Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the financial sustainability and growth of the organization by:

  • Acting as a primary liaison to the Board of Directors
  • Leading a small team of professional staff
  • Developing and diversifying funding sources and community partnerships
  • Managing the organizational budget
  • Ensuring implementation of an outstanding training program and innovative artistic vision
  • Executing a clear communications plan

This position requires demonstrated success in fundraising, communications, board leadership, staff, program, and operations management. A successful candidate will have:

  • 5+ years of experience as a successful leader in the nonprofit arts sector, preferably with an orchestra or other music organization. Arts education experience is a plus.
  • A clear understanding of the role of the Board of Directors and experience as a professional board liaison.
  • Strong familiarity with the strategic and operational planning process.
  • Proven success in fundraising through foundation, corporate, and individual sources. Experience in planned giving is a plus.
  • Skill in financial planning and budget management.
  • Knowledge of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and surrounding communities, and an ability to build collaborations with new and existing community partners for the purposes of organizational support, arts education outreach, and audience development.
  • A history of effective and evaluative staff management.
  • A keen interest in the mission and programs of AYS.
  • Knowledge of classical music repertoire and orchestra make-up.
  • High comfort level with technology: electronic communications, social media, database management, and office software, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

How to apply

Please e-mail letter of interest and resume with salary requirements to:
Cecily Lerner, Management Consultant

Please do not contact AYS directly
Local candidates – no relocation
AYS is an equal opportunity employer

Los Angeles, California
American Youth Symphony
Cecily Lerner, Management Consultant

3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 830, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, US