Oregon Symphony


About Oregon Symphony

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The Oregon Symphony is the sixth oldest major orchestra in the United States and one of the largest arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest, performing over 70 concerts per year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland and providing a wide array of musical educational offerings for all ages.

The orchestra is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative symphony orchestras in the nation. On May 12, 2011 the Oregon Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival. Writing in the June 6th issue of the New Yorker, critic Alex Ross called our performance "the highlight of the festival and one of the most gripping events of the current season."

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

The Oregon Symphony is seeking a creative and energetic Executive Assistant to work closely and effectively with the President and CEO to provide critical support for the Oregon Symphony. The winning candidate will possess strong communication, administrative and organizational skills, the ability and flexibility to continually prioritize among competing demands and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with a wide variety of activities and information, professionally and with discretion.


Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is acclaimed among the nation’s top orchestras and is one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest. At the start of its 120th year, it is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi with 76 professional musicians. OSA produces 80 concerts annually before an audience of 150,000 people, primarily at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. It presents an end-of‐summer concert on the Portland waterfront and travels for performances in Salem, Newberg, and other communities. It also provides an award-winning array of educational and community engagement activities for 50,000 children and adults each year.


Reporting to the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant works closely and effectively with the President to provide critical support for the Oregon Symphony. The Executive Assistant actively manages calendars, correspondence, and information on the President’s behalf. Additionally, the Executive Assistant serves as a key point of contact to the board of directors, donors, staff, and others.

The Executive Assistant must be creative and energetic and enjoy working for a large, fast-paced arts organization. He or she will need to exercise keen judgment in a variety of situations, with strong communication, administrative, and organizational skills. He or she will have the ability and flexibility to continually prioritize among competing demands.

The Executive Assistant will manage projects independently and be able to work under pressure with a wide variety of activities and information, professionally and with discretion.

Executive Support
Completes a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President & CEO, including managing an active schedule of appointments, organizing and prioritizing information, clearing phone calls and requests, and compiling data and documents for meetings.

Communicates directly, and on behalf of the President, with Board members, donors, staff, and others.

Researches, prioritizes, and follows up on concerns raised for the President. Proactively determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.

Serves in a visible role, helping to establish and build relationships crucial to the success of the organization, and manages a variety of special projects.

Reviews and drafts correspondence and maintains contact information in databases such as Tessitura and Outlook.

Additional duties, as assigned by the President.

Board Support and Liaison
Serves as the President's administrative liaison to the Oregon Symphony’s board of directors, communicating frequently and directly with board members individually and as a group.

Prepares agendas and materials in advance of board and committee meetings and drafts meeting minutes following full board sessions.

Maintains discretion and confidentiality in all communications with all board members.

Organizes and executes logistics for Board meetings, including meeting invitations and responses, venue reservations and setup.

Development Support
Follows up on contacts made by the President and works closely alongside Development Office staff to support the cultivation and stewardship of donor relationships.

Drafts and edits gift acknowledgement letters and other correspondence from the President to donors.

Manages Oregon Symphony events hosted by the President in his home, including planning and executing details, as required.

Provides additional support to the Development Office, as time permits.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Comfort and disposition to serve in a visible and critical role for the organization.
  • Ability to establish credibility and maintain trust with board members, staff, and musicians.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with board members, staff, musicians, and donors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and make decisions.
  • Emotional maturity, pleasant demeanor, general unflappability, and sense of humor.
  • Resourceful team player, with the ability also to be effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, to adapt to competing demands, and to demonstrate the highest level of customer service.
  • Ability to achieve performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Critical and forward-looking thinker, who can devise and propose solutions.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from four-year college or university preferred.
  • 5 years’ experience as an executive assistant, preferably within the non-profit sector and ideally in performing arts or similar environment.
  • Ability to accurately track and report business expenses incurred by the CEO.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint; working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn Tessitura database software.
  • Research experience and music background helpful, but not required. 
  • Availability to work some nights and weekends.

To inquire, please submit a cover letter and resume to Careers@orsymphony.org. No phone inquiries, please.

Patron Services Representative – Part Time Teleservices

Looking to be a part of Oregon’s largest and most vibrant arts organizations while earning extra income? Consider joining the Oregon Symphony's Teleservices Call Center team!

As a Patron Services Representative with the Oregon Symphony you will call our patrons for both ticket sales and fundraising. This is a part-time, year round, hourly position requiring a minimum of 20 hours per week, and offering a maximum of 29.75 hours per week. Our Call Center is open Monday through Friday 3:00 to 9:00pm, which allows for some flexibility in scheduling around the prime calling hours. Patron Service Representatives must be in the office during prime calling hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Patron Service Representatives are required to work 1 to 2 weekend concerts per month during the season (September - May) as part of their overall hours. Additionally, Patron Service Representatives are sometimes able to voluntarily work additional day shift hours in the Ticket Office based on availability.

