Flying House Productions (dba Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus) values diversity in all areas of its operations and welcomes and encourages all applications. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Current Open Position(s)
The Executive Director (ED) of Flying House Productions (FHP) is responsible for the oversight and management of all the administrative, financial, development, and support functions related to the daily operations of this $3 million dollar organization. The ED will develop harmonious working relationships within the organization (staff and members) and represent the organization to the wider community, clients, donors, patrons and business associates. The ED will also maintain productive working relationships with GALA and other community choruses.
FHP has over twelve permanent professional staff including the ED. The organization also works with several contractors on an ongoing basis including Dennis Coleman who has served as Artistic Director (AD) since 1980.
FHP considers itself to be more than simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, FHP is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation. FHP also plays an important national role as an organization that provides musical leadership, mentorship and administrative expertise that influences dozens of other arts organizations throughout the country and around the world.
As FHP embarks on its 35th anniversary, it strives to remain at the forefront of the LGBTQ choral movement. FHP is searching for an ED who has the vision and talent to lead FHP into the future, through commitment and dedication to its Vision and Mission.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and — along with the duties outlined above — is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Board and keeping the Board informed of organizational activities. The ED is a non-voting (ex officio) member of the Board of Directors.
The ED directly supervises four key directors/managers: Finance Director, Development Manager, Marketing Manager and Membership/Production Services Director, as well as indirectly supervises the Assistant Artistic Director and the Production/Stage Manager. While the company’s AD is a contractor who reports directly to the Board of Directors, the ED must work closely with the AD to develop each season’s schedule of concerts, manage related budgets, and coordinate out of town appearances.
A Master’s or MBA degree in Business Administration, Arts Management or Non-Profit Management is required. Note: A combination of education and/or comparable non-profit or arts-related work experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated significant work experience in the following areas:
- Major Donor Development & Relations
- Contract Negotiation and Administration
- Financial Oversight, Direction and Budgeting of a $1.5 million organization
- Strategic Planning in Non-Profit Organization
- Working with a Volunteer Board of Directors
- Management and Development of Staff and Volunteers
- Member Relations
- Advertising, Marketing and Event Planning
In addition, a general knowledge of and sensitivity toward the following is desirable:
- Musical and/or Arts Community and their patrons
- LGBTQ Community
- Strong, collaborative leadership style and negotiating skills
- Ability to listen to others’ point of view
- Ability to develop consensus from divergent points of view
- Excellent verbal skills and written skills
- Teamwork approach to managing staff, membership and volunteers
- Ability to lead by established goals and objectives
- Exemplary ethical and business standards
- Manages the annual fundraising plan with the Development staff and presents the plan to the Board for approval as part of the budgeting cycle
- Oversees the Development Plan implementation and actively participates in development activities/events geared towards general donors
- Identifies, cultivates and stewards new major donors
- Maintains and strengthens the Directors Circle, Endowment and Planned Giving strategies
- Facilitates open communication between the membership, staff and Board
- Become FHP’s voice within the LGBTQ community
- Engages, encourages and helps to build a strong, active Board of Directors that assists FHP in fulfilling its Vision and Mission
- Works with the Board and AD to determine strategic plans for the organization and staff implementation
- Supervises staff; provides guidance, training and development; conducts regular performance reviews; administers salary levels for all staff following policies approved by the Board as stated in the Employee Handbook
- Manages or oversees the negotiation of all contracts on behalf of the Board
- In conjunction with the Finance Director, AD, FHP staff members, and the Finance Committee, develops the organization’s annual budget on a timely basis for Board approval
- Provides strict financial oversight for the $3 million and suggests/reviews changes with responsible managers
- Ensures that accurate financial records and reports are provided to the Finance Committee and the Board, on a timely basis
- Is a member ex officio of the Finance Committee
General oversight and management of staff related to the following functions of the organization:
- FHP Publications
Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus
- Public Relations
- Fundraising and Special Events
- Production and Artistic Support
- Community Outreach and Education
- Financial Management
- Ticket Sales
- Facility Management
- Contract Management
- Volunteer Coordination
The ED also performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. This is a full-time exempt position.
