The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a non-traditional per service orchestra founded in 2005 on a fresh and innovative musician-led and integrated governance model, based on Formal Consensus, to achieve an artistically viable and organizationally robust orchestra for Tulsa. This creative structural model has proven to be a highly successful design for the community that TSO serves.
Annually, the season opens in early September with an outdoor performance in a park. The season continues with a classic series, a chamber series, special events, and numerous community performances. Tulsa Symphony also provides support for its artistic performance partners, Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Oratorio Chorus.
The Executive Director (ED) of TSO serves as the chief administrative officer, responsible for the management of the orchestra’s human and financial resources and for leading, facilitating, and/or coordinating all aspects of its operations. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides leadership and vision to ensure that Tulsa Symphony realizes its strategic goals and mission.
The TSO ED position differs from the traditional orchestra model in its relationship and role within the musician-led model of self-governance. The musician-led Artistic Committee functions in lieu of an Artistic Director. The ED position is very much hands-on and decisive for administrative issues related to the staff and personnel. The ED is a key leadership figure in fund development and as representative and spokesperson for TSO throughout the community. The ED role also entails being a listener, contributor, facilitator, coordinator, and/or leadership team member when working with the orchestra governance committees. The TSO structural model ensures and encourages musician involvement, engagement, and investment at all levels, and requires an ED who is fully committed to and supportive of this leadership partnership.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Governance and Financial Stewardship
Collaborate with the board to ensure strong fiscal health and organizational governance, and provide support to best utilize board members, stimulate involvement, and recruit new
Develop and maintain fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget and financial objectives of TSO and provide the most effective use of financial resources in collaboration with the Finance, Fund Development, and Executive Committees of the Board of
Ensure sound financial management and administrative policies, and oversee compliance with best accounting practices, tax filing requirements, and
Initiate and maintain effective communication with the Board President, Board of Directors, staff, musicians, and
Advise the board and its committees to promote the efficient operation of the orchestra and to ensure the delivery to the public of the services outlined in TSO’s Strategic
Assist and provide staff support to board
Operational and Strategic Planning
Oversee short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation in collaboration with the Strategic Planning
In collaboration with the Orchestra Manager and Artistic Committee, assist in the development of new performance opportunities for the orchestra and its
Collaborate with the Orchestra Manager, legal counsel, and the Board of Directors to oversee and negotiate contractual matters with guest artists, vendors, venues, and strategic
Direct administrative personnel
Ensure that TSO’s legal and ethical employer obligations to its staff and musicians are fully
Identify stakeholders, develop strategies, and define how key messages will be delivered to maximize the visibility, brand, and revenues of
In collaboration with the Development Director and Fund Development Committee, facilitate the board and staff in development activities, maintain strong relationships with the funding community, and develop effective donor stewardship and cultivation
Take administrative responsibility for growing all potential sources of contributed income, including annual fund development, special project fundraising, major gift cultivation, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and subsequent required
Strategize and collaborate with the Marketing Director and Marketing Committee to implement marketing that achieves earned income goals from subscription and single ticket sales while overseeing TSO’s public image including the creation of well-designed print and electronic
Nurture existing partnerships, and in collaboration with the Orchestra Manager, develop new opportunities to maximize earned income from contracted
Ensure the highest levels of customer service, effective audience interaction, and community
Community Affairs, Outreach, and Education
Act as a primary spokesperson of the organization and extend opportunities for community outreach, accessibility, and
Develop strategic partnerships throughout the community for education and outreach
Communicate the work and artistic mission of the organization to the public.
Be an active participant in the dialogue among arts organizations, city leaders, public agencies, and the media by participating regularly in relevant gatherings, seminars, and community-sponsored opportunities.
Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred.
Minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a senior management role at a performing arts or similar nonprofit organization.
Ability to work effectively with or be adaptable to a non-traditional musician-led structure that integrates the Board of Directors, staff, and musicians into every aspect of governance.
A strong command of the business of running a performing arts organization, including financial management, staff development, and communication skills.
A track record in donor stewardship and the successful solicitation of major gifts. Familiarity with the Tessitura Network CRM a plus.
TSO provides a competitive compensation package, including health insurance, paid time off, holidays, and parking, as well as the quality of life offered by the culturally rich and diverse Tulsa regional community.
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit the following to ExecutiveDirectorSearch@gablelaw.com: a letter and resume which includes a summary of demonstrable accomplishments; a list of three professional references with addresses, (no reference letters at this time); two writing samples; and examples of successful projects highlighting some of the following: innovation, strategic planning, community engagement, and fundraising. Electronic Submissions Only. No Telephone Calls. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.