Chorus pro Musica (CpM) seeks a Director of Operations, a high energy, resourceful, and innovative professional to work as a collaborative partner with CpM’s Music Director and leadership team. The Director of Operations is responsible for the overall direction and management of the operations of the chorus, with a focus on financial sustainability and long term growth. The role is a part-time position that reports to and is supported by the Board of Trustees, and various chorus committees comprised of an engaged and committed group of volunteers.
This is a unique opportunity for a professional in the non-profit or arts field with aspirations to advance and contribute to the strategic growth of an established, ambitious and innovative arts organization.
Chorus Pro Musica
Founded in 1949, Chorus pro Musica is a 100-member auditioned chorus led by Music Director Dr. Jamie Kirsch. CpM has built a superb reputation as one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England. It is distinguished in the Boston area by creative programming and high quality performances, collaboration with other music organizations and actively commissioning new choral works. CpM has commonly collaborated with other Boston-area arts organizations such as the Boston Philharmonic, the New England Philharmonic, and the BoSoma Dance Company. For more information see https://choruspromusica.org.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Operational Planning: Coordinate and oversee short- and long-range planning with the staff, Operations Committee and Board of Trustees, including regularly evaluating progress against plan.
- Financial Management: Work with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to prepare season budgets and regular financial reports, to ensure nonprofit filings are up to date and in compliance with local, state and federal tax regulations, and to manage planned and unplanned expenses.
- Concert Production & Event Management: Oversee the operational planning and execution for concerts and chorus events, working in collaboration with the Music Director, Chorus Manager and Production Committee. Negotiate and sign contracts with paid musicians and collaborators, and coordinate “chorus for hire” opportunities.
- Marketing and Publicity: Create and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy for the chorus. Oversee and implement the marketing plan, including press releases, advertising, calendar listings, brochures/postcards, email and content marketing, web
design, and social media. Promote the chorus by authoring press releases for the season, performances, and events as needed, either through an outsourced publicist or by keeping in-house. Monitor and measure and adapt the plan accordingly, with the goal of increasing CpM’s local Boston and social media presence.
- Ticket Sales: Oversee ticket sales and subscriptions with the goal of increasing the subscription base. Develop ticket sales and subscription strategy and packages; secure advertising income and add sales/swaps.
- Infrastructure & Technology: Oversee and maintain the organization’s technology and infrastructure in compliance with state and federal nonprofit laws and regulations, with the goal of efficiency and cost management. Be willing to manage systems integrations, run reports, and clean data as needed. Create and document all processes and train staff or volunteers.
- Board of Trustees: Attend all Board meetings, prepare regular reports on the health and operations of the chorus, prepare and propose operational improvements for Board review, and facilitate season planning and other discussions, as needed.
Staff and Volunteer Management: Supervise the Chorus Manager, manage and hire out-sourced and contracted personnel, and recruit, manage, and retain an active and healthy volunteer base.
- Community Relations: Be a spokesperson for the chorus with the local arts community, media, government agencies, corporations, foundations, investors, and the educational community. Act as the liaison with the Greater Boston Choral Consortium and other
similar organizations in the arts and choral fields.
- Development & Fundraising: Develop, coordinate, and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising strategy, supported by the Development Committee, targeting individual donors, per-concert sponsorships, the Annual Fund, and corporate sponsorships. Oversee and implement fundraising projects and events to sustain and grow our current $200,000 operating budget. Prepare foundation and government submissions for general and project-specific grants.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience. Master’s degree, a plus.
- Experience managing or working with a nonprofit organization, an arts organization preferred
- Experience in fundraising, sponsorship development, and grant writing
- Familiarity with nonprofit marketing, public relations, and digital media
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and juggle multiple projects
- Strong communication, both written and verbal, and willingness to represent the chorus
at functions and events
- Ability to work collaboratively, build consensus, and facilitate change and growth
- Experience managing the work of others and leading committees
- Financial literacy, technical fluency and analytical skills. Knowledge of Quickbooks, Google Suite desired. Experience with Kindful or equivalent donor management system a plus.
- Knowledge of the performing arts environment in Boston
- Passion for choral music or the arts desired, with emphasis on producing musical or arts performances or events
Must be authorized to work in the United States.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Location: 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Start date: 8/01/2019
Part-time Salary (up to 20 hours/week including occasional telecommuting): commensurate with experience
Please email a cover letter and resume by July 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.