President & CEO, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

The board of Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial President & CEO to guide the board in making the most important strategic decisions about its master facility plan and the future of TPACMC.


REPORTING TO: Board of Directors through the Chair

LOCATION: Nashville, TN

THE COMPANY: Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation (TPACMC), located in downtown Nashville, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing and cultural arts. Founded in 1980, as a private-public partnership with the State of Tennessee, TPACMC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPACMC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre.

In addition, TPACMC administers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education programs in the United States, serving students from pre-school to high school, educators, and adults. Over almost four decades, TPACMC has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators, and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs.

Located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center, TPAC occupies an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. Performance venues include Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), Andrew Johnson Theater (256), and the War Memorial Auditorium (1,661-2044), a historic concert hall located across 6th Avenue from the Center.

TPACMC has an operating budget of approximately $25 million. The majority of TPACMC’s operating budget is earned income – ticket sales, rentals, etc. It enjoys a strong relationship with the State, has loyal patrons, and a newly conceived membership program.

The facilities, built in the 1980’s, require major renovation to accommodate modern day and future programming and patron amenities. The next President and CEO will guide the board to make the most important strategic decisions about its master facility plan and the future of TPACMC.

The President and CEO will be tasked with visioning the future of TPACMC. He or she will guide the board as they contemplate a variety of long-range master plan options, while ensuring the organization continues its excellent reputation for arts programming and educational outreach and balancing a $25 million plus operating budget in the short term.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the board, oversee the completion of the long-range vision for the organization and develop implementation plans to realize the vision;
  • Devise capital and endowment campaigns in alignment with the institution’s vision and goals; develop a robust fundraising infrastructure to meet these goals;
  • With the support of the board, lead TPACMC’s fundraising activities by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations;
  • Supervise a highly functional executive leadership team; direct, evaluate, enable, and inspire a group of arts professionals to help achieve the mission of the organization;
  • Support the leaders of the resident arts companies; maintain the positive working relationship between TPAC and those groups;
  • Manage the operating agreement with the State’s building management company, ensure the optimal use and safety of the building and manage the lease arrangements with the State of Tennessee;
  • With the Executive Vice President of Programming and Sales, curate a programming season that delights audiences and maximizes ticket sale potential;
  • Optimize and nourish beneficial business relationships with the multiple vendors, including touring Broadway, agents, artists, and contractors;
  • Navigate the complex relationship with the State of Tennessee with a renewed awareness campaign, advocating in the best interest of TPACMC while respecting the historical relationship and bureaucratic process;
  • Work closely with the Board, providing support to facilitate its policies;
  • Optimize the composition of the Board to align with TPACMC’s needs and opportunities;
  • Represent TPACMC at the PACC, the IPN, and with the multiple industry and community groups with which it interacts;
  • Enthusiastically communicate the unique contributions made by TPACMC to the performing arts world, to the community, and to education and arts leaders in Nashville and nationally;

The President and CEO will be a visionary executive, able to think creatively and strategically about future opportunities, build consensus amongst the board and various stakeholders, and implement the agreed upon plans. He or she must be politically savvy, an expert relationship-builder with a keen sense for how governmental bodies operate. He or she must have a high level of business acumen – pursuing deals, managing budgets, and executing strategies to ensure the sustainable, long-term success of the enterprise. He or she must be a skilled manager, able to evaluate performance effectively and motivate teams to perform to their highest potential. He or she must also be committed to fundraising, dedicating the necessary resources toward building a robust infrastructure and comfortably building relationships and soliciting gifts from various sources. This person will ideally be conversant in the performing arts, familiar with the unique governmental and philanthropic culture of Nashville, with a proven understanding of real estate development. Ambition, vision, and excellent business skills and entrepreneurial drive, combined with a deep respect for the arts and non-profit culture, are essential characteristics of the successful President and CEO.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Exceptional and effective communication skills, verbal and written, and the ability to publicly communicate to a variety of audiences;
  • Experience working in a performing arts organization with a proven ability to design and control a sustainable financial model and continually improve the bottom line through careful expense control and increased income generation;
  • Experience in capital fundraising campaigns and building projects;
  • Leadership ability and behaviors demonstrated by a keen sense of self awareness, empathy, the ability to analyze complex management and political situations, and the ability to lead, influence, and reach consensus on a range of topics among multiple constituents;
  • An entrepreneurial approach and sense of urgency coupled with a calm demeanor;
  • An enthusiasm for and commitment to fundraising and a drive to increase the level and breadth of contributions;
  • Experience in developing contributed revenue streams, including individual, institutional, corporate, and public/quasi-public donors and major gift cultivation;
  • An analytical approach to business development, with the ability to gather and synthesize data and to make calculated business investment decisions based on the data;
  • A demonstrated sense of marketing, with experience increasing earned income from ticket sales, licensing, facility rentals, and creating new opportunities for earned income;

