Executive Director

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Johnstown, PA

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Johnstown, PA (Remote)
  • Sat, Oct 1, 2022
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Symphonic

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The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (JSO), an outstanding regional ensemble serving Southwestern Pennsylvania, seeks an inspiring champion for the power of symphonic music with the unique skills and attributes to drive the vision and strategic direction of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the staff, ensuring operational excellence, working closely with the Board of Trustees and the organization’s many dedicated volunteers to meet and exceed contributed revenue goals through relationship-based cultivation and stewardship of a large and engaged donor base. The Executive Director will lead community engagement and collaboration efforts and work to develop audiences for achievement of ambitious earned revenue goals. A successful candidate will be poised and comfortable working with a variety of constituents as a face of the orchestra in the community, drawing on strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.

Founded in 1929, the JSO has enhanced the cultural environment of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands for more than 90 years. In addition to lively classical, modern and popular music performances throughout the year, the JSO promotes music education for local youth and partners with local business and community groups in service to our community.

The role reports to the JSO Board of Trustees through the President of the board, a diverse cohort of business and community leaders, and will work closely with the Board of Advisors.

About the position

• Full-time, salaried, exempt
• Reporting to: President of the JSO Board of Trustees
• Direct reports: Director of Development and Audience Engagement, Donor Services and Ticketing
Specialist, Personnel Manager, Production Manager, dotted line to artistic team: Orchestra Librarian,
Chorus Director, Youth Orchestra Director, Community Strings Director, and Youth Chorus Director

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

• Leads the execution of the strategic plan, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, Music Director,
staff, and musicians, including: engaging communities, growing and diversifying audiences, increasing
the base of support and diversifying revenue streams.
• Collaborates closely with the Music Director, including around the creation of seasonal programs.
• Works closely with the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee to ensure sound fiscal management, budget
development and effective management to the defined projections, the financial sustainability of the
Symphony; makes decisions efficiently and communicates them with transparency.
• Leads extensive fundraising activity in partnership with the Board and staff, particularly as they
relate to major gifts, support from foundations, state and federal funders, corporations, individuals,
and community engagement.
• Maintains and cultivates a strong partnership with the Players Committee of the orchestra, who are
members of the American Federation of Musicians and perform under a collective bargaining agreement.
• Acts as lead negotiator on behalf of management in contract discussions with the Players Committee and
Local #41 of the American Federation of Musicians.
• Develops and manages the creative and technical components of the JSO marketing plan, ensuring
subscription and single ticket sales are strong. Exhibits strong writing skills for the production of
exciting and engaging promotional copy and press releases to support awareness of the orchestra’s brand.
• Recruits and leads a team of excellent staff, such that operations, capacity, and systems are strong;
ensures that they function well as a team; creates a culture that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Vision and Attributes

• Authentic connection and commitment to the role of an orchestra in service to communities
• Enthusiasm for classical music and passion to support the Music Director in artistic excellence
• Awareness of and connection to the national network of orchestras
• Future-focused and strategic in approach
• Uses data to drive decision-making
• Positive, courageous, gracious, and empathetic, possessing a high level of personal integrity
• An attitude of continual improvement and ability to gracefully hear and respond to feedback in many
forms and tones

Communication and Collaboration

• Possess a track-record of positive outcomes in challenging situations and environments
• Understand the role of the ED in support and management of a volunteer board
• Motivation to engage with diverse constituencies and passion for the work of collaboration and
partnership across business, arts & culture, and education sectors and beyond
• Ability to engage new communities in service of the organization and passion for sharing the work of the
orchestra with the public
• Confident, natural, and authentic communication style with excellent public speaking skills
• Excellent in all written communication, both interpersonal, institutional, grant-writing, and
• Understanding and awareness of best practices in human resources and management development in support
of an excellent staff


Support and partner with the JSO Board of Trustees to ensure the financial sustainability of the orchestra via the aggressive pursuit of revenue goals:

• Lead the development and execution of successful campaigns for individual giving, corporate
sponsorships, and endowment giving
• Ability to write, track, and report for grant funding successfully, with a high level of attention to
• Ensure the acknowledgement and recognition of donors and sponsors
• Identify, cultivate, and steward donors in the pursuit of major gifts
• Oversee efforts to lead an audience growth and acquisition strategy coordinated with fundraising efforts


• Demonstrated success in working successfully on a team of colleagues, Board members and other
• Audience and donor building techniques with a focus on a relationship-centric approach;
• Sound computer and technical skills
• Creativity to look for new and better solutions, to question assumptions, and an enthusiasm for
• Must have own transportation and valid driver’s license
• A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience;
preferably with an arts background. A master’s degree is preferred

Salary and Benefits

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra offers a competitive benefits and compensation package.


This position is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands in the central part of the state. A national destination for mountain biking, river rafting and tubing, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, Johnstown combines cultural depth, history, and urban charm with small town values. This is a creative, resourceful, and resilient community with a history of rising to the meet the challenges of a post-industrial era head on, where church picnics and fire halls are community gathering places and neighbors pull together to support each other. The cost of living and wealth of outdoor activities makes it an appealing destination for those exiting the big cities post-pandemic. Famous for its mountain town beauty and vibrant arts scene, Johnstown is just 50 miles from Pittsburgh. Residence in the Johnstown area is required.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of its work, including their artistic and education programs, recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of their Board of Trustees. The JSO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. In addition, the Orchestra complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Physical Environment

• This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office
equipment, and the ability to sit and to use a computer for significant periods of time
• Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License and have own transportation
• This person must speak clearly using the English language to accurately convey information
• Generally good working conditions with little or no exposure to extremes in noises, temperature
• Little or no safety or health hazards
• Minimal lifting or climbing
• Work performed in an office setting as applicable determined by activities


This position requires attendance at frequent evening and weekend events, and may require travel.

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to JSO Board Secretary Bradley Holuta at
executivesearch@johnstownsymphony.org. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For best
consideration, please apply by October 1, 2022.

To apply for this job email your details to executivesearch@johnstownsymphony.org