Tulsa is a musical city—from the Tulsa Sound to Classical to Jazz. At the heart of today’s music scene is the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Since its founding in 2005 on a fresh and innovative musician-led and integrated governance model, TSO has been dedicated to serving the community. Its classics and pops concerts, chamber series, and outdoor concerts have been highly acclaimed. Through strategic partnerships with Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and other arts organizations, TSO has demonstrated its commitment to collaboration and partnerships that strengthen the entire arts community. In 2015, in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, TSO launched its Link-Up education program. This program has grown dramatically and now serves every elementary school in Tulsa Public Schools, as well as nine surrounding school districts. With the support of Tulsa’s generous philanthropic community, a dedicated board of directors, and a talented staff, TSO has entered its second decade positioned for even greater achievements in serving the Tulsa region.
PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The ED serves as the chief administrative officer, ultimately responsible for managing the organization’s human and financial resources and for leading, facilitating, and/or coordinating all aspects of its operations.
The ED is the team leader and creates a culture of mutual respect and trust among board, staff, and all stakeholders.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides leadership and vision to ensure that TSO realizes its strategic goals and mission.
In support of the TSO model, the ED works closely with the Orchestra Manager and Artistic Committee to assure the highest artistic standards, develop performance opportunities, and collaborate on contract negotiations.
The ED is the chief fundraiser and leads board and staff in implementing the Fund Development Plan and successfully meeting fundraising goals.
The ED is the primary fiscal steward and partners with the board to engage in best practices to achieve stability and sustainability; develop and manage the annual budget (currently $2.3 Million); regularly monitor and align income to expenses; and diversify and expand funding streams.
The ED is the representative of and primary spokesperson for TSO throughout the community.
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred
Minimum of five years of increasing responsibility in a senior management role at a performing arts or similar nonprofit
Ability to work effectively with and be adaptable to a non-traditional musician-led structure that integrates the Board of Directors, staff, and musicians into every aspect of Formal Consensus
A strong command of the business of running a performing arts organization, including financial management, staff development, and communication.
A track record in donor stewardship and the successful solicitation of major Familiarity with the Tessitura Network CRM is a plus.
Please submit the following to ExecutiveDirectorSearch@gablelaw.com: a letter and resume that includes a summary of demonstrable accomplishments; a list of three professional references with addresses (no reference letters at this time, and Search Committee agrees to make no contact unless authorized by the candidate); 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.
Additional Salary Information: 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.
About Tulsa Symphony
TSO is a musician-integrated, per-service symphony orchestra that serves its community through its Classics and Chamber Series, special Pops events, a robust education and community outreach program, and collaborations with its artistic partners Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and Tulsa Opera Orchestra.