The ideal candidate will have gained and demonstrated the above skills through:

  • Ten years of increasing responsibility as CEO of a presenting or performing arts organization, with an annual operating budget in excess of $10 million; or
  • Ten years of increasing responsibility at the C-suite level in a major ($25 million or above) performing arts organization that relies on a combination of earned and contributed income; or
  • Ten or more years’ experience in the commercial live entertainment sector, with a demonstrated understanding for real estate development and negotiating deals; or
  • Ten or more years’ experience in government, combined with strong business skills and knowledge of the performing arts.


  • Competitive compensation is offered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All contacts and correspondences will be confidential.

Please send résumé to:
Phil DeBoer
Senior Associate
DHR International
(708) 450-4003

Arts Council of Indianapolis – President and CEO

The Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. Serving as a collaborative leader and champion for arts across the city, the President and CEO will report to the board of directors and will be responsible for the implementation of ACI’s strategic vision, programs, grant making, and overall administration of the organization.


The Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. ACI was incorporated as an organization in 1987 with a remit to award $500,000 of grant funding from the City of Indianapolis to worthy local arts and cultural groups. ACI has advocated for and received additional funding in part due to its independent, conflict-free peer panel review process. Over the last 30 years, the impact and mission of ACI has grown to provide programs, services, and technical assistance for artists and arts organizations while also awarding grants and fellowship opportunities, including the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Transformational Impact Fellowship, and Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship. In addition, ACI publishes the Indy Arts Guide, which provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana.

ACI owns and operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden as well as Gallery 924, both of which serve as essential spaces for hundreds of performing arts events and visual art exhibitions annually. Additionally, ACI funds and executes public art projects, helps local artists secure public art commissions by notifying them of opportunities, and manages the city’s public art program, including the new Public Art for Neighborhoods initiative. ACI has already engaged in eight diverse public art projects in 2018.

Committed to the importance of arts education, ACI, in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools, is a member of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of its demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students. In May 2018 ACI received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to support this program.

ACI has 15 full-time and two part-time staff members and is governed by a 21-member board of directors, under the leadership of Chair Ted Givens. Its current annual operating budget is $3.2 million, with 79 percent received through contributions and government grants and 21 percent through rental, event, and interest income. Net assets stand at approximately $7.6 million, of which $2.6 million is in operating reserves and $5 million in fixed assets.


Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States, with 863,000 residents within the city and more than two million residents within the metropolitan area. The economic and government center of Indiana, this capital city is where art, culture, and recreation come together. As the seat of Marion County, Indianapolis has a consolidated city and county government structure. It is one of the largest United States cities by area, covering over 368 square miles of land. An easy city to access and often referred to as the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis is at the intersection of two major north/south and east/west highways, has a historic train station with Amtrak service, recently expanded its transit system through referendum, and enjoys an art-filled international airport making it an accessible city for travel and tourism.

Arts and culture thrive in Indianapolis from the exhibitions at the city’s museums, dynamic theater performances, and indoor and outdoor concerts. The arts and culture industry in Indianapolis generates over $440 million in economic impact each year and employs 15,000 full-time positions. The city’s arts attendance each year reaches more than seven million visits. More than 1.5 million children and youth are impacted through arts and education outreach programs.

With six designated Cultural Districts located within historically significant neighborhoods unique to the city’s heritage, pockets of international and local talent, music, and art thrive throughout the community. Local events represent its diverse population, with celebrations that include Italian, German, Asian, and Greek festivals. More than 200,000 participants attend the Indianapolis Black Expo Summer Celebration, an annual 10-day cultural festival with a variety of films, concerts, and programs across the city. Residents can drive about one hour south of the city proper to visit Brown County, home to one of America’s original artist colonies.

