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Artistic Administrator

Department: Artistic Planning



The Artistic Administrator works with the Director of Artistic Planning to ensure that all concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony are of the highest possible artistic standard.


  • The Artistic Administrator is responsible for the programming and administation of SoundBox; the Film Series; all summer programming, which includes a mix of classical and popular programming; holiday programming; special events, including Chinese New Year, Dia de los Muertos, and New Year's Eve; and non-orchestral presentations. The Artistic Administrator also works with the Director of Artistic Planning to support Opening Night Gala, Spring Gala, winter season subscription programs, festivals, semi-staged operatic and theatrical productions, interdisciplinary projects, and other concerts.

  • The Artistic Administrator negotiates performance contracts with guest artists or their representatives for SoundBox, the Film Series, summer programming, holiday programming, special events and non-orchestral presentations.

  • In collaboration with the Director of Artistic Planning and with support from the Artistic Planning Coordinator, the Artistic Administrator is responsible for ensuring careful management of all artistic planning budgets with real-time tracking of expenses and forecasting across all product lines.

  • The Artistic Administrator oversees all administrative activities of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus including maintaining a strong working relationship with the members of the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents our professional choristers, and AGMA’s representatives and acting as a primary member of the SFS team for contract negotiations with AGMA. The Chorus Manager reports directly to the Artistic Administrator.

  • The Artistic Administrator oversees and receives support from the Artistic Planning Assistant who executes and administers guest artist contracts, provides guest artist hospitality and helps disseminate artistic planning information both internally and externally.

  • The Artistic Administrator is expected to form an excellent working relationship with the Music Director as well as all staff conductors, guest conductors, and guest artists. The Artistic Administrator is expected to attend concerts as frequently as possible and perform Concert Duty. This position also requires attendance at post-concert receptions as deemed necessary when guest artists or conductors are involved and after-concert entertainment of guest artists and conductors as needed.

  • The Artistic Administrator reports directly to the Director of Artistic Planning.


  • Advanced degree in music or equivalent experience and minimum three years’ work experience in a symphony orchestra or musical organization.

  • Knowledge of the classical symphonic repertoire with a strong interest in new music and innovative programming

  • A strong knowledge of current artists (both classical and popular); widespread contacts in the music world; strong and proven managerial skills.

  • Proficient with core Microsoft Office applications and facility with databases.

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills; ability to manage details and juggle multiple projects; take initiative and work efficiently in a fast-paced dynamic environment; work well with a diverse administration, musicians and Board members.

  • Confidentiality, discretion and the ability to work well with artists of international stature is essential.


To apply, please visit our website at Under the About Us tab, go to the Careers and Auditions page and click on “View jobs at the SF Symphony.”  Search for this job and click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.


The San Francisco Symphony, under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, is one of the country’s leading orchestras. Some 220 concerts each year reach an audience of more than 600,000, while national and international broadcasts, heard on more than 215 radio stations, reach millions more. The Symphony has its own recording label, SFS Media, and its recordings have won some of the world’s highest honors. Its multimedia initiative, Keeping Score, has reached over six million people with television and radio broadcasts, DVDs, and an interactive website. The Orchestra tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and its outstanding artistic reputation enables it to attract the world’s finest guest artists and conductors to Davies Symphony Hall. More than 70,000 young people are served each year by the Symphony’s numerous education programs, including its internationally renowned Youth Orchestra and Adventures in Music (AIM), which reaches every 1st through 5th grader in San Francisco’s public schools. The organization is led by President Sakurako Fisher and Chief Operating Offer/Interim Executive Director Derek Dean.

The San Francisco Symphony’s mission is to set the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; enrich, serve, and shape cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; and maintain financial stability and gain public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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