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FSO Job Opportunity: Executive Director

By June 1, 2016 No Comments

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.


Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Flagstaff Symphony Association (FSA) in order to achieve the organization’s mission “to enrich, engage, and inspire our community through the performance of orchestral music.” The Executive Director implements policy as set by the Board and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization.

  • Planning. Participate in development and implementation of a strategic plan that supports the FSA artistic, financial, and community engagement objectives and current and long-range plan for personnel and structure.
  • Board of Directors. Advise Board on matters within Executive Director’s scope of responsibilities. Attend all Board committee meetings, providing administrative support and facilitating communication and coordination. Help identify, recruit, and orient qualified candidates for Board membership. Regularly meet with President and provide written report for Board of Directors’ meetings.
  • Fundraising and Development. Ensure effective communication with FSA constituencies to achieve the public service objectives of the organization. Assist Board of Directors in all fund-raising activities. Supervise the preparation of grants and cultivate relationships with granting agencies. Ensure all donations are acknowledged and accurate and complete records kept; oversee patron database. Direct advocacy activities, monitor legislative activity that affects orchestra, and advise Board.
  • Artistic Administration. In collaboration with the Music Director/Conductor and Artistic Advisory Committee, develop, implement, and monitor FSA’s artistic objectives, the selection of guest artists and conductors, and programs. Negotiate contracts for guest artists, supervise their travel, hospitality needs, and attend rehearsals and concerts.
  • Concert Production. Develop and implement annual master plan for orchestra operations. Ensure that equipment, instruments, licenses, and permits are obtained and that rehearsals and concerts are properly staffed. With Board and Music Director/Conductor, seek new opportunities for performances.
  • Marketing and Promotion. With Marketing Committee and Staff, develop and implement annual marketing plan to maximize attendance and revenue. Build and maintain good relationships with local media.
  • Finance. With Finance Committee, prepare annual budget, monitor expenditures, and prepare projections on income and expense and cash flow. Monitor monthly preparation of Financial Statements and accounts payable and receivable. Supervise bookkeeper, grant expenditures, and reports and cooperate with auditors. Ensure IRS filings made as required.
  • Administrative. Recruit, select, supervise, evaluate, discipline, and terminate administrative staff. Responsible for correspondence, record retention, insurance, benefits program, payroll records, and office maintenance.
  • Musicians. With Music Director/Conductor, oversee the musician hiring process, ensure implementation of the Orchestra Policy, and maintain a positive working relationship with musicians.
  • Education. With Music Director/Conductor and Education Committee, recommend and oversee planning and implementation of education/engagement programs and maintain positive relationships with schools.
  • Flagstaff Symphony Guild. Maintain a high level of communication, trust, and involvement to enhance and support their programs.


  • Proven leadership ability and measurable experience in fund-raising and resource development, marketing, public relations, and audience development.
  • Excellent financial management and budgeting skills, as well as knowledge of particular reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience working in a management position with a professional orchestra or comparable nonprofit organization.
  • Working knowledge of orchestral music, production, and operations.
  • Superb interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate persuasively the importance of orchestral music in the community.
  • Thorough understanding of issues and challenges facing symphony orchestras, especially in small-to-medium sized communities.
  • A management style that emphasizes consensus-building and the importance of teamwork.


Full-time salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Benefit package includes health insurance and paid holidays and vacation.


In 1950, the Northern Arizona Orchestra played its first concert in the gymnasium at Northern Arizona University. On May 29, 1961, articles of incorporation were filed with the state of Arizona declaring the Flagstaff Symphony Association a nonprofit corporation. About to begin its 67th season, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra continues a long and fruitful relationship with NAU and the Flagstaff community. It has also grown dramatically since that first concert in the gym into a fully professional orchestra, comprised of musicians who come together from diverse backgrounds to form an impressive and exciting ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire.

Music Director/Conductor Elizabeth Schulze begins her ninth and final season in 2016-2017, leading performances with superb musical sense and attention to excellence. The search for a new Music Director/Conductor is in its final phase with four candidates guest conducting during the upcoming season. Behind the scenes, the staff and Board of Directors work to ensure the stability and ongoing development of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and meet its mission to enrich, engage, and inspire our community through the performance of orchestral music. Last year more than 3,900 students in northern Arizona participated with the FSO in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, a year-long curriculum culminating in three interactive concerts with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.

Flagstaff and the surrounding region offer an inspirational combination of natural wonders, cultural traditions, and rich artistic life. This four-season community of 68,000 residents is situated at 7,000 feet on the Colorado Plateau at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks in the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in North America. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Sedona red rocks, Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, and the Navajo and Hopi reservations.


Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.


Submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the duties and responsibilities of the position, a résumé including names and contact information for at least five professional references, and a salary history and future requirements. All applications will be treated as confidential. Email submissions to are preferred.


FSO Executive Director Search Committee
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 122
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
phone: 928-774-5107
fax: 928-774-5109