Career Opportunity | Executive Director of the Lethbridge Symphony

Date: Jan 14, 2020

Lethbridge Symphony Association
Career Opportunity – Executive Director

Based in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Lethbridge Symphony has been entertaining audiences since 1960 and it remains a vital part of the arts in southern Alberta, drawing audiences from Lethbridge and the surrounding area. Its mission is to create and promote a first class orchestra producing memorable musical experiences for audiences of all ages.

We produce a dozen large events annually including the Symphony Series (featuring the full orchestra), Musica Intima (featuring Musaeus string quartet and other small ensembles from within the orchestra), as well as our ever-popular Kids Choir event, and Love Notes gala fundraiser. Frequent collaborations with other arts organizations within the community include: Vox Musica, The University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop, U of L Singers, Chinook Chamber Singers, Ventus Women’s Chorus, various high school choirs and the U of L Music Conservatory. The Lethbridge Symphony has also performed with internationally recognized artists including John McDermott, ASANI, Doc Walker and Jan Lisiecki. For further information please see our website at

The LSA is seeking a motivated and dynamic individual for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is primarily responsible for achieving the organization’s fund-raising objectives. In this role, the Executive Director will be expected to:

  • Provide strategic guidance and planning in fund raising.
  • Work cooperatively with the Fund Development Committee.
  • With the support of board members, help identify, cultivate and solicit both corporate and individual sponsors, and prepare written sponsorship proposals as required.
  • Apply for grants at the Federal, Provincial and Local level.
  • Oversee and maintain the annual fundraising campaign.
  • Develop and produce materials for the annual campaign(s) and special events.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Providing guidance to office staff as needed.
  • Work with staff, Finance Committee and the board to prepare an annual budget.
  • Work collaboratively with office staff, volunteers, board members, musicians and patrons as required.
  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, media and the general public.

The balance of the Executive Director’s time will be spent on administrative duties. This will include ensuring program development by providing guidance to office staff as needed. Other key areas of responsibility include budgeting and financial planning.


Please clearly demonstrate on your application, in one or two short paragraphs, how you meet the following qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree in Management, Business Administration or equivalent is preferred.
  • A proven track record in meeting fund-raising goals, including identifying, cultivating and securing both corporate and individual donors.
  • Experience in fundraising, preferably in the arts.
  • Strong interpersonal/human relations skills.
  • Willingness to spend additional time attending symphony functions and concerts outside of normal working hours.
  • Possess a passion for the performing arts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Grant-writing experience.
  • CFRE certification would be an asset.

Please submit applications for the position, along with salary expectations, to:

We thank all those who apply. However, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.