Oregon Symphony

 

About Oregon Symphony

Employment Opportunities

The Oregon Symphony is the sixth oldest major orchestra in the United States and one of the largest arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest, performing over 70 concerts per year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland and providing a wide array of musical educational offerings for all ages.

The orchestra is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative symphony orchestras in the nation. On May 12, 2011 the Oregon Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival. Writing in the June 6th issue of the New Yorker, critic Alex Ross called our performance "the highlight of the festival and one of the most gripping events of the current season."


Vice President and General Manager


ABOUT THE POSITION

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Oregon Symphony in the search for a Vice President and General Manager. The Vice President serves as a member of the senior leadership team and as a strategic thought partner to the President and CEO. The Vice President oversees the Symphony’s extensive artistic operations as well as its many education and community programs and plays a leadership role in shaping and executing overall organizational strategies.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

The Vice President reports to and works in close partnership with the President and CEO of the Oregon Symphony, Scott Showalter, an accomplished non-profit leader. Managing a full-time staff of seven, plus several part-time employees, the Vice President works effectively and diplomatically with diverse constituents, including the music director, musicians, staff colleagues, guest conductors and performers, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Direct reports include the Director of Operations, Orchestra Manager, Education Program Director, and Principal Librarian.  

PRINCIPAL OPPORTUNITIES

In the words of a member of the orchestra who also serves as a board member and who has been with the organization for several decades, "the musicians, board, and administration have never been as aligned as they are today, in their work together, in their optimism, and in their commitment to the future of this orchestra."

With the artistic renown achieved under Maestro Carlos Kalmar, beginning his thirteenth season, the appointment of a dynamic CEO who has quickly earned the confidence of the broader community of Portland and Southwest Washington, and the enthusiastic commitment of an involved board, the Oregon Symphony’s momentum is palpable. During its 2014/15 season, the Symphony broke many records: number of tickets sold, ticket revenue, number of new patrons, number of sold-out performances, number of donors, contributed revenue, number of new donors, and amount raised at its annual gala.

All constituents look forward to welcoming a new Vice President and General Manager, who will play an important leadership role in shaping the orchestra’s next decade of expansion, in service to the state of Oregon and the world of music.

The Vice President and General Manager will have the opportunity to make a significant and lasting contribution to the Oregon Symphony, at a time when key ingredients for success are in place and the growth potential is clear. The selected candidate will be an experienced arts manager, an excellent communicator, and a confident collaborator, with a proven track record of managing diverse programs and personalities. S/he will serve as a strategic partner to the CEO, the music director, and other Symphony and community leaders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Vice President and General Manager oversees the Oregon Symphony’s extensive artistic operations, as well as its many education and community programs. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, s/he further helps to set overall strategy for the institution.

Working with artistic leadership and fellow senior managers, the Vice President oversees production of a wide range of concerts throughout the season. S/he ensures the smooth, effective, and financially-responsible production of the Oregon Symphony’s classical, pops, and kids concert series, special concerts, rehearsals, tours, and presentations. Additionally, in collaboration with the Artistic Administrator, the Vice President maximizes use of orchestra services.  S/he also oversees library operations, and handles musician personnel contracts and issues. Beyond daily operations, the Vice President is responsible for expanding a range of artistic outreach initiatives, including the Symphony’s presentations, broadcasts, community concerts, run-out performances, and artist-in-residence programs. 

The Vice President will be expected to

  • Produce concerts at the highest level and ensure smooth operation throughout the year;
  • With the Artistic Administrator, devise and execute master plan and calendar for all orchestra activities—including rehearsals, concerts, community programs, run-outs, broadcasts, recordings, and tours;
  • Provide guidance to the Music Director, CEO, and other senior leadership re. artistic, musician personnel, operations, policy, and contractual matters;
  • Develop and manage annual and program-specific budgets;
  • Provide lead support to the CEO in negotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 99, AFM and uphold its terms throughout the year;
  • Assist Music Director in hiring of all musicians; negotiate and execute musician contracts;
  • Foster productive working relationships with musicians by meeting with the orchestra committee to share information and discuss concerns;
  • Resolve contractual, operational, and personnel issues in a timely and effective manner;
  • In collaboration with senior team, devise and execute electronic media plans, contracting and collaborating with engineers, recording label, and other partners;
  • Leverage opportunities for smaller group performances to extend the reach and impact of the Oregon Symphony beyond the concert hall;
  • With the Director of Operations, augment the Oregon Symphony Presents program and provide oversight of contracts and relationships with guest artists;
  • Help identify additional earned revenue opportunities through effective use of OSO assets and new productive partnerships; and
  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate artistic, production, library, and education staff.

