The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and community engagement. This exempt, full-time position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization's mission.
Is selected by and reports to the Board through the President of the Board.
Directs and formulates for Board approval the plans for achieving the SSO’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and annual goals, and regularly reviews objectives.
Suggests policies, priorities and action plans to the Board and carries out those policies and actions approved by the Board.
Attends all meetings of the Board and the Executive Committee, except whenhis/her own employment conditions are being considered.
Responsible for leading the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or the Executive Committee of the Board.
Financial Performance and Viability: In coordination with the Board, develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
Responsible for fundraising and working with the Board to develop other resources necessary to support the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s mission.
Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community engagement.
Responsible for implementation of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Sequoia Symphony Orchestra can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
Responsible for the enhancement of Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with the Tulare County Symphony League and other professional, civic and private organizations.
Ensures effective communications with all SSO constituents, other arts organizations, public agencies and the general community to optimize the public perception and public service objectives of the organization.
Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate and effective.
Responsible for effective administration of Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s operations, either through direct action or through management of others.
Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
Responsible for making day to day management decisions without need for consultation with board, while recognizing when decisions that involve policy decisions or major actions related to the SSO policies, identity, or mission require input from the Board of Directors.
Minimum bachelor’s degree
Transparent, high integrity Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience with preference for arts-related nonprofit Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
Ability to convey the vision of Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
Knowledge of and proven experience in implementing fund development strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit orchestral sector
Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other volunteers
Strong written, public speaking and oral communication skills
Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
Knowledge of and passion for classical/orchestral music
Additional Salary Information: paid vacation, health care stipend
The Tulare County Symphony Orchestra was established in 1960. Our mission is to provide a symphony orchestra to Tulare County and to foster an appreciation of symphonic music.
Today we are comprised of approximately 80 musicians and produce eight concerts each season. Many of our musicians are music teachers in the public school system, and our orchestra is a significant source of support to t...heir professional development and capacity to train our next generation of musicians.
Since our inception, fundraising and ticket sales have helped support the orchestra and its music education programs. Our goal is to offer opportunities to promote and share music and for more than half a century we have provided that cultural resource to Tulare County residents.
Each season, we hold six masterworks concerts at the 1,250 seat Visalia Fox Theater and two “Pops” concerts – Pops in the Park and our “Holiday” Pops concert. In addition, in the fall of each season, we hold seven concerts for youth in public schools.