Oversees: All Staff (direct reports - Director of Finance & Administration, Director of Development & Marketing, Director of Artistic Operations, and Director of Patron Services)
Overview: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be the primary steward of the organization’s mission, is responsible for ensuring the administrative and financial success of the ESO, and works closely with the Music Director and Board of Directors to set the vision for the ESO’s future.
Leadership & Management
Ensures the continued programmatic excellence of the ESO
Maintains strategic and tactical leadership of the ESO staff and board
Values and communicates successfully with all ESO stakeholders: Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Elgin Symphony League, staff, musicians, donors, volunteers and concert goers
Works closely with local governments, organizations and the wider community
Creates and maintains partnerships across the artistic and not-for-profit community
Fosters and maintains a productive relationship with the Music Director to develop programming that ensures the integrity and growth of the orchestra
Fundraising & Development
Expands local and extended revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and grows innovative and diverse programming
Supports and mentors board members in the process of building relationships with significant donors
Maintains existing major donors support, significantly grows financial support from both major donors, regional funders and identifies potential legacy support
Degree from an accredited 4-year college/university, with a preference for an advanced degree or equivalent experience in arts organization management, business or nonprofit management, or other arts fields (music, theater, dance, visual/digital arts)
Work and leadership experience relevant to the position: e.g., employment by an arts or other non-profit organization, or experience such as personnel supervision, budget and program management, marketing, accounting, grant writing, or donor development
Knowledge of and passion for symphonic music
Ability to work standard office hours as well as evenings and weekends as appropriate
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proven track record of donor development, fundraising and/or marketing
Strong financial management ability, especially budget development
Ability to convey the ESO vision through public speaking
Elgin Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
About Elgin Symphony Orchestra Association
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves.
Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three year history. With the appointment of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis as Music Director in 1971, the Orchestra’s artistic growth advanced significantly. The Orchestra became fully professional in 1985 under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Hanson, who was named Music Director earlier that year. Maestro Hanson held the position u...ntil his retirement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 concert season.
In 2013, after a two year international search in which over 250 applicants were reviewed, Andrew Grams was selected as the new Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Grams is one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, as well as an accomplished violinist.