Volunteer Leadership Position
The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra (founded 2015) seeks an Executive Director (ED) on an approximately 10 hour per week volunteer basis. The ED will work closely with the Music Director and have the opportunity to build upon a solid three-year history of successful and impactful programming in Upper Manhattan.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the WHCO’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
Leadership & Management
Carry out the mission and vision of the WHCO as directed by Board
Build and cultivate a volunteer (and eventual staff) model that can support and grow the WHCO
Maintain full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the WHCO
Develop and implements annual operating budget in cooperation with the board
Fundraising & Communications
Oversee and help to write and implement all communications and marketing strategy
Develop robust grants calendar and facilitate all relevant writing processes and applications
Forge partnerships with local businesses, institutions, and grant-giving organizations to spread awareness of WHCO to increase audience and stakeholders
Advanced degree or currently working towards an advanced degree with a focus on non-profit leadership, specifically in the arts
Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coach staff, volunteers, and board, and develop teams
Track record of setting and achieving strategic objectives, including fundraising and managing a budget
Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders; Spanish fluency a plus
Passion for the arts and classical music, idealism, integrity, and strong self-motivation
Many aspects of the job can be performed remotely, however Executive Director must be able to commit to in-person working meetings with board members, volunteers, and Music Director in Washington Heights, NYC on a regular basis. WHCO would like the ED to be able to commit to the position for at least one and half years – until Summer 2020.
The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts organization whose mission is to engage the people of Washington Heights and neighboring communities through exemplary musical performances and innovative educational programming. In the 2017-18 season, the musicians of the WHCO are presenting 10 public concerts free to the community, including chamber music, orchestral programs, and solo recitals.
If interested, send a resume, cover letter, and additional writing sample to: