LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Denver Children’s Choir seeks a leader who will bring to the position of Executive Director a high degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as the analytical, organizational and personal qualities that will garner respect and cooperation from the Denver Children’s Choir staff, Board of Directors, singers and their families, community partners and other stakeholders.
Read on to see if you are ready to apply!
Who We Are and What We Do:
The Denver Children’s Choir is nearly 350 voices, ages 7-18, who represent the diverse population of Denver singing in harmony together. Since 1996, Denver Children’s Choir has intentionally and persistently sought Denver children from all walks of life to be a part of its program: children from different cultures, races and religions; children who speak different languages and children from different Denver neighborhoods; children who, if not for the Choir, would not have known each other.
Children in the Choir learn about music and singing and sight-reading. But more importantly, through the act of harmonizing with one another, they learn to appreciate and respect those things that make each of us unique; the things which make our incredible city of Denver so vibrant. Our mission to teach children, through music, to respect and appreciate diversity, is as relevant today as it was in 1996.
The Denver Children’s Choir (DCC) has multiple choir levels to meet the musical needs of every singer in its program. The Choir’s advanced ensembles – the Fourteeners, Mountain Aires, Thin Air and Altitude – meet each week at the Choir’s central location. The DCC’s Neighborhood Choir Program operates in the neighborhoods of Southwest Denver, Northwest Denver, Park Hill and Hilltop. The Choir invests in these communities by offering multiple “training choir” levels in each neighborhood location so that singers can easily advance in choir level as their skill increases.
The Choir is particularly pleased to be partnering with selected Denver Public Schools in these neighborhoods to offer additional in-school programs, during the school day, to children who do not have music in their school, or schools who wish to supplement their existing music programs.
This is an exciting time for the Denver Children’s Choir, as it looks forward to its next 23 years and beyond. We are recommitting to serving all Denver children – engaging its youngest citizens as they learn about music and about each other – and to creating a place where children can celebrate harmony and their humanity.
A Unique Leadership Structure
For a number of years now, the Choir has had a co-director leadership structure, with the Artistic Director and the Music Director sharing the responsibilities of the Executive Director. As the Choir looked into the future, it was obvious that a full-time Executive Director was needed to support the Choir in expanding its programs and solidifying its position in Denver’s cultural community. The Artistic Director will no longer be a paid staff position within the organization, and the responsibilities of that position will be shared by the Music Director and Executive Director.
This means that the Executive Director and the Music Director will share the staff leadership of the organization, building on each other’s skills and knowledge, collaborating and supporting one another. Both directors will report directly to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is seeking a person who will view this shared leadership structure as a stimulating opportunity and embrace it with enthusiasm.
The Executive Director and the Music Director will be jointly responsible for providing vibrant and effective leadership and management to enable Denver Children’s Choir to fulfill its mission. This staff leadership structure requires both co-directors to commit to ongoing collaboration, transparency, frequent and open communication, cooperation and flexibility.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's mission and leading the organization in the planning, development, and implementation of strategic goals and objectives. Please note that the following is not an exhaustive list of the Executive Director’s responsibilities.
Leadership & Management
- Ensures excellence and consistent quality of all aspects of the organization
- Is responsible for the organizational structure of Denver Children’s Choir to ensure that the programmatic objectives are supported through facilities, technology, finances, communication, human resources, and functional needs
- Leads the development of Denver Children’s Choir’s strategic plans and implementation and monitoring of those plans
- Develops, maintains, and supports an engaged, knowledgeable and committed Board of Directors by providing accurate and timely information and education that enables Board members to make informed decisions
- Assists in the identification, recruitment and orientation of new board members
- Works with the Board leadership to assist in Board development and training, to plan Board meetings and committee meetings, and to help build consensus around organizational direction, programs and policies
- Provides support to assist the Board members in meeting their own fundraising responsibilities
Budget & Finance
- In concert with the Board of Directors, is responsible for the financial status of the organization, which includes fundraising plans; monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; and setting financial priorities that ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the mission of Denver Children’s Choir
- Works with the Music Director, the Treasurer of the Board, and the Finance Committee to develop both annual operating and annual tour budgets for approval by the Board of Directors
- Overall responsibility for the fundraising activities of Denver Children’s Choir
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Director of Development & Marketing, works on the ongoing development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations plan, with annual fundraising goals and a focus on expanding the individual donor base and generating major gifts
- Leads the organization in identifying possible state, federal, corporate, and foundation donors. Builds and maintains relationships as needed.
