The California Youth Symphony (CYS) is seeking an Executive Director to partner with our acclaimed Music Director and artistic team to build upon our record of providing the finest musical training to the Bay Area’s top young musicians.
Founded in 1952, CYS has grown from a single orchestra to include an associate orchestra, as well as two string ensembles and three wind ensembles. We now have over 400 young musicians, representing nearly 100 Bay Area schools participating in our program each year. Our international tours for young people have earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. In addition to providing an invaluable musical and educational experience for these students, we offer first-rate concerts for the community at little or no cost.
The Executive Director works in partnership with a 13-15 member Board of Directors and the Music Director to guide day-to-day operations and administrative priorities of the organization. The Executive Director leads an administrative staff of 3-5, supports an artistic staff of 5 plus a contract seasonal staff of 15-20, and works collaboratively with dozens of parent volunteers.
CYS has identified the following strategic priorities for 2021-22 to optimize what we do best, while enhancing our resources, infrastructure, and programs. The specifics of a longer-range strategic plan that go beyond these priorities, will be developed with the new Executive Director at the helm.
Continue to develop our dedicated staff, volunteer, and Board team as well as administrative systems and policies to support our work
Expand revenue streams through a diversified fund development plan with a focus on expanding alumni and community contributions
Evaluate program, community outreach, audience development, and facility strategies to enhance our work while embracing the opportunities and lessons learned during the Pandemic
For more detailed information on our team, programs, accomplishments, and upcoming events visit our website at https://www.cys.org.
The Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a collaborativenonprofit manager with a passion for music.The ideal candidate will blend their effective communication and relationship building skills with a proven track record of attracting and sustaining a broad base of community fund raising. The incoming Executive Director should have strong financial management and administrative skills. Candidates should feel comfortable leading a volunteer-driven organization that values integrity, community partnerships, and a diverse cultural and economic base of support.
Strong candidates will possess many of the following skills and experience:
Demonstrated passion for music and the performing arts
Executive management experience in a comparable nonprofit organization with a focus on administration, staff, and volunteer engagement, as well as Board development
Successful track record with strategic fundraising and stewardship, including experience making “the ask”
Financial management experience with an organization of comparable size and revenue streams, including budgeting, oversight, nonprofit compliance, and reporting abilities
Confident communication skills, including public speaking, writing, marketing, and audience development
Flexibility to effectively share leadership with the Music Director and artistic team
Ability to conceptualize and co-lead the Symphony to shared visions and new directions
About California Youth Symphony
The California Youth Symphony is celebrating its 70th anniversary as one of the nation's premier youth music programs. Seven orchestras and ensembles offer instruction and performance opportunities for talented young musicians of high school age and younger.