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The San Diego Master Chorale (San Diego, CA) is seeking a dynamic, collaborative,
and strategic leader to join our team as Executive Director. The Chorale has never
before had a full-time Executive Director, and the timing is ideal to bring the right
leader on board to shape the organization’s growth strategy and develop strong
relationships in the community. The Executive Director reports to the Board of
Directors and is responsible for the overall direction and management of the
administrative aspects of the organization. The Executive Director works in close
partnership with the Music Director. Learn more about the SD Master Chorale at
www.sdmasterchorale.org and https://www.guidestar.org/profile/23-7451291.

MISSION STATEMENT: We connect all people to the joy of professional-caliber live
choral music, and enrich lives by sharing what we have in common—our voice.

VISION: To be recognized as one of San Diego’s finest choral ensembles, dedicated
to bringing people together through professional-caliber live choral music, and a
respected partner with the finest regional orchestras and arts organizations.

● Brings enthusiasm for the history of the SD Master Chorale and a firm belief
in the mission, values, and artistic vision that propel the organization’s near
and long-term future;
● Has a management style that is empathetic and creative, organized and
professional, accountable and well-informed, embracing the values of a
diverse community;
● Brings best practices, attention to detail, and a service mindset to their work;
● Exhibits a self-motivated, entrepreneurial spirit that promotes the
administrative growth of this well-respected choral organization;
● Has five or more years of experience as a successful Executive Director or
Development Director (or comparable job title), including achievements in the
areas of non-profit performing arts, financial development (individual,
foundation/corporation, and government sources), and relationship cultivation
among stakeholders including community members, professional peers,
nonprofit board members, volunteers, and paid staff;
● Can demonstrate particular competencies (such as language skills, travel
experience, and other culturally relevant expertise) likely to help with the
development of relationships within one or more of San Diego’s multicultural

The SD Master Chorale maintains memberships with the following organizations,
which will aid the successful candidate’s networking, resource-sharing, and
continuing professional development:
● Chorus America
● Choral Consortium of San Diego
● San Diego Performing Arts League
● California Chamber of Commerce
● California Association of Nonprofits
● Nonprofit Solutions
● Association of Fundraising Professionals (global and local levels)
● North County Philanthropy Council


Community Relations
Enhance the SD Master Chorale’s reputation, and expand awareness and
accessibility among potential audience members.
● Develop and foster sustainable relationships with performing arts partners in
San Diego County and Tijuana.
● Represent the SD Master Chorale at relevant community functions.
● Act as spokesperson for the Chorale to the media, government agencies,
corporate community, foundations, funders, and the school community.

Develop and implement a comprehensive ongoing strategy to market the SD Master
Chorale and its programs (self-produced and contract performances).
● Oversee sales of tickets and subscriptions to increase the subscription base.
● Oversee development and implementation of a comprehensive
marketing plan, including advertising, donor communication, concert
promotion, press releases, etc.
● Coordinate and maximize co-marketing efforts with performing arts
● Implement and monitor the progress of each concert’s promotion plan.
● Use education engagement programs to increase awareness of the chorus
by corporations, grant sources, and the general public.

Development and Fundraising
Develop, coordinate, and execute a comprehensive strategy of financial
development, fundraising, and support.
● Collaborate with the Development Committee on all development/fundraising
● Drive donor engagement by planning and overseeing individual donor
campaigns and special events.
● Develop and implement the strategy for cultivating, securing, and sustaining
corporate sponsorships.
● Prepare and manage foundation and government grant requests and reports.
● Identify and pursue new sources of contributed income.

Board of Directors
Work with the board of directors (and committees) and its officers to help them fulfill
their functions:
● Attend all meetings of the Executive Committee and full Board of Directors.
● Assist the President of the Board in developing and processing agendas for
the Executive Committee and Board meetings.
● Oversee short- and long-range planning; engage board and staff in periodic
planning sessions.
● In conjunction with the Music Director and executive committee, prepare the
strategic plans and strategies for implementation.
● Prepare written reports for presentation to the Executive Committee and
● Assist in identifying and attracting potential new Board members.
● With the Board, regularly evaluate progress toward goals.
● Offer prompt and thoughtful responses to requests for information.

Financial Management
Collaboratively prepare budgets and co-manage financial operations following
approved budget and governmental regulations:
● Work closely with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, Music Director, and
other Board Members on annual budget preparation and approval, monthly
projections, and anticipation of potential gaps.
● Determine, with the Music Director and Operations Coordinator (concert
manager), the upcoming season and administrative costs.
● Assist Treasurer with the preparation of annual budget and variance analysis
for presentation to the Board.
● Monitor expenses to budget line items; coordinate proper expense allocations
with the Treasurer.
● Ensure that the Treasurer has complied with all local, state, and federal tax
regulations, and has prepared and filed all required reports.

Hire, train, and supervise support staff as needed/approved to achieve the
organization’s goals and objectives:
● Hire staff, with Music Director and Board representatives, to fill open
● Create an administrative structure and decision-making environment that
promotes a productive working atmosphere and effective staff relations.
● Have a basic understanding of HR management best practices.
● Create and/or maintain job descriptions for all approved positions.
● Monitor performance against objectives, taking corrective action as needed.
● Periodically review all human resources policies, practices, and procedures,
and ensure that they comply with state and federal employment laws and
● Negotiate and sign contracts for paid singers, contract agreements, guest
artists/musicians, rehearsal/performance venues, and other services as

Title: Executive Director
Company: San Diego Master Chorale (d.b.a. SD Master Chorale)
Job Type: Full-Year
Salary: $100-120k salary commensurate with experience
Benefits: Benefits to be negotiated.
Minimum Education:
BA/BS, though advanced degrees (i.e., MFA or MBA) preferred.
Minimum Experience:
3-5 years of Executive/Development experience in the performing arts. Choral
experience preferred.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should please send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for
two professional references in a single PDF file to Board President Julie Ann Sih at
julie.ann.sih@sdmasterchorale.org by August 5, 2022. Please include your full name
in the title of the PDF file. All items will remain confidential outside of the hiring
committee and board of directors.

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