Open Positions:

To apply for any of these positions please send cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@gulfcoastsymphony.org

The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.  No calls please.

  • Orchestra Fellowship

    Pay Rate: Weekly stipend of $680 + health insurance

    Expected Start Date: September, 27, 2021*

    End Date: May 27, 2021

    *Auditions will be held until al positions are filled. Contract start dates will be adjusted based on each candidate’s availability.  

    The Orchestra:

    Now entering its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra comprised of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars. 

    Join the Inaugural Class of Orchestra Fellows

    This year, 13 musicians will be invited as the inaugural class of Fellows at the Gulf Coast Symphony. Successful candidates will participate in a vibrant season of programming by: performing with the Gulf Coast Symphony and Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra, being featured performers of self-curated chamber music, teach young musicians enrolled in GCS youth programs and interact with the Fort Myers Community through outreach programming.

    THE GULF COAST SYMPHONY FELLOWSHIP IS…

    a professional environment where musicians develop the full complement of skills and qualifications required to be leaders in their industry and agents of change.

    Fellows will be paid a monthly stipend and receive health insurance for the duration of their contract.

    Duties: Performance in Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra (up to 12 concerts), Performance in the Gulf Coast Symphony (up to 12 concerts), chamber music recital (minimum 1 per season), MusicWorks! Instructional rotation, additional outreach performances as assigned. Rehearsal/performance/teaching hours not to exceed 30/week.

    GCS offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.

    How to apply:

    To apply, visit app.getacceptd.com/gulfcoastsymphony.

    Application process includes: 

    • Video submission of your choice
    • Video submission of approved audition material
    • 2 Essay Questions
    • Recommendation based on musicianship
    • Recommendation based on teaching ability
    • Phone/video interview
    • Final Round- in person audition

    If you have any questions in completing any phase of the application process, contact the Gulf Coast Symphony through the messaging tool in your online application.

    No phone calls or emails, please. For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.

  • Head Audio

    Type of Employment: Hourly (Part-time, non-exempt)

    Pay Rate: $20-$26 hourly, dependent on qualifications

    Expected Start Date: September 13th, 2021

    The Orchestra:

    Now entering its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra comprised of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars. 

    Central Role:

    The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks a Head Audio Crew Member to create and share compelling performances and events that engage with our community. Responsibilities include the mixing of all live performances, management and maintenance of audio equipment, and assisting with the setup of audio equipment at the Music and Arts Community Center and other local venues. The Head Audio Crew Member will work directly with the Technical Director and designers to create timelines and schedules for GCS productions that correspond with production budgets to create high quality productions for our community. This position will vary from 10-50 hr per week from September through May. There will be opportunities for designing theatrical productions.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Attend all remote and in-person production meetings.
    • Live show mixing of all GCS performances at Music & Arts Community Center and other local venues.
    • Assist with load-in and load-out of sound equipment.
    • Work directly with the Technical Director to create timelines and schedules, prepare production budgets, and track production expenses for GCS productions,
    • Ability to work and communicate with the stage director, technical director, and other designers to create a cohesive design for GCS production.

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements

    • The ideal candidate will be solutions-oriented, think critically, and solve problems in a team environment.
    • 2-3 years of experience in audio or related fields
    • Ability to live-mix a variety musical styles.
    • Ability to regularly lift 40 pounds and occasionally lift 80 lbs. 
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
    • Commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing learning.
    • Able to provide a proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

    Desirable but not Required

    • Knowledge of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music is extremely helpful.
    • BFA or MFA in sound engineering or design.
    • Knowledge of Behringer sound boards, Q-lab, and other sound production and editing software.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is willing to teach successful candidates about specific practices unique to the performing arts industry as well as provide specific training on current equipment.

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@gulfcoastsymphony.org

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, geneder identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

  • Head Electrician

    Job Description: Head Electrician

    Type of Employment: Hourly (Part-time, non-exempt)

    Pay Rate: $20-$26 hourly, dependent on qualifications

    Expected Start Date: September 13, 2021

    The Orchestra:

    Now entering its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra comprised of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars. 

    Central Role:

    The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks a Head Electrics Crew Member to create and share compelling stories about the innovative and engaging artistic work of the organization to engage with our community. Responsibilities include management and maintenance of lighting equipment, hang and focus of lighting equipment, creating base looks for performances, and running the shows at the Music and Arts Community Center and other venues throughout the community. The Head Electrics Crew Member will work directly with the Technical Director and designers to create timelines and schedules for GCS productions that correspond with production budgets to create high quality productions for our community. This position will vary from 10-50 hr per week. There will be opportunities for designing theatrical productions.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Attend all remote and in-person production meetings.
    • Light equipment setup and operation at the Music & Arts Community Center and other local venues
    • Working with ETC boards and LED instruments
    • Work directly with the Technical Director to create timelines and schedules for GCS productions, prepare production budgets, and track production expenses.
    • Work and communicate with the stage director, technical director, and other designers to create a cohesive design for GCS production.

