Director of Operations
Chorus pro Musica
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 chorus, with a focus on financial sustainability and long term growth. The role is a full-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 position is a unique opportunity for a professional in the non-profit or arts field to advance the strategic growth of a well-established organization that is ambitious, innovative, and, in particular, committed to increasing cultural equity in the choral arts.
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 its creative programming and high quality performances, collaboration with other music organizations, and active commissioning of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience
- 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 skills, 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 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.