The Eugene Symphony invites nominations and applications for the position of Finance & Administrative Director, available December 2021.
Now in its 57th season, the Eugene Symphony is widely recognized as a cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. Under the leadership of Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and Executive Director Scott Freck, the Eugene Symphony pursues its mission to "enrich lives through the power of music" by presenting annual classical, summer, and community engagement performances, commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts. Due to restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020/21 the Eugene Symphony expanded and adapted its programming to incorporate a wide variety of activities including virtual engagement via its Symphony Soundwaves concert series, private lessons remotely delivered to aspiring young musicians, and small ensemble performances in public spaces through its new SymphonyGO! initiative. A full season of Symphonic series, Family, Youth, and Special concerts is underway for 2021/22.
Guided by its Long-Range Plan, first established in 2007 and updated regularly, the Eugene Symphony serves, educates, and develops the widest possible regional audience through its programs. Approximately 25,000 community members attend the Eugene Symphony’s classical, family, and special performances each year. Up to an additional 25,000 children, adults, and seniors take part in annual education and community engagement initiatives, including family and youth concerts, in-school ensemble performances, subsidized concert tickets, artist residencies, and pre-concert lectures for adults. Through its annual broadcast series on classical radio KWAX, the Eugene Symphony brings its full season of classical concerts to 45,000 local and worldwide listeners monthly, and recently created a limited-edition radio series on KLCC-FM, the local NPR affiliate.
Following an international search that considered more than 250 candidates from over 40 countries, Francesco Lecce-Chong was named the Symphony’s eighth Music Director in April 2017. He succeeds such illustrious predecessors as Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Giancarlo Guerrero, and has a strong passion for audience engagement and equity of access to the Symphony’s programs. He is also the Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony in California.
The Eugene Symphony is a professional orchestra operating under a collective bargaining agreement which carries through the 2021/22 season, and also supports the Eugene Symphony Chorus. The Eugene Symphony Association is governed by a 32-member Board of Directors and receives support from the volunteer members of the Eugene Symphony Guild; there is an administrative staff of 10 including full-time and part-time employees. A separate group of five Trustees oversees the Eugene Symphony Foundation currently valued at $8.2 million in assets. The Eugene Symphony has an operating budget of $2.97 million for 2021/22 and has a history of financial stability with a trend toward growth.
Described on its official website as “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors,” Eugene is known for its unique, exciting mix of arts, culture, education, scenic beauty, and passion for recreation. With a population of about 170,000, Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city and home to the University of Oregon, where the School of Music and Dance is the most respected in the Pacific Northwest. The Willamette and McKenzie rivers are magnets for water sports and recreation, and more than 100 parks and 2,600 acres of open space offer settings for outdoor activity of all kinds. As an arts and culture destination, Eugene is home to the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Opera, the Eugene Ballet, Ballet Fantastique, the Eugene Concert Choir, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Shedd Institute, and several theatre companies. Downtown Eugene is a vibrant urban environment with blocks of art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shops.
As a senior member of the Symphony’s management team, the Finance & Administrative Director is responsible for all financial and administrative operations for the Eugene Symphony Association (ESA) and its related Eugene Symphony Foundation (ESF). The Finance & Administrative Director works in close collaboration with other senior members of the administrative team, the Treasurer, and the Board of Directors to determine, implement, and monitor revenue and expense budgets which enable the Association to maximize its capacity and effectiveness.
The Finance & Administrative Director is responsible for multiple areas, including finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, and administrative functions. This position requires skills in budget oversight, full-cycle accounting from daily transactions through financial statement preparation, sound judgment, an ability to function as part of a team, a strong sense of ownership over one’s work, and a positive, encouraging attitude.
This position regularly interacts with staff and volunteers at all levels and with a wide range of constituents, including frequent contact with venue partners, vendors, conductors, and orchestra musicians in a fast-paced environment.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of relevant experience with full-cycle accounting. They will have superb written and interpersonal communication skills and be comfortable communicating with a wide array of vendors, patrons, volunteer leaders including Board and Guild members, and orchestra musicians.
Leadership skills, strong decision-making ability, and fine attention to detail are critical to success in this position. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity with a reputation for fairness, honesty, and the highest ethical standards. The Finance & Administrative Director must be proactive, resourceful, discreet, and thorough. Familiarity with contracts, including collective bargaining agreements, is a plus. Thorough knowledge and proficiency in QuickBooks, PatronManager, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint) and Zoom is required.
They will work well under pressure and will be able to manage competing priorities and deadlines effectively. They will be a self-starter with high energy, maturity, and self-confidence. The ideal candidate will welcome the opportunity to be an active participant in the life of Eugene and the Willamette Valley community.
This position requires the ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time, as well as the ability to lift approximately 20 pounds. Employment is subject to annual criminal background check.
NOTE: All current administrative[A1] employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 and prospective employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.
Compensation and Benefits
This position is full-time exempt, with an annual salary range of $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with experience. Benefits offered include three weeks of paid vacation; employer contribution of 3.5% of annual salary into retirement account; sick leave; dedicated professional development resources and sabbatical leave policy; paid parking; and ticket privileges to Eugene Symphony events.
Please send a letter of application that describes both interest in the Eugene Symphony and qualifications for the specific position. Also include a résumé and contact information for at least three references. All applications will be confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s consent.
Please submit all requested materials as a combined PDF by email by Friday, October 22, 2021 to:
Eugene Symphony Human Resources
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