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Executive Director - Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, North Carolina seeks an experienced Executive Director who is creative, organized, goal oriented, and passionate about arts and their effect on a growing Region. This is a full-time exempt position requiring some evening and weekend work.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing the resources of the Wilmington Symphony and for collaborating effectively with the Board of Directors to achieve the Orchestra’s mission and strategic plans. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the management of all aspects of the Orchestra’s music concerts, education programs, and professional staff, and for implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President.

During the 2018-2019 season, the Orchestra is re-structuring its professional staff and job tasks allocation, adding a new full-time Development Director position and expanding a part-time role into a full-time Marketing and Operations Director. The Wilmington Symphony recently moved its concerts to a new 1,500- seat performance venue in downtown Wilmington. Significant audience growth, successes with community engagement initiatives, and the retirement of the current Executive Director have necessitated the transition to this new staffing structure. Ideally, the new Executive Director will be available to start in January 2019.

Founded in 1971, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra has served Wilmington, North Carolina and the Cape Fear Region for 47 years. With a projected annual operating budget of $450,000, the Orchestra performs seven concerts, (five Masterworks Series and two Symphony Pops), and produces an array of unduplicated youth education programs including a regional Youth Orchestra, Junior Strings, and Young Artists Concerto Competition. The Wilmington Symphony has both an endowment fund and a donorendowed chair fund. 

Email resumé, cover letter, at least 3 professional references, and writing sample — of how you have advocated in your current role or would advocate for the Wilmington Symphony — to subject line: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at

Categories: General, Performance