Harmonium Choral Society is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. Founded in 1979, the 100-member chorus and its select 20-voice Chamber Singers are made up of committed volunteers, including many music educators, from northern New Jersey and surrounding areas. Membership is by audition.
Named Outstanding Arts Organization in 1998 by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, and winners of Chorus America's prestigious Education Outreach Program Award in 2009, Harmonium is dedicated to performing a diverse repertoire at a high artistic level, and increasing community appreciation of choral music through concerts, education, and outreach. Their season consists of four concerts, in December, March, April, and June, performed in Morristown, Short Hills, and Madison.
Harmonium’s mission is to inspire and transform our community through music. They perform a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level, and they advance the choral arts through education, commissions, and community partnerships. Within the chorus, they create a challenging and enjoyable environment where excellence can flourish. Their vision is: “The Premier New Jersey Chorus: engaging, enriching, uniting, and inspiring audiences and performers through diverse music and artistic excellence.”
The Executive Director has responsibility for the overall leadership, planning, and management of business operations of Harmonium. The Executive Director develops and implements the strategic plan and program activities (including financial management, human resources, fundraising, program development, marketing and communication) in support of the Chorus’s mission, artistic vision, and educational goals.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and partners with the Artistic Director to set and maintain a collaborative leadership model that strengthens the organization by creating a positive relationship between the artistic and administrative sides of the Chorus.
The job of Executive Director is a combination on-site and remote thirty hours (30) per week position with some evening and weekend work required. Some travel is possible.
The Executive Director brings a good work ethic and a well-rounded array of competencies to building an effective management team and organizational structure that best serves the Chorus’s mission, vision, goals, and artistic leadership.
The ideal Executive Director:
- is a self-motivated, confident, and hands-on manager,
- is an innovative and positive thinker,
- is excellent at building relationships (internal and external) and seeking win-win solutions,
- has the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure,
- can work effectively both independently and with other staff and board members,
- is able to anticipate potential setbacks and come up with appropriate and creative solutions to issues that may arise, and
- is able to positively motivate and develop staff, board, and volunteers, and to build consensus among stakeholders.
Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree as well as 3-5 years of arts administration and/or arts management experience with a demonstrated successful track record in the field of performing arts, nonprofit management, and/or education. Knowledge of and passion for choral music and performing arts education are preferred. Experience in working with Boards of Directors to achieve earned and contributed revenue goals is expected, as are excellent written and verbal presentation skills and financial management skills.
Preference will be given to candidates with senior level experience and a proven track record in fundraising, experience with marketing strategies and press relations, and strong budgeting and financial management experience. Competency and comfort with all standard computer applications and equipment (including Microsoft Office) is required.
DETAILED DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING
Coordinate and execute a comprehensive strategy of financial development and support in conjunction with the Fund Development chair, including:
- Plan and oversee the individual donor campaign.
- Cultivate, secure, and sustain corporate sponsorships.
- Secure concert sponsorships for upcoming season.
- Prepare foundation and government grant requests and reports.
- Develop materials to support development efforts.
- Establish and support committees and task forces to implement fundraising projects.
- Identify and pursue new sources of contributed income—individuals, corporations, foundations/grants.
In conjunction with the Marketing & Publicity Chair & Committee and with the support of the Board, implement a comprehensive strategy to market the Chorus, its affiliated groups, and their programs throughout their market area, including:
- Oversee and guide development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan for promotion of performances, including press releases, advertising, calendar listings, brochures/postcards, public service announcements, and media advertising.
- Oversee sales of tickets and subscriptions with the goal of increasing the subscription base and patron satisfaction.
- Implement and monitor progress of each concert’s marketing plan.
- Implement education outreach programs to increase awareness of the Chorus by corporations, grant sources, and the general public.
PROGRAM AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Provide all necessary administrative support to enable the successful operation of the educational and performance program, including:
- Ensure the maintenance of a clean, safe, and functional rehearsal environment.
- Respond to email and telephone requests from the public.
- Support communications within the Chorus.
- Identify opportunities for volunteerism within the Chorus, and recruit, mobilize, direct and oversee volunteers in conjunction with relevant committees.
- Develop with performance venues agreements about Harmonium performances, e.g., their timing, space requirements and other conditions, and work with relevant Board committees and volunteers in carrying them out.
- Oversee negotiation of all contracts and agreements, including performance fees and performance space rentals, permits for performances and marketing, and insurance.
- Manage business arrangements for all outreach performances.
Develop an ongoing relationship with arts peers in the community, including:
- Represent the Chorus at community functions.
- Act as spokesperson for the Chorus to the media, government agencies, corporate community, foundations, funders, and the school community.
Prepare budgets and manage financial operations in accordance with approved budget and governmental regulations in conjunction with the Finance chair and the Treasurer, including:
- Work closely with the Artistic Director and Treasurer on budget preparation and approval, monthly projections, and anticipation of potential problems.
- Determine, with Artistic Director, upcoming season and administrative costs.
- Prepare annual budget and variance analysis for presentation to The Board.
- Monitor expenses to budget line items; coordinate proper expense allocations with bookkeeper.
- Comply with all local, state, and federal tax regulations and prepare and file reports as needed.
Participate in short- and long-range planning; engage board and staff in periodic planning sessions:
- In conjunction with the Board, Artistic Director and Executive Committee, prepare the strategic plans and strategies for implementation.
- With the Board, evaluate progress toward goals on a regular basis.
Work with the Board of Directors and its officers to help them fulfill their functions, including:
- Attend meetings of the Executive Committee and full Board, as required.
- Assist the Board President in developing and processing agendas for the Executive Committee and Board meetings.
- Prepare written reports for presentation to the Executive Committee and Board.
- Assist in identifying and attracting potential new Board members.
- Offer prompt and thoughtful responses to requests for information.
Work with the Board of Directors and its officers to determine additional duties yet to be determined necessary to help further the Chorus Mission.
Starting Salary is $50,000.00 for 30 hrs/wk — competitive within the industry, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Rolling Applications – Qualified applicants will be interviewed as applications are received. Submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments and personal references by email to Kenneth Short at President@Harmonium.org.