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Personnel Manager

Description of Organization

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is an enthusiastic and thriving community-based orchestra that features an extraordinary level of talent in its ~80 players, and attracts soloists of international stature such as Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Anthony McGill, and James Ehnes. It is financially stable, with healthy reserves and an annual operating budget of approximately $700,000. The BSO is the resident orchestra of the historic Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham is located between the Vancouver B.C. and Seattle metropolitan areas, nestled on the shores of Puget Sound and in the shadow of majestic Mount Baker (Kulshan). It offers a rich variety of recreational, cultural, and educational activities, as well as natural beauty and exceptional schools. Bellingham regularly tops lists of “Best Places to Live,” and is ranked the second best arts community in the country (based on the number of active arts businesses per capita).

The current season is the 49th for the orchestra, and the 11th with Yaniv Attar as Music Director. Juilliard-trained, Attar is beloved by audiences and players alike for his engaging podium style and programming that honors the classical canon while celebrating contemporary works and commissioned pieces. The 2024-25 season also features the tenth year of the Harmony from Discord program, honoring the works of those who composed in the face of oppression, and celebrating the power of music to overcome adversity. The BSO’s Youth and Community Engagement program, including the Bellingham Youth Chamber Players, extends outside of the concert hall and into local schools and the broader community.

We have a great team that is enthusiastic about sharing fine orchestral music with our community. We strive to put forth high quality work with innovative strategies. The mission of the Symphony is, “The BSO engages, connects, and uplifts our community by performing powerful, beautiful, and inspiring music.”  For more information on the orchestra's Mission, Vision, DEI statement, and history, please visit


Position Title

Personnel Manager

Position Description

The Personnel Manager is responsible for all personnel planning and implementation of the details related to the BSO’s performances, ensuring they run smoothly and in a fiscally responsible manner.


Position is in Bellingham, WA with work done  at various venues (including the Mount Baker Theatre), and at the BSO Office (316 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA).


This is an hourly position estimated at 8 hours per week and may vary. Regular evening/weekend hours are required for rehearsals and concerts. There is some lifting of up to 30 pounds involved for concert and event production.


Applications are open now, will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to submissions as they come in.

Pay/Salary & Benefits

The role is a non-exempt hourly position. Anticipated salary range is $18-21/hour, DOE. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration or production management, or equivalent education and workplace experience. 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of orchestral music required, with experience performing classical music preferred. 
  • Experience working with a variety of vendors and independent contractors desired. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs and Google Drive is required.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.