The Director of Artistic Operations is a dynamic, innovative individual responsible for managing the artistic operations of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. This senior management professional works in close partnership with the Executive Director and the Music Director and collaboratively with the SDSO Staff, Washington Pavilion staff, artists, artist managers, and musicians to play a key role in the organization’s success through the creation and implementation operational strategies and the execution of strategic initiatives.
The position reports to the Executive Director.
Plan and administer all concert production activities of the South Dakota Symphony including booking concert and rehearsal facilities, managing relationships with the Washington Pavilion and other SDSO performance sites, staging requirements, rider executions, equipment rental, and other logistics
Collaborate with the SDSO Education and Community Engagement Manager to plan and implement all aspects of the orchestra's special programs including youth concerts, family concerts, and volunteer programs
Prepare and maintain the orchestra’s master schedule. Communicate changes to staff, musicians, and Washington Pavilion personnel in a timely manner
Coordinate front of house needs with performance venues
Supervise orchestra setup for rehearsal and concerts and coordinate with the Music Director regarding special setup requirement
Confirm arrangements with recording/broadcast engineer for any recordings
Work with music director and musician principals on purchase and maintenance of SDSO owned equipment and instruments
Advance all special instrument needs (i.e. – percussion, keyboards, etc.)
Prepare and manage guest artist contracts
Coordinate Guest Artist travel and hospitality
Develop guest artist itineraries
Tour, Run Out and Contract Fee Engagements
Identify, advance, negotiate and manage all sold service activities including creating and managing presenter contracts, coordinating orchestra travel, and organizing and producing all tours, runout, and contract fee concerts.
Escort orchestra on tour; assure that all plans are properly executed.
Make special arrangements for guest artist travel and hospitality surrounding tour, run out or contract fee engagements.
Interpret, implement, and uphold terms of the master agreement; research background and precedent where discrepancies in interpretation occur.
Meet with the Orchestra members to share information and discuss issues of concern; respond to orchestra member requests for information on scheduling and working conditions.
Follow up on all requests in a timely manner; help promote positive relations between the orchestra staff and the musicians
Ensure best possible physical working conditions for the orchestra in all situations
Develop and monitor budgets for all production, touring, run out, and contract fee activities
Maintain appropriate cost controls while maintaining artistic integrity and upholding the master agreement
Train, manage, and evaluate the performance of all production staff including the stage manager, personnel manager, and librarian
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director
South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO)
Oversee the strategic development and ensure the smooth operations of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra
Manage the SDSYO Administrator
Develop and manage the SDSYO Advisory Board
Personal Attributes and Competencies:
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra seeks a proactive selfstarter to handle all of the operational aspects of the orchestra’s artistic activities. The SDSO Director of Artistic Operations is a fast learner who is resourceful and comfortable embracing change. They have a results and team?oriented work style characterized by a calm, imaginative approach to problem solving and the ability to handle creative as well as administrative tasks. The successful candidate will have superb organizational, interpersonal, supervisory, and communications skills, and a reputation for accuracy, responsiveness, meticulous attention to detail and follow?through. It is critical that he/she has the energy and flexibility to work efficiently in a fastpaced environment, prioritize tasks effectively and execute projects to the highest level possible. A healthy respect for music professionals, including conductors, orchestra musicians, stage technicians and production personnel is essential.
Experience in orchestral, dance, theater or other performing arts operations management and working knowledge of the orchestral repertoire is preferred. True passion for the art form desirable.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Strong organizational skills. Meticulous attention to detail and follow through. Ability to multitask & prioritize several projects in a fast?paced office environment.
Exceptional people skills and unwavering commitment to outstanding service. Proven problem-solving skills in highpressure environment.
Thorough grasp of budgeting procedures; ability to make accurate revenue and expense projections.
This position requires considerable evening and weekend hours without additional compensation and requires individual to be available during all SDSO performance and rehearsal times.
Able to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs.
Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Application deadline: February 28, 2018
Applications are reviewed as they are received. Early applications are appreciated.
Please submit a cover letter that describes your specific interest and qualifications for the position, resume, and three references to:
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits package includes medical and Simple IRA match as well as paid vacation, sick, and flexible professional development days.
About South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a vibrant and growing community serving a 125-mile region that touches 5 states. Known for innovative programming and state-wide outreach, the SDSO has a strong heritage upon which to build an even stronger future. SDSO was the 2016 winner of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation. The Bush Prize recognizes organizations for their innovative work in community engagement. In addition, the SDSO was selected as 1 of 5 orchestras in the country to participate in a three-year composer residency through New Music USA. The SDSO is the region’s premiere performing arts organization with the Washington Pavilion as its home. Artistically, the SDSO is led by Maestro Delta David Gier who has guided the orchestra to new musical heights. The core of the SDSO is comprised of 9 full-time professional musicians that make up the Dakota String Quartet and the Dakota Wind Quintet. Musically, the SDSO performs well above its $2.3 million budget.