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Executive Director - Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have responsibility for implementing the organization’s strategic goals, fundraising initiatives, and developing and administering the company’s annual calendar and programs.  S/he will play a chief administrative role, supporting the Board in its work and ensuring that staff and volunteers are in place to meet operational needs. The individual selected must be highly organized and creative to continue the orchestra’s position as a highly regarded musical arts organization. The Executive Director will support our established culture of excellence in musical performance, a superb patron experience, and a commitment to the preservation and education of jazz as an art form. 
The Executive Director will form and enhance connections with a variety of constituents, including patrons, donors, community members, leaders of peer and partner artistic/cultural organizations, and others with a vested interest in jazz performance and heritage. 


Chief responsibilities of the KCJO Executive Director include:

  • Report to the Board Chair and actively collaborate with the Board to develop thorough short-term and long-range strategies to achieve the vision and mission of KCJO. Engage and communicate with the Board on progress, direction and critical matters; consistently advise and recommend tactics for continuous improvement.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the KCJO Board and support the recruitment, education and development of Board members. Work closely with Board members and committees to harness the resources, talent and energy of the Board to financially support the mission of KCJO.
  •  Serve as the principal organization spokesperson to gain support from all constituencies, including civic leaders, governmental units, donors, the local arts community, staff, volunteers, patrons, and the general public. Initiate and preserve positive relationships with all business, community and arts leaders.
  •  Continually analyze and update the Board on the progress, changes, risks, opportunities, and challenges which are affecting, or which may affect, KCJO. Recommend necessary actions to potentially redirect activities and resources.
  •  Manage revenues and expenses within in the projected annual budget with sound fiscal practices. Use resources prudently to ensure priorities are met.
  •  Build an environment that values the expertise and contribution of others and acknowledges diversity. Attract, manage, motivate and retain quality support staff and volunteers. 
  • Establish a clearly defined organization structure that instills best business practices and inspires employees and volunteers to be actively engaged and committed to the mission. 
  • Enthusiastically lead the organization’s fundraising as a publicly visible, passionate representative. Create a strategy to acquire the needed resources, both earned and donated, and positively and proactively respond to the interests and motivations of patrons, donors, sponsors, musicians and volunteers to solidify these significant relationships. 
  • Create and execute a detailed and timed fundraising plan to accomplish the organization’s goals with financial discipline and sustainability. 
  • Become proficient with the KCJO fundraising database and software by receiving formal training on the fundraising software and working closely with the staff to keep all fundraising data current and accurate. 
  • Support a communications plan that guarantees public awareness and support for the vision and mission of KCJO. The goal of the communications plan should be to attract season ticket subscribers, groups and individuals to all KCJO concerts to maximize revenues and audience growth. Such communications plan should work as a tool for marketing, fundraising, and organizational development. 
  • Support the development of greater audience participation by assisting with programming and scheduling decisions to draw a diverse audience by offering a wide range of entertainment programs, supporting the KCJO’s Artistic Director and the Board in this effort. Support the development of an expanded educational outreach program consistent with the vision of the KCJO. 
  • Support the creation of greater demand for other types of opportunities for the orchestra, creating new events in keeping with the vision and mission of KCJO. Support the achievement of an audience-driven, compelling artistic choices balanced with budget realities.
Qualifications and Education

Five to seven years of leadership experience in nonprofit fundraising, or nonprofit management with a fundraising focus, with demonstrated success in:
  • Leading and directing nonprofit fundraising and programs, including active working experience with a nonprofit Board either as a development director, executive director, officer or volunteer.    
  • Fundraising with experience with a wide variety of fundraising methods and all forms of giving – individual, corporate, foundation and public support.
  • Establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence, including civic leaders; individual, corporate and foundation donors; and nonprofit partners.
  • Planning, analysis and implementation of decisions affecting new business growth and development. Proven record of developing and meeting budget.   
  • Recruiting, developing, motivating and providing leadership to volunteers and other high-performing teams.
Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s or other advance degree preferred.
To Apply: 

Position will remain open until filled; however, applications received during the finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.  For priority consideration, submit your materials by October 4.
Apply by email by to:
Attach to the e-mail in Word and PDF format:
  • Letter of application, including a statement expressing your connection to the KCJO mission and the importance of sharing that mission in Kansas City and beyond. 
  • Resumé, detailing measurable success in the areas of key qualifications for the position
  • List of five professional references we may contact
Complete applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week of submission.
Questions may be directed to:  HCapSearchNP, Jennifer Furla, Partner,, 816-591-5493. 
 For more information on KCJO, visit the website at