Executive Director

Niagara Symphony Orchestra


The Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has been an arts leader and cultural treasure in the Niagara Region for over 75 years. Established in 1948 as the St. Catharines Civic Orchestra, the organization has grown from a small community ensemble into a fully professional orchestra of over 50 musicians. The NSO Is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Niagara Region through diverse programming and a broad range of educational initiatives

Executive Director: 

The Executive Director plays a pivotal leadership role in driving the mission and objectives of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Responsible for overseeing administrative staff, volunteers, financial resources, and operational integrity, the Executive Director takes proactive measures to ensure the organization’s success. This includes implementing strategic directives set by the Board of Directors and working in close collaboration with the Music Director to elevate the orchestra’s artistic and community impact.

The Role:

As NSO’s Executive Director, you will play a critical role in leading our administrative functions, ensuring financial sustainability, and amplifying our presence as a premier cultural institution. You will:

  • Embody collaborative leadership to inspire a culture of excellence, innovation, teamwork, and respect across the entire NSO community, including our musicians, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Conduct strategic planning and execution to drive the NSO’s mission forward in accordance with our strategic vision.
  • Champion fundraising activities, build relationships with government entities, and develop partnerships to secure the NSO’s enduring legacy.
  • Lead marketing and public relations efforts to heighten the NSO’s profile and expand our audience base within the Niagara region.
  • Direct education and community outreach initiatives that support the NSO’s commitment to educational excellence.
  • Manage general administration, oversee financial operations and budgeting, ensure effective human resource management, and uphold the Collective Bargaining Agreement for organizational efficiency and fiscal accountability.



Board of Directors

  •  Advises the Board on strategic initiatives and operational enhancements to optimize orchestra efficiency and service delivery.
  • Acts as an ex officio member of all Board committees, providing valuable insights and guidance.
  • Demonstrates proactive involvement in Board meetings, presenting comprehensive reports and recommendations.
  • Collaborates with the Nominating Committee to recruit and onboard talented individuals who can contribute to the organization’s growth.

Development/External Relations/Fundraising

  • Leads strategic initiatives to cultivate and secure support from individual donors, corporations, and foundations, fostering a culture of philanthropy within the NSO community.
  • Develops and executes dynamic fundraising strategies, leveraging various channels such as grants, sponsorships, endowment campaigns, and planned giving to sustain and advance organizational goals
  •  Takes a hands-on approach in preparing and submitting grant applications and reports, ensuring compliance with deadlines and requirements.
  • Ensures meticulous acknowledgment of contributions and maintains accurate records, fostering strong donor relations and stewardship.
  • Actively engages with stakeholders, including volunteer groups, arts organizations, public agencies, and the general public, to enhance the NSO’s visibility and impact.


  • Assumes a proactive role in financial stewardship, ensuring the NSO’s fiscal health and sustainability.
  • Maintains accurate financial records and oversees all accounts in alignment with Board directives.
  •  Develops comprehensive annual operating plans and budgets, monitoring expenditures and providing regular updates to the Board.
  • Ensures responsible utilization of grants and adherence to reporting guidelines, safeguarding the NSO’s reputation and credibility.

Production and Marketing

  • Collaborates closely with the Music Director to shape and execute artistic objectives, championing innovative programming and guest artist selections.
  •  Oversees development and implementation of an annual master plan for orchestra operations, aligning rehearsal schedules, concert programs, special events, and audience engagement initiatives.
  • Identifies and capitalizes on new performance opportunities, working in tandem with the Music Director to expand the NSO’s reach and relevance.
  •  Demonstrates a visible presence at rehearsals, concerts, and symphony events, actively engaging with musicians, patrons, and community members.
  • Spearheads marketing efforts, devising strategic subscription campaigns and promotional activities to maximize ticket sales and audience engagement.
  • Cultivates media relationships and secures coverage to generate positive publicity and raise awareness of NSO’s impact.

Supervisory and Administrative Oversight

  • Working in close collaboration with the Music Director, ensures that the Agreement with the Player’s Association is managed with fairness and effectiveness based on a win-win approach.
  • Takes a collaborative and team-building approach to staff management, recruiting, training, and supervising administrative personnel to foster a culture of excellence and accountability.
  • Conducts performance evaluations and implements personnel development initiatives to optimize team effectiveness.
  • Upholds compliance with legal requirements and employment regulations, mitigating risks and fostering a safe, inclusive work environment.
  • Demonstrates transparency and accountability in all administrative matters, instilling confidence among stakeholders and partners.

Education and Community Outreach

  • Collaborates with the Music Director to develop and advocate for innovative educational opportunities that enrich the community and inspire future generations of musicians.
  • Champions and oversees the development and operation of educational programs, including the NSO’s Summer Music Camp, providing immersive learning experiences for aspiring musicians and serving as a cornerstone of the organization’s educational initiatives.


Interested Applicants should apply by May 23, 2024

To apply, email your details to nso.edsearch24@gmail.com

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter quoting the job title in the subject line by May 23, 2024, to: Bonnie Rose Chair, ED Search Committee Niagara Symphony Orchestra [email protected] Niagara Symphony Orchestra is committed to the principles of equality and diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, minority communities, immigrants, persons with disabilities and the LGBTQ2S+ community. We will provide accommodation in all phases of the hiring process, up to the point of undue hardship, upon request. Thank you for your interest. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are received. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.