The Indianapolis community is a welcoming, exciting place. It is the home headquarters for three Fortune 500 companies, state and federal government offices, major health care systems, half a dozen professional and amateur sports teams, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It is also known for the renowned Indianapolis 500 race–the country’s largest one-day sporting event. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an eight-mile urban-planned pedestrian and bike pathway connecting neighborhoods and cultural districts. The trail offers access to multiple entertainment venues, public art, restaurants, and shops along the way. A few miles northeast of downtown is Eagle Creek Park. Its more than 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water host many community-based clubs for activities such as sailing, rowing, and golf.



Serving as a collaborative leader and champion for arts across the city, the President and CEO will report to the board of directors and will be responsible for the implementation of ACI’s strategic vision, programs, grant making, and overall administration of the organization. A passionate advocate for the arts, the position will be in charge of stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and resource development in support of ACI’s mission.

Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Maintain positive relationships with local artists and arts organizations as well as funders, corporate, education, and political communities.
  • Enhance ACI’s image and effectiveness by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, government, and private organizations to support cultural tourism and cultural policies.
  • Serve as the chief liaison to the Mayor’s Office, Governor’s Office, city councilors, state legislators, and any other government officials.
  • Represent ACI to the media and at local, state, regional, and national meetings and arts community functions.
  • Promote transparency and facilitate ongoing communication among stakeholders.
  • Embrace other leadership and stakeholder engagement responsibilities as needed.

Advocacy and Resource Development

  • Grow organizational capacity, cultivate funders and donors, and pursue private funding support for ACI’s programs, grantmaking, and special projects.
  • Keep abreast of national, state, and city initiatives and legislation.
  • Initiate, lead, and engage in broad-based arts and culture advocacy initiatives at all levels to raise the profile of all arts organizations, regardless of size.
  • Create greater access to and availability of arts education experiences and advocate for greater curricular integration of the arts.
  • Serve as the face of the organization, representing ACI and the entire culture sector at meetings, conventions, and public forums in the business, philanthropic, and civic sectors.
  • Embrace other advocacy and resource development responsibilities as needed.

Program and Grant Management

  • Seek opportunities to develop strategic partnerships and collaborate with arts organizations to deliver relevant and timely programming to diverse communities throughout the city.
  • Manage, evaluate, and oversee existing programs, services, marketing, and communications.
  • Oversee all marketing and communications, grants, programs and services, development, finance and operations, cultural tourism, public policy, technology, administration, and special projects functions of ACI.
  • Develop funding criteria with the board of directors, oversee the grantmaking process, and communicate grantmaking outcomes.
  • Embrace other program and grant management responsibilities as needed.

Board Relations and Governance

  • Communicate effectively with the board, provide timely and accurate information, and support all board activities, including meetings and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Prepare and present written and oral reports as necessary.
  • Partner with the Board Governance Committee to identify, cultivate, recruit, and engage new board members and play an active role in the orientation and education of new and existing members.
  • Engage board members to maximize participation in their contribution toward ACI’s success and growth.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of ACI, including submission to the board of a proposed annual budget, monthly financial statements, and an annual audit that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Embrace other board relations and governance responsibilities as needed.

Strategic Planning and Operational Administration

  • Manage and lead all areas of agency planning, including the development and implementation of a long-range strategic plan and an annual work plan.
  • Create strategic plan and annual work plan implementation processes, including stewardship of the organization’s human, financial, facility, and technological resources.
  • Provide overall fiscal management within the approved budget to ensure maximum resource utilization and maintain a positive financial position.
  • Hire, train, and supervise administrative staff, mobilize volunteers, and oversee the effective use of financial and technological resources needed to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Comply with all applicable intergovernmental laws and other laws governing nonprofit organizations.
  • Establish an administrative environment and decision-making process that promotes a positive working atmosphere and collegial staff relations.
  • Embrace other strategic planning and operational administration responsibilities as needed.