- Interested candidates should submit their cover letters and resumes via email to by midnight November 7, 2014. Qualified candidates will be notified of their selection for the interview process on or around November 8, 2014.
Flying House Productions, the parent organization of the Seattle Men’s and Seattle Women’s Choruses, is a registered 501(C)(3) corporation located in Washington State. Principals only please, no phone calls or recruiters.
Fundraising Events Manager
The Fundraising Events Manager is responsible for the overall management, strategy, and delivery of successful Fundraising and donor recognition events for Flying House Productions (FHP). Including, but not limited to: annual dinner, dance, and auction (Black Tie & Sequins); Annual Fundraising Breakfast (Interlude: Gather & Give); annual holiday raffle; annual major donor recognition events; and all major donor cultivation events.
The Fundraising Events Manager will create operational and personnel work plans for all fundraising and donor events. Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate fundraising and donor event activities, projects, and promotions to maximize income. Work with staff, and the Board of Directors to ensure that fundraising is acknowledged as an integral part of Fundraising for FHP.
The Fundraising Events Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with FHP’s Development and Marketing teams; as well as the Event Committee and Volunteers in the planning and implementation of all events. A Commitment to team work and the ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings will be required.
Lead the Management and Development of Event Fundraising
- Develop and deliver all existing fundraising and donor events
- Identify and maximize opportunities to increase income and participation
- Research and propose new event fundraising opportunities with projected costs, income, and timelines
- Act as staff lead for FHP’s Fundraising Events Committee
- Work with FHP Staff and Volunteers; and the Fundraising Events Committee to plan, market, and implement all event fundraising activities
- Work with FHP’s marketing staff, designers, and other team members to design, print, and distribute all printed and online fundraising and donor event marketing materials
- Oversee all related data management including data input, amendment, running reports, and creating data queries as necessary for all fundraising and donor events
- Ensure compliance with all relevant fundraising regulations and gambling commission requirements, especially for FHP’s annual holiday raffle
- Work with FHP’s Executive Director and Finance Director to set income and expenditure budgets for all fundraising and donor event activity, including projections for potential new activity
- Monitor progress against budget and reforecast income and expenditure as required
- Achieve or exceed budgeted targets for events by managing the resources within the approved budget and ensuring value for money
- Work with FHP’s Executive Director and Finance Director to analyze results appropriately including ROI and to provide conclusions and recommendations for budgets and strategic plans going forward
- Develop and deliver the strategic direction for fundraising and donor recognition events and to ensure sustainable growth in net income
- Communicate strategy across staff, board, singers, and volunteers; engaging them all in the implementation and support of all fundraising and donor events
- Develop the strategy and keep abreast of changes within the fundraising events sector, and our donors, to keep the program of activities up-to-date and engaging
- 3-5 years experience in event planning or equivalent experience with project management
- Demonstrated experience with producing a variety of special events, including auctions, receptions, raffles, festivals, or similar events
- Administrative skills, including budgeting, public relations, letter writing, contracting, and vendor relations
- Competent with MS Office particularly Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Competent use of a database – The Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker is desirable
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with individuals at all levels of an organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently and be a self-starter
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Ability to organize and prioritize a variety of job assignments
- Experience of setting and working to budgets and deadlines
- Proven experience of increasing income from marketing/sales/fundraising activity
- Experience of cultivating supporters, as well as working with and motivating volunteers
- Experience of building relationships across s an organization to support the delivery of plans and objectives
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well with a broad range of people
- Part-time, 60 or 80 percent (24 or 30 hours a week), Salary, Exempt
- Flexible schedule, to be arranged with supervisor
- Evening and weekend hours required
Compensation: Competitive Salary (based on experience)
- Please submit cover letter, resume, and three (3) recent professional references (with emails and phone numbers ) BY EMAIL to .
- Please include the phrase “Fundraising Events Manager” in the subject line.