The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was founded in 2011. Today the HSO is Hawaii’s premier professional orchestra. The 2019/2020 season is comprised of 11 Halekulani Masterworks concert pairs, seven Sheraton Waikiki musicthatPOPS concerts, three musicthatROCKS concerts, two free community concerts, six education concerts, one family concert, and 30 to 45 ensemble performances across the region in schools, libraries, community centers, and retirement facilities. The HSO also performs with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. The Orchestra’s Artistic Advisor is JoAnn Falletta.
The HSO is a professional orchestra operating with a collective bargaining agreement in place with the American Federation of Musicians. The Orchestra employs 84 musicians comprised of a core of 64 players and an additional 20 per-service professionals. The HSO holds membership in the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM).
The HSO is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, two of whom are Orchestra members. The Orchestra operates on an annual budget of $4.6 million and has an endowment of approximately $13M. The HSO has a staff of eight full-time employees. The Orchestra serves the Island of Oahu with live performances, and reaches the other Islands of Hawaii through radio broadcasts of the concerts. The full Orchestra and its various ensembles also perform on the neighbor islands.
The Mission of the HSO is to present the highest-quality performances, bringing national and international distinction to the Orchestra and its community; to educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds; to enhance the cultural vitality and quality of life in Hawaii; and to operate in a financially sound manner.
The State of Hawaii
Hawaii’s setting is unique. Thanks to its geographic location and multi-national heritage, Hawaii looks east for the best of American and European cultures and looks west for the cultural richness of Pacific Rim countries and all of Asia. As a result, Hawaii is a vibrant and diverse community pulsing with international creative energies. This mixing of cultures and heritages also creates a robust musical environment. The ED will have the opportunity to harness these energies and heritages to develop a musical landscape that is truly unique in the world. Because of Hawaii's climate, physical beauty, and what is referred to as its “aloha spirit,” the HSO is able to attract an extremely diverse audience of music lovers as well as internationally acclaimed musicians not normally attracted to a state with only 1.2 million people. In many ways, Hawaii possesses the best of two worlds: a population to some extent as sophisticated as that of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, and a culture in which the aloha spirit truly permeates life, alleviating the stress that major cities so often impose. HSO’s next ED has a singular opportunity to grow, create, and experiment in this extraordinary environment.
Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief advocate, networker, and ambassador for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, cultivating new donor relationships and enhancing the organization’s profile and visibility throughout the statewide community. The ED’s responsibilities include oversight of external and community relations; audience development and participation; fund development; long-range planning; and overall internal operational, financial, and administrative management. The ED maintains a positive, team-spirited institutional culture, which balances the diversity and vibrancy of the Hawaiian Islands and the Orchestra’s artistic traditions and programs with best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.
Principal duties and responsibilities include:
Identifies stakeholders, develops strategies and defines how key messages will be delivered to various individuals and institutions to maximize visibility, brand, and earned and contributed revenues. Central to this are responsibilities in the area of fundraising, marketing, and public relations. The Executive Director is responsible for the planning and implementation of all aspects of fundraising, including annual campaigns, planned giving, endowment, and capital initiatives. The ED collaborates with internal stakeholders to identify new sources of earned and contributed revenue and explores innovative approaches to audience development. The ED is the public face of HSO.
Education, Community Engagement, and Community Relations:
Extends opportunities for learning, collaboration, and accessibility that further the goals outlined in the Mission Statement. The Board Chair and the ED serve as the HSO’s primary spokespersons with the community.
Operational and Strategic Planning:
Oversees short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation, including the effective mentoring and supervision of the organization’s human resources, mobilization of technological resources, and decision-making related to appropriate use of financial resources. The Executive Director cultivates and maintains relationships with key HSO community partners and actively seeks, identifies, and explores effective partnerships that advance music in the state-wide community.
Governance and Financial Management:
Provides support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, stimulate the Board’s involvement, helps recruit new Board members, and works closely with the Board to ensure fiscal health and effective organizational governance. The Executive Director partners with the Board Chair to maximize Board engagement.
The ideal candidate is a leader who brings an optimistic, pragmatic, and entrepreneurial perspective to building an effective management team and an organizational structure that will best serve the HSO. The candidate will have a solid track record for leading, managing, and developing teams, proven success with fundraising, a firm understanding of management processes, and proactive community-building skills. S/he will have a strong interest in, and passion for, developing a positive work environment among Board, staff, musicians, volunteers, and local constituents.
The successful candidate will be an intelligent, outgoing, likeable person capable of interacting with diverse internal and external stakeholders. S/he will demonstrate the ability to innovate and bring about positive change. S/he will have the leadership skills and vision to guide the Board in developing the HSO as a major cultural, musical, and educational force in the community.
The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of classical and pops artists and repertoire, both established and new, and the ability to implement programming that engages and stimulates the community. The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to interactive arts education and community engagement and will understand how to integrate such projects successfully with the other activities and goals of the HSO.
A Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of relevant work experience is preferred. The successful candidate must be willing and able to accept a work schedule that includes evening and weekend attendance at concerts and other events.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
HSO is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization. The HSO seeks to develop a diverse candidate pool. Applications and recommendations of qualified candidates are welcome.
Applicants are asked to send a cover letter outlining their qualifications and specific interest in this position. Please include resume, salary requirements, and at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential, and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.
The position will remain open until filled. The Search Committee will begin to review candidate credentials in mid-October.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
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