- Works closely with the Director of Development & Marketing to execute comprehensive marketing, branding, and communication strategies that will support the success of the fundraising plan and ensure consistency throughout the organization
- Maintains an organizational culture which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, high quality staff
- Promotes good morale, a sense of staff camaraderie, passion for the mission, cooperation, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common organizational vision
- Overall responsibility for Denver Children’s Choir’s human resource operations, including personnel policies and employee handbooks
Communication & Outreach
- Works with the Director of Development & Marketing, and all staff, to consistently increase Denver Children’s Choir’s visibility and maintain the organization’s reputation and credibility
- Represents Denver Children’s Choir with funders, policy-makers, the media, clients, and other nonprofit organizations at both public and private functions to further the mission of Denver Children’s Choir
- Actively seeks and develops community relationships that will enable the DCC to meet its mission
Program Development and Administration
- Works collaboratively with the Music Director to execute the organization’s vision for all choir programs and activities
- Supports the Music Director in the management of program activities and program personnel
- Maintains updated knowledge of significant developments and trends impacting programmatic work
- Provides opportunities for staff education and staff development
Music Performances and Related Operational Needs
- Works with the Music Director to determine the best staffing structure to meet the musical needs of DCC
- Assist the Music Director in actively seeking performance opportunities that fulfill the DCC mission of musical excellence and inclusiveness
- Support the Music Director in the implementation and monitoring of a recruiting and retention plan for both in-school and after-school programs, with input from the Board of Directors and choir staff
The Ideal Candidate Will Possess These Qualifications:
- High-level leadership experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector
- Understanding of the fund development process, with a track record of fundraising experience and success, particularly in the development of a broad individual donor base and engaging major donors
- Financial acumen; experience creating and managing budgets, utilizing financial reports to make organizational decisions, with a strong commitment to accountability and transparency in financial management
- Familiarity with Colorado’s philanthropic community and networking skills that will increase the Choir’s connections in areas such as philanthropy, government, NPO sector, etc.
- Clear and concise written and oral communication skills, coupled with strong people skills
- Knowledge/experience with developing and managing a Board of Directors
- HR/personnel knowledge and experience in staff management
- Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in relevant field
- Experience in a shared leadership structure is a plus
Equally Important are these Characteristics and Traits:
- Passion for the mission; loving what we do!
- Sincere listener who considers others’ input in making decisions
- Treats all people with great respect
- Inspiring visionary who thinks “outside the box”
- Collaborative, team player
- Open-minded, flexible
- A “can do” person, willing to wear many hats
- Decisive, self-confident
Why Work for Denver Children’s Choir?
- If you believe in the power of music to transcend barriers and differences, this is the place for you!
- Use your life’s experience and knowledge to capitalize on the history and accomplishments of Denver Children’s Choir and foster its continued development as a leader in teaching children, through music, to respect and appreciate diversity and inclusiveness
- Work alongside Board and Staff members who are passionate and deeply committed to the mission
- Be inspired by the way in which Denver Children’s Choir works collaboratively with numerous entities, in order to meet the needs of the children served
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $60,000-70,000, plus benefits.
By Midnight, Sunday, April 21, 2019, please forward, via email, your cover letter (addressing how you meet the desired Qualifications and Characteristics) and resume to our transition consultant, Christine Soto, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Executive Director DCC” in the email subject line. All application information must be received via email – no hard copies will be accepted. No phone calls, please.
Denver Children’s Choir values diversity and inclusiveness and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and members of other underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please visit https://denverchildrenschoir.org/