Auditions & Employment
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The President & CEO of The Florida Orchestra will possess a genuine love of orchestral music, and a thoughtful and transparent approach to leadership. Reporting to the Board, the next President & CEO will be a champion of change, collaboration and innovation. She or he must enthusiastically lead the orchestra with a sense of urgency, creativity and respect for ideas from all constituents, representing the orchestra in the community, integrating with Board and orchestra members, and building a cohesive and effective administration for the organization.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead the development and execution of annual and long-term plans that secure the best possible realization of visionary and mission goals and financial performance for the orchestra.
- Collaborate with and support the Music Director on the artistic vision for The Florida Orchestra.
- Reporting to the Board of Directors, lead the orchestra’s daily operations: develop, propose, and manage operating and capital improvements budgets. Oversee the fiscal operations for the orchestra as well as venue promotions.
- Bring vision and leadership to The Florida Orchestra’s major fundraising initiatives; work with Board and staff leadership to build relationships with significant individual and institutional donors; identify, encourage and expand opportunities for increased revenue.
- Recruit, lead, manage and develop staff, respecting and involving the input of all professionals. Create a successful administrative structure and the necessary work environment for effective operations.
- Provide leadership in the negotiation of union contracts; ensure compliance with all contracts and applicable laws and serve as primary spokesperson for The Florida Orchestra.
- Provide solid financial leadership to diversify and expand the orchestra’s sources of earned revenue.
- Make the best use of today’s marketing tools to retain and grow audiences, and encourage the greater Tampa Bay community to become active participants in TFO’s offerings throughout the region.
- Serve as The Florida Orchestra’s top ambassador locally, statewide, nationally and internationally; promote an appreciation of live classical music as well as other genres, and grow the orchestra’s reputation to secure its place in the community and among the leading orchestras of the world.
Our ideal candidate is passionate about inspiring joyful giving. You want to dedicate yourself to fundraising on behalf of TFO in order to encourage and help donors realize their philanthropic goals through a relationship with our non-profit organization. With your proven track record of fundraising success, you bring significant experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing, and stewarding major donors at the 5-6 figure gift level. Highly motivated, you are ready to embrace fundraising as your primary role and eager to take on the full responsibilities of the position. Your daily focus will be driven by results -- acquiring, maintaining, and expanding relationships with many donors and securing charitable contributions to ensure we meet and exceed monthly fundraising goals and achieve annual contributed revenue targets of more than $5 million. Your role will involve effective solicitation, retention, growth and stewardship of donors within an assigned portfolio throughout the fiscal year contributed revenue cycle, as well as prospect research and development of individual plans and approaches for new annual fund and major gift acquisitions. Impeccable personal integrity and authentic mission-driven passion for the fundraising role within non-profit TFO are requisites. You will report to the Chief Development Officer. The position offers the right candidate the potential for mentorship by the CDO and professional growth within TFO Development. The work can be challenging but fulfilling, with the reward of a world-class orchestra and the joy it brings our community.
All interested candidates are asked to send their resume and cover letter of interest to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Reports to: Artistic Operations Director
Supervises: One full-time assistant librarian
Position open until filled
The principal librarian is responsible for providing and organizing all of the music needed for all performances of the largest professional orchestra in Florida and for maintaining the orchestra's library of parts and scores. The principal librarian works closely with the music director, musicians, staff and other conductors and guest artists as an integral member of the Artistic Operations staff. The position contributes to the creation of exceptional music presentations and patron experiences. The principal librarian will oversee an assistant librarian and library volunteers.
- Responsible for the acquisition and provision of printed music to musicians, conductors and guest artists for all orchestra services. Prepare and maintain music for all rehearsals, performances and recordings.
- Concert production duties shall not be limited solely to music acquisition. Additional duties include bowings, editing, errata, music research and typesetting/copying. Ensures that all musicians have the correct music for each rehearsal and performance according to the provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Administrative contact for music publishers, responsible for negotiation and management of hired materials, rental contracts and all related documentation and budgeting. Maintains accurate performance history records and submits repertoire reports to performing rights societies (ASCAP and BMI).
- Curator of The Florida Orchestra’s permanent music collection and audio archives. Responsibilities include maintaining the current catalog inventory; conservation and preservation for proper storage and handling of all scores, music and equipment, including management of archival recordings.
- Provides administrative support to artistic production team through detailed research and reporting of necessary instrumentation and additional repertoire information for all programs.
- Provide confirmed program repertoire information to administrative support staff in the Artistic and Marketing departments and assist in proofreading final drafts of print material (programs, print ads, brochures) or other media, as requested.
- Establish and/or maintain relationship with library volunteers or interns as applicable.
- Bachelor’s of music degree or equivalent.
- Prior major orchestra experience preferred.
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven computer literacy (Microsoft Access Database, MS Office, Dorico music engraving software, Hightail digital platform)
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Demonstrate flexible detail-oriented working skills and musical knowledge
- Position of principal librarian is a full time, year-round administrative position with full benefits and is not part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Salary starts at $50,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and includes a competitive benefits package.
- The position requires administrative work during the standard Monday-Friday work week as well as evenings and weekends during the season, which typically runs from September through May.
The Florida Orchestra does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status under federal, state or local law. We encourage individuals of all identities and abilities to apply.
All interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com
ABOUT THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA
Celebrating its 55th season in 2022-23, The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is the largest professional orchestra in the state and the leading performing arts organization in Tampa Bay. TFO employs 71 full-time professional musicians and conductors from some of the top music schools and conservatories, under the leadership of internationally acclaimed Music Director Michael Francis. TFO offers more than 100 concerts of exceptional music, including classical, popular and light symphonic morning concerts, plus rock, film, chamber, family-friendly concerts and more. TFO performs in three major arts venues in Tampa (Straz Center), St. Petersburg (Mahaffey Theater) and Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall), as well as other non-traditional venues throughout Tampa Bay. What sets TFO apart is a passion for unlocking the secrets behind the music and the composers, plus a commitment to music education and community programs, including free Pops in the Park and family and youth concerts. The Florida Orchestra is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
ABOUT TAMPA BAY
Each day, about 150 people move to the Tampa Bay area, with more than 3.2 million residents in three cities: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The thriving region is an arts destination, shaped as much by culture and outstanding museums as award-winning beaches. The area boasts championship sports teams, including football, baseball, hockey and soccer, as well as high-level golfing, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities year-round. The area is a foodie haven, with award-winning restaurants throughout Tampa Bay. The region is known for its booming real estate economy, and there is no state income tax.
The Florida Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer, and is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS).
NAAS offers grants to help offset audition-related travel expenses. For more information, visit NAAS website at www.sphinxmusic.org/naas-grants