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements

    • The ideal candidate will be solutions-oriented, think critically, and solve problems in a team environment.
    • 2-3 years of experience in lighting or related fields.
    • Light board operation during live events
    • Ability to regularly lift 30 pounds and occasionally lift 80 lbs. 
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
    • Commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing learning.
    • Able to provide proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

    Desirable but not Required

    • Knowledge of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music is extremely helpful.
    • BFA or MFA in lighting or design.
    • Expertise with ETC boards, LED equipment, and lighting design software
    • Light board operation for theatrical productions.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is willing to teach successful candidates about specific practices unique to the performing arts industry as well as provide specific training on current equipment.

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@gulfcoastsymphony.org

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, geneder identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

  • Stage Crew

    Type of Employment: Hourly (Part-time, seasonal, non-exempt)

    Pay Rate: $10-$20 hourly, dependent on qualifications

    Expected Start Date: October 1, 2021

    The Orchestra

    Now entering its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra comprised of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars.  

    Central Role:

    The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks Stage Crew Member(s) to assist in production operations at the Music and Arts Community Center and other local venues. Responsibilities include the installation of lighting, sound, video, and orchestral equipment, operation of lighting and video equipment, and provide assistance as run crew during live productions. The Stage Crew Member will work directly with the Technical Director and production staff to assist in the completion of duties to create high quality productions for our community.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending monthly remote and in-person production meetings.
    • Production equipment setup and operation at the Music & Arts Community Center and other local venues.
    • Assist with load-in and load-out of production equipment.
    • Work directly with the Technical Director and production staff to complete duties in an efficient and safe manner.
    • Ability to work and clearly communicate with other production staff.

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements

    • The ideal candidate will be solutions-oriented, think critically, and solve problems within a team environment.
    • Ability to regularly lift 30 pounds and occasionally lift 80 lbs. 
    • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
    • Commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing learning.
    • Able to provide proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

    Desirable but not Required

    • Knowledge of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music is extremely helpful.
    • Knowledge of production equipment.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is willing to teach successful candidates about specific practices unique to the performing arts industry as well as provide specific training on current equipment.

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@gulfcoastsymphony.org

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, geneder identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

  • Director of Development

    Type of Employment: Salaried (Full-time, exempt)

    Salary:  $55k-$60k annual salary dependent on qualifications, and a generous benefit package (health insurance, paid time off and retirement plan) 

    The Orchestra:

    Now entering its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony is to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra composed of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective. High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization. Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, it’s Music & Arts Community Center. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program. The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reach the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars.

    Central Role: The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks a Director of Development to lead the fundraising activities of the organization. The Director of Development will work with the GCS leadership to develop a strategic plan for annual fund giving, planned giving, grant applications and capital fundraising to support the activities of the Gulf Coast Symphony. They will be responsible to execute that plan and produce donor events throughout the year. The Director of Development will manage a growing team including Major Gifts Manager and Planned Giving Manager. They will work closely with the Managing Director, Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers and report to the President & CEO.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Lead the Development Department in planning and executing earned revenue campaigns including:
      • annual fund 
      • sponsorship 
      • capital and endowment
      • planned giving programs
    • Writing/administering foundation and government grants
    • Research funding sources and philanthropic trends, including new opportunities at the local, state and national levels
    • With the Executive and Managing Directors, set annual fundraising goals and develop long term strategies to increase giving in support of the mission of the Symphony
    • Monitor revenue and expense budgets; prepare and present accurate and timely reporting and analysis
    • Lead the planning and execution of fundraising/cultivation events in collaboration with staff, volunteers and members of the Board of Directors
    • Collaborate with staff and outside contractors on the creation of fundraising collateral 
    • Oversee the maintenance of donor records and donor benefits
    • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors and any appropriate committees and task forces related to fundraising activities
    • Attend concerts, events and meetings outside of normal business hours

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements

    • The ideal candidate will be strongly motivated; a self-starter; energetic and flexible; able to work in a fast-paced environment and maximize resources; a team player and leader; extremely creative; and highly analytical
    • Bachelors or advanced degree and at least five years experience in fundraising with increasing scope of responsibilities across multiple donor channels
    • Skilled in creating powerful and compelling written and oral communications
    • Project management experience from concept to execution
    • Experience managing relationships and workflow with internal and external (consultant) partners
    • Friendly and professional demeanor that engenders relationships with donors and colleagues
    • Appreciation of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music and a cursory understanding of the arts world
    • Evening/weekend performance and special event duty is required.
    • Competency with standard software including Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
    • Able to provide a proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

    Desirable but not Required

    • Passion for the arts and a performance background 
    • Experience leading a multi-year capital campaign
    • Significant experience using Tessitura or similar patron database
    • Prior experience with a performing arts organization strongly preferred.
    • Knowledge of the Southwest Florida donor community

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and three professional references to jobs@gulfcoastsymphony.org

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

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