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Executive Director Description


The Executive Director is the lead staff member of the Bremerton Symphony Association (BSA). This position supports the board and committees in their work to realize the vision, mission and values of the organization. The Executive Director bears final responsibility for the administration and management of Association resources and implementing policies set forth by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director supervises administrative staff and works closely with the Music, Chorale and Youth Jazz Directors.


Strategic & Financial Planning

  • Approve organizational expenses in accordance with the budget approved by the Board of Directors. 

  • Support the development and implementation of the strategic vision and plan; provide regular reports on progress towards short- and long-term goals.


Community Connections & Development

  • Engage the community in furthering existing BSA music education programs and initiatives and explore additional areas to collaborate with others for increased funding, programming, and awareness.

  • Identify, cultivate, and develop a strong mix of contributed revenue from corporate sponsors, individual donors, grants, and similar fund-raising campaigns.

  • Represent the organization at meetings of community organizations and make presentations as requested to enhance the profile of the BSA throughout the region.

  • Understand the audience base and patron interests and articulate these factors while collaborating with the Music Director in finalizing and announcing each season of programming.


Administrative Oversight and Compliance

  • Maintain compliance with all laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the effective management of the BSA.

  • Ensure proper accounting and bookkeeping procedures are followed. 

  • Act as the lead staff member; Manage human resources, including hiring, performance review, conflict resolution, termination, and compensation discussions. 

  • Oversee office procedures and public communications to maintain prompt, professional communications with patrons and the general public. 


Board Engagement and Support

  • Assist the Board of Directors in developing and maintaining governance policies and processes.

  • Organize training material for Board of Directors members and support new member orientation regarding programs and policies, in coordination with the Board President. 

  • Attend all regular committee meetings of the Board of Directors and provide support and information as requested. 

  • Submit monthly written reports at full board meetings regarding programmatic, operational, and fiscal status of the organization.



This position reports to Board of Directors, directly through the Board President. It supervises all BSA administrative staff positions and collaborates closely with the artistic directors. 



  • Ability to work independently, with general direction from the Board President and Executive Committee.

  • Fluency in the use of common social media platforms, and their use as communications tools to engage new and existing performing arts audiences.

  • Effective verbal communication and team leadership skills, with an ability to build trust among a small nonprofit staff.  

  • The ability to remain diplomatic with sensitive information and manage complex conversations with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite required. Experience with Google Drive or other cloud-based sharing systems, and Arts People or similar online ticketing and database software, preferred. 



  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Five years experience working in the nonprofit sector

  • Experience developing funding relationships and soliciting support from individuals, corporations, or foundations through written or in-person requests 

  • Successfully passing a Washington State background check



  • MBA, MPA, or MFA (Arts Management)

  • Five or more years experience in a senior non-profit management position

  • Familiarity with the technical and administrative needs of a nonprofit performing arts organization



  • Ability to lift 25 pounds



  • Reliable personal transportation

  • Valid driver's license

  • Proof of current automobile insurance



Bremerton Symphony Association maintains an office located in downtown Bremerton; current public office hours are 12-4pm Tuesday through Friday, with employees working and meeting outside of those hours. Frequent evening and weekend meetings and performances are required of this position. The successful candidate is expected to reside in or near Kitsap County, Washington. The performing season regularly runs from October through June, with special events and concerts happening during the summer months. Bremerton Symphony Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Submit a resume and cover letter, including professional references, to This position is open until filled; priority will be given to applications received by April 1, 2024.

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