Job Description: Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Executive Director/General Manager

May, 2017 

Position:                       Executive Director/General Manager
Reports to:                   President of the Board
Work schedule:             Full time, salaried

Position Summary

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the largest fully professional arts group in northern Ontario, and the only professional orchestra between Toronto and Winnipeg. Celebrating our 55th season, the TBSO performs over 100 concerts each season and is heard on CBC. From specialized education programs in the schools to performances at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and many other venues across Thunder Bay and throughout the region, the TBSO is committed to providing high quality symphonic music to the widest possible audience.

The TBSO comprises thirty full-time professional musicians and six operations staff, supported by a team of volunteers and a community chorus. Our orchestra contributes to the economic, cultural, and educational life of Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario. We present a full range of classical and pops concerts in Thunder Bay and tour annually across the region.

The TBSO is seeking an Executive Director/General Manager to provide vision and leadership, build and manage relationships both within and outside the organization, and develop private sector and community support. The ED/GM supervises all operations, works with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to determine effective strategies, works closely with the Music Director in the preparation and delivery of artistic programming, and attends Board Meetings to advise the Board of Directors on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the organization. This is a dynamic opportunity with an energetic arts organization for the right person with solid administrative and HR experience, good people skills, and vision. Familiarity with classical music and/or the not-for-profit sector is desired, but not required.

Principal Responsibilities

Professional Qualities

  • Love of music
  • Leader with strong instincts and experience in human resources management and relationship-building
  • Excels at working in a flexible and entrepreneurial environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills including public speaking
  • Familiarity with arts or not for profit organization operations, including fundraising and granting

Staffing / Human Resources

  • Supervise 3 full-time, 4 part-time, and other interim or contract staff members, providing direction and support, evaluating their performance, and recommending changes to staff including hiring, promotion, re-assignment, and if necessary discipline and dismissal
  • Participate in contract negotiations
  • Act as a resource, and continue to develop, the TBSO volunteer support program


  • Cultivate business and individual support for the TBSO


  • Responsible for the preparation, administration, and monitoring of the budget
  • Work closely with the Comptroller and the Board Treasurer in the preparation of budgets, monitoring of finances and cash flow, anticipation of financial problems, and recommendations
  • Supervise the payment of accounts
  • Document appropriate controls over revenues and expenditures
  • Responsible for all funding applications submitted to federal, provincial and municipal funding agencies; monitor success and adjust future applications based on accumulated knowledge and experience

Concert & Event Production Planning

  • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium as well as Hilldale Lutheran Church, Italian Cultural Centre, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University, Confederation College, and other performance, rehearsal, or administrative venues
  • Oversee negotiating contracts with and hiring of guest artists, and/or their agents


  • Work closely with marketing staff to design and implement plans for continuing audience development and growth in earned revenue
  • Ensure coordination of marketing and development initiatives creating a unified message to all constituents

Internal & External Communications

  • In cooperation with the Board, represent the TBSO in dealings with the media, community leaders, and external stakeholders
  • Participate as an ex officio member of all Board committees
  • Maintain contact with other symphonies and symphony service organizations, and be aware of trends, opportunities, and threats within the industry.

Please send your cover letter and résumé with three references in PDF format to Linda Penner, TBSO President at This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found; we request that résumés be submitted by May 13, 2017 for priority consideration.

The TBSO is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and excellence.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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