General Manager

Duties and Responsibilities:

Build and oversee effective and cooperative teams in Operations and Education

  • Oversee the Operations department, including Operations Manager, Personnel Manager, Assistant to the Music Director, Orchestra Librarian, and Stage Manager
  • Oversee the Education Manager and all Educational and Community Outreach initiatives
  • Foster a healthy and productive work environment to bring out the best in each department

Lead and support the organization’s artistic mission

  • Collaborate with the LO’s Music Director, Executive Director and staff conductors to envision and develop long-range artistic programming for all performance activities
  • Engage and communicate with the Musicians Artistic Advisory Committee to identify artistic opportunities and support the season planning process
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of all concert programs
  • Lead organization-wide communications on all artistic planning
  • Serve on board committees as required
  • Participate at appropriate institutional events and presentations

Develop, maintain, and expand the organization’s relationships with guest conductors and artists

  • Working with the Music Director and Executive Director, identify and engage top artistic talent to bring to Louisville as guest conductors or concert artists
  • Negotiate, draft, and execute all guest contracts and visas, as needed

 Support the highest production values for all LO performances

  • Develop and manage the orchestra’s season calendar
  • Key strategic person for creative problem solving with an emphasis on maximizing use of Orchestra services, alternative revenue streams, and innovative program design
  • Oversee the front of house orchestra representation at all performances
  • Negotiate, update and execute all local production contracts, including but not limited to: Kentucky Center for the Arts, Brown Theatre, IATSE, Ogle Center, and Louisville Palace Theatre

 Manage financials for Operations and Education departments

  • Develop, oversee, and update each department budget
  • Develop, oversee, and update all concert budgets
  • Manage all billing, purchase orders, and invoices for each department

 Develop and maintain healthy and constructive relationships with the LO musicians and LOMC

  • Demonstrate empathy, respect, and understanding of the musicians, listening actively and working to create an environment of exceptional music making
  • Ensure that all terms of the collective bargaining agreement are satisfied
  • Negotiate individual musician contracts and overscale as needed, balancing organization needs with musician requests
  • Collaborate with Personnel Manager on sensitive personnel matters and seek to resolve any issues that may arise
  • Participate in LO collective bargaining negotiations to ensure that the organization is both financially sustainable and artistically strong
  • Oversee the operations manager in the implementation of the orchestra audition process
  • Oversee the management and educational standards of the chamber ensembles

 Maintain relationships with other local performing groups and organizations

  • Maintain a close working relationship with the staff of the Kentucky Center for the Arts (including Brown Theatre and Paristown Pointe).
  • Represent the LO at all Kentucky Center Resident Meetings
  • Collaborate with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, and other groups as necessary to provide the artistic services of the Louisville Orchestra
  • Develop, draft, and execute performance contracts for the LO with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, and other local groups as necessary
  • Develop, draft and execute contracts for hired community engagements/runouts

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is an analytical thinker with the ability to compile complex information into systems and tools that can be easily understood and utilized. S/he has experience in nonprofit accounting and budgeting. S/he identifies and resolves problems in a timely fashion, develops alternative solutions, and works well in group problem-solving situations, using reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and excellent written and oral communication skills. S/he promotes a high quality of work, demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and cost consciousness. S/he treats people with respect, inspires the trust of others, works ethically and with integrity, and upholds organizational values.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in arts administration, fine arts performance, or related field required.
Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience:

  • 5 – 7 Years of related industry experience
  • Formal musical and business training or equivalent experience. Extensive knowledge of the classical repertoire.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with contracts and working with talent managers
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in personnel management

Full-time, Exempt

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter including salary requirements along with your resume to:

Andrew Kipe, Executive Director
akipe@louisvilleorchestra.org

 Please, no phone calls.