Job Description for Executive Director GREENVILLE SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

Job Title

Executive Director, Greenville Symphony Association

Executive Director Role

The Executive Director reports to the Board of the Greenville Symphony Association and is responsible for the management and execution of the enterprise functions of the Association and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Working with the Music Director and the Board, the Executive Director promotes the mission and image of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra in the community.

Position Summary

In accordance with the mission and objectives set forth by the Board of Directors and in cooperation with the Board, Music Director, and staff, the Executive Director manages and ensures the timely execution of the administration, operations, accountability, and sustainability functions of the Greenville Symphony Association. These functions include business and orchestra operations, performances, personnel, marketing, publicity, education, development, and business and regulatory compliance. The Executive Director is a public advocate of the Symphony and along with the Board, the Music Director, and staff, will be a dynamic, engaging and inspirational leader who promotes the Symphony’s visibility and involvement in the community.

Candidate background


Competitive salary and benefits dependent upon experience (expected range competitive in a Group 4 orchestra per League of American Orchestras).

How to Apply

Please review this job description for the GSO’s Executive Director. If you are interested, then we invite you to apply by March 15, 2022. To apply, please email [email protected] with the following:

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Essential Qualities and Skills

Desirable Qualities and Skills

Management and Planning

Development and Fundraising

Marketing and Community Relations

Business and Compliance

About the GSO

Founded in 1948, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra has been the classical music foundation of the Greenville, South Carolina community. As a leader in orchestral artistry in the Southeast, the GSO comprises a core of 68 musicians, 11 of whom are salaried. While the GSO is not a union orchestra, the orchestra generally follows union policies. The GSO attracts highly talented professional musicians, evidenced by the growing number of auditionees each year.

The Symphony enriches the lives of those who attend Masterworks symphony concerts, usually with guest artists, (6 programs of 2 performances each), Chamber concerts (4 programs of 3 performances each), Holiday at Peace (3 performances), and Pops and Spotlight performances (one performance each). Education outreach serves more than 28,000 children who experience a variety of education programs, including concerts. The Symphony has performed all the major orchestral works, hosted illustrious artists such as YoYo Ma, Nadia Solerno-Sonnenberg, and Olga Kern, appeared at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC. and frequently collaborates with the Greenville Chorale.

The GSO performs at the Peace Center, a six-acre performing arts center on Main Street. The Peace Center has a concert hall (capacity 2,100+) where Masterworks and Pops concerts are performed. The Peace Center also has the Gunter Theatre (capacity 425+) where Chamber concerts are performed. Spotlight concerts are performed at venues across the community.

The GSO is a Group 4 orchestra with typically thirteen weeks of concerts and a budget of approximately $2.5 million. The GSO has an endowment with over $13 million. There is a current endowment campaign, which has raised $3.5 million towards a $5 million goal. GSO offices up the street from The Peace Center house eleven professional staff. Both the Music Director and the Executive Director report to the 40-member Board. The GSO Board includes four musicians with voting privileges. With a strong subscriber and patron base, the GSO celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the 2022-23 season.

About Greenville, SC

Greenville, located in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upstate South Carolina, consistently ranks among the top ten mid-size USA cities for tourism, entrepreneurial business development, international investment per capita, friendliness, abundant “foodie-centric” global restaurants and craft beer halls, best for retirement and overall livability. The county population is over 525,000 with the two adjacent counties bringing the area to over 1 million. The upstate region is one of the strongest mid-sized manufacturing centers in the country and attracts international and domestic firms, such as BMW Manufacturing and Michelin’s North American Headquarters. Greenville professional sports teams include a Class A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox baseball team, USL League One soccer, and minor league ice hockey.

Since the 1970’s, Downtown Greenville has been reimagined with double rowed trees, mini parks and public sculptures lining Main Street, along with hotels, restaurants, and shops. Downtown hosts over 300 events a year, attracting over 4 million visitors. Furman University and Bob Jones University each have symphony orchestras, as does nearby Clemson University. The S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a year-round residential arts high school in the downtown area, provides full scholarships in music, dance, writing, visual arts, and drama. Greenville also hosts four professional community theaters, two major art museums, two ballet companies, the Sigal Music Museum, the Greenville Chorale, and touring acts at the 2,100-seat Peace Center and the 15,000-seat Bon Secours Arena.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located midway between Atlanta and Charlotte, serves daily nonstop flights to major cities including Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, and many Florida airports.

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The Greenville Symphony provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.