Get Even Closer to the Arts: Jobs at CAPA

It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes effort to bring quality entertainment to Columbus. CAPA is a great opportunity to go beyond the stage and learn about the arts from the inside out.

CAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Vice President of Artistic Administration and Chief Operating Officer (CSO)

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is seeking a motivated professional for the position of Vice President of Artistic Administration (VPAA). The ideal candidate is success driven and passionate about producing exciting and profitable performances with focus on exceeding company goals and audience satisfaction.

The VPAA is primarily charged to schedule, plan, and budget the orchestral activities of the CSO’s seasons within financial and contractual guidelines, and in support of the artistic vision of the Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, and the Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach. S/he also serves as the primary liaison between CSO management and its gifted musicians, and supervises the Artistic Operations staff to ensure that all activities are at the highest possible professional level. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Vice President of Artistic Administration will represent the Music Director when he is out of town and be the public face and voice of the organization’s artistic endeavors.


  • Schedule and prepare master planning calendar for the Orchestra’s season
  • Work with conductors to program concerts including all subscription series, community, run-outs and tours
  • Book, negotiate, and contract guest artists and conductors
  • Determine instrumentation needs and communicate hiring for concerts to Personnel Manager
  • Prepare and suggest financial and artistic scenarios for strategic and long-term planning
  • Represent the CSO in developing, nurturing and exploring collaborations with other community institutions and artistic partners (e.g. local dance and opera companies)
  • Represent the CSO in exploring opportunities for future runouts, fee concerts and tours, as well as working with current presenting partners to improve financial viability
  • Prepare and manage the budget for orchestra activities and the Artistic Operations department
  • Research guest artists, conductors, repertoire, commissioning and other artistic initiatives
  • Meet regularly and work closely with Orchestra Committee to address musicians’ needs and concerns
  • Monitor orchestra service usage and contract compliance
  • Meet regularly and work with orchestra’s Artistic Advisory Committee
  • Work with President & CEO to negotiate contracts with the Orchestra, Ohio Theatre, and stage labor
  • Review composer score submissions and make recommendations to conductors
  • Communicate with program annotator and proof program pages and notes for Bravo book
  • Communicate programs and artists to CSO staff
  • Work with other CSO departments for grants and other projects
  • Manage the OPAS database
  • Participate in rotating concert duty
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The ability to work productively under pressure, maintain a sense of humor, and to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Possess a strong attention to detail and proven ability to problem solve
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and OPAS
  • Have an energetic, diplomatic and professional demeanor

Credentials and Experience

  • BA (required), MA (preferred): in Music or related discipline
  • 5 plus years of orchestra management or closely related experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire and classical and pops artists
  • Thorough knowledge of orchestra operations
  • Demonstrated positive and effective supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare, implement and successfully manage a budget
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle

*In addition to a standard background check, this position requires a credit check that is satisfactory to management.

Special Requirements
Flexibility of schedule to accommodate the production, performance, development, and networking needs of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and its collaborative efforts.

Deadline Date: Midnight on Saturday, May 30, 2015

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume with salary range by: Midnight, Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mail: Human Resources
Columbus Association for the Performing Arts
55 E. State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Or Email: ~ Or Fax: (614) 461-0429.
Please include the position title as the subject of the email.

*No phone calls, please. Resume’s received after the deadline date and time listed above will not be reviewed.