Executive Director

Choral Arts Ensemble
Rochester, MN
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Summary of Position

The Executive Director, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the overall direction and management of all aspects of the administration of Choral Arts Ensemble. This includes fundraising and donor relations, audience development, strategic planning and execution, marketing/advertising, external and community relations, volunteer and personnel management and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management of the organization.


Summary of Responsibilities

The complete job description is available at www.choralartsensemble but in summary, the Executive Director will

  • develop relationships and collaborations with musical, performing, educational, and community organizations to expand Choral Arts Ensemble’s outreach throughout the southeast Minnesota region
  • work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance
  • work to enhance public awareness and recognition of Choral Arts Ensemble as a leading choral organization in Minnesota
  • lead Choral Arts Ensemble’s development program, design comprehensive plans that maximize contributed income, and assume a leading and active role in fundraising in consultation and cooperation with the Artistic Director and the Board
  • oversee audience development, marketing, and public relations activities for the organization
  • work with the Board of Directors, Artistic Director, and Operations Administrator to implement, monitor, and evaluate the organization’s long-term strategic plan, reporting progress towards goals regularly
  • help direct and manage the organization’s operations, budget and administration to ensure fiscal responsibility and the most effective use of resources
  • assist with concert production tasks including set up, tear down, and other tasks as necessary to ensure a successful event
  • in partnership with the Artistic Director, create and execute plans to ensure a systematic, values-based approach to outreach and education


Experience and Qualifications  The Executive Director of Choral Arts Ensemble will have a successful track record in non-profit/arts management, preferably with choruses or orchestras, with an emphasis on fundraising, marketing, and audience development.  The Executive Director will have the ability to lead, inspire, and motivate staff, singers, and other volunteers in an environment that fosters creativity, a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and mutual respect.  A bachelor's degree is required; master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred.   Anticipated Work Schedule

The exempt position will be at either .5 FTE (20 hours per week) or .75 FTE (30 hours per week), depending on the candidate chosen. The week before and after a concert will require longer hours as well as the weeks before the annual fundraising event, A Singing Valentine. It is expected that the Executive Director will meet at least monthly with the Artistic Director to discuss shared responsibilities, priorities, vision, etc. and to inform one another of current goals and projects.  The Executive Director is also expected to attend Board meetings and committee meetings as appropriate. 


Choral Arts Ensemble

Founded in 1985, Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) has established a reputation as one of the finest choral groups in southeastern Minnesota. CAE performs a wide range of choral repertoire, with an emphasis on a cappella performance of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.  A nonprofit organization, CAE is governed by a Board of Directors with an annual budget of over $300,000 and managed by paid staff. CAE is committed to its mission to inspire, educate, and enrich the community at large through outstanding choral performances.


Rochester, Minnesota

Choral Arts Ensemble is located in Rochester, Minnesota, the third-largest city of this upper Midwest state.  The city and various non-profit organizations are actively engaged in arts and arts development and continue to look for ways to engage the diverse audiences of the city and the region. Home to Mayo Clinic, Rochester has been named a number one city in which to live by many magazines and organizations.  Recent state legislation has created collaboration between the state, the city, and private organizations to develop Rochester as a destination medical center, a city that can host the patients of Mayo Clinic and their caretakers as well as the more than 120,000 people who call Rochester home.  The city, as well as the region, hosts several colleges and universities and a range of artistic and cultural offerings.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This Exempt position may be either a .5 or a .75 FTE

Compensation is dependent on the qualifications and time availability of the preferred applicant. 

Paid time off, holidays and a matching contribution to an individual IRA account are available.  Schedule is flexible.

Application Procedure: 

To apply for this position, you can either email your cover letter and resume to jobs@choralartsensemble.org or mail them to Executive Director Search Committee, Choral Arts Ensemble, 1001 14th St NW, Ste. 900, Rochester, MN, 55901.

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