Executive Director - Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Open Until Filled.
The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) is to inspire joy and unity in all people through black gospel and spiritual musical traditions.
The Gospel Academy Award-winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multi-racial, interfaith group of 55 vocalists united in their love of gospel music with its message of hope, joy, unity, and justice. The Choir was founded in 1986, led by Emmy-award-winning co-founder and Artistic Director, Terrance Kelly. Under Mr. Kelly’s able direction, the Choir’s musical excellence and mission has flourished. At this point, OIGC is one of the musical and spiritual fixtures in the Bay Area. While Mr. Kelly and the Choir have received an Emmy for their work, have sung world-wide, and recorded several albums, the Choir still retains its dedication to Oakland, the community in which the Choir began.
OIGC is committed to improving the exposure to and the understanding of spirituals and gospel music by providing access to new, diverse, and underserved or institutionalized audiences.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and management of the organization’s resources to accomplish OIGC’s vision and goals. Central to the success of future strategic plans and the budgets to support them, will be the ability to grow the individual donor base, with an emphasis on major donors. Primary responsibilities include fundraising, fiscal management, public relations, board relations and support, organizational development, and program planning and oversight.
In addition to the core responsibilities listed below, we are seeking a candidate who embodies the following attributes: Clear communicator; good on follow-through; open-minded; trustworthy; values diversity; professional; respectful; and action-oriented. The ability to form a mutually respectful partnership with the Artistic Director is critical to success in this position.
- Fiscal management and fundraising: Be responsible for financial management of the organization. Develop and implement policies to achieve effective resource allocation and enhance revenue. Work with the Board of Directors to develop and oversee fundraising activities, including soliciting individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
- Public and community relations: Represent OIGC in the community to increase OIGC’s visibility. Create alliances with strategic partners in the community to be responsive to community needs. Establish strong, continuing relationships in both the public and private sectors.
- Board relations: With the Board chair, coordinate Board involvement. Work with the Board to develop and implement the overall fund development plan for the organization. Ensure and facilitate the Board’s involvement in the formation of OIGC’s policies and programs and supervise the implementation of Board-approved policies. Assist the Board in recruiting new members.
- Organizational Development: To effectively and strategically manage the growth of OIGC’s operations and programs by ensuring a sound infrastructure through foresight and effective planning
- Program planning and management: Work with program staff, consultants and contractors to develop and oversee programs to achieve the organization’s goals. Ensure that day-to-day operations and programs of OIGC are effectively administered. Provide appropriate oversight of program staff activities, and overall systems and procedures. Find, prioritize, and manage paid, as well as volunteer performance opportunities, to ensure maximum mission impact and revenue generation.
Qualifications: The ideal Executive Director candidate will have:
- Deep commitment to the mission and vision of OIGC;
- Strong strategic, analytical and planning skills ;
- Creative fundraising, development, and marketing experience;
- Management experience in the non-profit sector – preferably with an arts organization;
- Experience in effectively developing and working with a non-profit Board of Directors;
- Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to motivate and direct people;
- Intermediate Excel, Word and Power Point skills;
- Intermediate level of IT knowledge and familiarity with social media;
- Willingness and ability to work long hours often outside a normal Monday through Friday and 9 am to 6 pm schedule; and
- A degree in a relevant field – bachelor’s and equivalent experience, or a master’s degree.
Salary: $57-$65k depending on experience and skills. Benefits included.
Submit cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications and experience along with a current resume and three references via email to edsearch[at]oigc[dot]org, or mail to:
ED Search Committee
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
PO Box 28732
Oakland, CA 94604
Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.
Visit www.oigc.org for the complete job description.
If you have questions, please refrain from calling OIGC. Direct questions to info[at]oigc[dot]org.
Posted: March 12, 2013