Traits and Characteristics

The President and CEO will be a diplomatic and resilient leader who will advance ACI’s mission and welcome the diversity of the Indianapolis arts community. Embracing innovation, this individual will have a working knowledge of best practices. The President and CEO will be a good listener and demonstrate a strong constituent-focused approach-placing a high value on building relationships and possessing superior interpersonal and communication skills. Politically astute and flexible, this individual will have the ability to manage time and multiple priorities while working with various stakeholders. With a highly visible presence in the local community and beyond, the President and CEO will be an excellent convener and presenter, successful collaborator, dedicated team leader, and passionate advocate for artists and arts organizations of all sizes. The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of the factors that contribute to organizational success, artistic excellence, and community impact for a service organization operating in a competitive and diverse arts and cultural market.

Other key competencies include:

  • Leadership and Flexibility – The ability to organize and motivate others to accomplish goals and the agility and adaptability to embrace and implement change when needed.
  • Constituent Focused – The dexterity to anticipate, meet, or exceed needs, wants, and expectations.
  • Resiliency – The capacity to quickly recover from adversity or setbacks and move past obstacles without unnecessary delay.
  • Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills – The resiliency to constructively embrace different points of view, resolve conflicts, and bring cohesion to a wide array of stakeholders while interacting with them in a positive manner, treating them fairly, and listening carefully to what they have to say.
  • Teamwork – The integrity to recognize and appreciate the contributions of team members and to make team objectives a priority.


A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of seven to 10 years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in nonprofit arts and culture organizations, public arts agencies, foundations, other grantmaking organizations, or similar institutions. A passion for artists and the arts in its myriad of forms is expected. Experience working with elected officials and nonprofit boards as well as excellent written and verbal skills are necessary.

Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Vice President
Arts Consulting Group
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225

Director of Development

Music of the Baroque, one of Chicago’s most respected chorus and orchestras, seeks a Director of Development to help deliver its ambitious plans up to and beyond its 50th anniversary in the 2020-21 season. This is a newly created position in a dynamic and visionary organization.

Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of music from the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly the great works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn. The organization also runs a highly successful education program in six Chicago public schools and one of the highlights of the season is the annual gala in Chicago.

Following a period of work with a Development Consultant, the organization is now seeking to appoint a full-time Director of Development to help deliver its ambitions up to and beyond its 50th anniversary in the 2020-21 season. This is a newly created position in a dynamic and visionary organization. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is a member of the senior leadership team and will play an important role in the strategic direction of the organization, ensuring its continuing success.

Music of the Baroque’s budget has grown to over $2 million in recent years. The organization has a dedicated and talented administrative staff and a passionate board of directors who are actively engaged in fundraising. The ensemble performs regularly at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, city and suburban churches and recently made its debut at Millennium Park in front of an audience of 5000 people.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead individual, foundation, corporate, and special events fundraising efforts to reach an annual contributed income goal of $1.5m;
  • Plan and execute the annual gala benefit;
  • Create and manage the 50th anniversary season (2020/21) fundraising campaign;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors and sponsors;
  • Manage and grow the major gifts and planned giving program;
  • Supervise the work of the Development Manager;
  • Work closely with the marketing team on messaging and public communications;
  • Some weekend and evening work is required


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • 5-7 years of non-profit fundraising experience, with at least 2-3 years in a leadership role;
  • Strong track record in securing major gifts and event-related fundraising initiatives;
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic and arts community preferred

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, attractive downtown working environment.

To apply, please email résumé and cover letter detailing your fundraising achievements and interest in this position with “Director of Development” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries please. Music of the Baroque is an equal opportunity employer.

Dean, College of Arts and Letters

Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. ave 200 characters to tease your ad.

As chief administrative officer of the College, the Dean is expected to provide professional, intellectual and administrative leadership while helping to craft and pursue a vision consistent with the Public Affairs mission of the university. The Dean is expected to support faculty, staff, and students by promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship; encouraging faculty development; facilitating student recruitment and retention; supporting a commitment to diversity; building partnerships with external constituents and public organizations; engaging in fundraising, alumni relations and development activities; and demonstrating sound fiscal management.

