Executive Director - Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Greenville, South Carolina
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Dec 20, 2016
Jan 19, 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

The Position:

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra seeks an Executive Director to work in partnership with a volunteer Board of Directors and Music Director Edvard Tchivzhel to develop and implement the strategic plan that both sustains the current level of operations and drives the organization forward in an orderly manner, following its long-term strategic plan.

Reporting to the President of the Board, the Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer and is responsible for financial planning and human resources; marketing and fundraising activities; and education and community relations.  The Executive Director leads a staff of nine which includes the directors of marketing, development, operations and orchestra personnel, and education, as well as the controller and the office manager.   

The Executive Director is also the key liaison with the Board in order to achieve the organization’s mission. To this end, the Executive Director is the team leader responsible for all non-musical aspects of the organization including: strategic and operational planning, business development, budgeting, partnerships, and interaction with the Peace Center and other venues.     

The GSO is a Group 4 orchestra, with an annual budget of $2.4 million. 

The Organization:

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is a regional orchestra that performs classical orchestral repertoire, as well as innovative musical offerings, with approximately 34 public concerts annually.  Its primary venue is the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.

The GSO is led by the internationally acclaimed maestro, Edvard Tchivzhel, who serves as Music Director and Conductor.  Yo-Yo Ma, after performing with the GSO in 2004, wrote: “Maestro Tchivzhel is, simply put, a master…his music-making is indisputably commanding and communicative.”  Serving as Music Director since 1999, Maestro Tchivzhel has become an iconic figure in the Greenville community and a motivational force behind its orchestra.  

Founded in 1948, the GSO is considered an exceptional orchestra, providing concerts of the highest artistic and professional standards.  It is a per service orchestra with eleven salaried musicians.  Annual concert attendance is approximately 30,000.  The annual season includes the six-concert Masterworks Series at the Peace Center Concert Hall (2,100 seats), the four-concert Chamber Orchestra Series at the Gunter Theatre (400 seats), and the three-concert Spotlight Series at the Centre Stage Theatre (280 seats), as well as special holiday and community events.   The GSO partners with a variety of community groups including the International Ballet and The Greenville Chorale.      

Education and community engagement have been an important part of the GSO’s mission since the first children’s concert was presented in 1951.  Every year, GSO musicians present free concerts and programs for nearly 30,000 students in the region.  GSO has an active Guild, a young professionals group, a gourmet club, and an Advisory Council. 

The GSO is currently working with Steven Bronfenbrenner of Bronfenbrenner Consulting Group/B Squared Consulting on developing strategic and tactical plans to advance the orchestra during a period of change.  The focus of this work is leveraging the organization’s strong reputation for artistic excellence and community service, sustaining GSO’s financial capacity and sustainability, and building strong governance and management resources.  This project should be completed in the first quarter of 2017.


We seek a person with at least a five year track record in cultural or not for profit organization management with budgets in excess of $1.5 million.  Current knowledge of the issues, trends, and development affecting community-support orchestras is preferred, as is experience with contemporary marketing methods such as the use of social media.  Previous experience with symphony orchestra management would be highly desirable as well a graduate degree in arts, or not-for-profit/arts management.      

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual with excellent financial and fund-raising skills who can provide solid administrative leadership to this organization.  Experience in grants writing, endowment campaigns, and annual fund drives are very important as is the ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from high level individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundation/government funders in conjunction with the development director.  The new Executive Director must be comfortable in the public arena, able to serve as a community leader and high-profile spokesperson on behalf of the GSO, and be a people person in the best sense of the word.      

The GSO is an artistically-driven organization: the Executive Director’s relationship with the Music Director is of paramount importance.  In addition the ideal candidate will have the ability to work cooperatively with the GSO’s Board of Directors and staff, the Peace Center, and volunteers.  He/she must be a consultative team player comfortable in an environment that allows both staff and volunteers to flourish.  An entrepreneurial spirit would work well with the community and the future plans for the symphony.   Past executive directors have become deeply committed to the region and its long-term development.  

Other necessary skills include recruitment and supervision of staff, experience in the development and management of budgets, highly competent written and oral communication skills, and a good grasp of strategic problem solving. 

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process:     

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and a list of references by Friday, January 27th to:

            Margaret Genovese

            Senior Partner

            Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

            E-mail: gvasearch@gmail.com

For additional information, visit the GSO website at: www.greenvillesymphony.org or www.genovesevanderhoof.com