The Las Vegas Philharmonic is in its 22nd season and has established itself among the nation’s leading regional orchestras. The LVP believes music is essential to a strong community committed to providing a wide array of programming both in-person and digital that enchances the lives of our resident and culture of our city. Under Music Director Donato Cabrera, the Philharmonic is bucking national trends by growing and sustaining enthusiastic audiences. And, since COVID-19, the Philharmonic has demonstrated itself a leader in new digital innovation and education with an online membership program and online tools and resources for parents and teachers. H C Smith Ltd is pleased to represent The Las Vegas Philharmonic in its search for a new Executive Director.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is a fully professional orchestra with 74 contracted musicians and a budget just over 2 million. The LVP is a founding resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and looks forward to returning to the Reynolds Hall stage, where each season the Orchestra presents 10 concerts featuring celebrated masterpieces coupled with acclaimed music by living composers and Pops repertoire.
Over the course of its 18-year relationship with the Clark County School District, the Las Vegas Philharmonic through its Youth Concert Series has shared a classical music experiences with over 245,000 children, approximately 70 percent of whom attend Title One elementary schools. Community engagement and education remain a priority and focus. The LVP’s rich history of free music education programs continues to serve through the newly digitized annual Youth Concert Series, delivered to schools throughout Southern Nevada via closed circuit streaming – affording thousands of children access to music education in a specially curated concert. The annual Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the context of music performance. Music Van, the mobile music education and enrichment program serves the broader community outside of the concert hall with engaging and in-depth content, and through a unique partnership with Discovery Children’s Museum. Exciting additions to the organization’s programs include the newly created "Behind the Stand", a premium membership experience inviting exploration and discovery of music, composers, and history with a Vegas twist. The inaugural Arts & Impact Residency in 2020-2021 utilizes performance and partnership to create change through collaboration with world-class cellist and TED Fellow, Joshua Roman. With these additions, the Philharmonic features our esteemed musicians in traditional and reimagined approaches to deliver the music and artistry that has become a vital part of Southern Nevada’s cultural community.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director exerts leadership over all administrative aspects of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, including management of its financial and human resources. The Executive Director works collaboratively with artistic personnel and Music Director Donato Cabrera to ensure production of superb concerts. Responsibilities include production, marketing and sales of Las Vegas Philharmonic artistic products, fundraising and representing the Orchestra to the public, including patrons, and donors, corporations, agencies, foundations, and the community. The selected candidate will be an advocate at local and State government agencies for arts and arts education issues.
One of the key challenges facing the Las Vegas Philharmonic is building the brand of culture and arts philanthropy and participation in Las Vegas amidst the variety of entertainment choices available in this metropolitan area of 2.3 million permanent residents. The selected candidate will be required to reach out to all areas of the community to build relationships and raise the profile of the Orchestra. Diversifying audiences is important for the future of orchestral music in Las Vegas.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Commits and furthers the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s mission and vision of artistic excellence, education and community inclusion, in clear and achievable terms.
Secures, allocates and develops the financial, technical, and human resources required for the achievement of these strategies and goals.
A self -starter that applies a non-cookie cutter approach as the primary fundraiser working with major donors, institutional grant writing and government funding opportunities.
Represents the Las Vegas Philharmonic in contract negotiations with the musicians, venues and vendors.
Builds community connection, collaboration and awareness with strategic programming and relationship building for the institution within the arts and culture sector of Las Vegas
Assumes responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the Symphony, including interfacing with all key constituents both internally (staff, board, musicians) and externally (patrons, supporters, partners, the public, etc.), to achieve all expected results related to operational, fundraising and financial objectives.
Supports the Executive Committee of the Board in the recruitment of new members, and the education of new and current board members about the scope of Las Vegas Philharmonic initiatives and needs.
Provides the Board with timely, clear and accurate reports and projections on financial, fundraising and operational activities.
Leads the development and execution of annual and long-term operating plans that secure the best possible financial performance for the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Applies new ways to solve complex situations, originating new techniques, criteria or standards to address innovative opportunities, challenges or initiatives in a very complex and competitive environment.
Works closely with The Smith Performing Arts Center as a representative of their resident orchestra and collaborate on performances and events.
Demonstrates new ways to solve complex situations, originating new techniques, criteria or standards to address innovative opportunities, challenges or initiatives.
DESIRED CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES:
Minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in symphony orchestra leadership or business of similar scale and complexity with a particular expertise in organizational development, financial administration, funding success and talent management.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, which should include the ability to listen, communicate, and motivate internally with the Board, the Music Director, the staff, the Musicians and contractors and externally with patrons, business and government leaders, audience and community members and media.
Creative, adaptive, high energy individual whose sense of artistry and business acumen propel the orchestra into the future.
Keen financial and analytical skills, with the ability to apply and metrics for continued financial stability and growth.
Proven success with high level fundraising, public funding, endowment planning, growth and other strategic development efforts. Comfortable and capable in public settings, interacting with community leaders, funders, musicians, and elected officials, etc.
History of successful negotiations with collective bargaining agreements and contracts with venues and vendors.
Ability to analyze data and apply findings to marketing and development strategies.
Experience in creatively and effectively bringing about positive change and creating and/or maintaining high morale.
Demonstrated success in effectively prioritizing, delegating and executing on multiple projects.
Master’s or advanced degree in Music, Business or related field is a plus, and current knowledge of issues related to the field of orchestra management.
Poise and integrity representing the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and use of that public persona to develop new opportunities for the organization including sponsorships and collaborations.
Familiarity with Patron Manager or comparable financial, marketing and development software.
About H C Smith Ltd
HC Smith Ltd is a retained executive search and consulting firm. For more than 30 years, HC Smith Ltd has been recognized as a very successful family-owned boutique firm. Our business and our passion is people. We serve a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to world-class orchestras and museums, as well as institutions in the public and educational sector. Consultants include Principals Herbert Smith and Becca Smith along with Senior Consultant, Judith Frankfurt and Project Manager, Suzanne Wilson.