Orchestra Personnel Manager

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestra Personnel Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of orchestra activities and related functions in compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Orchestra Personnel Manager serves as a liaison between the musicians and administration of the San Diego Symphony, supporting institutional goals and acting as a resource and counsel for orchestra musicians.Responsibilities include being present at orchestral rehearsals and performances, preparing orchestra rosters and seating assignments, maintaining attendance records, preparing orchestra payroll, managing the audition process, ensuring timely and accurate communication to musicians, and addressing confidential personnel matters in partnership with the Director of Orchestra Operations.The Orchestra Personnel Manager reports to the Director of Orchestra Operations and works closely with the Assistant Orchestra Personnel manager in addition to colleagues across Human Resources, Production, and Artistic teams as well as the Orchestral Librarians. The Orchestra Personnel Manager demonstrates a continuous improvement approach supporting collaboration and growth across the institution.
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Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Business, or Arts Administration
  • 3-5 years experience as an Orchestra Personnel Manager
  • Experience and knowledge of the Performing Arts is essential to the success of this position
  • Candidates with experience as a musician or member of the administrative team of orchestras preferred


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate calmly and professionally in high pressure situations
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve issues creatively, demonstrating leadership and teamwork
  • Capacity to build and maintain trust and confidentiality, exercising objectivity, discretion and tact
  • Ability to successfully prioritize workload and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy in work
  • Ability to interpret and administer negotiated collective bargaining agreements and individual contracts
  • Experience preparing complex orchestral payroll including overtime, allowances and additional payments
  • In-depth knowledge of California Human Resources concepts including sick leave and leaves of absence preferred
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office. Working knowledge of orchestra management systems and databases is an advantage.
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