THE OREGON SYMPHONY

Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is acclaimed among the nation’s top orchestras and is one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest. Nearing the start of its 120th year, it is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi with 76 professional musicians. The OSO produces over 80 concerts before an audience of over 156,000 people, primarily in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The OSO’s upcoming 2015/16 season runs from September through May and spans a variety of repertoires and genres—from Classical, Pops and Kids programs, to movie scores, gospel, and country music. Featured artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, and Lily Tomlin, among others.

In May 2011, the Oregon Symphony made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. The performance was hailed as a tremendous success by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Musical America. Critic Alex Ross called the Oregon Symphony’s performance under Kalmar “the highlight of the festival and one of the most gripping events of the current season.” That program was recorded and subsequently released as part of the CD “Music for a Time of War” (2012) under the PentaTone label. Subsequent recordings under Kalmar have included “This England” (2012) and “Spirit of the American Range” (2015).

The OSO invests in an extensive set of education and community programs, including its annual waterfront festival, which among the largest free community concerts in the Western U.S. The Orchestra regularly travels to perform in Salem, Newberg, and other smaller communities. Its award‐winning programs bring live orchestral music to schools, libraries, children’s facilities, hospitals, and correctional institutions, reaching more than 50,000 children and adults outside the performance hall each year. Master classes and audience education opportunities are offered throughout each season for teenagers and adults. Through a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the symphony has partnered with Oregon’s least-advantaged school district, the David Douglas schools, to build a culture of music education by mentoring teachers and coaching students.

The Association operates on a budget of over $16 million, approximately half of which is derived from contributed revenue, making it the largest arts institution in the region. It has an endowment of approximately $10 million and employs a staff of 33. Its board is strong and growing, and the Friends of the Oregon Symphony volunteer time to support many programs throughout the year.

Learn more about the Oregon Symhony: http://www.orsymphony.org

KEY COLLEAGUES

Scott Showalter is President and CEO of the Oregon Symphony. In this role, he oversees the work of the state’s largest musical organization.

Before coming to Oregon, Scott planned and led numerous fundraising campaigns as the Vice President for Development of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development of the University of Chicago, and the Associate Dean for External Relations of Stanford Law School. He served on the executive leadership teams of these institutions, helping to create and implement strategic plans to expand programs, grow resources, and build new facilities. He has deep experience working with governing and advisory boards, donors, and administrative and community leaders throughout the country.

A classically trained pianist, Scott earned a dual undergraduate degree in Economics and German Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an avid cyclist and lives in Portland’s Pearl District.

Carlos Kalmar has served as music director of the Oregon Symphony since 2003. A regular guest conductor with major orchestras in America, Europe and Asia, Kalmar recently made his subscription series debuts with three of America’s most prestigious orchestras: those of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Past engagements have seen him on the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the New World Symphony, as well as the orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Seattle and St. Louis.

Carlos Kalmar was born in Uruguay to Austrian parents and lives in Portland. He showed an early interest in music and began violin studies at the age of six. By the time he was fifteen his musical promise was such that his family moved back to Austria in order for him to study conducting with Karl Osterreicher at the Vienna Academy of Music. Before coming to Portland he served as music director for the Hamburg Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna’s Tonnkunsterorchester, and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany. He and his wife reside in Northwest Portland.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES

This position requires knowledge of artistic productions, backstage operations, and touring logistics, including how to effectively secure and manage venues, arrange equipment, negotiate contracts, and manage with collective bargaining agreements. The Vice President should have significant experience working with unions and electronic media projects. S/he also should have familiarity with the development of education and outreach programs of an arts organization.
S/he will serve as a member of the senior leadership team and a strategic thought partner to the CEO.

The ideal candidate for the position of Vice President will have

  • Strong knowledge of orchestral repertoire, current performing artists, and trends in music education;
  • Facility in union contract negotiation or related experience;
  • Ability to accurately forecast and manage expense budgets;
  • Ability to resolve complex situations with competing priorities efficiently and with diplomacy;
  • Proven abilities as a leader, facilitator, self-starter, and team player;
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and motivational skills;
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail; and
  • Knowledge of, or ability quickly to learn, OPAS software and other systems.

A bachelor's degree is required, together with significant experience in nonprofit arts administration or the equivalent. Background as a performing musician is helpful. 10 or more years of experience in arts administration, along with an advanced degree in the arts or in business, are preferred.

BENEFITS

This position offers an excellent and highly competitive benefits and compensation package. Benefits include retirement, comprehensive health care, paid vacation, and opportunities for continued professional development.

LOCATION

The Oregon Symphony is located in Portland, Oregon. Portland is the largest city in Oregon with a metropolitan area of approximately 2.5 million people. Portland is consistently ranked as one of the American cities with the highest quality of life and is credited for attracting and retaining young college-educated people at the second-highest rate in the nation. Real estate blog Movato ranked Portland as the “Best City in America,” and Bicycle Magazine rated it “America’s Most Bike-
friendly City.” Portland is endowed with a thriving arts scene that includes, in addition to the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, and the Portland Art Museum, among many other organizations. Portland is one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the nation and known as a magnet for creative and educated individuals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Before sending your résumé for this position, please read it over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, visit: http://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com.

