Executive Director – Portland Chamber Orchestra

 Organization & Environs: 

The oldest incorporated chamber orchestra in the U.S., the Portland Chamber Orchestra has been deeply rooted in the Portland community for nearly 70 years. PCO recognizes that the future of classical music depends on innovation, education, and its connection to community.

The Portland Chamber Orchestra is comprised of an enthusiastic volunteer-driven board with a professional, energetic orchestra that features an extraordinary level of innovation and talent in its nearly 37 musicians.  PCO attracts soloists of international stature such as David Krakauer, Dick Hyman, Mei Ting Sun, and Gerald Robbins. Our annual operating budget is less than $250,000 for the concerts.

The upcoming season, 2016-17, will be the 70th for the Orchestra, and the 14th with Yaacov “Yaki” Bergman as Music Director/Conductor. “Yaki” is beloved by audiences, volunteers, and players alike for his engaging podium style, charismatic personality, and programming that honors the classical while celebrating contemporary works and commissioned pieces. This commemorative season featuring five concerts represents a year of planning with celebrated professional soloists and community youth groups—Lewis & Clark College Choir and Hillsboro Community Youth Choir—and concludes with a special finale concert experience, In Peace and Harmony.


Position Summary:

The Executive Director is the chief administrative/financial officer reporting to the Board of Directors through its President, while collaborating with the Music Director/Conductor.  He/she will be the local “face” of The Portland Chamber Orchestra. This position is an essential part of the organization’s leadership team, ensuring The Portland Chamber Orchestra meets its mission and strategic goals while obtaining and maintaining financial sustainability. The organization seeks a dynamic leader who is skilled at working with diverse groups, well-versed in classical music and arts leadership, and comfortable supervising volunteers and potentially staff.

Essential Job Function Areas:

Organizational leadership, fundraising and development including writing and submitting grants as well as following up with reports, relationship building and stewardship, community and public relations, arranging outreach opportunities, public speaking and presentations, financial management, supervision, contract negotiations, artistic planning, human resources, and other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.



Minimum Qualifications:

        Bachelor’s degree in the arts, business, or a related field or equivalent experience; an advanced degree in a related field is desirable.

        Minimum of five years’ progressive leadership experience in the nonprofit arts sector.

        A proven record of fundraising success; experience soliciting and developing donors to engage with an organization.

        Organizational financial management experience including budget development, tracking, and oversight.

        Proven record of successful personnel management and stewardship of community relationships.


Preferred Qualifications:

        An appreciation for classical music.

        A working knowledge of the Portland arts community or demonstrated success in developing such an understanding.

Note: Relocation expenses are not provided.

Application Process:

Please submit the following:

        Resume/CV not to exceed three pages.

        Three references.

        Cover letter describing your affinity, experience, and work in the arts & culture sector.

This is a part-time (24 hours a week, on average) exempt position, with a compensation plan commensurate with experience.

Materials must be sent by email to the Portland Chamber Orchestra at:

No phone calls, please.

Application process will be open until filled; resume review and initial interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis.

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