Executive Director - Raleigh Boychoir
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Raleigh Boychoir is seeking a strategic leader and growth agent with strong communication, fundraising, and organizational management experience to serve as its Executive Director.
The Raleigh Boychoir (“RBC”) was founded in 1968 by Mr. Thomas Sibley for the purpose of giving boys with unchanged voices a chance to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music.
Under the artistic direction of Mr. Jeremy Tucker since 2014, today the RBC offers music education and performance opportunities, including travel experiences, for male voices ages six to eighteen years. Alumni members play an important role in the choir and are invited to participate in activities throughout the year. In addition to high quality choral instruction, choristers learn and practice positive character and leadership skills – traits that will continue to develop over a lifetime.
The RBC currently has five active choirs: Training Choir, Resident Choir, Performing Choir, Young Mens’ Ensemble, and Alumni Choir. A Tour Choir includes members from the Performing Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. New member auditions are open, public, and free to all local boys ages 6-18 years old. The goal of every audition is to find each boy a place in the RBC where he can be successful.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Raleigh Boychoir is governed by a board of directors. The staff structure will include a new full-time Executive Director, a part-time Artistic Director, a part-time Administrative Assistant, two part-time Choral Instructors and a part-time Accompanist.
Budget for the 2020-2021 season is $190,000. Half of the revenue is generated through earned income (tuition, ticket sales, concert fees) and half of the revenue is generated through the philanthropic income (individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies).
The experience of managing the COVID-19 shutdown has underscored the RBC’s continuing need to embrace new digital tools and technology to communicate with current students, families, donors, and broader community as well as enhance educational activities and outreach efforts to attract new, more diverse audiences.
Through the recent sale of a property, and relocation to downtown Raleigh the Raleigh Boychoir is positioned to invest in expanding the organization’s reach through the addition of a fulltime Executive Director.
To learn more about the Raleigh Boychoir, visit www.raleighboychoir.org
The Board of Directors seeks a leader who will respect the organization’s history while charting an innovative course for the future that ensures its commitment to choral music experiences while supporting leadership opportunities for youth singers.
The Executive Director of the Raleigh Boychoir is responsible for the overall direction and management of all aspects of the business. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that ensures Raleigh Boychoir achieves its organizational goals, objectives, and long-range plans.
The Executive Director reports to the Raleigh Boychoir Board of Directors and works in collaboration with the Artistic Director. The Executive Director has the following key responsibilities:
Leadership and Strategy
- Recruit and expand the number of students in the program.
- Develop relationships and a strong understanding of the organization’s impact with families, school partners, government officials, partner organizations, venue partners, donors, and prospective donors.
- Serve as the primary advocate, visionary, and spokesperson for the organization.
- Ensure that long- and short-term COVID-19 plans are in place that are actionable and include attainable goals.
- Maintain official records, execute legal documents, and contracts and ensure compliance.
Communication, Marketing and Community Relations
- Create and implement a comprehensive communication and marketing plan that meets the artistic and financial objectives of RBC including communications with families, alumni, and the larger RBC community. Vehicles include social media, website, quarterly newsletters, press releases, online and other advertising, calendar listings, brochures/postcards, etc.
- Develop ongoing relationships and create mutually beneficial collaborations with strategic community partners, school and faith-based partners, arts peers, and the community at large.
- Represent the RBC at community functions. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, serve as the spokesperson to the media, government agencies, corporate community, foundations, sponsors, and the educational community.
- Oversee ticket sales, and related activities to maximize concert attendance.
- Plan and lead a comprehensive fund development plan, covering the full cycle of donor engagement: identification, investigation, involvement, and investment. Secure support from individuals, corporate sponsorships, foundations, and government supporters. Fundraising is critical to the success of this position.
- Ensure timely preparation of foundation and government grant requests and reports.
- Develop materials and systems to support development efforts.
- Empower and support the Board to implement fundraising activities.
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director, prepare annual and future budget projections and variance analysis for approval by the Board.
- Work with the Treasurer on monthly budgetary projections.
Board of Directors Partnership
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors, prepare strategic plans and tactics for implementation and evaluate progress toward goals.
- Assist the Board President in developing agendas and written reports for Board meetings and attend all meetings. Support the full Board as needed.
- Assist in identifying, attracting, and orienting new Board members.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Personal interest in and commitment to the mission of Raleigh Boychoir, ideally through personal or professional experience that demonstrates an appreciation of choral arts.
- Passion for the arts and the enrichment it provides in the lives of young people.
- Experience leading programming for young people.
- Knowledge in key aspects of managing and leading a performing arts organization.
- High social and emotional intelligence, integrity, and sound judgment.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising, especially from individuals and foundations.
- A dedication to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and the ability to demonstrate that commitment in culture, pedagogy, and communications.
- Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills and a proven ability to work well with a variety of people.
- Ability to work collaboratively with the Artistic Director to serve the organization.
- Comfortable leading an organization where part-time volunteers play an integral role.
- Energized by high-level strategy and a direct hands-on role.
- Able to work nights and weekends on occasion.
- Five or more years in nonprofit leadership or broadly demonstrated success in organizational management including co-creating strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, finance, and operations.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university in marketing, communication, business, nonprofit management, arts administration is preferred.
- Competent in Microsoft Office Suite.
Starting salary being offered is in the $50,000-$55,000. RBC offers a flexible work environment. Health, dental, and vision insurance may be discussed as part of the total compensation package.
Armstrong McGuire & Associates, a nonprofit consulting firm based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with The Raleigh Boychoir’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to Raleigh Boychoir position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.
The preferred application deadline is March 10, 2021. A short presentation will be required from finalists. Reference and criminal checks will be conducted before a final offer is made.
Raleigh Boychoir is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants that come from backgrounds that reflect the vibrant diversity of our community.