To nominate a candidate, contact Anne Johnson: annejohnson@aspenleadershipgroup.com.
All inquiries will be held in confidence.


Concert Production Assistant


Position Title: Concert Production Assistant
Department: Artistic Operations
Reports To: Director of Operations
Supervision Exercised: N/A
FSLA Status: Part time, hourly

SUMMARY: The Concert Production Assistant manages all aspects of advancing and producing concert specials (guest artists performing with orchestra) and presentations (guest artists without orchestra) for the Oregon Symphony Association, working in close collaboration with the Artistic Operations department, by performing the following duties:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Advances rider requirements with guest artists’ tour managers.  Oversees the production of the performance(s) coordinating with stage manager, venue stagehands, venue staff, vendors, security, and artists’ production staff to ensure all necessary logistics are in place and artists’ contracts are fulfilled. Attends load-ins, sound checks, concerts and artist meet and greets.

  2. Manages production arrangements for each assigned concert, including sound, lights, backline, and hospitality. 

  3. Ensures compliance with guest artist and conductor contracts, including hotel and ground transportation arrangements.

  4. Ensures adherence to the expense budget for each production.

  5. Disseminates production information to the entire organization; ensures timely and effective communication of artistic details of planned activities to appropriate OSA personnel for implementation by production, marketing and public relations staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Broad knowledge of pops artists, and experience working within the music industry, specifically working with artists’ tour managers.  Previous production experience and dealing with international artists.  A minimum of two years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Language Skills: Excellent communication skills.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents such as legal contracts with artists. 
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to budget and project expenses with accuracy and timeliness.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Computer Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and internet software.             
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid Driver’s license and good driving record

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:  Ability to negotiate vendor contracts/agreements for the best possible financial result. Availability to work nights and weekends

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:                                    
Demonstrated effective planning and organizational skills. Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse personalities. Ability to work efficiently under pressure. Understanding and appreciation for the needs of touring artists. Ability to multi-task calmly and to handle emergencies effectively. Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Ability to function as a cooperative team memberSense of humor.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse personalities, including orchestra players, conductors, guest performers and stagehands.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Completes projects on time and budget.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Inspires respect and trust; Treats others with respect; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting.
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly, informatively and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Listens and gets clarification; Participates in meetings.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Aligns work with strategic goals, Conserves organizational resources.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Keeps commitments;  Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Observes safety and security procedures.
  • Strategic Thinking - Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality/Quantity - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality; completes work in a timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Generates suggestions for improving work.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability - Is consistently at work and on time; Follows instructions; responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Ability to move near and around delicate instruments and stage equipment in tight quarters without disturbing or jeopardizing safety of same. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus for use of computer monitor.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts such as computer printers.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but stage area decibels are occasionally quite loud.

To inquire, please submit a cover letter and resume to Careers@orsymphony.org. No phone inquiries, please.   
Position is open until filled.


Director of Major Gifts


Position Title: Director of Major Gifts
Department: Development
Reports To: Vice President for Development

SUMMARY AND PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and may include managing corporate and foundation prospects. The major gift program consists of donors from $6,000 to $100,000 and above. The position is responsible for building and managing a 200-household donor and prospect portfolio.

Goal is to have the portfolio produce $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 in annual support.

The Director of Major Gifts will conduct face to face donor and prospects visits at rate of 4 to 8 per month; conduct donor prospect research; write briefings for major gift meetings and solicitations for supervisor; support major gift and campaign activities as assigned by supervisor; support corporate relations and solicitations for annual fund activities as requested; support, coordinate, lead and manage major gift/donor cultivation and solicitation events including the annual fund signature Gala as assigned.

This position will serve as an integral part of the development team working closely with the Vice President for Development in supporting major gift program development, principal gift strategies and campaign development. This position will also help mentor and provide support to colleagues with inquiries on major gift and prospect strategies as they arise.

The position requires attendance at donor intermission receptions during concerts and preparing and attending events on evenings and weekends as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Manage a 200-prospect portfolio of individuals at the $6,000, $10,000, $25,000 gift society levels and above.

  2. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and move donors to increased giving levels, renew current donors and acquire new donors to higher giving levels.

  3. Develop pledge and gift agreements for donor solicitations.

  4. Track moves management/major gift activities/portfolio in the donor database.

  5. Review and support donor recognition program including concert programs and other donor collateral and recognition vehicles.

