, the Managing Director is responsible for directing and managing the organization’s artistic, business, development, marketing, education, and community engagement activities within established budgetary parameters.
He /she is responsible for the smooth execution of all general office/financial affairs and for the operational and financial success of season concerts, outreach concerts, and the Youth Orchestra. As the senior member of the Symphony's management team, the Managing Director works to maximize contributed income (grants, donations, sponsorships, and advertisers) and to facilitate the work of the Board. Along with the President, the Managing Director plays a key role at Board meetings.
The Managing Director is responsible for ensuring that the production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, and special events) runs smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. The Managing Director will also liaise with the Music Director and Chorus Director; provide guest artist care; coordinate stage supervision at all performances; manage the Finance and Office Manager, Personnel Manager, Production Manager, interns and volunteers; oversee the preparation and maintenance of the PVS operating budget; serve as the public face of the PVS; provide operational management of the organization; contribute to policy discussions and decisions as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors; oversee the strategic development and growth of the PVS; and participate in program planning meetings. The Managing Director also works collaboratively with staff in an integrated and team-oriented environment.
This is a full-time position with paid vacation and sick leave. Salary will range between $28,000 and $33,000.
- · Background in classical music, with a passion for the arts
- · A strong track record in fund-raising is essential, including experience in reaching out to new donors and growing institutional revenues
- · Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing
- · Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member.
- · Ability to work well under pressure and able to manage competing priorities and deadlines effectively
- · Extremely detail oriented, strong initiative and problem solving skills, and innovative thinking.
- · Demonstrated success in staff leadership and working with a Board
- · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with artistic personnel, board members, administrative staff, soloists, musicians, singers, patrons, corporate and individual donors, the music community, volunteers, the media, and the audience
- · Proven facility in developing and managing budgets
- · Working knowledge of Quickbooks, Giftworks, Microsoft Office, Constant Contacts, and social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and webpage editing
- · A car and valid driver’s license is required
Please send resume, cover letter and names of current references to:
Pioneer Valley Symphony
c/o Mandi Jo Hanneke
91 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Applications received prior to March 1 will be given full consideration.