The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) enjoys international renown as one of America's finest professional orchestras. The Orchestra has gained recognition through national and international touring, recording, radio and television broadcasts, and its excellent work in education and community engagement in the greater Washington area. The NSO has been in residence at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since the Center opened in 1971. In 1986, the Orchestra became an artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center.
The NSO offers a classical subscription series and a pops series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, gives summer performances at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and celebrates national holidays with televised concerts on the Capitol lawn. Chamber ensembles of NSO musicians perform at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre and Millennium stage and the orchestra participates in an extensive education program. NSO In Your Neighborhood brings more than 50 performances and events to schools, churches, community centers, and other local venues in a single week. NSO Sound Health brings musicians to facilities like Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NSO also continues to tour nationally and internationally.
The NSO's Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. He is currently in his first season as Music Director and his performances with the NSO are already receiving acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
The General Manager is a key part of the orchestra's leadership team responsible for setting the strategic direction of the institution. (S)he works with the Executive Director, Music Director and Director of Artistic Planning to develop programs and initiatives that meet the organization's strategic priorities, and has responsibility for the strategy and execution of the National Symphony Orchestra's community engagement activity. The General Manager oversees the management of the orchestra and the operations department and assures the professional execution of the department's responsibilities for concert production, media, labor relations, community relations and touring. The General Manager serves as the primary liaison to the musicians of the orchestra and to the Kennedy Center.
The General Manager supervises the operations and production departments, including the Production manager, Production and Operations Manager, Production Coordinator, Manager of Community Relations and stage crew.
- Work with the Executive Director, Music Director and Director of Artistic Planning to develop programs that achieve artistic goals while maximizing revenue opportunities
- Prepare and manage the orchestra's master schedule
- Provide oversight of operations/production team to ensure all concert production activities of the orchestra, including facility and equipment needs, staging requirements, and other logistical arrangements are managed at an operationally excellent level.
- Coordinate activities with library, personnel, and artistic staff and serve as liaison to development, marketing and communications departments
25% Touring, Media and Special Projects
- Manage all domestic and international tours and runouts
- Plan and manage all electronic media activities, including recording, streaming and promotional work
- Plan and execute all special projects including Wolf Trap performances and annual Capitol Concerts
- Develop, design and implement community engagement programs and activities, and serve as liaison to Board Community Engagement Committee
20% Orchestra Management
- Serve as primary liaison to musicians and orchestra committee. Ensure smooth communication and promote positive working relationship between Association and musicians
- Ensure best possible physical working conditions for the orchestra in all situations
- Develop and monitor budgets for all production, media and touring activities.
- Maintain appropriate cost controls while maintaining artistic integrity and upholding the CBA.
- Hire, train, manage, and evaluate performance of all production staff.
- Serve as part of senior management team to assist the Executive Director in setting and implementing strategic priorities
- Serve as primary liaison between the NSO and the rest of the Kennedy Center
- A college degree in the arts or a related field is required, as well as 6-10 years of experience in operations and management positions of regional or national orchestras.
- Experience in concert production and knowledge of classical music is highly desirable.
- Experience with financial/budgetary management is highly desirable.
- Experience in negotiating both union and non-union agreements.
Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required
- The incumbent must be comfortable working with orchestra production; must possess a detailed knowledge of technical production (including sound, lights and staging); the ability to prepare work schedules and budgets within allowable labor contract regulations; effective management of union and non-union employees, and superior interpersonal skills.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Ability to work effectively under pressure is critical.
Compensation, including a comprehensive range of benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in the National Symphony Orchestra and outlines your qualifications for the position. Send with a resume, salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate's knowledge and agreement.
Please send materials to:
National Symphony Orchestra - General Manager
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
Please submit material in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format, only.
(PLEASE DO NOT APPLY ONLINE)
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