Director of Artistic Administration

Regina Symphony Orchestra, Regina or Remote/Hybrid
Deadline: October 06, 2022 - November 10, 2022
The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is undertaking a search for a Director of Artistic Administration. This key senior management role offers a challenging opportunity for the right person, with a mid-sized orchestra that has a focus on development of the ensemble, quality performance, championing of Canadian artists and new works, high quality education and outreach work including videos and private instruction, and excellent professional opportunities for orchestral musicians and administrative staff.

The Position:

The Director of Artistic Administration oversees the broad scope of artistic programming for the RSO, including Classical, Pops, and Family series, along with special events and education and outreach activities. Working closely with the Music Director and Executive Director, the Director is responsible for the general direction of a programming strategy that will fulfill the institution’s artistic mission, build audiences, and generate operating revenue through ticket sales. In consultation with the Music Director and key management leadership, develop, design, and implement creative and artistically engaging concerts that are consistent with the RSO’s artistic vision while balancing allocated financial resources.

Actively generate and contribute compelling programming ideas that assist the Music Director in shaping artistic planning. In consultation with the Principal Pops Conductor, Music Director, and Executive Director, develop programs and engage artists for Pops and Family concerts.
Design and implement a full range of education and outreach activities, supported by the Community Outreach Manager
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Development on all programming ideas and strategies to ensure institutional alignment and box office success.
Working with the Chorus Director, oversee the operations of the RSO’s Chorus.
Determine availability and negotiate contracts and riders for conductors and guest artists, and organize travel and hospitality requirements, supported by the Manager, General and Artistic Administration.
Plan, manage and demonstrate accountability for the artistic operating budget.
Collaborate with Marketing on content and presentation of program notes, brochures, and other audience communications.
Ensure timely and effective communication of all artist bookings to Production and Marketing departments, working proactively to meet mutually agreed-upon deadlines.
Ensure timely and effective communication of all score-related needs to the Librarian, working proactively to meet mutually agreed-upon deadlines.
Ensure the creation of a welcoming and musically engaging experience for conductors and guest artists, and nurture productive working relationships with artist managers.
Stay abreast of major composers and emerging composers, in accordance with the RSO’s vision of championing new orchestral works; facilitate the negotiation and execution of commissioning activities and related deadlines as directed.
Play an integral role in all searches and hiring processes related to the artistic administration and education and outreach areas.
•Liaise with the Concertmaster and Music Director to determine alignment of musician-generated chamber concert productions within the general artistic direction of the RSO

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Bachelor’s degree in music or arts administration preferred, or a combination of equivalent education and experience. Proven experience and reputational excellence with artistic planning and working in the artistic or operations department of an orchestra, arts organization, or related concert music field is a must.

• Knowledge of orchestra management and production, existing and emerging orchestral repertoire, instrumentation, current orchestral composers, conductors, and soloists.

• Proven creative skills with emphasis on music programming and concert production/creation.

• Knowledge of and experience with contract negotiations, artist fees and technical riders.

• Strong budget skills and proven track record balancing artistic desires with fiscal needs.

• Leadership skills, including the ability to build consensus, facilitate group discussion, and thoughtfully engage people with diverse viewpoints and life experiences.

• Stellar organizational skills, with attention to detail and the ability to schedule priorities to maximize efficiency and institutional goals.

• Ability to work with a broad spectrum of personalities and to exhibit patience and understanding.

• Ability to work with the RSO’s entire team with a positive, helpful attitude in developing creative responses and solutions to needs and issues.

• Ability to work independently and use independent judgment while keeping the Executive Director informed of work activity and issues.

Salary range: 60-75K, depending on experience. The RSO provides a full benefits plan, pension, and generous holiday allotments for all staff. Evening and weekend work is required.

Remote work and work environment: Some remote work is permitted, with the RSO also encouraging in-person collaboration and mandatory in-person presence for key meetings. As a small administrative complement with 10 staff members, the RSO strives to provide a collegial and open work environment, encourages lifelong learning, and is careful, in a high-performance environment, to always consider the work/life balance for its employees.

The RSO is an equal opportunity employer, and therefore encourages applications from qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Mike Forrester, Executive Director