Candidates must have the following:

  1. A terminal degree in a discipline within the college or related field and credentials consistent with an appointment at the rank of full professor
  2. Evidence of significant academic administrative experience, including but not limited to fiscal oversight, personnel management, program evaluation, and strategic planning
  3. Evidence of successful leadership and communication skills
  4. A demonstrated commitment to diversity
  5. Experience in fundraising, alumni relations, and development activities

The College of Arts and Letters is one of seven academic colleges at Missouri State University. There are over 2,500 majors in seven departments:

  • Art and Design
  • Communication
  • English
  • Media, Journalism and Film
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Music
  • Theatre and Dance

The departments offer 32 baccalaureate programs and twelve Master’s programs (all including certificates). The nearly 173 full-time faculty teach a sizable number of courses in the University’s general education curriculum. Additional information may be found at

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The University’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, requiring a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship. The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of disciplinary and professional studies. It also provides essential forums in which students develop the capacity to make well-informed, independent critical judgments about the cultures, values, and institutions in society.

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000. It is noted for its thriving economy, excellent schools, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, active arts community, exciting entertainment scene, temperate climate, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Located in the southwest region of the state, Springfield is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks hills, streams, and lakes. Springfield is ranked among the 100 Best Communities for young people, is in the top 40 cities for quality of life and is home to two top 100 integrated health systems in the nation. For more information about the City of Springfield, please visit

To apply, provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of vision of leadership, and the names and contact information for three professional references at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with Monday, November 26, 2018 as the date of first consideration.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution. We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation/gender identity.

Employment will require a criminal background check at University Expense.

Director of Marketing and Communications, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

Seek experienced professional to lead performing arts marketing and patron services with targeted digital and conventional marketing strategies, optimization of patron and donor experience, and data-driven analysis of results.

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is searching for an experienced Director of Marketing and Communications to lead marketing and patron services operations and ensure a prominent public profile for the Center and the associated Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Responsibilities include development of well-targeted digital and conventional marketing strategies and plans, optimization of our patron and donor experience, collaborative university fundraising and community partnership activity, and data-driven analysis of results. To learn more about this position and to apply, please search for Administrative and Professional Faculty Position Posting #AP0180328 at Review of candidates will begin November 12, 2018 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.

Director of Finance and Administration, Theatre Development Fund

TDF ( Theatre Development Fund), the NYC based performing arts service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, seeks a Director of Finance and Administration who will provide leadership to support the sound financial operation of the $18 million budget organization as well as its continued growth and accomplishment in realizing its mission. (See more)…

Director of Finance and Administration
Organization: Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
Location: New York, NY
Position Type: Full Time Permanent

About Theatre Development Fund
Theatre Development Fund, Inc. (“TDF”), a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1967 to promote the performing arts, is a broadly-oriented service and advocacy organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF’s activities fall into three areas. TDF expands access, making the performing arts accessible to all by removing cultural, physical and financial barriers. TDF cultivates communities of theatergoers, by engaging, educating and encouraging people to make the performing arts an essential part of their lives. TDF supports theatre makers and sustains creators and advances the industry through convenings, research and the TDF Costume Collection. Through its programs, TDF brings theatre into the lives of over 2,000,000 people per year. TDF’s efforts are primarily focused in New York, but it has also been involved in audience development efforts for the performing arts across the United States and, on a limited basis, internationally.

About the Position
The Director of Finance and Administration reports to the Executive Director and the Managing Director. The Director of Finance and Administration works closely with the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees.
The Director of Finance and Administration provides leadership to support the sound financial operation, continuing growth and overall success of the organization. Areas of involvement include:


  • Work with the Managing Director to provide overall leadership for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, planning, reporting and analysis and setting annual budgets (currently approximately $18 million) that guide organizational priorities and decision-making
  • Manage finance department staff
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of accounting, financial reporting, grants management, cash flow analysis and yearly budgeting process
  • Ensure compliance with standards and reporting requirements of external stakeholders, including government agencies, funders, auditors, donors, foundations and other relevant entities
  • Develop and maintain a system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards and procedures and educate and assist staff with the stated policies
  • Other duties as required by the Executive Director or Managing Director


  • Oversee office management, including Office Manager and Receptionist
  • Manage Payroll/Benefits Coordinator and outside PEO vendor for HR Administration, including benefits administration, payroll, HR advisory and policy and procedure development
  • Negotiate and manage external vendor relationships for banking, accounting, benefits, insurance and facilities

