New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) is an audition-free, community orchestra based in White Plains, NY. Founded in 2011, NewWSO’s mission is to offer amateur instrumental musicians in and around Westchester County an opportunity to build musicianship in a supportive, non-competitive setting while practicing and performing significant orchestral and ensemble works.
The Executive Director is responsible for directing the human and financial resources of NewWSO in order to achieve and sustain the orchestra’s mission. To that end, the Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all operational aspects of the organization, and for implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NewWSO, and reports to the Board of Directors.
This is a part-time position requiring approximately 10 hours per week of remote work, plus attendance at most concerts (approximately once per month at various locations throughout Westchester County), some rehearsals on Wednesday evenings in White Plains and monthly board meetings in Westchester.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced and successful development manager, sales person, fundraiser and/or administrator who wants to lead the overall operations of a young arts ensemble poised to make a significant cultural contribution to Westchester County. Interest in classical music, experience working in non-profit organizations, experience in customer service, and familiarity with Westchester County arts funding opportunities preferred.
MANAGEMENT & FINANCE (25%)
Provides overall general management of the organization. Prepares budgets and other planning materials; oversees day-to-day operations and delivery of programs; hires and supervises staff, committees, and volunteers; designs and implements financial controls and reporting procedures; serves as primary liaison with Board and board committees; and carries out additional duties as may be necessary for the effective and efficient management of the NewWSO. Works with the Board and conductor (and others that the Board may appoint from time to time) to establish long-range strategic plans and business strategies to support short- and long-term organizational goals. Currently, the Executive Director also serves as bookkeeper for NewWSO.
Serves as chief development officer. In collaboration with the Board, Development/Fundraising Committee and conductor, plans and implements programs to secure significant contributed income. Maintains and/or coordinates strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation and government donors. Oversees implementation of major gift, corporate sponsorship and special event programs. Coordinates and manages all aspects of the development program, including research, grant writing, data management and implementation of donor benefits. Researches and applies for public and private grants.
$100 bonus per grant awarded.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS (25%)
Supervises all marketing, public relations, community engagement and audience development activities. Identify promotional opportunities, assess effectiveness of current programs and build community relations. Works with staff and volunteers to develop key marketing messages and build brand awareness; oversees maintenance of the website and a strong social media program.
CONCERT PRODUCTION (10%)
Oversee concert production. Oversees production of events including musician communications, venue arrangements, volunteer management, production activities and front of house management.
Establishes and maintains close relationships with musicians, parents, donors, private and public sector funders, community leaders, audiences and representatives of the local, regional and national arts orchestra industries. Researches industry trends. Carries out all lawful orders or directions given by the Board. Upholds the bylaws of NewWSO. Carries out other duties and responsibilities deemed appropriate by the Board.
• Legal and tax requirements for maintaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
• Researching and applying for public and private grants
• Knowledge of Westchester arts organizations, grant opportunities, venues, etc.
• Quickbooks, Paypal, and basic bookkeeping skills
• Mailchimp, Jotform, and other social media — primarily Facebook and YouTube
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Google products suite — Google Apps for Nonprofits, Adsense, AdWords, Google Groups, Google Drive, etc.
• Technical language specific to orchestra needs
• Ability to work autonomously
• Excellent communication skills for frequent interaction with the Board, conductor, musicians, prospective musicians, donors, venues, press, community leaders, etc.
• Ability to successfully lead, manage and direct multiple groups of people.
• Willingness to learn new things and think outside the box to promote improved operations of NewWSO.