Mission Statement: To cultivate, promote, foster, and develop the love and understanding of the musical arts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Overview: The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra seeks a mission-driven and experienced nonprofit business leader skilled in successfully executing strategic planning and empowering high-performing staff. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be based at the organization’s office in Gulfport, Mississippi, and have overall management responsibility for growing an impactful organization with a $450,000 annual budget and five employees.
This full-time permanent position is for immediate hire and reports to a supportive and professional Board of Directors. This impactful leadership position is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. This position requires a dynamic, mission-driven leader who is passionate about leading hands-on operations, fostering growth, as well as developing and managing educational programs.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and ensure its overall successful long-term operations
Assure that the organization makes consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission and target programmatic impact
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans and execute on the policies authorized by the Board
Plan, actively manage, and oversee the organization’s operations, programs, fundraising, and operations while ensuring the organization’s financial sustainability
Oversee and report on the organization’s results for the Board of Directors
Drive development and fundraising in collaboration with the Board as needed
Lead, manage, and guide the organization to attain continued growth, success, and optimal mission impact for educational programs and services
Actively engage in complex fiscal management through hands-on budgetary development and oversight; routinely report performance and financial activities to the Board
Provide thoughtful executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
Foster a collaborative working environment, encourage professional development, and champion accountability amongst staff
Attend all Board meetings and provide reports and updates on staff as well as all current work, project timelines, and project and organizational progress
Establish goals, objectives, and operational plans in collaboration with the Board of Directors, staff, and other leaders
Communicate effectively with the Board by providing members with all information necessary to continually function properly and make informed decisions in a timely and accurate manner
Effectively represent the organization and promote a positive organizational image to ensure adequate community representation
Organize, motivate, and mentor internal team leaders (board committees) to strategically grow the organization’s impact, programs, and fundraising and to effectively fulfill its important mission
Apply innovative thinking and performance measurements to analyze and support strategic decision-making
Continually foster a culture that encourages collaboration between departments (volunteers, Guild Association, Youth Orchestra, and others) and recognizes positive contributions
Contribute to the strategic plan and drive its implementation
Manage and motivate staff, overseeing processes such as hiring, separation, ongoing staff development, performance management, and compensation and benefits
Inspire a business-oriented, professional, results-driven environment across the organization
Perform general management duties ensuring the successful operations of the organization
Other duties as assigned
HOW TO APPLY:
For immediate consideration, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements in a WORD.docx format to First Last via email to email@example.com Attn: First Last, Title using the subject title: “GULF COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ED SEARCH.”
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.
The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.
The ideal candidate for this role embraces servant-leadership as well as a thoughtful approach to day-to-day operational management, strategic planning, and organizational leadership. Qualified candidate should bring:
A bachelor’s or advanced post-secondary degree
At least four years of prior executive experience as a successful leader of a related nonprofit organization and/or organization
At least two years of prior experience in a performing arts organization, symphony orchestra preferred
A proven track record of growing organizational capacity and programmatic impact
A strong passion for the mission and programs of performing arts organizations
Proven abilities and experience in fiscal management and preparing and securing Board approval for a complex budget
Passion for creative program creation and organizational funding growth
Ability to review current organizational programs/structures and make recommendations that empower programmatic refinements
Capacity to excel at influencing and leading an organization towards positive growth
Capable of designing and directing strategies that enhance and support organizational operations
Knowledge of how to foster an environment of accountability, healthy work relationships and partnerships, and inclusivity among organizational staff to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment
Experience in creating and establishing clear, measurable business goals
Outstanding communication skills and ability to work well with media, staff, and the community
About Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
The Gulf Coast Symphony is a per-service orchestra head-quartered in Gulfport Mississippi, and serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Annual concert offerings include four Masterworks Concerts, a Holiday Concert, and an outdoor Memorial Day performance. The annual budget is approximately $450,000. In addition to the orchestra, the organization includes an active guild and a youth orchestra.