We are seeking a new Executive Director

In our 52nd season, The NEPA Philharmonic is a dynamic professional symphony orchestra dedicated to promoting classical music and fostering cultural enrichment within our region. With a rich history and a commitment to excellence, we strive to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds through innovative programming, educational initiatives, and live performances.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a highly motivated and visionary Executive Director to provide strategic leadership and operational management for the organization. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors, Music Director, artistic staff, musicians, volunteers, and community stakeholders to advance the mission of the orchestra to present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching, and engaging the people of our region.

  • Strategic Planning: Develop and implement strategic plans to guide the long-term growth and sustainability of the orchestra, in alignment with its mission and values.
  • Financial Management: Oversee the organization’s budget, financial operations, fundraising efforts, and personally writing grant applications to ensure fiscal responsibility and stability.
  • Fundraising and Development: Lead significant fundraising initiatives, personally cultivate donor relationships, and explore new revenue streams to support the multi-county orchestra’s programs and activities.
  • Collective Bargaining: With legal counsel, participate in collective bargaining agreement and ensure that the Philharmonic’s collective bargaining agreement with musicians is implemented fairly.
  • Community Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with community partners, patrons, sponsors, and supporters to expand the orchestra’s reach and impact. Attendance is required at all Philharmonic events.
  • Program Development: Collaborate with the Artistic Director to curate innovative concert programs, educational initiatives, and outreach activities that reflect the orchestra’s artistic vision and serve diverse audiences.
  • Board Governance: Support the Board of Directors in governance matters, board development, and strategic decision-making to uphold the orchestra’s mission and values.
  • Marketing and Public Relations: Oversee marketing campaigns, public relations efforts, and audience development strategies to raise awareness of the orchestra and attract new audiences.
  • Staff Leadership: Manage and mentor a small team of administrative staff, volunteers, and interns to ensure effective day-to-day operations and a positive work environment.
  • Advocacy: Serve as a passionate advocate for the orchestra and classical music within the community, promoting the value of music education and cultural enrichment.
  • Oversee concert production and bookings: Contracting venues and guest artists, event planning and insurance coverage to maintain positive and productive relationships with the Orchestra’s local performance venues.
  • Suggested Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Strong financial acumen and experience with budgeting, fundraising, and grant writing.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to articulate a compelling vision and engage diverse stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with a track record of driving organizational growth and innovation.
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style, with the ability to inspire and empower others.
  • Passion for classical music and a commitment to advancing access to the arts in the community.
  • Proven leadership experience in nonprofit management, preferably within the performing arts sector preferred.
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Health benefits package
  • Vacation/PTO
To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, letter of intent and list of professional references to our Board President Carol Dembert at nelsondembert@gmail.com or via mail to:

NEPA Philharmonic
Attn: Carol Dembert
195 Hanover St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.