Benefits include SIMPLE IRA with 2% match,
professional development opportunities, and unlimited PTO.
4 Year Degree
The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is seeking an Executive Director to lead, represent, and advocate for the WSO in Casper, Wyoming.
The Executive Director leads fundraising, effective communication, community engagement, promotional campaigns, and acknowledging supporters. In addition to the external-facing duties, the Executive Director is accountable for the financial health, long-term planning, and day-to-day operations of the WSO. The Executive Director works closely with the Board, Music Director, staff (4), and musicians (70) to fulfill the WSO mission.
Due to the nature of leading an arts organization, the position includes work hours outside of “regular” business hours, including evenings and weekends. The long hours during concert and fundraising weeks are balanced by a flexible work schedule and generous paid leave. Connecting to the Casper community is paramount.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES Represent and Advocate for the WSO • Improve the financial health of the organization. • Develop, direct, and track programs to cultivate prospects and seek out funding opportunities, including corporate sponsorships, concert sponsorships, individual gifts and program advertising. • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including community partners, volunteers, arts organizations, the public, and government agencies to achieve organizational objectives.
• Create advertising and publicity campaigns promoting ticket sales, including maintaining relationships with media contacts, generating feature stories in the media, and publishing a WSO e-newsletter. • Manage financial resources for the health of the organization by preparing and submitting an annual budget and monitoring and authorizing expenditures in accordance with the approved budget. • Keep accurate books of accounts and maintain bank accounts. • Prepare monthly financial statements for Board review and approval. • Write grant applications and ensure that grants are spent in accordance with grant guidelines and that reporting requirements are met. • Lead the staff of the WSO, including working with the team to fulfill the WSO mission, maintaining effective staffing and organization structure, and managing performance in accordance with best practices in management and human resources. • Oversee the solicitation and acknowledgment process, including ensuring that all contributions are acknowledged appropriately as required by law and establish and disclose donor benefits in accordance with IRS guidelines.
Planning • Partner with the Board, team, and Music Director on fundraising activities and events. • Attend board and committee meetings as a non-voting member, and present reports. • Advise the Board on matters within the Executive Director’s scope, including the legal responsibilities of board members and obtaining adequate insurance to cover board member liability. • Work with the Board’s nominating team to identify and recruit qualified candidates and assist with new board member orientation. • Assist the Music Director in the development and implementation of the orchestra’s artistic objectives. • Attend concerts and rehearsals and oversee staffing.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES • Expert-level skills in relationship-building and maintenance • High-level fundraising skills • High-level leadership skills to inspire the staff, board, and musicians to fulfill the WSO mission and long-range plan • High level of creativity in event planning and fundraising • High-level decision-making skills • Strong record-keeping and financial skills • Excellent presentation skills (with and without technology) • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills • Ability to manage multiple priorities • Ability to measure and communicate progress • Ability to forecast the needs of the WSO • Ability to recognize the strengths of others and utilize their strengths to fulfill the mission • Ability to oversee effective traditional and social media marketing campaigns • Proficiency with basic management functions such as developing and supporting members of the team, performance evaluation, and hiring • Openness to learning new skills
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience managing arts organizations Experience in non-profit fundraising as an executive, development director, leader, or board member Demonstrated effective leadership experience Demonstrated effectiveness in promoting and marketing organizations and event planning Valid driver’s license
Preferred Qualifications Grant writing experience Experience running an endowment or capital campaign Experience managing budgets, financial statements, accounts receivable, and accounts payable
The mission of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, expand the musical horizons of children and provide an outlet for the creative talents of musicians living in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West by performing classical and “pops" music to an expanding audience. The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is an established, high-functioning orchestra with a knowledgeable, effective staff, a dynamic Music Director, and top-quality musicians. Our well-rounded board dedicates expertise, energy, and enthusiasm for the work of the WSO.