Executive DirectorSanta Barbara Chamber Orchestra • Full-Timehttp://www.sbco.org/Santa Barbara, CAORGANIZATION
The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) celebrates 34 years of exemplary music making with a mission that has remained the same over the years - to maintain a Chamber Orchestra in Santa Barbara that is of the highest artistic quality possible, to produce the finest music heard in Santa Barbara, and to perform well-known repertoire as well as music written in this century.
Founded in 1978 by Jeffrey Evans, a conducting student, the Chamber Orchestra had humble beginnings as a community orchestra performing in coffee house and other venues in Santa Barbara. Five years later Heiichiro Ohyama became Music Director and the direction of the SBCO changed dramatically. Under Maestro Ohyama, the SBCO become an orchestra of professional musicians and his conducting and programming gifts have led the SBCO to be known among many as the best artistic producing organization in the Santa Barbara area. Critically acclaimed pianists such as Alessio Bax, Tong Il Han, Wu Han, Jerome Lowenthal, David Golub, Yefim Bronfman, and André Michel Schub, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Mark Kaplan, and Kyoko Takezawa, and cellists Lyn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, and Carter Brey have appeared as guest soloists with the SBCO. Many Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra musicians have gone on to other exciting musical endeavors. Current and past SBCO musicians perform with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony.
Maestro Ohyama’s experience includes Artistic Director of the La Jolla Music Society's “SummerFest” from 1986-97, Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 1991-97, the Principal Chief Conductor of Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan from 1999-2004 and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2008. Maestro Ohyama was Music Director of the Nagasaki Music Festival from 2007-2009. He was also Professor of Music at University of California since 1973 to 2003. In 2005, he received the ‘Fukuoka City Cultural Prize’ and in 2008, ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ by the Japanese Government.
With an orchestra comprising 30 musicians, the SBCO offers the community musically engaging experiences with its five-concert subscription series at the newly renovated Lobero Theatre, one of Santa Barbara’s architectural treasures. SBCO performs October through May, with an audience capacity of 600 per concert. The Chamber Players Series, a two-concert chamber music series, features Maestro Ohyama performing as violist with members of the SBCO, as well as guest artists.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra has recently embarked on a successful financial rebuilding effort and in FY 2013, the organization’s revenue was $668,058 and expense was $575,501. SBCO is governed by an engaged and growing 12-member Board of Directors. SBCO is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Board, Music Director and staff look to the new Executive Director to help them take the next step in expansion of financial resources, organizational capabilities and chamber music for the Santa Barbara/Central Coast region.
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Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises and directs all aspects of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s operations and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission. The Executive Director will be the chief spokesperson for the Chamber Orchestra, holding the organization’s mission, vision and values as a guide while maintaining excellent relationships with SBCO’s Board, donors, and audience, as well as the Santa Barbara community with a goal of continuing the organization’s growth of donors and patrons. The scope of responsibility includes oversight of all aspects of the organization, including, budget, brand building & marketing, ticket sales and audience development, fund development, contract negotiations with musicians and venues, external relations, and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management.
The Executive Director will oversee short- and long-range strategic planning and implementation, including the effective hiring, training, mentoring, and supervision of the organization’s human resources while maximizing the organization’s membership fulfillment and earned and contributed revenue capabilities. She or he will work in partnership with the Music Director and also provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, ensuring an energetic approach toward achievement of organizational and financial goals while educating, engaging, and energizing Board members in their role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Operational and Strategic Planning
Lead the day-to-day operations of SBCO to ensure that audiences, musicians, donors, and other community members have a first-class experience any time they interact with the organization.
Governance and Financial Oversight
- Supervise and integrate all aspects of the SBCO, including finance and budgeting, musical production, fundraising and development, education, technical production (in interface with venue), and staff and volunteers.
- Direct administrative personnel relations to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees. Interview, hire, train, and mentor staff and volunteers, assign work, and provide performance appraisals on a regular basis.
- Work with legal counsel and Board to oversee and negotiate contractual matters with the Musicians’ Union, guest artists, vendors, and strategic partners.
- Strategize with staff and volunteers regarding fundraising, program, and education plans.
- Develop, implement, and monitor a long-term strategic institutional and operating plan and vision in coordination with the Board of Directors and staff, and assume joint responsibility with the Board for its implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly. Maintain an organization with the highest ethical standards, and ensure that the SBCO’s employer obligations to its staff, legally and ethically, are fully met.
- Partner with Music Director to ensure that programming is determined in a timely manner and can be executed within the organization’s financial and human resources.
- Oversee short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation processes, including the effective mentoring and supervision of SBCO's human resources, mobilization of performance resources, and decision-making related to appropriate use of fiscal resources.
- Define a strategy to effectively mobilize and utilize volunteers in support of the SBCO and its plans and programs.
Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board and work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance of the organization. Develop, monitor, and maintain fiscal responsibility for the overall budget, and ensure the most effective use of financial and human resources.
Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
- Oversee management of cash flow and present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools with a volunteer Treasurer for Board review.
- Ensure the creation and maintenance of the appropriate budget that fulfills the organization's artistic vision and public mission and simultaneously maximizes earned and contributed income opportunities.
- Work with legal counsel, when needed, in representing and negotiating contractual matters, including with rental organizations, agents, promoters, presenters, touring groups, ensembles, musicians, singers, and other independent contractors, as well as any collective bargaining agreements.
- Review major leases, purchases, loans, and contracts.
- Provide oversight on purchases, expenditures, and vendor relations.
- Assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation and recruitment, utilize Board committee structure as opportunity for future Board member development,
- Orient, educate and engage Board members to maximize their effectiveness,
- Develop strategic planning to establish a sustainable business/operational plan with 3,5, and 10 year visioning.
- Celebrate the successes of individual Board members and the Board as a whole in recognizing their contribution of time and resources as community ambassadors for SBCO,
- Assist Board committees to develop and implement their goals and objectives and name appropriate staff liaisons to work closely with committees.
Oversee a robust development program, including creation of comprehensive plans that maximize contributed income, and assume an active role in fundraising in consultation and cooperation with the Board and staff.
Audience Development and Community Relations
- Lead the organization’s development programs, including its annual fundraising efforts, endowment, capital, and planned giving, and identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Guide staff, Board, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors.
- Create short-term and long-term fundraising programs to support ongoing operations to ensure that adequate funds are available to meet capital and operating targets.
- Strategize the most effective donor stewardship methods with the Board and staff.
Guide marketing, branding, and public relations programs that achieve earned income goals from subscriptions, and single ticket sales while enhancing SBCO’s visibility, reputation, and brand awareness.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
- Ensure the highest levels of customer service, effective audience interaction, and community engagement.
- Develop and implement proactive promotional strategies for both SBCO’s presentation and educational activities.
- Maintain a strong organizational focus on marketing outcomes and growth of ticket revenue for SBCO concerts.
- Develop appropriate strategic partnerships throughout the community to embrace the diverse needs of the Santa Barbara community.
- Guide the increased brand awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs and strategic direction.
- Serve as the public "face" of SBCO with the Music Director throughout the community and represent the organization and its Board, staff, and resident companies in a manner that enhances its reputation and standing in the community.
- Make personal appearances, gives informational talks, give VIP backstage views prior to the concerts, and publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
- Coordinate with all city, county, and regional governments and agencies as needed.
The Executive Director will have a well-rounded set of competencies that sets her or him apart from others in the field. She or he will be a self-starter and will have a high level of personal accountability and demonstrated capability to manage time and projects. He or she will bring a strong customer focus to the work environment. The Executive Director will be a results-oriented, motivational leader, capable of making decisions and attaining successful outcomes, who can maintain both a strategic and operational focus for the organization, the staff, Board, membership, and community. She or he will be a performing arts leader with experience in chamber or other aspects of the music field, a strong appreciation for chamber and/or orchestral music, and a solid financial decision making background.
The position requires excellent knowledge and ability in performing arts management, fundraising, marketing, audience development, branding and operations, including contract negotiations. It also requires superior skills in problem solving, setting priorities, delegating, coping with pressure and deadlines and multi-tasking. Leading candidates will establish goals that are relevant, realistic and attainable and will identify and implement required plans and set milestones to achieve specific impacts. The Executive Director will create and lead a proactive culture of personal and organizational accountability as she/he helps the Board, staff, audience, corporate, foundation and individual donors, and the community to achieve shared success for SBCO.
With excellent written and oral communications skills and a highly motivated style, the Executive Director will be adept with both prepared and impromptu speeches and interviews. She/he will have the ability to give direction and guidance with the self-assuredness and confidence to enforce rules and regulations but be flexible in order to preserve a positive community brand image and stakeholder satisfaction.
In addition to experience in the areas outlined above, qualified applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years of related senior management experience. A successful track record in best practices in the performing arts with a high level of leadership and fiscal management skills. The successful candidate should have a strong working knowledge of classical music presenting and/or promotion and a passion for it. Working knowledge of all Microsoft office programs and electronic communication tools is required.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary and the opportunity to craft a benefits package with the Board that could include paid time off, medical/dental insurance, 403(b)/401(k) retirement, or other fringe benefits as mutually agreed upon. The selected candidate also will have the valuable pleasures and quality of life that the Santa Barbara region offers.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Send letter and resume, electronic submissions preferred, with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Laurie Dowling
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 406
Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120
Tel: (323) 721.0141 ext. 7
Cell: (562) 547.6052
Fax: (323) 936.1196
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer