This is a full-time salaried position; however, it is not a 9:00 to 5:00 job. The Executive Director is expected to work 40 hours per week with the understanding that the schedule may often need to be flexible.
The executive director qualifies for two weeks of paid vacation per year, in addition to the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The office is also closed on all federal holidays. No time off will be allowed during the week before or during a concert or major event.
Basic Role and Function
The Executive Director of the Albany Symphony Association serves as the organization’s chief operating officer and reports to the Albany Symphony Association Board President and Board of Directors. The Executive Director’s most important responsibility is planning and leading fundraising efforts to ensure the organization’s short-term success and long-term sustainability. The Executive Director also manages other Association employees and must work in alliance with the Music Director to implement the artistic vision and plans approved by the board. The Executive Director serves as the primary spokesperson for the ASO and must strengthen community partnerships and build community support for the organization. He or she must maintain a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and successfully carry out policies and plans approved by the board.
Visionary Leadership – Leading and articulating the ASO’s vision and strategic direction; inspiring support, clearly communicating and maintaining positive momentum with staff, board, orchestra, volunteers, patrons, donors, partners and community leaders.
Development – Leading efforts to attract new sponsors, patrons and major donors by setting, measuring and meeting or exceeding development program goals to include designing and successfully implementing a multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Financial Management – Setting and managing the organization’s annual budget; assuring sustainable and fiscally responsible practices for long-term financial stability; working cooperatively with the Albany Symphony Orchestra Foundation to assure regular transfers of endowment funds; providing monthly financial reports for the board.
Community Engagement – Serving as the primary public advocate and an energetic spokesperson and ambassador for the ASO, constantly sustaining and expanding relationships with audience, media, collaborators and the general public; maintaining and overseeing a pool of volunteers to assist with concerts and events.
Concert and Event Planning – Directing all aspects of concert promotion and production; developing and organizing fundraisers, community outreach events and an annual season ticket drive.
Orchestra Relations & Artistic Vision – Working closely with the Music Director and the Artistic Committee to develop and implement the ASO’s artistic vision and goals; recognizing the organization’s unique partnership with its musicians; building trust and maintaining close working relationships with orchestra members and the Orchestra Relations Committee.
Board Development & Relations – Leading efforts to recruit and select new board members with diverse backgrounds and skills; promoting proactive board oversight and communication; working closely with the Board President to support the board’s governance functions.
Executive Director – Qualifciations
A bachelor’s or advanced post-secondary degree
Leadership in the nonprofit sector, preferably with an arts organization
A love for music and an ability to communicate its importance persuasively to a broad range of audiences
Demonstrated development experience, preferably with success in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts
Solid financial management and budgeting skills within nonprofit organizations
Ability to build, nurture and sustain positive relationships with patrons, donors and community partners
Proven leadership ability and experience in public relations, marketing and audience development
An engaging personality and an ability to be an effective public face and community spokesperson for the ASO
Working knowledge of orchestral music, production and operations is preferred but not required
Commitment to advancing the principals of equity, diversity and inclusion in an arts organization
A reputation for integrity, strong interpersonal skills and an energetic work ethic
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About Albany Symphony Orchestra
The Albany Symphony Orchestra was organized as the Albany Symphonette in 1965 by a group of individuals who enjoyed playing good music and foresaw the potential for an orchestra in Albany. Conducted by Mr. E. L. Ziegler, the first concert held May 18, 1965, in the gym of Porterfield Methodist Church. In January, 1967, Dr. Edward A. Tarratus, Arts Division Chairman at Albany Junior College (now Darton State College), became conductor. During the 1967-1968 Season, under Dr. Tarratus leadership, and with the help of the Junior League of Albany, the orchestra was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. At the same time an Albany Symphony Guild was incorporated as the “working arm” of the association with 172 charter members.
Mr. Charles DeLaney, professor of music at Florida State University, was appointed Music Director/Conductor in 1979, and he commuted to Albany for rehearsals and performances for nine years. In 1987, in a bold step toward continuing development and deepening commitment, the Albany Symphony Association voted to employ a full-time, resident Music Director/Conductor. Following an international search, Dr. Claire Fox Hillard was engaged beginning with the 1988-89 ...Season. Hillard charted an ambitious artistic course for the orchestra which included the use of regional soloists as well as artists of national/international reputation. Hillard continues to provide a balance of programming which includes American music, standard orchestral repertory, new music and unfamiliar classics each season. Until 1990 concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra were held in the Albany High School Auditorium. The orchestra then moved into the renovated historic Albany Municipal Auditorium performing a Gala Concert with Albany native Ray Charles. This year some concerts, including three matinees, will be performed in Darton State College's Theater.
Currently, the orchestra performs a series of Masterworks Concerts, two sets of Carnegie Hall's LinkUp Concerts for area third through fifth grade students and a Pops concert. In the fall of 1996 the Albany Symphony was a founding member of OPERAlbany, a cooperative project to present live, staged opera in South Georgia. In 1998, the Albany Symphony Association received statewide recognition from the Georgia Association of Arts Agencies for its Celebration Concert performed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church highlighting the achievements of African American musicians in classical music. Additionally, the Albany Symphony has received multiple recognitions for adventurous programming by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publications (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras.
The Albany Symphony collaborates regularly with many diverse organizations and agencies in the region. Chamber ensembles perform in three concerts at the Albany Museum of Art. This year, encore performances of the Su Chang, guzheng, and the Italian Opera will be held, respectively, at the ABAC Presents! Series in Tifton and the Rylander Theater in Americus. The orchestra has participated with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce in its hosting of the Red Carpet of Georgia tour. The orchestra has additionally partnered with the SOWEGA Council on Aging’s Elder Abuse Awareness program, Albany’s annual King Celebration, Phoebe Putney Hospital’s Gala Fundraising event with Debbie Reynolds, the Southeast Alabama Dance Company’s Nutcracker production, as well as collaborations with numerous area colleges and universities. The Symphony a la Carte program makes available music for all occasions as a service to the community.