The Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization and to promote its mission and vision.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Founded in January 1929, the TSO has become one of the most vibrant musical organizations in the American Southwest, performing for audiences in Southern Arizona and beyond. The orchestra is known for its artistic excellence; our world class conductor, Jose Luis Gomez; and rich educational programs including the Young Composers Project and Music in the Schools. In response to Covid-19, this TSO season features our musicians in streamed performances through the TSO Up Close program and coming this spring our TSO on the Go mobile stage. The orchestra has an annual budget of $4.5 million, supporting two concert series—performed by a total of 47 core and 37 per performance musicians. The concert season typically runs from October through to May.
The President and CEO Position
In tandem with the Board of Trustees, the President and CEO will develop and oversee the implementation of goals and strategies that advance artistic excellence, ensure financial stability and growth, maximize community relevance, and ensure organizational efficiency. In collaboration with the Music Director and staff, the President and CEO will create the necessary resources, then communicate and implement a programmatic vision that ensures that the TSO is relevant to the Southern Arizona community and is positioned as a leader amongst symphony orchestras.
The President and CEO will be a highly visible representative of the Tucson Symphony and have an active local and regional presence to build a strong brand identity and relevance to the community. The successful candidate will be responsible for relationship management amongst the organization’s constituent groups – staff and musicians, local arts and culture organizations, subscribers, funders, government and civic leaders, the Honorary Council, the TSO League and other partners – to advance the mission and vision of the TSO.
As more fully described in the CEO Position Description, such duties include:
The President and Chief Executive Officer will report to the Board of Trustees,
Oversight and management of the human and financial resources of the TSO, including operations, personnel management, employee relations, contract negotiations, concert production, and budgeting and financial management,
Oversight and management of a multi-year budgeting process that will produce balanced annual budgets; and
Development and implementation of comprehensive and ambitious fundraising goals and objectives to include major gifts cultivation, stewardship and solicitation.
Eight years of experience in the music industry and leading an orchestra or other sizeable performing arts non-profits,
Proven ability to manage up and down the organization, working effectively with the Board of Trustees, staff, Musicians and Music Director,
Collaborative leadership; guiding the organization through complex issues, developing plans that are supported by those responsible for its implementation,
Outstanding communication skills; seeks, encourages, and incorporates diverse points of view both inside and outside the organization, and
Delivers commitments on a timely basis, holding self and others in the organization accountable for results.
The vision of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is a community where music is the catalyst that brings people together across all boundaries for inspired living.
The mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is to engage, educate and transform our community through live musical experiences of the highest quality.
The four pillars of this mission are:
Programming: Offer diverse, exceptional and innovative programming.
Engagement: Bring music to the community and the community to music.
Partnership: Collaborate with others to leverage resources, build bridges and enhance programs.