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Employment

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra currently has the following employment opportunities available:

Corporate and Foundation Manager

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

 

Corporate and Foundation Manager


Job Overview

At the direction of the Director, Annual Fund, the Corporate and Foundation Manager is a member of the MSO Development Team tasked with execution of identified annual MSO corporate and foundation fundraising strategies.

The MSO Development Team is the arm of the MSO that is chiefly responsible for all cultivation and solicitation of personal, corporate, foundation, and government entities for the purpose of engaging our community, building relationships and securing necessary funding that works to support the current and future needs of the organization.

The Development Team interacts with all artistic and administrative segments of the MSO. Therefore, the work of the team is highly collaborative and involves working with MSO musicians, administrative staff/departments, patrons and members of the MSO Board of Directors.

Job Description

  • Manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation contacts (local, regional and national) targeted for gifts to the MSO’s annual operating campaign, special projects, gifts-in-kind, and other partnerships with the goal of increasing support from this division.
  • Create individualized Moves Management cultivation plans for each prospect, which will include personal visits, written communication, tracking of all proposal submissions, notes, volunteer/board contacts and concert attendance—all designed to create lasting relationships with these prospects.
  • Assist in the overall planning, goal setting and implementation of fundraising strategy for corporate and foundation giving.
  • Create and ensure maintenance of a corporate and foundation grant/proposal calendar to track due dates for letters of intent, applications and progress reports.  Meet all deadlines to ensure MSO qualifies for funding consideration.
  • Make personal visits to corporate and foundation giving officers alone or with other MSO staff or key volunteers.
  • Communicate and fulfill all applicable benefits (e.g. group sales, client entertainment, employee discounts, etc), to provide incentive, add value and align respective MSO and funder objectives, and create opportunities for strengthened partnerships (e.g.: employee volunteering).
  • Coordinate and work with the Development Communications Manager in regard to letters of intent and proposals for general operating funding, program underwriting, and concert sponsorship.
  • Focus on acquisition of new corporate and foundation supporters, including in-kind support.
  • Serve as a Development representative or Concert Duty Manager at MSO concerts and events as needed.
  • Assist the Development staff in solicitations of donors for the United Performing Arts Fund Annual Campaign.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline and a minimum of five years work experience in corporate and foundation fundraising with an existing rolodex of connections and demonstrated success in achieving annual fundraising goals. Knowledge of the grant and proposal writing process highly desired and preferred. Strong verbal and written communication skills expected. Writing sample required.

How to Apply

Send your resume and writing sample as Word or PDF attachments to hr@mso.org.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Job Overview

Under the direction of the President & Executive Director, the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer will oversee all aspects of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s operations; ensure optimum organizational excellence and efficiency; oversee and monitor the Orchestra’s external relationships, including but not limited to all venues in which the Orchestra performs; and play an integral role in the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Oversees the development of the master calendar in conjunction with the Director of Artistic Planning and Vice President of Marketing, in accordance with the CBA. The Vice President & Chief Operating Officer maintains overall responsibility for all operations and personnel aspects of the Orchestra. Direct reports include Director of Operations, Orchestra Personnel Manager, Stage & Technical Manager, Director of Education, Principal Librarian and Information Technology Manager (currently consultant).

Job Description

Operations:

  • Responsible for all logistics of day-to-day operations of Orchestra including supervision of the production of all rehearsals, concerts and other activities.
  • Work with Director of Artistic Planning and Vice President of Marketing in developing season schedule, in accordance with the CBA.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of Orchestra and operations budgets.
  • Responsible for maintaining the relationship with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and all other performance and tour venues.
  • With President and Executive Director, negotiate and maintain agreement with the Florentine Opera.
  • Negotiate fees with other contracted tour and run-out venues.
  • With staff, develop potential additional performance sites, including community concerts, summer venues, etc.
  • Supervise planning and execution of tours and run-outs, US or overseas in collaboration with the Director of Artistic Planning.
  • Supervise electronic media activities, including national radio syndication, recordings and television.
  • Work with Director of Operations to liaise with stagehands and IATSE
  • Work directly with staff conductors and appropriate staff members in other planning (pops, education concerts, tours, etc.).
  • Provides long-term strategy and vision for future growth.
  • Perform artist duty as assigned.


Orchestra Personnel:

  • Responsible for daily application of the labor agreement; serve as liaison to select orchestra committees (including Players’ Council, Scheduling Committee, etc.) and local Musicians’ Union.
  • Serve on management team in Master Agreement negotiations.
  • Work with Music Director and Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager to set audition dates.
  • In coordination with Orchestra Personnel Manager, negotiates overscale agreements and other aspects of Individual Musician Employment contracts in consultation with Music Director and President & Executive Director.  
  • Work with Music Director and Orchestra Personnel Manager on all orchestra personnel issues.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer, promote best practices for management of human resources.
  • Monitor all personnel policies and procedures, ensuring legal compliance.


Education:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of all educational programming, in conjunction with the artistic and education staff.
  • Oversee the development and progression of the Arts in Community Education (ACE) program.
  • Provide long-term strategy, vision for future growth, and maintenance of leadership position in the field.


Organization:

  • Participates in Strategic Planning discussions and Board leadership activities. Serves as a staff representative to Executive Committee and Board of Directors' meetings.  Attends Senior Staff, Staff Managers, All Staff and HR meetings.  Coordinates and attends Players’ Counsel meetings.
  • Serve as MSO representative on the Milwaukee Arts Partners (Tessitura) Executive Committee.
  • With the CFO, supervise risk management for the company and related organizations.
  • Take responsibility for Concert Duty as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.

Job Qualifications

This position requires the ability to work effectively with musicians, staff, guest artists, presenters, volunteers, and the general public.  The ability to act with discretion and handle sensitive, confidential information is a must. An understanding of working with a Master Agreement, knowledge of labor law, and a background in operations are required. The position requires the ability to pay attention to details, handle many projects simultaneously, and demonstrate good judgment and maturity in decision-making. Also required are excellent verbal and written skills, ability to be a team player and a team leader, motivate others, manage and direct the performance of others, and have an interest and understanding of orchestra repertoire.

This position is required to use a computer and associated software (principally Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel). The MSO uses Tessitura software for all ticketing and patron/donor tracking, and OPAS for Operations/Artistic.

How to Apply

Send your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to hr@mso.org.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

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For chorus auditions, please see the Chorus Auditions page.