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Chief Executive Officer
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The next CEO of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will be passionate about the role of the musical performing arts in building community. He or she will bring a strong business acumen partnered with energy and exceptional interpersonal skills to help the WCO continue to grow throughout the state. Partnering closely with Maestro Andrew Sewell, he or she will work collaboratively to provide programs of the highest artistic quality for its audiences. With the staff and board, the new leader will drive ambitious strategic goals for the organization, thoughtfully leading the vision and responsibly stewarding the finances to ensure the stability and impact of the organization into the future. Serving as the external face of the WCO, the CEO will engage new donors and audiences, telling the compelling story of the organization, and how it continues to evolve to serve a diverse community. This person will envision and implement a multi-tiered effort to educate, entertain and ignite a love of chamber music in a growing base of fans and supporters in Madison and throughout the state.

 Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and promote the fulfillment of the WCO’s vision, mission and goals with passion, integrity and commitment to success.
  • Oversee fund development planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources and establishing strategies to develop relationships with individual, corporate or foundation funders.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson and champion for the orchestra, by raising awareness of the organization and building enduring partnerships with external partners of the WCO. This will include collaborative partners in the performing arts, concert attendees, and the community at large.
  • Guide, support and serve the Music Director and Board of Directors in establishing goals and developing policies, procedures, budgets, and programs that fulfill the mission of organization.
  • Build positive relationships with musicians and manage contract renewals.
  • Manage, in consultation with the Music Director, the scheduling and contract negotiations of guest artists.
  • Manage the fiscal vitality of the WCO – operational and capital expenditure budgets, cost control, risk management, financial reporting and financial planning.
  • Successfully maintain good relationships and open, transparent communication between the Board, staff, musicians and the Music Director.

Skills, Attributes, and Experience

  • Profound enthusiasm and passion for the mission of the WCO with the ability to effectively promote the organization’s value across a variety of key stakeholder groups including staff, business and philanthropic communities, community leaders, the general public, and media.
  • Success sustaining and building mutually beneficial relationships within the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors to further goals and grow an organization.
  • Substantive experience in development, donor relations, advancement and philanthropy, either as a volunteer or professional.  Consultative, collaborative and strategic approach to fund development and donor relations with the vision, passion and dedication to lead the WCO into the future.
  • An open, approachable personality that will lead the organization with positive enthusiasm. Exceptional presentation and communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to connect and collaborate with all kinds of people representing various interests and concerns.
  • Willingness to participate in community-wide events and conversations, including a commitment to music education for youth, and an authentic interest in serving a diverse community.
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate; and effective at conflict management.
  • Proven financial and operational acumen; direct experience with budget development/management and P&L oversight, ability to manage budgets of a non-profit arts institution, and follow through to achieve established goals.
  • Ability to use marketing and public relations tools to increase ticket sales, performance opportunities and attendance, and overall revenue.
  • Previous experience in the performing arts and demonstrated commitment to the important role of performing arts in a community.
  • Experience in managing labor relations in the performing arts, a plus.

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