Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)
Los Angeles, CA
LACO ranks among the world’s top musical ensembles. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and has received eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. It has recently assembled a large library of high-quality online offerings to complement live performance. LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras”(KUSC Classical FM).
In the course of 35-40 appearances each year, LACO reaches a total live audience of approximately 25,000, with upwards of a million more hearing performances on radio broadcasts nationwide (and streaming worldwide). The Orchestra pursues its mission, “to enrich and connect our community through intimate and transformative musical experiences which exemplify and foster artistic excellence, education and innovation,” through a blend of traditional and innovative programming. An active educational program takes professional musicians into middle schools in some of the least resourced areas of the region.
The LA Times declared: “A shining feature in L.A.’s cultural landscape… [LACO’s] texture is as rich and full as any larger symphony orchestra. What LACO’s size provides is clarity unequaled by any full-sized orchestra.” LACO is also excited to uncover unrecognized orchestral works by composers whose social status or race has not historically engendered the visibility they deserve. LACO concerts are accessible in a variety of communities throughout the county.
The new Director will be part of the management team for this outstanding, respected and stable performing arts organization and help guide it in achievement of its mission.
This senior staff position is responsible for the business and financial operations of the organization, including financial planning, control, and reporting. The Director of Finance and Administration also leads the preparation and ongoing monitoring of LACO’s annual operating budget and long-range financial projections, annual external audit, monthly statements and forecasts, banking and investment manager relationships, information technology systems management, facilities operations, and the administration of payroll, employee benefits, and personnel policies. The position is responsible for financial oversight of the newly adopted 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, including developing financial modeling related to LACO’s resident company status at the new Colburn Center, opening in 2026.
The new Director will need expertise in strategic business planning and be savvy in fiscal management and technological advances. He/she will need to be a resourceful problem-solver, provide empathetic and supportive leadership to staff, maintain standards of performance excellence and ensure a positive environment.
Salary Range: 125,000 – 140,000
To Apply: Interested persons should prepare a detailed, specific cover letter to remit along with a current resume to here by September 30, 2023. Resumes without cover letters not considered.