Sarasota Orchestra currently has a job opening for a Vice President of Operations.

The Vice President of Operations leads a team responsible for all operational aspects of producing Sarasota Orchestra concerts, Sarasota Music Festival and Education programs. The successful candidate will team closely with artistic planning leaders to deliver the highest quality performances for audiences, musicians and visiting artists.

Direct reports for the position include the Production Manager, Technical Director, Orchestra Personnel Manager and Librarians.

Responsibilities for this position include the following:


• Oversee and manage a team responsible for all operational aspects of performances at six venues and for all of the institutions programs
• Collaborate with the Vice President of Artistic Planning to ensure organizational abilities, operational procedures and staff are in place to execute artistic plans within schedules, budgets and artistic quality goals
• Promote positive relations with musicians by ensuring operational excellence and compliance with CBA
• Support operational needs of Sarasota Music Festival and Education programs
• Communicate and collaborate with Marketing, Development, Facilities Management and other departments in order to facilitate organizational goals and mission


• Manage production activities with all performance venues and prepare rental contracts for all engagements
• Secure dates, plan and support all operations activities with performance partners including opera, ballet and others
• Maintain the organization’s performance calendar and event scheduling
• Oversee the fulfillment of technical rider requirements and specifications, as contracted by the Vice President of Artistic Planning and Sarasota Music Festival Vice President of Administration
• Primary contact for coordinating back of house and Patron Services (front of house) activities to ensure best possible audience experiences

• Develop and manage budgets for the production components of performance related activities of Sarasota Orchestra; manage appropriate cost controls while maintaining artistic integrity
• Maintain comprehensive understanding of Collective Bargaining Agreement; ensure compliance with relevant CBA clauses. Provide input to the CBA bargaining team on terms and conditions that will make the organization more effective.
• Review orchestra payrolls and submit to human resources manager
• Manage and motivate operations staff and direct reports
• Perform other relevant duties and projects as assigned

Qualifications for the position include the following:

• Bachelor’s degree in Music or Arts Administration
• 5+ years of relevant work experience in Orchestral organizations
• Demonstrated success managing staff required
• Experience with legal contracts and financial spreadsheets
• Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
• Attention to detail and follow through
• Unwavering commitment to outstanding service
• Team oriented in our mission driven culture
• Experience with union contracts

Sarasota Orchestra offers a competitive salary, generous time off and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability and retirement.

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to hr@SarasotaOrchestra.org by September 21, 2018. EOE

To apply for this job email your details to hr@SarasotaOrchestra.org

About Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Orchestra stands at an exciting juncture in its successful 70-year history. Benefiting from the vibrant arts community in Sarasota, the organization has a $10 million annual budget and an endowment of over $26 million.

Sarasota is widely considered among the most philanthropically generous and arts-oriented communities in the United States. Sarasota Orchestra serves an area of 788,000 residents that is one of the 10 fastest growing regions in America.

The diversity and breadth of Sarasota Orchestra’s musical offerings and programs are unparalleled in an orchestra serving a region of this size. The 36-week orchestra season includes Masterworks and chamber orchestra series, a chamber music program, Pops and a hybrid series of light classical and popular music in a small venue setting. Additionally, the Orchestra collaborates with Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Ballet for 7 weeks during the season. Music Director Anu Tali will be completing her sixth and final season of her tenure in the 18/19 season. The organization is undergoing a music director search.

Education is a hallmark of the organization. The institution operates the three-week Sarasota Music Festival and extensive youth orchestra, summer music camp and young person’s concerts.

Currently, the Orchestra performs in multiple venues. The Board of the Orchestra is actively pursuing plans to finance and build a state-of-the-art concert hall to allow the Orchestra to substantially expand its offerings.