  6. Renew donors in portfolio and support activities for other donor renewals in Conductor’s Circle ($2,500-$100,000 +)

  7. Fulfill and manage donor benefits and requests.

  8. Team player in collaborative meetings with other departments.

  9. Steward donors at all levels for the annual fund.

  10. Host and steward donors at the Intermission Receptions for Concerts. Attend alternating intermissions with shared major gift calendar.

  11. Conduct regular donor outreach/face to face visits and calls.

  12. Introduce President, Vice President for Development and other development staff to prospects and donors at events.

  13. Coordinate and arrange visits with prospects and donors with President, Vice President for Development and including board members as needed.

  14. Provides staff assistance to volunteer development committees; provides background on prospective donors; keeps prospect lists and contacts up-to-date; follows up with board members to ensure that assigned actions are made on a timely basis.

  15. Conduct prospect research and prepare briefings in support of major gifts.

  16. Prepare donor cultivation and solicitation plans.

  17. Track and manage data in Tessitura database and communicate to key staff and board committee all progress in donor relations.

  18. Active participant in team meetings and retreats. Present and develop strategies for donors at the major gift level in one-on-one meetings with supervisor and in team meetings.

  19. Keep abreast of current fundraising best practices and AFP ethical guidelines.  Responsible for maintaining constituent records in compliance with privacy rules and regulations.

  20. Keep abreast of current best practices in Planned Giving and support planned giving activities through donor contacts.

  21. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience – 7 to 9 years minimum experience in fund development including Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Significant experience in donor solicitations and prospect portfolio management.
  • Language Skill - Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Mathematical Skills - Ability to budget with accuracy and to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, and percentages. 
  • Reasoning Ability - Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Computer Skills - To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge of Tessitura database software; Microsoft Office including Word for Windows, Excel spreadsheet and Outlook.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Effective professional practice , organization, communication (written and oral), excellent customer service skills. Pleasant and congenial demeanor working with people one on one and in team/group settings. A self-starter with experience managing multiple projects simultaneously. Possess the skills to effectively manage relationships with internal and external constituents.

Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Ability to work evenings and weekends throughout the year and as needed. 

Appreciation for live symphonic music performance and sense of humor required.

  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

  • Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts such as printers. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

COMPLETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats everyone with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values; Maintains confidentiality.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others. 
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Communication – Speaks and writes informatively, clearly and persuasively; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Managing People and Delegation - Includes staff in planning; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills; Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Change Management and Adaptability - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results; Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Business Acumen and Fiscal management - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals; Works within approved budget; Contributes to profits and revenue; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; observes safety and security procedures; Respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking and Innovation - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions; Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality and Quantity - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality; Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Dependability - Is consistently at work and on time; Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; Plans in advance for time off.
  • Motivation and Initiative – Requires minimal supervision; Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals; Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

ABOUT THE OREGON SYMPHONY

Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is acclaimed among the nation’s top orchestras and is one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest. Nearing the start of its 120th year, it is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi with 76 professional musicians. The OSO produces over 80 concerts before an audience of over 156,000 people, primarily in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The OSO’s upcoming 2015/16 season runs from September through May and spans a variety of repertoires and genres—from Classical, Pops and Kids programs, to movie scores, gospel, and country music. Featured artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, and Lily Tomlin, among others.

In May 2011, the Oregon Symphony made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. The performance was hailed as a tremendous success by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Musical America. Critic Alex Ross called the Oregon Symphony’s performance under Kalmar “the highlight of the festival and one of the most gripping events of the current season.” That program was recorded and subsequently released as part of the CD “Music for a Time of War” (2012) under the PentaTone label. Subsequent recordings under Kalmar have included “This England” (2012) and “Spirit of the American Range” (2015).

The OSO invests in an extensive set of education and community programs, including its annual waterfront festival, which among the largest free community concerts in the Western U.S. The Orchestra regularly travels to perform in Salem, Newberg, and other smaller communities. Its award‐winning programs bring live orchestral music to schools, libraries, children’s facilities, hospitals, and correctional institutions, reaching more than 50,000 children and adults outside the performance hall each year. Master classes and audience education opportunities are offered throughout each season for teenagers and adults. Through a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the symphony has partnered with Oregon’s least-advantaged school district, the David Douglas schools, to build a culture of music education by mentoring teachers and coaching students.

The Association operates on a budget of over $16 million, approximately half of which is derived from contributed revenue, making it the largest arts institution in the region. It has an endowment of approximately $10 million and employs a staff of 33. Its board is strong and growing, and the Friends of the Oregon Symphony volunteer time to support many programs throughout the year.

Learn more about the Oregon Symphony at www.orsymphony.org.

To apply: Position is open until filled. Email cover letter, resume and list of 3 references to careers@orsymphony.org and no phone calls please.



Oregon Symphony Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is recognized for its internationally-acclaimed conductors, skilled musicians, diverse performances and outstanding education and community engagement programs. Our mission is sharing live performances with the people in our region.

 

 

 


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