Executive Director

Back Bay Chorale
Boston, MA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Does the prospect of leading this organization excite you?  Are you passionate about the power of voice, about the glory of choral music and its transformative ability to advance the spirit of community?  Are you energetic, creative, and outgoing?   Do you have a proven track record of organizational, communication, and leadership ability?


About Us

Founded in 1973, Back Bay Chorale is a 110-member auditioned chorus that performs classical masterpieces as well as important contemporary works.  “Bridges,” our community engagement initiative, connects us to those who traditionally have less access to the arts.  Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett enters his 18th year leading the Chorale, along with Associate Conductor and Director of Community Engagement Katherine Chan and a small administrative and marketing staff.  We rehearse on Monday evenings at Emmanuel Church, located in Boston’s Back Bay.  Concerts are usually performed in churches located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and in Cambridge, as well as in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. We have also performed at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade, at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and at venues in Portland, ME, Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA.  Our annual revenue is ordinarily roughly $325,000.


We have a passion for our mission to share the power of voice, advancing the spirit of community, and for our vision to sustain a thriving community of musicians who are dedicated to the best in the choral arts and who strive to be leading participants in Boston’s musical, cultural and civic conversation.


About The Job

As Executive Director, you’ll be accountable to the Board of Directors and responsible for:

  • Implementing the Chorale’s new Strategic Plan;
  • Growing the Chorale’s financial resources;
  • Supporting artistic planning; and
  • Overseeing administrative staff and operations.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Fundraising and donor relations;
  • Artistic budget planning;
  • Concert marketing and audience development; and
  • Supervision of staff and volunteers in conducting auditions and rehearsals, as well as in producing concerts

About You

  • You share our passion for our mission and for our vision.
  • You have experience in community building and fundraising.
  • You have effective oral and written communication skills.
  • You have prior relevant experience with a non-profit organization.

It’s also very nice if you have:

Familiarity with (and a willingness to learn) patron and donor management software, video conference and collaboration tools, as well as bookkeeping/accounting software and spreadsheets. Current tools used by the Chorale include PatronManager and QuickBooks.


Job Details

We embrace diversity and equal opportunity seriously.  We are an equal opportunity employer, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender expression, or any other protected class. Some evening and weekend work hours are required.  

Compensation and Benefits: 

We offer an annual salary ($60K-65K) along with a full benefits package for this full-time position. 

Application Procedure: 

Sound like you?  Then please submit a cover letter plus a full résumé that includes the names and contact information for three professional references in a single PDF file to Ellen Scerbo, Back Bay Chorale Board Secretary ([email protected]), by August 1, 2021.  All items received will be held in confidence by the Executive Director Search Committee.

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