General Manager

Date Posted: Jul 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Aug 03, 2021
Start Date: Sep 01, 2021

Salary From: 40K To 45K
Province: Ontario
Region: Central Ontario
City: Peterborough
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra
The PSO is a hybrid orchestra, including community and professional musicians, which champions the cause of live orchestral music in Peterborough and surrounding areas.  We envision a community united by a love of orchestral music from many eras and genres.  We pursue this vision through concertsand youth and community outreach as well as partnering with other local organizations.

Job Description

The General Manager reports to the Chair of the Board of the PSO and works closely with the Music Director.
The General Manager assists the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in the achievement of its vision, mission and goals by administering the day-to-day operations of the orchestra and executing on the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.  You will also support the Music Director in the pursuit of artistic activities and be the first point of contact on behalf of the orchestra. The General Manager also provides administrative support for the Board’s fundraising activities.  The General Manager liaises with key partners such as our performance venue (Showplace), our core professional musicians and visiting guest artists.   You will manage an annual expenditure budget of $250,000 or more.
  • Concert season marketing
  • Planning and executing one annual campaign marketing our season, with a focus on selling season subscriptions; this includes liaising with subscription purchasers and the venue box office
  • Individual concert marketing
  • Planning and executing the marketing campaign for each concert (typically five) in the season; this includes liaising with the Music Director on themes, and with designers on the creation of relevant materials
  • Concert production
  • Liaising with and supporting the Music Director in securing guest artists and arranging contracts; booking and liaising with the performance venue and rehearsal venue; preparing and distributing information to musicians; preparing house programs; providing admin support to the Music Librarian; liaising with and arranging payment for hired musicians; travel arrangements, if needed, for guest artists
  • Fundraising support
  • Providing admin support to the Board of Directors on two fundraising campaigns per year.   This includes managing or supervising the management of a donor information database and involvement in the design, printing and distribution of relevant materials. 


  • University or college degree; an exception may be made for someone with strong experience in the field of arts administration
  • Education and/or experience in marketing is required
  • Experience managing a budget is required
  • Experience working in a performing arts environment is highly desirable
  • Experience working for a charitable non-profit organization is also highly desirable

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Organization, time management, prioritization and planning skills
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office; fully comfortable working with social media
  • Some exposure to donor management software is desirable
  • Experience preparing grant applications is desirable
  • Self-motivated and deadline driven
  • Strong organization skills and experience prioritizing multiple competing tasks. 
  • Must have excellent attention to detail.

Additional Info:

The PSO's website is being redesigned.   It is currently out of date.

How to Apply:

The closing date for applications is August 3, 2021.  Please send your resume and a covering letter by e-mail to Dr. Tim Kerr, Chair, PSO at Please indicate in your letter how you meet the levels of education, experience, knowledge and competencies required for this position, and please set out why the position is one that really appeals to you.  Selected applicants will receive additional information and will be invited to participate in an interview process.

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