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The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is searching for an experienced, highly organized, self-motivated leader with a passion for the performing arts to fulfill the position of Interim Executive Director. This is a part-time contract position (20 hours per week with a duration of 18 months) located in Sudbury, Ontario.

This is an opportunity to play a leading role in one of Northern Ontario’s most vibrant and successful arts organisations during a new and exciting period of change, development and transformation. Like other orchestras, the SSO is working at coming out of this difficult pandemic time and the first challenge will be to lead the recruitment process for a new Artistic Director. The current Artistic Director has announced her departure from the SSO at the conclusion of this program year 2021-22.


The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is comprised of both professionals and community musicians who are dedicated to increasing the awareness and appreciation of classical music in the Sudbury Region and surrounding area by providing the opportunity for the public to attend a stimulating program of concerts and by encouraging artistic excellence, commitment and education. The SSO also offers a music school program through the SSO Conservatory.


Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the new role of Interim Executive Director provides the direction and support necessary for the SSO to make the most effective use of its many resources, with a particular focus on its human resources. This includes the administrative and educational staff, professional performers, volunteer performers, general volunteers, and board members. The incumbent works to ensure the various contributions and accountabilities of each group and/or individual are clearly understood, tracked, communicated, coordinated, and completed in a timely and effective manner. This is as much about project management as people management. Both are important to the success of this role, and to making sure the SSO makes the best use of what it has, in order to deliver the best realization of its potential.

The role is responsible for overseeing the administration of the day-to-day operations of the orchestra and conservatory. They manage the SSO administrative staff members, coaching and guiding them as necessary and partnering with them in problem-solving when needed to support the delivery of their work. The Interim Executive Director also works in close collaboration with the Artistic Director and with the various committees of the board who support the ideation, planning, and execution of the SSO’s programming.

The Interim Executive Director will serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, and will provide leadership and coordination of the orchestra’s fundraising and community growth & engagement activities. The Board of Directors will rely on the vision and experience of the Interim Executive Director to inform its decisions about SSO staffing needs for the medium to long term, as the organization lives into the challenges and opportunities of the current economic, cultural, and social landscape.

Salary commensurate with experience.

The Interim Executive Director is responsible for a budget of $250,000+


The ideal candidate should possess the following background and skills:


● University or college degree in addition to 3 to 5 years of experience in a management role in cultural/arts organisations.
● Working knowledge of the arts
● Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
● Strong organizational skills and a keen eye for detail
● Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and WordPress
● High degree of comfort with the use of social media and current collaboration tools, and promoting & supporting their adoption throughout the organization’s staff, volunteers, and broader community
● Flexibility and the ability to work independently
● Ability to maintain relationships with external stakeholders and funders
● Legally eligible to work in Canada


● Post secondary education in Office Administration, Business, Music or a related field
● Previous experience as an Office Manager or an Administrator
● Experience working with a not-for-profit board
● Working knowledge of QuickBooks or other accounting software
● Orchestral experience or knowledge
● Experience with the writing of grant applications
● Understanding of the operational and back-office systems and infrastructure of a nonprofit (HR, Finance, IT, etc.)
● Experience working with boards of directors
● Bilingualism (French and English)


To apply for this opportunity, please submit a resume and a cover letter in PDF or Word format, describing your interest and qualifications, by email to recruitment@sudburysymphony.com.

The SSO is an equal opportunity employer and wishes to thank all who express an interest in this position. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: all candidates offered a position with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status as a condition of employment.

SSO Working Environment: It is a priority for SSO to create a healthy workplace for employees and promotes a scent-free environment.

Land Acknowledgment: The SSO acknowledges that it carries out its music programming on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and that the Greater City of Sudbury also includes the traditional lands of the Wahnapitae First Nation. As descendants of settlers, we extend our deepest respect to all Indigenous peoples – Miigwech.