Posted on November 6, 2012
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus - Executive Director
As the first openly gay chorus in the world, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC)’s mission is to inspire its audience, members and the world through its high quality choral experiences. SFGMC serves as a cultural ambassador for San Francisco’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
SFGMC wants to build on a 35 year legacy of musical excellence and organization development. We have achieved our largest level of singing members and attending listeners ever. We desire to grow strategically to a new level of achievement in the choral world, and need an Executive Director who has the vision and energy to be a part of charting this unprecedented institutional growth. We are looking for a strategic partner committed to work with us long-term to help drive our expanded artistry and audiences.
The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and oversees a current annual budget of approximately $1.2 million. The successful Executive Director candidate will be the epitome of a diplomatic leader, working in close partnership with our world class Artistic Director (who manages artistic staff and also reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Directors) to achieve his clear vision of musical excellence and cutting edge creative style. The teamwork and collaboration between these two positions must be seamless.
The SFGMC Executive Director:
- Directly manages and supervises SFGMC’s business operations functions, including, but not limited to, the box office, administration, marketing, development, and public relations. Provides leadership and is a mentor to staff and volunteers. Ensures the highest quality of service and the attainment of established programmatic goals and priorities through team building and effective management.
- Working collaboratively with key staff, particularly the Artistic Director, oversees program development, execution of programs, grant compliance and reporting.
- Establishes contributed income goals on an annual basis. Plans, leads, and helps execute development efforts. In collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director, cultivates funders and prospective donors and has major responsibility for enhancing and diversifying funding sources to achieve annual goals.
- Develops the annual operating budget (in conjunction with the Artistic Director) and ensures proper fiscal accounting and best practices are in place and followed, in accordance with the guidelines of funding sources and generally accepted accounting principles. Provides monthly financial statements and projections to the Finance Committee and the full Board on a monthly basis.
- Monitors achievement of earned income goals established by the Artistic Director. Supervises all administrative functions involved in earned income activities for SFGMC, including, but not limited to, SFGMC and ensemble performances and box office operations.
- Initiates and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships with local, state and national arts organizations, local nonprofit organizations, and other agencies that support the SFGMC mission. Establishes and nurtures relationships with businesses, elected officials, and others who can help fund and support SFGMC programs and services.
- Executes marketing strategies developed in conjunction with the Artistic Director and the Board Marketing Committee.
- Leads long-range planning and visioning, including assessment of programs, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director and staff members. Ensures that the SFGMC strategic plan is executed and updated as necessary.
Manages the significant assets of SFGMC, including but not limited to facilities, organizational infrastructure, information technology resources (including IT systems, controls, computers, software, etc.), business protocols, merchandise inventory, furnishings and musical equipment, assuring operational effectiveness and efficiency.
- Ensures adherence to SFGMC’s personnel policies and relevant federal and California law in all hiring and employment practices. Proposes changes in policies to the Board of Directors. Provides for staff development activities that upgrade employee skills and motivate performance.
- Engages, encourages and helps to build a strong, active Board of Directors that assists SFGMC in fulfilling its mission.
- Understanding of the performing arts as an important part of the community at large and an understanding of GLBT concerns and motivating factors. Experience in the production of performing arts preferred.
Minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit management as an executive director or senior manager. Significant experience in the arts is a plus. Experience working with arts organizations preferred.
Substantial record of successful fund raising from public and private sources to support nonprofit programs. Experience overseeing grant-writing.
Proven manager, motivator and staff leader. Warmth, patience, perseverance, humor and the utmost integrity. Enthusiasm, people skills, commitment, and an inspirational leadership style are a must. Ability to work in close partnership with the Artistic Director as a peer.
Financial acumen including budgeting and fiscal management.
5+ years of experience working closely with Boards of Directors (arts preferred).
Exemplary communication skills including public speaking and writing, and an ability to network with community representatives, business executives, foundation officers, donors, and the media.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Résumés with salary requirements are due to SFGMC via e-mail (email@example.com) by December 1, 2012.
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is an equal opportunity employer.