The Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is searching for a dynamic, collaborative, and engaging new Executive Director who is connected to the ethos and experience of the young professional demographic to begin in October 2021. This is a half-time position.
The Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC) believes in creating connections through choral music. YPCC was formed in Cincinnati in November 2011 and has a roster of over 1200 volunteer singers ranging in age from 21 - 45 who live and work throughout Greater Cincinnati. Singers of all experience levels participate in accessible, non-auditioned, 8-week concert cycles with multiple entry points throughout the year; each cycle averages between 150-200 singers. YPCC attracts an elusive age demographic in the arts, presenting high-quality and collaborative performances to large audiences comprised of our arts partners, colleagues, parents, grandparents, friends, and various community members from the greater Cincinnati tri-state area. YPCC fosters an inclusive environment that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of its members.
YPCC’s programming occurs in spaces that highlight the uniqueness of the city’s urban core. The organization, with support from local funding organizations such as ArtsWave Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, is a key anchor for attracting and retaining young professional talent, contracting over 50 gigs a year in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. YPCC maintains a growing number of important artistic partnerships, including projects with The Cincinnati Opera, The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Madcap Puppet Theater, the Classical Roots choir from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Elementz, and the Contemporary Arts Center. YPCC is receiving national attention for this unique model, which has already inspired one sister choir in another city.
Our singers enjoy performing a wide variety of high-quality music reflecting a spectrum of musical genres varying from classical and contemporary works to Broadway arrangements to gospel and spiritual pieces. Concerts predominantly feature a capella pieces and ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation.
YPCC features an additional “On Call” group that rehearses every other month in casual community spaces including breweries or bars in order to prepare standard on-going repertoire for singers that may be contracted through the organization by local partners for small private events, such as cocktail parties, art galas/showcases, weddings, etc. YPCC also features an auditioned Chamber Choir led by an Associate Director.
Through the powerful act of singing together, YPCC creates a high quality, joyful, and approachable artistic community of passionate young professionals.
- We are innately accessible, yet immensely adept, talented, and engaged.
- We are authentic. We are “free to be you and me.”
- We are a synergistic community who share a passion for music and performance.
POSITION OVERVIEW AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Half-time position)
The YPCC Executive Director is one of the two primary leaders of YPCC, along with the YPCC Artistic Director. The Executive Director is broadly responsible for managing all non-choral aspects of the organization, including fundraising, administration, and logistics. The Executive Director reports directly to the YPCC Board of Directors and is responsible for supervising multiple direct reports.
We understand that the Executive Director may have additional employment beyond his or her involvement with YPCC. Outside of certain previously scheduled time commitments, such as concerts, rehearsals, and specific fundraising events, the Executive Director’s scheduled work hours are flexible. The YPCC Executive Director Position is a non-remote office-based position in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The YPCC Executive Director’s specific responsibilities include:
- Act as Head of Finance by creating and managing an annual budget (with guidance from the YPCC Finance Committee), while ensuring that expenses for all departments stay within budget and working with organization accountants to deliver up-to-date daily finances and board reports.
- Act as Head of Fundraising, managing corporate, foundation, and individual donor relations, fundraising events, and assisting the YPCC Development Associate with two annual fundraising appeals per Season.
- Work with the Artistic Director to manage all communications for the organization, both internally with staff and singers and externally to media partners and patrons, including e-Newsletters.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for the organization for ArtsWave (Cincinnati’s arts fund), all vendors, and non-artistic partners, including banks and government agencies, as needed.
- Coordinate with the YPCC Development Associate on grant writing needs, primarily providing financial and content support for applications and subsequent reports.
- Create and manage season production and administrative calendar by securing venues for rehearsals/concerts/meetings, determining dates for all cycles and extra events, supporting artistic staff at rehearsals, and ensuring a streamlined registration process for singers (both online through CRM/website and in-person).
- Negotiate, manage, and ensure fulfillment of all vendor contracts, including artistic, chorus, and production partners.
- Serve as Head of Staff and directly manage all Administrative, Development, and Marketing personnel.
- Supervise the marketing efforts for the organization, including creating/distributing press releases alongside the PR Associate, acting as lead coordinator for all earned media appearances, and helping to write creative copy for concerts and events.
- Act as Head of Office Management and Daily Operations, ensuring that office supplies are maintained, staff has all tech required, and online systems (Neon CRM, Google Suite, MailChimp, etc…) are working efficiently.
- Manage ticketing and day-of concert volunteers.
- Maintain and present all digital content in a professional way, including online watch parties, YouTube channel, and extraneous video content.
- Manage and maintain the Neon CRM database, ensuring all content is accurate and internal systems are functioning properly (automated donor acknowledgements, clean constituent data, etc).
- Co-report (with the YPCC Artistic Director) to the YPCC Board of Directors, and attend monthly Board meetings for this purpose.
- Book and manage all community performance opportunities, including On Call Choir (~8 performances per year) and Community Carolers (~60 gigs between Nov-Dec).
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Previous administrative and financial management experience.
- Commitment to working with and in diverse communities while fostering an inclusive chorus.
- Strong leadership skills with experience managing a team.
- Ability and willingness to serve as the public face of a prominent community organization, including media appearances and appearances at community events as necessary.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Significant Management or administrative experience in a nonprofit organization is preferred.
- Previous fundraising experience, including prior successful work directly participating in or managing community funding campaigns
- Experience with concert revenue planning and/or financial management for a non-profit arts organization.
YPCC values diverse voices in its leadership. Women, people of color, and minorities are encouraged to apply. YPCC an equal-opportunity employer.
Employment with YPCC is through an annual contract, subject to renewal. Salary begins at $25,000 per season (one year season) with potential for future growth.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit the following items to [email protected] by September 24, 2021:
- Cover letter including a short description of how your experience prepares you to be YPCC’s Executive Director and how you will use your skills and experience to support and expand our mission statement
- Resumé or curriculum vitae
- List of 3 professional references (at minimum), with their contact information and their relationship to you
- Additional materials may be requested after the initial interview.