About You:

  • You are passionate about the performing arts, education and/or accessibility
  • You are inspired by the mission of TDF and eager to join others working to achieve it
  • You are highly self-motivated and driven by a strong work ethic and deep integrity
  • You create a positive work environment for those who report to you, fostering teamwork

In addition, you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 5 years of senior level management experience in finance and administration
  • Strong non-profit finance experience, including overseeing audits
  • Thorough understanding of financial accounting, with demonstrated competencies in substantially all aspects of the role described above
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across departments to accomplish strategic initiatives and improve organizational performance
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including presenting to the board, committees and staff

Salary will be commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package is offered.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to
TDF is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, both in our programs and in our workplaces. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.

Director of Development, College of Performing Arts

The New School seeks a dedicated senior-level fundraiser to serve as the Director of Development for The College of Performing Arts (CoPA). The Director will design, execute, and lead a strategic fundraising plan to capitalize on philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and friends. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director is a member of the University’s frontline fundraising team and is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts of $100,000 and above.

As the University prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2019, the Director will plan and lead a campaign to raise funds for capital projects, programming, and endowment support aligned with CoPA’s strategic plan and vision. Annually, the Director is responsible for securing a minimum of $5 Million in commitments. The Director supervises the Development Associate in partnership with the Director of Development for the Schools of Public Engagement.


  • Manage the identification, cultivation and solicitation process for a portfolio of approximately 50 prospects, which includes a portfolio of prospects in one or more regions outside of New York City.
  • Conduct a minimum of 150 prospect meetings annually, with responsibility for communications and follow-up, including maintaining detailed moves management information on all prospects in the portfolio.
  • Identify and solicit 25-30 key prospects annually for six-figure (plus) gifts.
  • Formulate, recommend, and execute creative strategies for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects. Consult with Development and Alumni Engagement colleagues, university administrators, faculty, trustees, and other volunteers as appropriate.
  • Cultivate and solicit prospects for CoPA’s youth music program, Mannes Prep.
  • Responsible for soliciting corporations and foundations in partnership with Institutional Giving.
  • Collaborate on planning and executing cultivation and solicitation events associated with the major gifts, Annual Giving, and Alumni Engagement programs.
  • Participate in frontline fundraiser meetings to coordinate major gift solicitation across The New School, as well as prospect review meetings to discuss specific prospect strategies as they relate to prioritized fundraising needs.
  • Partner with the Alumni Engagement team in their communication and event outreach activity with CoPA alumni.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Mannes Boards of Governors and the School of Jazz advisory board and work closely with individual board members to maximize their giving, relationships, and contacts, as well as identify and recruit new board leadership.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. Minimum of four to six years of frontline fundraising experience or equivalent sales, marketing or customer relations experience required, with a proven track record of closing six-figure gifts.
  • Appreciation for the values of the performing arts in the higher education setting and interest in or experience fundraising around innovative educational initiatives that foster student success, creativity, and exceptional teaching.
  • A strong work ethic and motivation to meet an aggressive annual fundraising goal.
  • Experience seeking and securing corporate and foundation grants.
  • Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • An entrepreneurial, solutions-oriented disposition with the ability to prioritize tasks; anticipate and embrace change; acquire and use new skills; and creatively address challenging tasks.
  • Exceptional collaboration and interpersonal skills, and the ability to be effective at engaging with all levels of the University.
  • Demonstrated ability to confidently establish credibility with prospective donors.
  • Eager to work with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse constituencies.
  • Some travel, evenings, and weekend hours required.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Director, Learning & Leadership Programs, League of American Orchestras

Lead the delivery of flagship professional development programs and learning events (including the League’s Emerging Leaders Program) and of two national regranting programs (including the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund).

The Director, Learning and Leadership Programs works closely with distinguished faculty and panelists, to ensure that these programs deliver optimal impact to the League’s members and the wider orchestra field.

In addition, s/he collaborates with Chief Executives from orchestras across the United States, to deliver convenings, conference sessions and other professional development opportunities that inspire, inform, and engage orchestras in topics of vital importance to the field’s future.

