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Executive Director, Oratorio Society of New York
About the Oratorio Society of New York
The Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY) is one of the oldest musical organizations in the United States and has become New York City’s standard for grand choral performance. Founded in 1873 by Leopold Damrosch, the Society has played an integral role in the musical life of the city. In its early years, the Society established a fund to finance the building of a new concert hall, a cause taken up in earnest by the Society’s fifth president, Andrew Carnegie. In 1891, and under the direction of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the Society helped inaugurate this new Music Hall, which would be renamed Carnegie Hall several years later.
The Society continues to perform several times each season at Carnegie Hall. Its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a tradition unbroken since 1874, have become a holiday favorite with New York audiences. In addition to its collaborations with the New York Philharmonic and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as other performing arts institutions, the Society performs internationally every few years
– including recent concerts in Japan, Uruguay, Germany, Italy, and Brazil.
The Society is also committed to commissioning and championing new works, including most recently Pulitzer prize-winning composer, Paul Moravec’s GRAMMY Nominated Sanctuary Road, recording available from Naxos Records.
The OSNY membership consists of amateur and professionally trained singers as well as non-singing members. Auditions are held twice annually at the beginning of the fall and winter terms. OSNY is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors with a professional music staff.
OSNY brings together a diverse community of avocational singers who share a passion for choral music. Our mission is to contribute to the cultural fabric of New York City through public performance of both classic and contemporary choral works at the highest musical standards. We are committed to the musical development of members, audiences and artists.
Joyful and accomplished music-making
Vibrant century-and-a-half history celebrated and preserved
Volunteering as a fundamental value
Highest standards of integrity
Continuous musical improvement
Openness to change
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement
Choral music brings people together to inspire and unite the human spirit. OSNY is committed to being an inclusive organization where diverse perspectives are sought out and valued; and to create experiences for our audiences where all people and communities feel welcomed, represented, and connected. OSNY continuously strives to achieve greater inclusivity and equity by leading in a way that represents our art form, one of collectivism and harmony. OSNY believes in the dignity of all and respects a diversity of cultures, identities, orientations, heritages, beliefs, and experiences.
About the Role
The Executive Director of OSNY is a part-time position. It will provide leadership, champion a positive culture, foster an inclusive workplace, support OSNY’s mission and programming, and coordinate day- to-day services and operations. The Executive Director will monitor the organization’s financial health as well as oversee all contracts with artists, unions, vendors, and other entities.
This position requires initiative, good judgment, and exceptional interpersonal, organizational and time- management skills; a track-record of achieving excellence; proven success in management; and the ability to assist with the day-to-day operations of a growing, volunteer-led organization.
The Executive Director’s duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Run the day-to-day affairs of the organization in partnership with the Board President, Chairman and Music Director and key volunteers.
Coordinate scheduling, casting, and hiring for concert performances.
Coordinate space and schedule for rehearsals, auditions and other events.
Secure concert venues and coordinate production of concerts.
Act as OSNY liaison with concert venues for all details of concert arrangements.
Contract soloists as directed by the Music Director.
Arrange instrument and orchestra part rentals.
Assemble and submit all required information for concert Playbill programs.
Implement required vaccination protocols.
Coordinate the organization’s volunteer roles to assure smooth operation while keeping volunteers actively involved. Provide operations support as necessary.
Coordinate communication with OSNY membership through OSNY Member Liaison.
Update the Member Handbook on a regular basis.
Communicate up-to-date information to Marketing Committee for inclusion on website and in other publicity and marketing efforts.
Write relevant grants (DCA, NYSCA, NEA); deposit and acknowledge gifts; coordinate donor record-keeping with Development Committee.
Transmit deposit information to Bookkeeper and Treasurer.
Monitor spending according to the budget and contribute to budgeting process.
Supervise the Librarian/Member Liaison position.
Establish and maintain an institutional knowledge database including document management.
Attend virtual weekly staff meetings, monthly in-person operations meetings, 3-4 orchestra dress rehearsals and concerts per season, board meetings as necessary, the annual meeting, auction and solo competition.
Qualifications and Skills
A minimum of 3-5 years prior experience in arts management or related field, preferably with small non-profit organizations.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
Proven ability to successfully manage volunteers and experience in working with non-profit volunteer boards.
Experience working with agents and other professionals in the music industry.
Knowledge of choral repertoire and competent musical literacy desirable.
Experience with grant writing.
Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and non-profit financial literacy.
Keen attention to detail and ability to maintain comprehensive documentation.
Experience with software applications and related services.
OSNY has no physical office. Therefore, a personal computer, reliable internet service and smart phone are job requirements. A unique email address will be provided.
Compensation and Benefits
The Executive Director is a part-time independent contractor position (1099 status) averaging approximately 10 – 15 hours per week. Compensation is $36,000 per year.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Oratorio Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected category where applicable.
Job Types: Part-time, Contract
Pay: $36,000.00 per year
The Oratorio Society of New York has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, that requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated against COVID. Proof of vaccination is required upon hiring. Valid exemptions are given in accordance with the law.
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