The Assistant Director of Operations & Production is responsible for ensuring that all concert production elements for all Omaha Symphony performances are of the highest artistic level (this includes MasterWorks, Pops, Family, Symphony Rocks, Symphony Joslyn, After Hours, and any other series concerts; runouts, education, tour, outdoor, digital, and any other scheduled concerts). This position works as an integral part of the operations team and provides leadership for all productions and production-related activities. The Assistant Director of Operations & Production works closely with senior staff to plan, budget and manage expenses, and insure the smooth execution of all Omaha Symphony productions and events.
Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads the Operations team in all components of concert and event production. Ensures that all concerts, rehearsals, and events are executed to the highest possible standard.
Serves as an official management representative at orchestra services and events and as the Concert Manager, as assigned.
Maintains good working knowledge of CBA and other applicable contracts, ensures that contractual obligations are adhered to, contributes to a comfortable, collaborative, and safe performance environment.
Reviews artist technical riders for cost effectiveness and feasibility and makes recommendations for negotiation. Assists in the preparation of concert production budgets and financial analyses.
Communicates with guest artists and production managers through the preliminary advancing and negotiation of all Pops, Rocks, and Movie shows. Works with Operations & Production Manager to ensure that all applicable information is relayed to appropriate production personnel.
Serves as an Omaha Symphony liaison with all venues including Omaha Performing Arts (OPA) regarding front-of-house communications and day-to-day scheduling and operational issues.
Ensures that orchestra service schedule complies with terms of CBA. Works with Operations team to prepare, update and manage communication with orchestra regarding season schedules, call sheets, and schedule changes.
Manages production expenses, seeks cost-saving opportunities when possible.
Coordinates Runouts and Tours as needed. Travels with Omaha Symphony productions to act as Tour and/or Company Manager as assigned.
Serves as a member of the Artistic Operations team, participating in meetings as required, leading and facilitating meetings and departmental communication.
May perform other duties as assigned.
Experience and Qualifications:
Appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of professional musicians, and conductors.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, planning and organizational skills, and supervisory leadership skills to include motivating others and serving as a role model for junior staff.
Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse personalities, including Symphony musicians, other staff, conductors, guest performers, and production personnel.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents such as legal contracts with artists, the Collective Bargaining Agreement and other union contracts.
Demonstrated ability to effectively construct and monitor a budget and project expenses for multiple complex programs with accuracy and timeliness.
Must excel at planning, organizing, delegating, and motivating.
Ability to work effectively, and with composure, under pressure.
Strong team player with a positive service orientation and acute attention to detail.
Ability to balance multiple priorities, to work independently while and to collaborate on projects.
Computer proficiency including Word, and Excel. Ability to learn new software applications as required for operational effectiveness.
Evening/weekend hours required.
Minimum Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in music, theatre, or arts production/administration or related field required
Three years of experience in orchestral management and operations including production management and staff leadership.
Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications:
Production and Operations Manager
Orchestra Stage Manager
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
General Office Equipment (Computer, Telephone, Fax, Copier, Printer)
About Omaha Symphony
With the mission “to enrich people’s lives through the exhilarating experience of live orchestral music,” the Omaha Symphony offers six distinct concert series and a wide array of education and community engagement programs, run-out concerts, tours, and special events for thousands of people of all ages throughout the region. The Orchestra’s Masterworks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, and Family series concerts are performed in the 1,965-seat concert hall of the Holland Performing Arts Center, an architectural and acoustic marvel that opened in the heart of downtown in 2005. A chamber orchestra series is presented at the Joslyn Art Museum.
Each season, the Omaha Symphony reaches more than 30,000 students throughout the state and region with an innovative and nationally recognized music education curriculum designed for pre-school through high school. The Orchestra’s community engagement is broadened through active partnerships with social service agencies, arts groups, and academic organizations, including Boys Town, El Museo Latino, Completely Kids, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Crei...ghton University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Temple Israel, the Joslyn Art Museum, Opera Omaha, and more.
Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony employs Nebraska’s largest complement of professional performing artists, with a core of 42 full-time musicians and 28 part-time musicians, all of whom work under a collective bargaining agreement that covers a 38-week season.
Ankush Kumar Bahl became Music Director in July 2021 and is implementing a bold vision for the Omaha Symphony focused on re-imagining the concert experience, championing American artists, and serving as an adaptable and relevant resource to the Omaha community. Ernest Richardson serves as Principal Pops Conductor and Resident Conductor, overseeing the Orchestra’s popular programming, and was the architect for our current education and community engagement programs.
The Omaha Symphony has a 20-member Board of Directors that includes top corporate and community leaders. Fifty Governing Members serve as advocates for the Orchestra throughout the community. For many decades, the Omaha Symphony has enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the Omaha Symphony Guild and the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony. The annual operating budget of the Omaha Symphony is $9 million. The Orchestra’s endowment currently exceeds $50 million.
A staff of 28 full- and part-time employees manages the Orchestra’s activities. The Omaha Symphony partners with Omaha Performing Arts for certain financial, administrative, and box office functions. Jennifer Boomgaarden was appointed President & CEO in July 2018.
With gratitude to an Omaha community that is strongly supportive of its artistic and cultural landscape, the Omaha Symphony looks forward to launching its second century from a position of stability, and with an invigorated appetite for innovation.