PT Executive Director for Regional Orchestra

Date: Nov 18, 2022

RMSO Executive Director Search

Start Date: January 2023
Commitment: 0.5 FTE (15-25 hrs per week)
Remuneration: $24,000
Work from home ratio: 75-80%

The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra ("RMSO") has been entertaining audiences since 2016 and it remains a vital part of the arts in southern Alberta, drawing audiences from Calgary and the surrounding area. The mission of the Orchestra is to produce high-quality concerts of Concert music in unique venues & locations, bringing music to classical music lovers who live outside major cities centres, and to cultivate new audiences for accessible orchestral concert music by reducing obstacles of geography and travel time.

We produce about a dozen events annually, including the Masterworks Series, a Discovery Series, and a few Holiday & Pops Specials.

Full information about our season is available on our website at

The RMSO is seeking a motivated and dynamic individual for the part-time position (0.5 FTE) of Executive Director to commence in January 2023. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is primarily responsible for achieving the RMSO's fund-raising objectives and day to day operations of the orchestra.

Much of this role may be accomplished in a work-from-home setting. For candidates who work best in a traditional setting, an office, board room, and meeting spaces are available. Time may be split between home and office as desired. Rehearsals are held at the Polaris Centre, with concerts in various surrounding communities.

The Executive Director will be expected to:

  • Provide strategic guidance and planning in fund raising.
  • Work cooperatively with the Music Director, Board of Directors and its various Committees.
  • With the support of the Board, 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, as well as corporate community grants.
  • Oversee and maintain the annual fundraising campaign.
  • Help develop and produce digital & print materials for the annual campaign(s) and special events.
  • Oversee the smooth operations of concert & outreach activities, including volunteer management.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance to office staff and volunteers as need.
  • Oversee ongoing sales & marketing activities.
  • Work with the Board to prepare an annual budget.
  • Work collaboratively with office staff, volunteers, board members, musicians and patrons as required.
  • Represent the RMSO 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.

This position is expected to require 15-25 hours per week (0.5 FTE), fluctuating depending on the time of year and the orchestra season.

The compensation for this 0.5 FTE position is $24,000/year, depending on qualifications.

Please clearly demonstrate on your application how you meet the following qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree in Arts 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 attend 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 would be an asset.
  • CFRE certification would be an asset. 

Please submit applications, along with CV and any references via email to Board Chair, Kim Raffin.

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.