Executive Director - San Francisco Choral Society

San Francisco Choral Society
San Francisco, CA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019


The San Francisco Choral Society, under the direction of acclaimed Artistic Director Robert Geary, is a thirty-year-old auditioned community chorus that seeks to engage singers and the greater San Francisco community with the performance of exceptional works in the classical repertoire and commissioned choral music.

The Choral Society strives to be a premier symphonic chorus through the outstanding performance of choral masterpieces and new commissioned works. Infused with a commitment to excellence and education, the Choral Society’s professional artistic and administrative staff, soloists, and orchestras work collaboratively with all-volunteer auditioned singers to foster a vibrant, diverse, and interactive choral community, educate singers and audiences, and extend the Choral Society’s reach to youth.

This is a part time position of approximately 20-25 hours weekly and is located in San Francisco, CA. For more information about The San Francisco Choral Society, please visit www.sfchoral.org.

About the Opportunity:

The Choral Society is looking for a visionary, dynamic Executive Director who will lead the organization to the next level by cultivating both new and established fundraising sources; expanding our exposure with expert marketing and community relations; and developing both short-and long-range strategic planning goals to implement the vision of the Board of Directors and Artistic Director.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the overall direction and management of all aspects of the administration and operation of the organization, including the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the goals and objectives of the Choral Society.

Principal duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

Development and Fundraising

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop and execute a comprehensive strategy of financial development
  • Cultivate, secure, and sustain individual, corporate, foundation and government support – the annual budget approaches $300K, with 32% earned through ticket revenue, 16% through singer registration, 15% through grants, and the balance through special events and donations

Marketing and Community Relations

  • Develop, document and implement a comprehensive strategy to market the Choral Society and its programs throughout the market area with both traditional and digital marketing
  • Develop ongoing relationships with arts peers in the community and act as a spokesperson for the Choral Society

Financial Management and Planning

  • Working closely with staff, prepare budgets and manage financial operations in accordance with approved budget and governmental regulations
  • Direct the production of monthly financial statements, periodic re-forecasts, and tax returns
  • Evaluate progress toward goals with Board of Directors on a regular basis

Personnel, Administration and Singer Relations

  • Hire, train, and supervise staff as needed and approved, to achieve the Choral Society’s goals and objectives
  • Develop an administrative structure that promotes a productive working atmosphere and effective staff relations
  • Develop, execute, and oversee singer recruitment, communication, and management – current staff includes a Business Manager, Development Manager, and Administrative Manager, each of which are part-time positions

Concert Production

  • Coordinate all aspects of producing three to four concerts annually
  • Identify and secure rehearsal and performance venues, hire and train production and artistic staff and volunteers
  • Prepare written concert evaluations for the Board of Directors with attendance, receipts, and expenses against budget

Additional tasks as required, which include:

  • Assist in the development and organization of member education classes
  • Secure opportunities for paid outside performances by the Choral Society
  • In collaboration with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors and/or New Music Committee, pursue opportunities to commission new works for performance by the Choral Society


Ideal candidate will bring the following experiences and skills:

  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of the San Francisco Choral Society;
  • Passion for the arts;
  • Experience in the management of non-profit arts organizations;
  • Working knowledge of accounting and financial reporting;
  • Working knowledge of digital marketing and social media;
  • Experience in fundraising;
  • Experience in promotion and publicity;
  • Excellent oral and written communication;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility in work schedule;
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, email);
  • Access to home office and computer;
  • Access to personal vehicle; and
  • Development and relationship management experience.


Compensation and Benefits: 

Salary is competetive and commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: 


The San Francisco Choral Society has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Submit confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumés with cover letters here.

The San Francisco Choral Society is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We encourage applicants of all ages and diverse backgrounds to apply.


About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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