Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Application deadline: 5/30/2018

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who will serve as the chief administrative officer, to manage the orchestra’s human and financial resources, and facilitate all aspects of its operations. Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working in partnership with the Music Director, the ED will provide leadership and vision to advance ASO’s mission and artistic goals. It is a full-time exempt position that requires occasional evening and weekend work and pays $40,000 per year.

ASO is a professional orchestra consisting of 60+ musicians, performing in Auburn, Washington since 1997. Founded by Pacific Northwest Ballet music director Stewart Kershaw, the orchestra comprises mostly PNB orchestra musicians. After Kershaw’s unexpected retirement in 2015, the ASO embarked on a comprehensive search and selected Wesley Schultz as the new Music Director this year. A typical season includes four full- orchestra concerts, three classical and one holiday concert, three or four chamber concerts, and three outdoor concerts. Performances are held in the School District’s 900 seat, state of the art Performing Arts Center (PAC), St. Matthew Church, and Mary Olson Farm. While based in Auburn, the Symphony has a regional audience.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra changes lives and our South Puget Sound community through the shared experience of live orchestral music performances and by nurturing the relationship between our audience and our artists.

A community connected and nourished through live orchestral music. Our present and future includes:

  • Frequent opportunities to engage with the musicians and other orchestral music fans.
  • An inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming and fosters a sense of belonging.
  • Active development of the next generation of artists and patrons.


Operational, Financial, and Strategic Planning:

  • Develop the annual operating budget and maintain fiscal responsibility and stability.
  • Maintain accurate financial records and create monthly reports to the Board. Advise the board on matters within the ED’s scope of responsibility to promote efficient operation of the orchestra.
  • Understand and comply with best accounting practices, tax filings, and audits.
  • Balance artistic goals with marketability and financial resources.
  • Oversee operational and long term planning and implementation process.
  • Collaborate with Music Director in overseeing development and implementation of artistic objectives, i.e. season plan and scheduling, program development, selecting and contracting guest artists.
  • Supervise part-time administrative staff and staff volunteers.
  • Coordinate workload with music librarian and music personnel manager.
  • Manage contractual matters with guest artists, venues and other partners.
  • Serve as spokesperson for ASO
  • Provide staff support to board committees, helping them achieve ASO goals.Development:
  • Lead development, nurture donors, and facilitate efficient use of funds.
  • Work with board and staff to maintain good relationships with funders, and developing donor cultivation and stewardship. Take an active role in gift development, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, state and local government support, and other fundraising opportunities that may arise.Marketing:
  • Identify stakeholders, define how key messages will be delivered and develop strategies for presenting them to maximize visibility, and contributions.
  • Implementation of comprehensive marketing program to achieve earned income goals from subscription and single ticket sales. Guide ASO’s image and awareness by well- designed and effective print and electronic media. Fill seats.
  • Maintain a high level of customer service, audience interaction and community engagement.

Community Outreach and Education:

  • Develop opportunities for community outreach, sharing the ASO vision, programs, & quality, becoming the face of ASO in the community.
  • Expand strategic partnerships for education and programing.
  • Administer and evaluate education program.
  • Actively participate in the dialogue between arts associations, city leaders, and the media to further community collaboration.
  • Leverage board talents and networks to advance the ASO mission.
  • Pursue innovative partnerships that expand the reach of ASO in the greater community.

Auburn Symphony’s new Executive Director will be a passionate, people- oriented, optimistic, natural communicator. With resilience and advanced problem-solving abilities, the individual will be comfortable with rapidly-changing priorities and eager to cultivate relationships with a variety of diverse stakeholders.


  • College degree
  • Minimum of two years managing a nonprofit, arts or related field.
  • Professional written communication skills.
  • Development and marketing experience.

Application deadline is May 30, 2018. Interviews scheduled in June. Decision by June 29th. Please submit cover letter, resume, a letter of recommendation and 3 professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will be contacted only with the applicant’s consent.

Please submit application by email to with “Executive Director application” in the subject line.