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About Inside the Orchestra and the Executive Director Position

Inside the Orchestra (IO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Inside the Orchestra is to bring music to children, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through engaging, interactive experiences with orchestral music.

IO’s unique and interactive programs are designed to plant the seeds for life-long appreciation of music and performing arts – as well as to fill in gaps in music education provided by the educational system. IO provides large-scale immersive, interactive educational concerts for children 12 and under, through in-school programming and in programs open to the public. IO also provides smaller group performance programs, educational sessions, lesson plans, and curated activities for teachers and individuals to engage children with music and the performing arts. In a typical year, IO provides in-person programs to over 20,000 people.

In 2020, in response to the shutdowns required by the pandemic, IO began its “Outside the Orchestra” initiative, which has expanded to be an essential part of its ongoing programmatic offerings. Most of the content is available in English, Spanish, and French, furthering IO’s mission of providing programs that are accessible to diverse communities.

IO is committed to providing high-quality childhood arts programming, in English and multilingual formats, to racially and economically diverse communities. The organization prioritizes hiring and partnering with exceptional professional artists and organizations, taking the needs of children as attendees seriously, and creating dynamic programming that helps kids step into the world of the arts in a way that is unlike anything they can do anywhere else. IO is known for being inclusive and equitable – putting the needs of children first – and taking down barriers that can exist between the audience and the orchestra. Orchestra music is for everyone, and IO is dedicated to reimagining its place in our community.

In the past five years, IO has received national recognition and funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Endowment for the Arts. IO has been awarded “Best of Denver” recognition from Westword for both in-person and separately for online programming. Since March 2020, students, teachers, and educators from around Colorado, throughout the US, and around the world have joined IO online for virtual programming. In fall 2022, IO will debut its first “Inside the Story ”project. This multi-year project was created in collaboration with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Art Students League of Denver. Original story by author Denise Vega, original artwork by Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand, original score by Charles David Denler, composer. Made in collaboration with Colorado kids. The Inside the Story project will make its world premiere this fall, with bilingual programming, books, concerts, and arts experiences for kids beginning October 2022.

IO’s current staff includes 4 full-time team members, 2 part-time conductors, approximately 50 musicians and performers, an active group of volunteers, and additional contractors reporting to the Executive Director (ED). Inside the Orchestra is honored to be one of the local nonprofits recognized as a Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Tier III Arts and Cultural organization.

Specific Role and Responsibilities

Board of Directors: Ensures effective, representative and engaged board of directors.

  • Leads the organization in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the board.
  • Supports the board president and the executive committee in facilitating successful board meetings. Serves as the staff liaison to select board committees.
  • Communicates effectively with the board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and make informed decisions.

Staff Leadership and Management: Recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates, and terminates staff and contract personnel. Oversees all paid individuals involved with the day-to-day operations of Inside the Orchestra.

  • Leads, develops, and retains Inside the Orchestra operational and program staff, interns, and performers in partnership with staff and conductors.
  • Works with the local musician’s union, Denver Musicians Association (DMA), to negotiate the annual collective bargaining agreement. Ensures that the needs of musicians and organization are met whenever possible.
  • Establishes policies and procedures and implements changes that ensure strong organizational morale and culture.
  • Ensures that each staff member has clear role expectations and goals.
  • Builds a strong team through hiring, developing, evaluating, and retaining top people.

Programming and Audience Development: Responsible for overseeing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, brand awareness, and new audience development.

  • Oversees the development of partnerships that will aid in the expansion and improvement of programming.
  • Oversees conductor and programmatic staffs’ work on repertoire and program design.
  • Develops strategy for ticket sales to align with organizational goals.
  • Inspires brand building, marketing, and public relations programs that achieve earned income goals from ticket sales and school registrations while enhancing Inside the Orchestra’s visibility, reputation, and brand awareness.
  • Develops appropriate strategic and program partnerships that deliver meaningful interactions with the diverse community that Inside the Orchestra serves.
  • Increases collaborative efforts with other organizations to capitalize on production opportunities that also diversify and grow participation in Inside the Orchestra programs.
  • Conceptualizes and implements processes for reaching a broader audience through performances and educational programs.

