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The Chief Executive Officer of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra shall be responsible for the management of the orchestra’s human and financial resources and for leading and/or facilitating all aspects of its operations. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will provide leadership and vision to ensure the Owensboro Symphony achieves its mission and realizes its goals for artistic vibrancy, financial stability, advancement, education, communication, and community service and engagement.


Roles and Responsibilities

Governance and Financial Stewardship

  • Collaborate with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and organizational governance and provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of Board members, stimulate involvement, and recruit new members.
  • Develop and maintain fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget and financial objectives of the Owensboro Symphony and provide the most effective use of financial resources, working closely with the Finance Committee and the Board.
  • Ensure sound financial management and administrative policies and maintain accurate financial records and reports for Board review.
  • Understand and maintain compliance with best accounting practices, tax filing requirements, and audits.
  • Initiate ongoing effective communication with the Board Chairman, Board of Directors, Music Director, staff, musicians, and volunteers.
  • Advise the Board and its committees on matters within the CEO’s scope of responsibility to promote the efficient operation of the symphony and to ensure the delivery to the public of the services outlined in the Owensboro Symphony’s annual operating and strategic plans.
  • Support the Board in director prospect identification, cultivation, and recruitment.
  • Assist and provide staff support to Board committees to develop and implement their goals and objectives.


Operational and Strategic Planning

  • Oversee short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation processes.
  • Collaborate with the Music Director in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Owensboro Symphony’s artistic objectives, including season planning and scheduling, concert program development, and the selection and contracting of guest artists, balancing artistic goals with marketability and financial resources.
  • Develop new performance opportunities for the orchestra and its ensembles that fulfill artistic and community service objectives and maximize earned income opportunities.
  • Partner with legal counsel and the Board to oversee and negotiate contractual matters with guest artists, vendors, venues, strategic partners, and others.
  • Direct administrative personnel relations so that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees.
  • Ensure that the Owensboro Symphony’s legal and ethical employer obligations to its staff are fully met.
  • Facilitate programs and activities to meaningfully engage volunteers.


Revenue Enhancement

  • Identify stakeholders, develop strategies, and define how key messages will be delivered to various individuals and institutions to maximize the visibility, brand, and earned and contributed revenues of organization.
  • Lead the Board and staff in development activities, maintain strong relationships with the funding community, and develop the most effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods.
  • Take a hands-on leadership role in growing all potential sources of contributed income, including annual fund development, special project fundraising, major gift cultivation, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and all reporting required to receive state and local government support at maximum levels.
  • Strategize and oversee implementation of a comprehensive marketing program to achieve earned income goals from subscription and single ticket sales.
  • Guide and actively advance the Owensboro Symphony’s public image by overseeing the creation of consistently attractive, highly polished, and well-designed print and electronic media.
  • Steward existing partnerships and develop new opportunities to maximize earned income from contracted performances.
  • Ensure the highest levels of customer service, effective audience interaction, and community engagement.


Community Affairs, Outreach, and Education

  • Extend opportunities for community outreach, accessibility, and learning that furthers the mission, vision, programs, and impact of the Owensboro Symphony and act as a primary spokesperson of the organization.
  • Develop appropriate strategic partnerships throughout the community for education and community engagement programming.
  • Communicate the work and artistic mission of the organization to the public through the media and at public speaking engagements, as needed, in a manner that enhances the organization’s reputation and standing in the community, regionally, and nationally.
  • Be an active participant in the ongoing dialogue between arts organizations, community leaders, public agencies, and the media by participating regularly in relevant gatherings.


Traits and Characteristics

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s next CEO will be an optimistic and resilient leader who is inspired by the organization’s mission, vision, and values and is excited to advance the symphony as a vibrant and indispensable musical leader and community partner in the region. The CEO will be an intellectually curious, versatile, and assertive professional and hands-on manager. An optimistic problem-solver with strong communication skills, this individual will also have the ability to thrive within an organizational culture that values practicality, simplicity, and tradition.

Other key competencies include:

  • Self-Management and Personal Accountability– Prioritize and complete tasks necessary to meet or exceed the mutually agreed upon expectations of the role while being accountable for personal and professional actions.
  • Stakeholder Focus– Commit to patron, Board member, musician, staff, and volunteer satisfaction, with a high value on multiple stakeholder needs. Anticipate challenges and develop appropriate solutions.
  • Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills – Embrace different points of view constructively, resolve conflicts, and bring cohesion to a wide array of stakeholders while interacting with them in a positive manner, treating them fairly, and listening carefully to what they have to say.



Qualified applicants should have a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a management role at a performing arts or similar nonprofit organization. The ideal candidate is currently serving  as a lead manager in a smaller orchestra or holds a senior position in a larger orchestra. Candidates should also possess a strong command of the business of running a performing arts organization, including financial management, staff development, communication skills, and a track record in donor stewardship and the successful solicitation of major gifts. Candidates must also know how to work effectively with a Music Director, Board members, staff, musicians, and volunteers and have an avid interest in and/or knowledge of orchestral music or a closely related art form.


Compensation and Benefits

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra provides competitive compensation for an organization its size and a standard benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, and holidays.



A complete application packet should contain the following items: 1) A personal letter of interest from the candidate specific to this position; 2) Resume detailing education and experience; 3) Names and phone numbers of at least five professional references to include arts administrators and governing board members; 4) Salary expectations. Please send complete materials to: by July 15, 2019. Receipt of application packet will be acknowledged.