Early Music Seattle (EMS) is thrilled to begin the search for a new Executive Director to become a core part of our team as we develop plans for business growth, deeper community engagement, and continue to challenge ideas about “early music,” by producing and presenting European art music standards alongside a wide variety of the world’s musical traditions, covering offerings from Latin America, the Middle East, Far East, and Africa.
The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and lead our organization, including the marketing and operations staff, as well as our newly-appointed Artistic Director (and former Executive Director) August Denhard, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary season and prepare for our next forty-five years!
The successful candidate will be invested in building meaningful relationships with an array of stakeholders while articulating the importance of early music in the cultural life of contemporary society; be persistent in pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusivity with successful outcomes; be a proactive leader who values teamwork and can work independently and collaboratively while providing consistent leadership, recognizes and appreciates colleagues, and celebrates their commitment to EMS and the community it serves; demonstrates transparency and exhibits flexibility to navigate unexpected circumstances with thoughtful, strategic, analytical, and evidenced-based decision making.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and management of EMS, including business administration, revenue management and growth, expense management, human resources, board relations, and public relations. In close partnership with the EMS Artistic Director and the Music Director for Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Executive Director will lead EMS in promoting the artistic vision and the strategic direction of all produced and presented programs. Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director will spearhead fundraising initiatives, develop donors, drive grant applications and corporate sponsorships, cultivate community connections, and raise the visibility of EMS regionally and nationally. The Executive Director will guide a comprehensive strategic planning process with stakeholders to grow EMS financially and organizationally. Because EMS highly values cultural diversity, the ED will expand audience access, engagement, and participation, in conjunction with EMS’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.