Position Summary:

The position is one of two Directors, Learning and Leadership Programs, reporting to the Vice President of Knowledge, Learning and Leadership, and is part of the nine-person Knowledge, Learning and Leadership team. S/he leads the delivery of flagship professional development programs and learning events, including the League’s Emerging Leaders Program and two national regranting programs (the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund and a new regranting program designed to build the capacity of orchestras around their work in diversity, equity and inclusion).

The Director, Learning and Leadership Programs works closely with distinguished faculty and panelists, to ensure that these programs deliver optimal impact to the League’s members and the wider orchestra field. In addition, s/he collaborates with Chief Executives from orchestras across the United States, to deliver convenings, conference sessions and other professional development opportunities that inspire, inform, and engage orchestras in topics of vital importance to the field’s future.

This is a leadership position with national visibility and networking potential, offering the opportunity to build and shape a significant portfolio of programmatic activity in service of the orchestra field.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Program development and delivery: Lead the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of League program areas, in support of the League’s strategic plan and in alignment with organizational attributes including excellence, member-centricity, and diversity, excellence and inclusion, with a focus on the following areas:
  • Regranting programs: Optimize application processes and materials, applicant and grantee support, adjudication panel management, and impact evaluation, ensuring that member-centricity is upheld and that learning produced by the programs is disseminated within the grantee cohort, the League and the field.
  • Professional development opportunities: Ensure alignment with field and League needs, clarity of learning objectives, and excellence in content delivery. Identify speakers / faculty, review and revise content / curricula, and evaluate and articulate program impact. Cultivate learning cohorts where appropriate.
  • Constituency liaison work: Convene member working groups and task forces, including in-person meetings of orchestra Chief Executives at the League’s National Conference and Mid Winter Managers’ Meetings: collaborate with leaders in the field, and ensure co-ordination between constituency liaison work and other programmatic activity.
  • Program leadership: Seek opportunities to further the League’s strategic plan and embed its organizational attributes in all aspects of program delivery. In particular:
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with staff in all departments, to ensure connectivity between programs and areas of work.
  • Identify and implement improvements to existing League programs, in alignment with strategic objectives and organizational attributes, and support the development of new programs and services.
  • Maintain and apply awareness of trends and key issues in regranting, professional development and association work, as well as in the orchestra field.
  • Contribute to team and organizational planning.
  • Lead grant management activities for relevant programs, ensuring that conditions of funding are met and that appropriate impact measures are collected and reported. Contribute to grant proposals and reports, and liaise direct with major funders when required.
  • Initiate and contribute to the development of program communications plans.
  • Manage program budgets.
  • People management: Supervise and coach one direct report (Manager, Programs), ensuring that high standards of member service and grant maker accountability are upheld.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties assigned.


The ideal candidate will have 5+ years ‘progressive experience in non-profit program management, and a proven track record in successful program development and delivery. S/he will have proven strengths in problem solving and in strategic and analytical thinking, and his / her capacity for innovation will be coupled with sound judgment and decision-making capabilities. S/he will demonstrate a strong aptitude for cross-organizational working. Candidates should display exemplary project management and people management capabilities, coupled with the ability to balance multiple programmatic and organizational demands: they should have a strong track record of seeing complex projects through to completion. Their work history should demonstrate their initiative and team orientation, as well as their excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A proven ability to build and develop multi-organization partnerships is also advantageous.

Candidates will be equipped with the necessary expertise to act as a specialist advisor to senior managers. They may have a specialist interest in diversity, equity and inclusion, in regranting, and / or in adult learning, and / or in orchestra and arts management. Performing arts / music / orchestra experience is desirable but not a requirement.

Salary: Please contact Karen Yair ( for an informal discussion.

Recruitment Process: 

Please email your resume and a cover letter stating salary expectations to Please also include up to three writing samples. Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above.

Recruitment Timetable:

  • Closing date for applications: October 29th (8am EDT).
  • First round interviews (by video call or at our NYC offices): October 30th, November 1st and 2nd.
  • Second round interviews (at our NYC offices): November 7th, 8th, 9th.

Anticipated Start Date: December 1st 2018 (flexible).

Job Location: League offices, Manhattan.