Director of Artistic Administration


Position Summary: The Director of Artistic Administration designs and executes the artistic plans and vision for the CSO and May Festival (MF), working closely with the CSO Music Director Louis Langrée, MF Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena and CSO/MF executive leadership to develop innovative programs and to engage guest artists for the CSO/MF.  He/she will supervise one manager-level employee: the Assistant Artistic Administrator.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Plan engaging and artistically significant programming for the CSO and MF, in coordination with the CSO Music Director, MF Principal Conductor, guest conductors, soloists and choruses for all CSO and MF subscription concerts, as well as special concerts, tours and recording projects.

• Engage guest artists/conductors for all such programs; negotiate contracts and riders to maximize artistic goals while balancing financial parameters.

• Identify and pursue opportunities to elevate the Orchestra throughout the Greater Cincinnati region through deeper artistic partnerships across sectors.

• Work with CSO/MF staff, CSO Musicians’ Advisory Committee and the MF Advisory Committee to track qualitative project metrics and conduct post-initiative evaluations; report results.

 • Coordinate guest artist appearances to benefit goals in other areas, such as philanthropy, marketing, and education/community engagement, being sure these appearances are part of contract negotiations.

• Contract for and manage production deadlines for commissioned works, in cooperation with the Principal Librarian, including instrumentation, music copying and delivery.

• Advise on the commissioning of new music and search for new compositions.

• Actively search for new guest artists and conductors for possible appearances with the CSO; seek out and foster relationships with a variety of artistic collaborators (visual artists, directors, designers).

• Represent the CSO outside of Cincinnati in cultivating positive relationships with conductors, artists, composers and artist managers.

• Develop relationships with artists that position the CSO and MF as a welcoming, world-class performance environment; supervise logistical follow-up as it relates to the Music Director, guest conductors, soloists and visiting composers, including visas, hotels, transportation, rehearsal orders, rehearsal and performance schedules, hospitality, etc.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Success in the position requires excellence in the following areas:

• Planning/organization – the individual should prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develop realistic action plans;

• Communication – must display a high level of communication with peers, colleagues and artists;

• Judgment – the individual should display a willingness to make decisions, exhibit sound and accurate judgment and make timely decisions;

• Interpersonal skills – the individual will work cooperatively with others within the production department and other departments across the Orchestra.

Reporting Relationship: The Director of Artistic Administration reports to the Vice President & General Manager. 


• Bachelor’s degree required.

• 5-7 years of direct artistic administration experience with a performing arts organization.

• Must have demonstrated ability to design artistically compelling programs that build new audiences while retaining and renewing support of existing audiences.

• Must be a collaborative team member with known leadership and management skills.

Compensation and Benefits: The Director of Artistic Administration position garners a competitive salary. The CSO offers generous benefits including; medical, dental, long term disability, life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, health savings account, 403(b) participation and employer contribution, and the opportunity to work for an artistically thriving and financially stable nonprofit organization.

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