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Executive Director -Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Executive Director -Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Contract type: Arts
Location: Sydney
Industry: Chief Executive Officer / MD / ED
Reference: 3317457
Contact name: Patricia Powell-Hughes

Job description

Executive Director
An exciting opportunity to join the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as Executive Director. 
Our client – Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is Australia’s largest choral organisation and globally one of the few large choirs performing at its level independent of a major symphony orchestra.    Currently having four regularly performing choirs, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs presents annual concert series in major performance venues and is a resident company of the Sydney Opera House.   It is the choir of choice for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and has been chosen to represent Australia on many public ceremonial occasions. Celebrating its 100th year in 2020, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will return with its next full season  to the newly refurbished Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House and a tour to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2022.

Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the operation and administration of the Company and the achievement of the Company’s mission and strategies. This includes the maintenance of a collaborative and goal-oriented staff culture, as well as the management of staff and volunteers (including choristers), planning and co-ordination of operational, administrative and music activities, production of budgets, submissions to funding bodies, supervision and monitoring of budgets, forecasts and accounts, financial statement preparation, maintenance, and development of marketing, promotional, advertising and sponsorship plans and activities.

Key Criteria

Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
Experience in development and implantation of strategic plans, funding strategies and annual budgets.
Operational experience to lead and ensure activities are aligned with the company’s strategic plan.
Experience in identifying marketing opportunities that create meaningful impacts on the company’s public profile and reputation.
The ability to improve efficiencies across financial management, information management and technology, marketing and comms, membership development and fundraising.
Experience working with key creatives to develop creative and artistic partnerships adding value to the company’s operational activities, reputation, and finances.
Experience in identifying and pursuing opportunities to increase funding from sponsorships, grants, ticket sales, donations and bequests.
Experience in preparing and presenting to boards, funding bodies and other statutory authorities.
Experience in managing committees to ensure outcomes are achieved.
Experience in preparing and managing annual budget and project budgets, ensuring gross margin targets are met.
Experience in managing financial performance.
Successfully managing funding submissions, grant funds, grant management and acquittals.
Experience in managing and leading teams.
Maintaining a deep involvement in, and a passion for, the performing Arts and in particular, choral music.
Experience in managing the privacy and security of company databases to minimise threats to the company's cyber security.
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Applications close 16 September 2021

For confidential enquires and applications please contact.

Patricia Powell-Hughes