Marketing and PR: Responsible for crafting brand voice, marketing strategies and implementation, and brand awareness in the community.

  • Develops and implements organization’s marketing and PR strategies, with heavy focus on ticket sales and individual donor development.
  • Manages design and quality of print material, online promotional material, monthly newsletter, social media posts, and the like.
  • Oversees and advises on design and maintenance of Inside the Orchestra’s website.

Budget and Financial Management

  • Owns the successful development and approval of the annual budget by the board of directors, with consultation and help from the finance committee.
  • Ensures that priority plans in the strategic framework are aligned with budget and financial management.
  • Manages and supports the bookkeeper, prepares for financial review, works with CPA for successful submittal of 990, and develops financial planning projections for budget development and maintenance.
  • Reviews financial reports each month and makes any necessary revisions to the operating budget.

Fundraising and Development:  Responsible for all aspects of organization’s fundraising, from overall plan to implementation. Responsible for expanding revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and program expansion while retiring debt.

  • Oversees solicitation, engagement, and stewardship of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private and public foundations, and governmental funding entities (SCFD, NEA, and the like).
  • Manages special events and fundraisers.
  • Develops relationships with associations, nonprofits, and other potential revenue streams and solicits them for support.
  • Supports the development and implementation of small and major donor campaigns, with focus on major donor development.

Public Face and External Development: Serves as Inside the Orchestra’s spokesperson in communication with donors, clients, and the media. Responsible for the enhancement of Inside the Orchestra’s image by being active and visible to the community and by closely working with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

  • Speaks at engagements on behalf of Inside the Orchestra.
  • Represents Inside the Orchestra as a public spokesperson at events and with media and/or delegates and appoints other board, staff, and volunteer spokespersons.
  • Fields and responds to all media requests.

Skill & Qualification Requirements

Traits and Characteristics: The ED will be a people-oriented and resourceful problem solver who is driven by new ideas and opportunities that yield measurable impacts and results. The ED will communicate effectively in writing and easily engage with an array of stakeholders, including artists, business and community leaders, and internal team members. The ED will manage internal staff and external representation while providing collaborative leadership and ensuring a safe, supportive, and inclusive culture for all.

Organizational Qualifications:  Demonstrable success in leading a nonprofit, public sector or private sector enterprise at the chief executive or division head level. Strong preference for a candidate with demonstrated success in the areas of major donor development, earned income and event-based income growth, and growing strategic partnerships in the private and public sector.

Personal Qualifications:  A strong record of personal and professional integrity and the ability to inspire. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, with strong preference for demonstrable success in building and maintaining relationships with groups.

Computer/Software Qualifications: Experience with a variety of computer programs such as MS Office, Salesforce, WordPress, and Google Analytics, as well as familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Ideal Professional Background: The ideal candidate would have background in working in the arts in metro Denver and/or Colorado, experience with metro Denver schools, and familiarity or experience with the SCFD granting process.

Salary and Benefits

This is a salaried, exempt position that intersperses working from home and working from the Inside the Orchestra office in north Denver. There may be travel for meetings and programming primarily around metro Denver with limited statewide or out of state travel obligations.

The benefits package includes generous and flexible paid time off, schedule flexibility, work from home hours, health and short-term disability insurance with 100% of premium paid by employer, and Simple IRA with 3% match. The salary range for this position is $80,000 – $95,000.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Inside the Orchestra celebrates diversity and lives its core value of increasing equity among metro Denver’s communities. Our board of directors and staff are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply for this Position

Executive Director search services provided by interSector Partners, L3C. Please submit your application here. No phone calls please. Application is open until the position is filled. Submittals will be carefully reviewed as they are submitted. You will hear back shortly after your submission.

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