TCGMC Launches National Search for Its Next Executive Director
JULY 8, 2019: Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC), now concluding its 38thseason of gay men building community through music,is seeking its new Executive Director (ED). The new Executive Director will take the reins in the fall of 2019 during the start of our 39thseason / 2019-2020 Fiscal Year (Aug 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020).
Executive Director Jeff Heine is leaving after 10 years leading this highly respected chorus. Heine joined the TCGMC staff after serving on the Chorus’ Board of Directors for two years. Interim leadership has been selected for the start of the 39thseason.
Based in the artistically rich Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) metropolitan area, TCGMC is among the country’s most respected men’s choruses and is one of the largest choruses in GALA, the international Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, of which it is a member. TCGMC continually strives to live its core values of courage, authenticity, joy, respect and accountability. The Chorus’ Artistic Director is Dr. Gerald Gurss, who joined the Chorus in August 2018.
TCGMC is an integral part of the Twin Cities’ cultural scene with its rich choral tradition, including collaborations with Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Ballet of the Dolls, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota BoyChoir, Cantus, and entertainers Harvey Fierstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Holly Near, Margaret Cho and Matt Alber. In 2016, the Chorus premiered its most recent commission, Two Boys Kissing (music and lyrics by Joshua Shank, based on the young adult novel Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan),which the Chorus performed in Minneapolis and at the GALA Choruses’ Festival in July 2016. Additionally, TCGMC has premiered over 30 commissions from composers such as Michael Shaieb, Steven Paulus and Craig Carnahan, and has performed at ACDA, the Grand Ole Opry, and international GALA festivals in Montreal, Tampa, Denver, Miami, Seattle, San Jose, and Minneapolis (which TCGMC hosted in 1986). TCGMC will welcome GALA Festival back to Minneapolis in the summer of 2020.
True to its mission, “Gay men building community through music,” TCGMC regularly undertakes outreach performances throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, in addition to its regular season concert series—which boasts one of the largest season subscriber bases of any GALA chorus. The Chorus seeks to provide its members with rewarding musical experiences, promote social exchange, further social justice, combat discrimination and homophobia through song, and reflect positive aspects of being gay to ourselves, audiences, and general community.
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The Executive Director’s Position and Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director position is full time. Salary will be commensurate based on experience. TCGMC offers a benefits package that includes health and disability insurance and a retirement plan.
The Executive Director maintains office hours appropriate to accomplish job responsibilities.
The following are the primary duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director:
- Leads the organization’s on-going strategic positioning:
- Coordinates and maintain annual and long-range work plans of the Board of Directors and its Committees with Board Chair and Vice Chair
- Prepares and submits monthly work plans to Board Executive Committee
- Serves on strategic planning sub-committee during periodic reviews of strategic plan
- Manages case statement and other documentation for presentations, meetings, etc.
- Leads the internal and external communication functions to develop relationships with community partners and achieve the organization’s mission:
- Provides monthly work plan updates to Board of Directors for board meetings
- Ensures effective communication processes that promote positive, effective communication between TCGMC staff, Board, membership, and other stakeholders.
- Gains an understands why groups do what they do – pick up the sense of the group in terms of positions, intentions and needs; what they value and how to motivate them
- Leads marketing, development, and fundraising activities to ensure necessary resources to achieve the organization’s mission:
- Develops and manages annual marketing plan
- Oversees fundraising planning and implementation by identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, and establishing strategies to approach funders
- Submits proposals and grants, composing select grant applications and supervising volunteer / contracted grant writer
- Administers fundraising records and documentation meeting all applicable laws and standards of best practices
- Secures individual and corporate donations by developing relationships with major donors and corporate executives responsible for providing financial support to organizations such as TCGMC
- Manage all financial functions of the Corporation to ensure its financial stability:
- Recommends yearly budget for Board approval, seeking input from all committees and staff
- Follows all financial and internal controls that are in place
- Prudently manage organization’s resources within budget guidelines
- Approves use of funds with Finance Committee
- Manages all organizational functions of the chorus to encourage collaboration and ensure coordination among committees and workgroups:
- Understands the work plans for committees and work groups such as membership, resource development, marketing, finance, etc.
- Provides input and insight to these groups as requested and warranted to help the groups choose and manage activities that best serve the chorus
- Supervises office management hired and contracted staff
- Ensures effective data management processes
- Manages day-to-day office responsibilities:
- Prepares bi-weekly payroll
- Manages annual health insurance benefits during open enrollment periods, new hires and other relevant events that impact insurance benefits
- Manages annual insurance renewals for Directors and Officers Insurance, Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation, etc.
- Supervises annual external audit with the contracted Accountant, Board Treasurer and Operations Manager
- Writes and publishes the Annual Report for all stakeholders
- Submits annual financial data to the Cultural Data Project
- Manages quarterly license and performance fees with BMI and ASCAP
- Supervises the purchase of music for each concert period with the Artistic Director
- Supervises the annual 990 filing with the Accountant and Treasurer
- Conducts annual filing with the State Attorney General’s Office
- Participates in professional development activities to develop skills that support the organization’s mission:
- Identifies areas for relevant professional development and seeks out internal and external resources for meeting identified development areas
- Consults with Board Chair to design a professional development plan
- As relevant or requested, shares acquired knowledge, skills, and resources with other TCGMC leaders, either informally and/or through formal presentations
- Exhibits an understanding of the mission and values of the chorus and can clearly articulate the present and future of the chorus
- Displays passion about moving the chorus forward
- Is action oriented
- Is effective in a variety of formal presentation situations: one on one, small and large groups
- Builds trusting and strategic relationships
- Displays financial acumen and understanding of non-profit financial statements
- Creates a climate where people want to do their best – brings out the best in people
- Is a clear communicator and establishes clear directions
- Shares both responsibility and accountability as appropriate
- Effective at coaching and developing others for results
- Good planning, organizing and time management skills
- Objective self-evaluation capability
- Skill identification and development
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) and a minimum of 3 years of related management experience, and a successful track record in best practices in the non-profit field with an emphasis on marketing, grant writing, and fundraising skills. Candidates with minimal non-profit experience will be considered based on their past experience.
Application review will begin on August 5th, 2019. To apply for the Executive Director position, TCGMC requests:
- A letter of introduction;
- Current resume;
- Salary requirements;
- Three professional references;
- Writing sample that demonstrates abilities of above qualifications (i.e. marketing/persuasive writing, grant applications, fundraising)
Complete materials should be sent by the due date to:
Eric Strong, ED Search Chair
c/o Stephanie Gaw
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
528 Hennepin Avenue Suite 307
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Application materials may also be sent to ED Search Chair Eric Strong by email at email@example.com.
Additional information about TCGMC is available at http://www.tcgmc.org. Questions and requests should be addressed by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “To Eric Strong, ED Search Committee Chair”.
Timeframe for Selection:
- August 5, 2019: Application Review Begins
- August 24, 2019: First round interviews by Skype
- September 9-13, 2019: Final round interviews in Minneapolis
- Late September 2019: Hiring Announcement
The selected candidate would be expected to join TCGMC in a full-time capacity within 60 days of hiring; final start date to be negotiated.