The Orchestra General Manager (GM) is responsible for influencing and executing the long-term plans for the orchestra’s daily operations. The GM will inspire and manage orchestra personnel and operations, labor relations, individual musician contracts, and contracts with external partners. This position will work with the EVP to meet goals, both departmentally andinterdepartmentally, and to imagine and execute creative deployment of the orchestra calendar to maximize exposure and revenue for the Association. This will include multi-season management and preparation of the orchestra schedule and related budgets 3-5 years out, working closely with the VP of Artistic Planning, orchestracommitteesand CFO to draft those plans and ensure their accuracy. The GM will be responsible for all international and domestic tour planning, and for managing the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the musicians and the execution of the rules within which will require proven experience with labor union relationships.
Responsible for setting strategy and directing the collective bargaining negotiations process with the musicians, stagehands, and teamsters.
Responsible for implementing all collective bargaining agreements, including understanding and creatively deploying orchestra split rules and experimental language.
Responsible for managing orchestra personnel and operations, to include:
Understand and maximize creative deployment of the Orchestra calendar
Serving as first point of contact liaison with Members Committee and collaborate with the Tour Committee
Negotiate all individual musician contracts
Solving other contractual issues
Serving as a primary contact for the leadership committees of the Orchestra
Overseeing all orchestra operations in Verizon Hall
Dealing with and resolving grievances, and other areas of dispute within the orchestra corps of players.
Oversee the administration of musician instrument inventory and insurance program.
Responsible for working with the Finance Department to oversee budgets for orchestra expenses, to include musicians, extra musicians, internal production, external production, hall rental and touring.
Initiate the budget pro forma process for prospective concerts and special income-producing projects.
Oversee and manage the 5 yearbudgeting for the Orchestra and related operations.
Oversee and plan Orchestra tours and external productions.
Plan itinerary with Vice President Artistic Planning
Oversee travel logistics, hotel and cargo
Oversee negotiation of travel details with Tour Committee
Partner with Vice President of Artistic Planning and Director of Digital Media on electronic media projects, including, but not limited to audio and visual,Internetand Web-based technologies
Ensure compliance of Integrated Media Agreement.
Together with the EVP for Orchestra Advancement, maintain relationships, negotiate and monitor contracts with all POA partners, including the Mann, Saratoga, Vail, Carnegie Hall, and others as required.
Oversee the on-the-ground team at all POA partner locations (summer homes, runouts, tours).
Read, interpret, review and when appropriate, create contracts for new and existing projects and partners.
Develop and grow the operations and personnel staff through coaching and when appropriate, delegationof additional duties.
Assist the EVP for Orchestra Advancement and President and CEO in representing the POA in the community.
Assist in special fund raising projects.
Sit on the Senior Management Team and, as such, take responsibility proactively for close working relationships with all departments.
Sit on Board committees as appropriate.
Bachelor’s degree required with extensive experience (minimum 5-10 years) in symphony orchestra management, including negotiations and labor relations. Familiarity with professional orchestra management,operationsand knowledge of orchestral repertoire is strongly preferred.
Proven supervisory skills with strong interpersonal skills and discretion.
Ability to work collaboratively with Orchestra musicians
Ability to work with high-profile artists and personalities in an attentive, calm, and professional manner.
Excellent negotiating skills.
Financial acumen and ability to work withhigh levelbudgeting.
Articulate communicator, both written and verbal.
Creative problem solver with a strong ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Technological expertise/experience with proficiency in MS Word, Excel. Knowledge of OPAS a plus.
Must possess a collaborative style and have an open attitude towards co-workers.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Routine for office environment. This position will be required to travel off-site domestically and internationally, and will perform the essential functions of the job during evening and weekend concerts.
Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.