The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for A Far Cry and as such, leads, supervises, and oversees the major administrative functions of the organization. These include, but are not limited to, financial management, fundraising, marketing, Board interaction and development, and day-to-day operations. The Executive Director and the artistic team work in collaboration and report to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will supervise a small administrative staff and partner with Criers who are engaged in administrative roles.
Next season, A Far Cry will implement the fifth year of its current strategic plan, developed in 2014. As such, the organization will undertake a second strategic planning process in 2019. The Executive Director will prioritize implementation of key action items in the current plan, and play a lead role in shaping the development of the next plan, establishing goals for AFC’s continued growth. Relevant to this, revenue generation, brand development, long-term capitalization, and outreach will be crucial aspects of the Executive Director’s leadership role. A Far Cry’s FY19 budget is approximately $800,000, a stable budget with some growth anticipated over the next few years.
Since its founding, A Far Cry’s members have shared responsibility for the artistic and administrative operations of the organization. The Executive Director should be flexible and sensitive to this dynamic, and possess the ability to work closely and collaboratively with the Criers and Board. The organization is committed to maintaining its unique spirit and values while continuing to transition to a more professional administrative structure.
In an effective and efficient manner, the Executive Director will oversee and lead organizational operations as a whole, engaging and coordinating Criers and volunteers in administrative and supporting roles, and ensuring prompt and appropriate responses to customers and other external stakeholders. Specific areas of responsibility are as follows:
Development – Play a central role in increasing, strengthening and diversifying the organization’s contributed revenue through careful stewardship of existing donors, cultivation of new donors, and solicitation of grants from corporations, foundations and government grantors; establish annual fundraising strategy as the operational leader of the Board’s Development Committee; oversee AFC’s Campaign for the Second Decadewhich supports the major objectives of the strategic plan; work with the Board and Criers on member involvement with fundraising; oversee the annual soiree and manage all annual appeals.
Finance – Ensure diligent and comprehensive financial oversight and management of the organization’s financial and contractual obligations. Develop, analyze, and oversee multi-year budgets; prepare financial reports and analyses as needed for Board and funders.
Artistic Liaison and Production – Serve with Criers in a liaison role to the artistic management company. Oversee concert production and operations, tour management, and recordings in close coordination with Criers, particularly with regard to budget and contractual implications.
Marketing and Public Relations – Oversee and lead the design and implementation of brand development, marketing, and public relations strategy to grow audiences and donors for AFC’s Boston-based concert series, as well as promote performances in other locations (national and international). Oversee all ticket sales and relevant publicity. Ensure excellence and consistency in quality and brand across all AFC materials disseminated and represented digitally to the public.
External Outreach – Represent A Far Cry before varied audiences (e.g., large cultural institutions, donors, granting organizations, and other musical organizations) in individual meetings and public settings. Develop, support, and sustain strategic partnerships, including those regarding residencies and community education activities as appropriate.
Board Liaison – Serve as the principal liaison between the Board and the organization, regularly communicating with the Chair; prepare materials for and participate in Board meetings; engage in Board development, cultivating strong relationships with potential board members in coordination with other Board members; support and staff Board committees, and the Board of Friends, as necessary.
General Operations and Administrative Duties – Manage all office and human resource functions in collaboration with Criers as appropriate (e.g., hiring/supervision of staff and volunteers, policy development and implementation, management of contracts, insurance policies, space/facility rental, etc.). Plan and facilitate organizational meetings and retreats. Oversee and ensure implementation of all other administrative responsibilities as needed.
Strategic Plan – Lead continued implementation of the existing strategic plan, and partner with the Board and Criers in shaping AFC’s second strategic plan, articulating future goals and priorities and developing multi-year implementation objectives.
Five years of successful experience in an arts administration leadership role with a demonstrated track record in generating new revenue through individual contributions, corporate/foundation grants, and ticket sales; building organizational capacity; and cultivating outreach and strategic partnerships.
Demonstrated skills and experience with successful positioning of arts organizations through marketing, communications, and public relations.
Effective team management and operational oversight experience in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, including supervision of staff and volunteers, and financial/budget development and management.
Knowledge of and experience with non-profit boards, including the ability to communicate priorities and accomplishments effectively and concisely.
Artistic and/or musical background with performance experience.
Knowledge and experience in using technology to improve organizational efficiency, including Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, Google Apps, Patron Manager, and QuickBooks.
6-8 years’ experience in a leadership role for a nonprofit arts organization, with experience reporting directly to its board of directors.
Prior leadership of a nonprofit musical organization.
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and effective manager with an entrepreneurial spirit, who is comfortable working and delegating in a flat, highly collaborative, fast-paced, dynamic environment, and who can provide big-picture leadership in partnering with the Criers to shape AFC’s continued growth and success as an innovative, world-class musical ensemble. Successful candidates will be effective, consensus-oriented listeners and creative problem solvers, able to consider diverse perspectives in a balanced manner and bring others along when making executive decisions. Additional desired qualities include an appreciation for classical music, integrity, compassion, and humility.
About A Far Cry
A Far Cry is an innovative, self-conducted string chamber orchestra. The Criers strive to ignite a love for great music and utilize its power to inspire diverse audiences and communities to find joy and solace in music. The ensemble delivers riveting performances that bring classical music to life in innovative ways with daring energy and commitment. The Criers share their joy of unconventional music making with local and international audiences.
A Far Cry’s democratic approach to music making, from choosing repertoire to shaping the artistic direction of the organization, empowers each Crier individually, and the group as a whole, to deliver exhilarating “break-the-mold” performances. A unique, self-conducted, rotating leadership model enables all Criers to fully participate in musical and artistic decision- making. This egalitarian approach provides each of them great inherent satisfaction, resulting in greater individual investment and commitment to the organization.