The Firelands Symphony Orchestra is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is accountable for all aspects of the organization and for implementing policies set by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director assumes responsibility for the management of all human and financial resources needed to achieve the orchestra’s missions.


Enriching Lives Through Music


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides musical entertainment and education to the Firelands community, located in Northcentral Ohio. Under the musical direction of Maestro Carl Topilow since 2008, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra has expanded to include not only local professional musicians and instructors, but students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Bowling Green State University. Our audience size increases with each year as our performances and guest artists that rival those of larger cities around the country.

In 2018, we were proud to announce the debut of the Firelands Symphony Chorale. Under the direction of Michael Shirtz, the Chorale serves as the chorus-in-residence, performing with the full orchestra throughout the season as well as chorale-only performances.

In addition to our commitment to producing musical performances of the highest quality, we have established the Firelands Symphony Orchestra School of the Arts to encourage the next generation of musical talent.

For more information about the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, please visit our webpage: https://www.firelandssymphony.com/


A full job description follows. Applicants should email .PDF copies of their resume and cover letter to the email listed with this posting. Please use the following format for your email subject line:

ED Search – Firstname Lastname

In their cover letter, applications should articulate their specific interest in the position, outline relevant professional experience, and describe musical experience. All questions about the position may be directed to the same email address. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. BCI and FBI background checks, drug testing, and credit checks will be conducted on all final candidates. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


The Executive Director is accountable for all aspects of the organization and for implementing policies set by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director assumes responsibility for the management of all human and financial resources needed to achieve the orchestra’s missions.  To that end, the Executive Director is responsible for building the capacity of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) by overseeing a comprehensive year-round fundraising program.

The Director plans, implements, manages and evaluates all fundraising activities related to maintaining and growing earned income to ensure the financial stability of the FSO. This person also represents the FSO in the community by attending meetings and networking with community organizations that can impact the FSO and advocating for decision making that will benefit the organization.

The Director is also responsible for managing and growing the relationship with BGSU Firelands while demonstrating a passion for FSO Mission “Enriching Lives Through Music.”

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.



Development (in conjunction with the Development Committee)

  • Manage all fundraising initiatives to achieve annually budgeted goals. Efforts include annual fund, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government grants, special events, in-kind donations and special projects.  Assist the Development Committee with the Development Plan.
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with current donors, sponsors, funders, and business and community leaders. Develop new prospects in each category.  Provide information from donor lists on potential members of the Board to the Governance/Nominating Committee.
  • Maintain donor files and records and timely donor communications.
  • Complete grant applications and sponsorship proposals, acknowledgement of gifts, and tendering of required reports and follow-up including educationally-oriented grant requests.
  • Research new opportunities for arts funding at the local, state and national levels.
  • Work closely with the Development Committee to continuously research, cultivate and solicit new sources of revenue.
  • Keep the Board of Directors informed on these initiatives monthly or as needed.

Concert Program Logistics

  • Assist Operations Manager with guest artist staging requirements and amenities as listed in contract riders.
  • Assist Operations Manager with travel and accommodation arrangements for guest artists.
  • Assist Operations Manager with sound and video needs for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Assist Operations Manager with volunteer support of concert logistics.
  • Assist the Marketing Manager with ticketing activities.

Education Logistics (in conjunction with the FSO School of the Arts Committee)

  • Assist with coordination of educational activities of the FSO School of the Arts and community engagement.
  • Assist with future joint ventures and development of the FSO Jazz Academy.

Marketing Logistics (in conjunction with the Marketing Committee and Marketing Manager)

  • Coordinate the creation and updating of the Marketing Plan.
  • Manage annual season subscription campaign with Marketing Manager.
  • Oversee and assist marketing staff on activities, including the development of graphics, ad designs, ad messages, news articles, social media and contracts with ad service providers.
  • Plan and execute pre-concert marketing to include community calendars, magazine and newspaper press releases, radio interviews, cable TV “crawlers,” poster distribution, public announcements at organizational meetings and all other relevant media, including advertising, production, and sales.

Social Fundraising (in conjunction with the Social Fundraising Subcommittee)

  • Work with the Board and volunteers to plan fundraising events and benefits and oversee the execution of each event.

Finance Logistics (in conjunction with the Finance Committee)

  • Assist the Finance Committee in establishing annual and long-range goals, budgets, projections and plans for all fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
  • Maintain expenditures to achieve budget goals.


  • Manage office staff, including Operations Manager, Marketing Manager, and Accounting.
  • Hire and terminate Board approved positions, subject to Board approval.
  • Represent the Firelands Symphony Orchestra by attending civic and cultural events in the community and making presentations as requested.
  • Assist the Board in recruiting committee members for various efforts and special events.
  • Provide Board support and committee assistance as needed and requested.


  • Other duties may be required as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Experience and Education

  • Managerial experience
  • Relevant 3-5 years fund raising experience in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Master’s degree in Arts Administration or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience helpful but not required.

Benefits (subject to negotiation)

  • Base salary and performance incentive. (negotiable)
  • Paid time off


  • Flexible
  • Sunday through Saturday
  • Nights and weekends required based on concert, rehearsals, special events and Chorale schedule.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop, kneel and climb stairs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.
  • Ability uphold the stress of traveling, including driving.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required; including hours as business demands dictate.
  • Public speaking.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics describe here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@firelandssymphony.com