Director of Operations
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About the Job:
The Director of Operations makes things happen. You’re in the driver’s seat to make sure we’re putting on the best concerts. From planning seasons to managing budgets to negotiating contracts to making sure it all goes smoothly, the job comes down to one thing: putting on incredible shows.
-The Director of Operations plans, budgets for, and hires the people needed to create amazing seasons of orchestral music. They are a confidante of the Executive and Music Directors, and always have a seat at the table to talk about the future, how we can improve over the past, and what we need to do first.
-The Director of Operations serves as stage manager, running rehearsals and concerts, coordinating with vendors and venues, and being the boots on the ground and everyone’s first point of contact. The show must go on, and the Director of Operations makes sure it does.
-The Director of Operations makes sure everyone gets paid, from rostered musicians to the fireworks vendor to the music publishing companies.
-The Director of Operations serves as Union liaison and on the negotiating committee, oversees the librarian and crew, and advises the Board on directions for the future.
The South Bend Symphony hires leaders. We believe in talent and vision and a learning mindset. You are a brilliant operations manager looking for the next step, or a seasoned director waiting for the right organization to try new things. You’re a musician at heart with the organizational and interpersonal skills of an executive. Additionally,
-You have a deep understanding of orchestral operations. -You have an ability to manage people at all levels of the organization, including significant managing up. -You have facility with budgets.
-You are highly organized. -You can understand and act on dense contracts, media rules, and labor agreements, and serve as an expert on these to the board and staff. -You are a team player. -You are a self-improver. -You have great patience.
The South Bend Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Alastair Willis, is Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan’s premier professional orchestra. Presenting 20 orchestral concerts and more than 50 free ensemble performances each year, the SBSO is widely regarded as one of the finest regional orchestras in the US. An AFM and EMA signatory, the SBSO employs more than 65 musicians on a per-service contract. A typical orchestral season includes five Masterworks, three Pops, three chamber orchestra concerts, two Holiday Pops, and annual MLK Jr. Day and summer community concerts.
Highlights from the COVID years have included Octet, an immersive audio experience; A Juneteenth Celebration, an hour-long television special using music to explore South Bend in the Civil Rights Era; and Pops at the Field, a series held at South Bend’s beautifully renovated minor league baseball stadium. With a supportive board and a sizeable endowment, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is financially stable and enthusiastic about the future.
About South Bend:
South Bend is a diverse community of doers. Those who enjoy peaceful rural scenes, vast beaches, vibrant downtowns, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods will find plenty to love in the region, and all just a short drive or train ride away from everything Chicago has to offer. Residents enjoy access to amenities such as Lake Michigan beaches, bike trails, a burgeoning local culinary scene, minor league baseball, theaters, and a zoo, not to mention the cultural, sporting and community activities associated with Notre Dame and the other five colleges and universities. Perhaps the most amazing amenity of all is the remarkably low cost of living!