The National Symphony Orchestra invites applications and nominations for the position of General Manager.
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.
The successful candidate will have six to ten years of experience in management, operations, and concert production with orchestras at the regional or national level. S/he will have a strong working knowledge of classical music. S/he will have experience working with professional musicians in a collective bargaining environment and leading negotiations for both union and non-union agreements. S/he will be able to prepare work schedules and budgets within the requirements of the labor contract, and to ensure the best possible working conditions for orchestra musicians, conductors, and guest artists.
The successful candidate will have detailed and specific knowledge of technical production, including sound, lights, and staging. S/he will be skilled at working with electronic media. S/he will have experience with budgets and financial management. Successful experience managing domestic and international tours and runouts is preferred. Experience designing and managing community engagement activities is desirable.
The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills. S/he will be able to handle multiple deadlines, manage competing priorities, and work effectively under pressure. A college degree is required; a degree in the performing arts or a related field is preferred.
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. Please submit 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