The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (BSO) seeks a part-time (0.55 FTE) executive director to work in partnership with a volunteer board of directors to achieve the BSO’s mission to enrich and educate musicians and audiences of northern Minnesota through innovative orchestral experiences. The executive director is directly involved in administration, finances, planning, marketing, database management, fundraising, grants writing, and concert production. www.bemidjisymphony.org
Attend monthly BSO board meetings.
Provide leadership on issues of structure, development, planning, budgeting, procedures, and policies.
Cultivate a collaborative and productive working relationship with board members and with music director.
Maintain/update Filemaker Pro database with information on ticket sales, ad sales, and donations.
Work with treasurer to develop annual budget; keep finance records; attest, authorize, submit requests for payments.
Write contracts for staff, musicians, and guest artists; serve as Authorizing Official on contracts.
Work with grant committee to write/edit grants and grant budgets; monitor projects; write final reports.
Understand and comply with local/state/federal laws, statutes, rules and regulations.
Write fundraising materials, make fundraising calls, send thank you letters; assist with annual gala fundraiser.
Work with graphic designer; manage marketing and publicity efforts; make content updates to website and Facebook.
Work with BSO independent contractors: Fundraising coordinator, Personnel Mgr., Librarian, Stage Mgr. and others.
In consultation with music director, negotiate with guest artists on fees and stipends. Ensure guest artists have needs met and have a positive experience with the BSO.
Identify and assist with necessary tasks before and after concerts.
Maintain office hours; handle public inquiries; retrieve/process voicemail, email, and USPS mail.
Update and maintain annual activity calendar and board manual.
Manage office space, equipment, supplies, and filing/archives.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualities of the successful candidate:
Exhibit a high level of ethics and integrity; possess attributes of discernment, ingenuity, amiability and equanimity.
Have experience in successful nonprofit governance and/or management.
Value an institutional atmosphere of cooperation, relationship building, transparency, and creative problem solving.
Have high respect and regard for collaborative, process-based decision making.
Combine practical business acumen with creative visionary thinking.
Possess superior communication skills, including writing, listening, and speaking.
Have demonstrated success in grant writing.
Be comfortable in the public arena, serving as an advocate and spokesperson for the BSO.
Be highly motivated and self-directed, skilled at organization, multi-tasking, and workload prioritization.
Know (or be able to quickly learn) the Mac OS system.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references (with contact information) by June 23, 2017. You may send via USPS: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra • P.O. Box 3136 • Bemidji MN 56619. OR, you may send via email: firstname.lastname@example.org (attachments in either pdf or docx format only). Contact 218/444-7914 or email@example.com with questions.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary $18,000 - $20,000. No benefits.
Now in its 79th year, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is an accomplished and vibrant 501(C)3 community orchestra serving northcentral Minnesota. It is committed to the performance of music of rigorous artistic quality, placing a high value on its enthusiasm in exploring diverse music and featuring exceptional guest artists. It performs six subscription concerts and a summer pops concert each season, as well as a biennial youth concert.