The National Symphony Orchestra invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director, available in the Spring of 2017.
Now celebrating its 86th season, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) enjoys international renown as one of America’s finest professional orchestras. The Orchestra has gained recognition through national and international touring, recording, radio and television broadcasts, and its excellent work in education and community engagement in the greater Washington area. The NSO has been in residence at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since the Center opened in 1972. In 1986, the Orchestra became an artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center.
The NSO offers a classical subscription series and a pops series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, gives summer performances at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and celebrates national holidays with televised concerts on the Capitol lawn. Chamber ensembles of NSO musicians perform at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre and Millennium stage and the orchestra participates in an extensive education program. NSO In Your Neighborhood brings more than 50 performances and events to schools, churches, community centers, and other local venues in a single week. NSO Sound Health brings musicians to facilities like Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NSO continues to tour nationally and internationally and will travel to Russia in late March, 2017.
The NSO has announced that Gianandrea Noseda will assume artistic leadership as Music Director with the 2017-18 season. He succeeds Christoph Eschenbach who has served with distinction as Music Director since 2009.
The Executive Director will come to the National Symphony at time of great excitement and opportunity. As they both assume leadership, the Executive Director and the Music Director will have a unique opportunity to forge a strong partnership. They will join a dynamic NSO Governing Board, a dedicated group of gifted musicians, and a talented staff – all of whom are energized and united in pursuit of shared goals for the NSO’s success. The Executive Director will join the senior executive leadership team of the Kennedy Center’s President Deborah Rutter. S/he will have access to the significant financial and operational resources available to the Orchestra as a Kennedy Center affiliate and to Center-wide interdisciplinary artistic initiatives that expand the NSO’s audience, reach, and impact locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Executive Director provides the leadership, inspiration, and strategic direction that enable the NSO to achieve its annual and long-term goals for artistic excellence, financial sustainability, and community engagement. S/he is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the NSO’s portfolio, including artistic, operational, education, and community programming; financial management; audience development; and fundraising activities. S/he reports directly to the NSO Board of Directors through the Chair. The Executive Director is also a member of the Office of the President of the Kennedy Center, which includes the President’s direct reports. The Executive Director is the visible representative, spokesperson, and advocate for the NSO throughout the community and to a broader national and international public.
With the Chair of the NSO Board, the Executive Director provides impetus and support to the work of the Board and its committees. S/he takes a leadership role in fundraising, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. S/he sets and manages a $35 million operating budget. The Executive Director guides, motivates, and supervises the NSO’s professional staff as well as the Kennedy Center staff who directly support the NSO. S/he provides guidance and support to those who serve the NSO as volunteers.
The Executive Director works in close partnership with the Music Director and the NSO Board Chair to galvanize the organization around clearly articulated strategic goals. S/he fosters an environment that allows conductors, orchestra musicians, and guest artists to do their best work. S/he guides and supports the NSO musicians in their education and other activities throughout the community. Through creative programming and marketing initiatives, s/he builds audience size, diversity, and demand.
Working with the President of the Kennedy Center, the Executive Director is a key player in shaping the breadth and depth of the Orchestra’s programming and interdepartmental artistic collaborations throughout the Kennedy Center. As part of the Kennedy Center’s executive leadership team, s/he represents the NSO’s interests in Kennedy Center-wide activities.