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The BSOA is Hiring!

Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association 

Executive Director 

Job Description 


Organization and Community

Founded in 1963, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association (BSOA) is a professional symphony located in Cookeville, Tennessee. The BSOA (a  501(c)3 organization governed by a community Board of Directors) works in partnership with the School of Music at Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville is a micropolitan community with a city population of 36,000. Cookeville, and the wider Upper Cumberland region that the BSOA also serves, is a hub for business and continues to grow as a destination for families and retirees alike. Its proximity to Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga makes it an important central location with a vibrant arts community. The mission of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association is to engage, educate, and enrich its community through the performance of live music.

Job Description:

The BSOA Board of Directors seeks an individual knowledgeable and passionate about the arts and its potential for performance, education and social impact within the community, The ideal candidate will have experience in the arts administration field, preferably through work with non-profit or volunteer organizations, and events management expertise.

Reporting directly to the BSOA Board of Directors as the most senior administrative staff member, the Executive Director is responsible for achieving the Bryan Symphony Orchestra’s mission. To accomplish this, the Executive Director will implement policies set by the board, manage the human and financial resources of the organization, and lead strategic planning and goal setting for the organization, with accountability for the artistic, educational, financial, and community operation functions year-round. 

The Executive Director will work in partnership with the Director of Orchestras at Tennessee Tech/BSO’s Music Director, and the Director of the School of Music at Tennessee Tech. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Fundraising & Development: Collaborate and support the Board of Directors in seeking short and long-term funding and gifts from individuals and organizations through planned, corporate, and foundation giving. Support the Board of Directors in their efforts to cultivate current and seek out new donor relationships within the community. Research, apply for, and manage grants from state, federal, and foundation sources. 

  • Board of Directors: Work collaboratively with BSOA Board of Directors to develop and execute the organization’s mission, vision and goals. Prepare and present reports to the Board and ensure meeting minutes are filed. 

  • Finance: Develop, implement and responsibly manage BSOA annual budgets and finances in collaboration with the Board Treasurer and Executive Committee,  including, but not limited to: internal controls; spending authorizations; annual fundraising and earned income goals, annual artistic and educational programming finances, bookkeeping, record keeping, and financial compliance.

  • Administrative: Provide managerial and administrative leadership to BSOA staff and contractors to successfully accomplish BSOA programs. Ensure all employer responsibilities are met and that the organization is in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

  • Concert Production: Demonstrate events management expertise leading concert preparation and operations, from initial marketing and promotion to day-of concert activities and social media strategy/implementation. Measure and successfully implement impact-driven programs in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Music Director. 

  • Outreach: Cultivate the in-kind partnership with Tennessee Technological University by emphasizing mutual benefits, and communicating clearly with the faculty and staff of the University. Communicate and advocate for arts support and activities in the region through your role as executive director, including through participation in arts advocacy organizations. 



This is an hourly position that offers a flexible work schedule, some weekend work required. Compensation commensurate with experience.


Application Instructions:

To apply, please email your current resume and a one-page cover letter to: Position open until filled. Interviews beginning on Wednesday, July 17th, 2024.

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