Since 1987, Chicago Sinfonietta has been a defiantly different kind of orchestra. The orchestra was founded by Maestro Paul Freeman to address the disconnect between the utter lack of diversity in orchestras and the vibrant, nuanced, communities for which they play. For more than 30 years, the organization has made its mission to represent the city of Chicago, reflecting that vibrancy on stage and in programming, making classical music accessible for anyone. The Chicago Sinfonietta champions diversity, equity and inclusion by creating community through bold symphonic experiences.
We are pleased to represent the Chicago Sinfonietta in its search for a new Executive Director. Proven leadership and a commitment to the mission of the organization are paramount to the success of the next executive. The basis for the mission and values of the organization are rooted in the life and work of the Sinfonietta’s founder, Paul Freeman. His vision permeates the culture of the organization and lives within the many musicians, board members and staff who were touched by him during his lifetime.
In 2011, Mei-Ann Chen was engaged as the second Music Director of the Sinfonietta. In her first season the Sinfonietta was the recipient of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and was dubbed “the City’s hippest orchestra” by the Chicago Tribune. The Sinfonietta has embraced daring programming combining classical orchestral works with new compositions and fresh approaches to the traditional repertoire. Diversity can be found on stage, in programming, on the staff, board, and in the audience. Project Inclusion has nurtured 45 fellows since its inception 9 seasons ago. This program nurtures the careers of musicians, conductors, administrators and ensembles, all from diverse backgrounds. The contributions of the fellows are a tremendous asset to the orchestral world at large. In addition the Sinfonietta has an impressive range of education and outreach programs.
In 2016, Chicago Sinfonietta was one of just 14 organizations in the nation to receive the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. This award is the “genius award” for non-profit organizations. Along with the national recognition, this award came with a large, one-time investment of $625,000 establishing the organization’s first ever reserve fund. Additional funds have been raised to match and exceed the MacArthur award adding over $800,000 to that fund. The annual Ball and additional events sponsored and coordinated by dedicated volunteers contribute to the ongoing development efforts.
THE ROLE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Building on a successful 32-year history, the Executive Director will help set a vision and path forward that is energizing, exciting and attainable. Strong leadership, operational and development experiences will be leveraged to engender support, enthusiasm and renewed energy in the organization. The Executive Director will be, responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Sinfonietta in order to achieve the organization’s mission. A true external and internal partner with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, the Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization, and for implementing the policies and executing the strategies established in collaboration with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will report to the Board through the Board Chair. The new leader will work with the Board to ensure that the organization operates on a stable financial basis and that it carries out its obligation and mission to serve as a community, cultural and educational institution. We are looking for candidates who can be a respectful, energetic and careful disrupter, someone who is not afraid to take calculated risks to move this dynamic, nationally recognized organization forward. The current budget of the organization is approximately $2.3 million.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Commitment to furthering the mission of the Chicago Sinfonietta by championing diversity, equity and inclusion through bold symphonic experiences for musicians, board, community supporters and concert goers.
In the spirit of collaboration and inclusion brings together the stakeholders of the organization including board, staff, musicians, conductors and volunteers.
Secures, allocates and develops the financial, technical and human resources required for the achievement of the mission.
Serves as the external face of the organization and as a partner with Music Director, Mei-Ann Chen.
Leads the development and execution of annual and long-term operating plans including the strengthening of the infrastructure needed to achieve these plans.
Provides the Board with timely, clear and accurate reports and projections on financial, fundraising and operational activities.
Develops and nurtures the staff and musicians by creating a collaborative environment with clear expectations and a respectful culture.
Applies new ways to solve complex situations including branding of the organization, increasing visibility of concerts and programs, enhancing ticket sales with a goal of filling the house, and creating new opportunities to be more prominent in the Chicago arts community.
Continue the collaborations with a wide range of Chicago performing arts organization.
Minimum BS or BA degree plus 7 years of progressively responsible positions in managing mission driven, non-profit organizations. Management experience with arts organizations is a plus but not mandatory. Knowledge of the Chicago community is helpful.
Love for music, especially symphonic music. Proven commitment to and demonstrated leadership in working inclusively with culturally diverse organizations.
Experience with the planning, development and execution of a comprehensive organizational strategy, to include long-term development, audience building and
Demonstrated ability to build and lead effective, high performing teams.
Skilled communicator, learner, listener and collaborator - open, approachable, personable – who creates a positive working environment within the organization and
Demonstrated poise and integrity representing the institution and use of that public persona to develop new opportunities for the
Ability to manage vision and purpose, while dealing effectively within a rapidly changing cultural environment.
Excellent budgeting and financial skills combined with an eye for detail.
Innovator and respectful disruptor who can assist in the growth and development of the organization.
History of successful fundraising from a broad range of donors, corporations, foundations and governmental sources.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits included.
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About H C Smith Ltd
HC Smith Ltd is a retained executive search and consulting firm. For more than 30 years, HC Smith Ltd has been recognized as a very successful family-owned boutique firm. Our business and our passion is people. We serve a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to world-class orchestras and museums, as well as institutions in the public and educational sector. Consultants include Principals Herbert Smith and Becca Smith along with Senior Consultant, Judith Frankfurt and Project Manager, Suzanne Wilson.
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