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Executive Director 

Full Time - Exempt

 

 

Elevate the Susquehanna Chorale in a Season of Transformational Change

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Are you that inspirational leader passionate about the power of the choral art? One who can rally teams, cultivate vital resources, and amplify our mission across communities? If so, we invite you to apply for this career-defining opportunity.

The Susquehanna Chorale, long-revered for enriching lives through choral song, is entering an exciting new chapter. We are evolving from our volunteer-led roots to incorporate professional administrative leadership. This pivotal transition demands a visionary and collaborative Executive Director with outstanding non-profit fundraising capabilities to harmonize our cultural legacy with a sustainable organizational model for the future.

Position Details:

      Salary: $58,000 - $64,000 (annually) 


      Benefits: Health reimbursement arrangement, paid vacation and holidays, retirement plan. 


      Working Arrangements: Flexible working location day to day but with required regular access to the central PA region

       for meetings and events. Work-centered in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. 

 

What You'll Do:

  • Work collaboratively with the artistic director/founder and the board to craft and implement a bold strategic vision that preserves our artistic excellence while evolving operations

  • Transition the organization from volunteer-led to incorporating professional staff and administration

  • Spearhead robust fundraising efforts as a non-profit development specialist to diversify revenue streams

  • Design and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan targeting individuals, corporations, foundations and grants

  • Elevate the Chorale's visibility, advocating our cause across media, government, and cultural spheres

  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director on visionary season planning, programming and venue sourcing

  • Recruit and inspire a team blending professional admins with devoted volunteer corps

What You'll Bring:

  • Proven leadership upleveling non-profit arts/cultural organizations during transformative change

  • Exceptional communication skills to influence, unite diverse stakeholders, and compel support

  • Strong business acumen with a specialty in change management and sustainable revenue models

  • Demonstrated expertise in non-profit fundraising tactics across individual/corporate/foundation giving

  • An entrepreneurial spirit driven by creativity, passion for the arts, and a roll-up-your-sleeves approach

  • Personal integrity aligning with the Chorale's values of artistic excellence and community enrichment

If you're ready to lead with purpose and performance as we write this exciting new chapter, we want to hear from you. Apply now and use your abilities to elevate the Susquehanna Chorale's impact.


We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an equitable, inclusive workplace for leaders from all backgrounds to thrive.

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About the Susquehanna Chorale

The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Linda L. Tedford, is widely recognized as one of the premier vocal ensembles in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Presenting programs of varied repertoire from many styles and time periods, the Chorale is noted for its velvet blend, passionate expression, and artistic excellence. The choir has performed world premieres of works from today’s finest composers, has been featured on the nationally broadcast First Art radio program, and was the first volunteer choir to receive the prestigious Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. Driven by its mission of “Enriching lives through song,” the Chorale’s dedication to the highest standards of the choral art creates an extraordinary musical experience for the listener, both in the concert hall and through its numerous recordings, four of which were formally considered for Grammy® nominations.​

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The 40-voice auditioned choir has performed throughout the East Coast including engagements at the Washington National Cathedral, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The Chorale regularly performs larger choral works with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the choir has toured Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany and commemorated the 40th anniversary of its founding with a concert tour of Ireland in 2022.

The Susquehanna Chorale is deeply committed to developing future generations of singers and audience members through the power of music. Annual performances include a Youth Choral Festival, Candlelight Christmas concerts, and spring concerts in various locations. The Educational Outreach Program provides choral experiences for over 150 singers from third grade through the first year of college as well as a conducting internship for college music majors. In spring 2019, the Chorale began livestreaming concerts to reach those who would otherwise not have an opportunity to attend a performance.

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