Glacier Symphony: Orchestra and Chorale

Position Announcement – Executive Director

Glacier Symphony  

PO Box 2491, Kalispell, MT  59903

Final Version 1/16/2018

Job Opening: Executive Director
Job Type: Full-time with benefits, reporting to the GSC Board of Directors

The Glacier Symphony is a regional community based orchestra with chorale organization located in Kalispell, Montana currently in its 35th season with performances year round in Kalispell, Whitefish and surrounding locations.  Flathead County is a growing region in proximity to Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, two ski resorts, and numerous rivers and lakes.  The valley is also home to various music, theatrical and cultural amenities, almost 100,000 residents, and a large number of part-time second home owners.  The season includes a Masterworks Season of 5-6 concert weekends between October and February, Easter Festival in April, a Summer Pops Festival in July and the week long Festival Amadeus in August.  Other select and pops concerts occur at different times of the year. The chorale performs at least 3 times during the year, twice with the orchestra and once in a stand-alone concert. 

The Executive Director shares the leadership of the Glacier Symphony under the Artistic Executive Director, John Zoltek.  The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the management and oversight of all aspects of the Symphony's $700,000 operation, including: fundraising; budgeting and financial management; volunteers; staff; and non-artistic contractors. Other aspects of responsibility are jointly managed with the Artistic Executive Director including Board development; educational programs; marketing; concert/event production; and networking and outreach to the community. 

Qualifications/ Experience

  • The ideal candidate would have experience in managing symphonies or performing arts and a strong interest in classical music
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s degree a plus
  • Proven track record of fundraising success with experience generating revenue from multiple sources 
  • Proven financial management skills with experience developing and managing large budgets 
  • Strong supervisory, organizational and management skills 
  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with the community, businesses, and other nonprofits 
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills with the ability to develop and communicate a shared vision and strategic plan 

Duties & Responsibilities
The Executive Director directly supervises all non-artistic staff and contractors to meet revenue goals and support the artistic vision of the Artistic Executive Director. The multi-faceted responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: 

Development: Development activities are anticipated to be 70-80% of the time of the Executive Director. In addition to ticket revenue, the annual budget of the Glacier Symphony includes approximately $500,000 in donations, sponsorships and grants.  Fund development is a primary focus of this position in conjunction with the Board and staff.  As a relationship builder, the Executive Director will maintain a high professional profile and will develop, cultivate & sustain a growing major donor base to maintain the financial resources for the Glacier Symphony. The Executive Director is also responsible for planning and overseeing fundraising events, grant writing and administration, Business Partnership Program and other fundraising initiatives and activities.  The Executive Director works closely with, and supervises the Development Associate position.Finance and Budgeting: Develop and oversee annual operating budgets in cooperation with the Artistic Executive Director, Treasurer/ Finance Committee and the Board. Develop strategies to optimize utilization of resources within the annual budget. Ensure all records and reports are up to date, transparent and in compliance with federal and state regulations by supervision of the bookkeeper/CPA. 

Board Relations: Prepare all board materials, maintain transparency in all communication. Serve as ex officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and appropriate Committees. Work jointly with the board to ensure ongoing recruitment and training of new Board members. 

Administration and operations: Manage all responsibilities associated with office structure and staff, including:

  • General: Manage all human resources functions including periodic performance reviews of office staff. Maintain knowledge of the field of Symphonic Orchestra management and maintain good relationships with peers locally, regionally and nationally. Represent the organization at local, state and national conferences and gatherings. Keep Board apprised of changing trends and initiatives in the orchestra and arts-and-culture sector. 
  • Concert and Event Planning and Oversight:  In support of the artistic vision of the Artistic Executive Director, plan, implement and oversee operational aspects of concerts and other events, including board/volunteer assistance, audience development, venue details, and guest artist contracts and logistics.
  • Co-Lead staff team meetings in cooperation with the Artist Executive Director to coordinate details of events, fund development, and administration.  Currently the team includes 3 staff (Office and Ticketing Manager, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, and Development Associate) and a contracted Marketing Consultant.

Compensation: Commensurate with Position Requirements, Experience & Qualifications

Deadline for application for first round review: by noon Mountain time Wednesday, April 4, 2018. First round interviews are scheduled take place the week of April 9, 2018. 

Email* the following as a single attachment in PDF (Adobe) format to, with the subject line “Executive Director Application”


Cover letter with contact information

Personal statement answering these questions on no more than one page:

Why does this opportunity appeal to you? 

What is your understanding of the importance of symphonic music on a community?

References (minimum 3, maximum 5) with organizational affiliation, email and phone number(s)

*No phone calls or mailed applications please.

Glacier Chorale Auditions

All musicians interested in auditioning for the Glacier Chorale should contact Chorale Conductor Micah Hunter at to set up an audition time.