To be considered, the following qualifications are required:

  • Prior sales, marketing or fundraising experience
  • A strong customer service background
  • An excellent phone presence
  • Proficiency in Windows based computing (including MS Office Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • A love and passion for the arts, especially classical music
  • Outstanding communication skills, a love of enthusiastically talking to people
  • Ability to meet 20 hours weekly minimum requirement
  • Mandatory attendance Monday – Thursday 5:30-9:00 pm

In addition, the ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • Call center experience
  • Experience in the arts and/or non-profit
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to adapt, learn, retain information and grow in the position

This is a production-focused position so you must be focused and driven to work through lists of leads to achieve a high call volume per hour. Compensation is an hourly wage plus a monthly bonus and other benefits! A detailed job description can be found below.

Job Title: Patron Services Representative – Part Time Teleservices
Department: Patron Services
Reports to: Teleservices Manager
Supervision Exercised: N/A
FLSA Status: Part Time, hourly, non-exempt

SUMMARY: Serve as front-line representative of the Oregon Symphony to the public generating revenue through out-bound phone sales calls and donation solicitations by performing the following duties:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Sell Oregon Symphony (OSA) concert subscriptions, tickets and memberships by phone at the facility provided by the OSA from leads furnished by the OSA.

  2. Develop and be able to utilize a detailed working knowledge of concert event information, program content, target audience profiles, membership benefits and donor events.

  3. Develop and be able to utilize a working knowledge of seating sections and pricing at Symphony venues.

  4. Develop competency in Tessitura database software to process orders, receive donations and review constituent data.

  5. Participate in sales campaigns as directed by the Teleservices Manager and Director of Patron Services.

  6. Maintain department standards:
    1. On leads furnished by the OSA, generate a minimum of 30 sales calls per hour during each hour of the assigned shift.
    2. On monthly goals set by management.

  7. Use an organized bring-up system on all call-backs to ensure best and most efficient sales strategy.

  8. Promptly follow-up on all leads furnished to ensure best sales opportunities and success through an organized and systematic sales approach.

  9. Function as a member of the Patron Services Team and provide support and help to other Team members as well as assisting in the training of new staff.

  10. Attend weekly Team Meetings.

  11. Accurately complete all necessary records and paperwork on time.

  12. Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all information and leads provided by the OSA as proprietary to the OSA.

  13. Represent the OSA with integrity, handling all business related to the OSA and its employees and patrons courteously, professionally and in an efficient and confidential manner.

  14. Teleservices PSRs are also required to assist the operation of the Ticket Office in the following areas:
    1. Work a minimum of 1 to 2 concerts per month during the season.
    2. Assist the ticket office during peak sales times, as assigned and when available within their weekly 29.75 hour maximum. (Ticket Office days shifts are voluntary)

Required Hours/Work Schedule: Must work a minimum of 20 hours and a maximum of 29.75 hours in any work week. Additional hours, up to 40 per week, may be allocated at peak times during the Season but only with prior approval of the Vice-President of Marketing. Must work a minimum of four different days in a calendar week in a manner consistent with adequate customer service, exclusive of Patron Service work at concerts. All shifts are between the hours of 3:00pm and 9:00pm Monday through Friday. Teleservices PSRs must regularly work the prime calling hours of 5:30pm – 9:00pm Monday – Thursday to be of maximum effectiveness.

Scheduling is flexible but work schedules must be filed with, and are subject to approval by, supervisor in advance of the pay period. Any changes to the posted schedule are subject to approval by supervisor a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Required to work the full shift assigned unless other arrangements have been approved by the supervisor in advance. Ability to work 1 to 2 weekend concerts per month during season (September – May) at concert hall is also required. Teleservices PSRs may also have the opportunity to volunteer to work Ticket Office day shifts as needed, within their weekly 29.75 hour max.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: HS diploma and 1-2 years sales experience preferred.

  • Language Skills: Ability to quickly learn to pronounce foreign names of composers, compositions and artists.

  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to accurately add, subtract, multiply and calculate discount percentages.

  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • Computer Skills: Ability to quickly learn and use Tessitura database/ticketing software, working proficiency in Microsoft Outlook. Training in Tessitura is provided and two weeks’ proficiency period is given.

  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: N/A

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Availability to work the required schedule and hours; Excellent customer service and sales skills; Exceptional communication and good organizational skills; Dependability.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Appreciation for live symphonic music a plus.

COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Technical Skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

  • Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Exhibits confidence in self and others.

  • Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions.

  • Teamwork – Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

  • Ethics – Inspires respect and trust and treats everyone with respect; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.

  • Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.

  • Motivation – Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.

  • Planning/Organizing – Uses time efficiently.

  • Professionalism – Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions.

  • Quality and Quantity – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.

  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment.

  • Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time; Follows instructions, responds to management direction.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus in order to use computer monitor. When assigned to concert duty, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts such as computer printers. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To inquire, please submit a cover letter and resume to Careers@orsymphony.org. No phone inquiries, please.
Position is open until filled.

Oregon Symphony Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is recognized for its internationally-acclaimed conductors, skilled musicians, diverse performances and outstanding education and community engagement programs. Our mission is sharing live performances with the people in our region.