The Orchestra Personnel Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with Orchestra Musicians, Music Director and Artistic Operations Staff.
· Oversees all Orchestra personnel requirements to uphold the artistic integrity and excellence of the NJSO, while ensuring compliance with the NJSO CBA and operating within budget parameters.
· In conjunction with the NJSO Principals and Music Director, develops and maintains substitute lists and contracts all substitute and extra musicians required for each program.
· Prepares bi-weekly orchestra payroll.
· Develops budget information for upcoming seasons.
· Manages all details for auditions for NJSO musicians.
· Together with Artistic Operations Staff, ensures Musician needs are met at multiple venues including six regular subscription venues across NJ.
· Supervises Assistant Personnel Manager.
· Attends all Orchestra rehearsals, concerts and auditions.
· Other duties as assigned.
Minimum BA or BS, preferably with studies in music and extensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire. Experience as professional musician preferred.
3+ years of Personnel/Operations experience within an arts organization, preferably an orchestra. The Personnel Manager must be (or become) a member of the American Federation of Musicians.
Knowledge of scheduling and instrumentation. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access). Familiarity with OPAS a plus. Ability and eagerness to learn new software as required.
Ability to understand, anticipate and respect the needs of orchestra musicians, guest artists and conductors. Strong personal integrity with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and to resolve interpersonal conflicts effectively.
High degree of initiative and ability to establish and work within deadlines, while maintaining budgets and addressing challenges in a creative manner. Excellent critical thinking, prioritizing and problem solving skills.
Collaborator who thrives in a team environment. Enthusiasm for live orchestral performances and commitment to creating an environment in which orchestra musicians, conductors and soloists meaningfully connect with audiences.
Superior organizational skills, strong written and verbal communication skills combined with the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with professionalism, agility, thoroughness and good humor.
Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.
Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.
Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised ...for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.
In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement (ECE) programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People, NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs in a variety of settings through the NJSO’s Community Partners Program. The Orchestra’s ECE programs annually serve more than 66,000 New Jerseyans and over a multi-year cycle reach all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.