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Arts administration ,
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Giles Lemmens

Executive Director

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Organizational Summary

Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA) is a non-profit umbrella for a growing family of choruses, currently consisting of Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire, and Windy City Chamber Quire. The mission of the choruses is to sing to inspire change, celebrate diversity and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Windy City choruses have a long history of performing major choral works, commissioning new pieces, and performing alongside local and national celebrities in acclaimed venues. In 2003, WCPA’s UNISON chorus performed the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox “Out at the Ballgame” day, becoming the first LGBTQ chorus to sing the National Anthem at an Illinois professional sporting event. Singers have also performed with the Steppenwolf and Redmoon Theatre companies, at the opening ceremony of the modern wing of the Art Institute, and at Carnegie Hall as part of the Susan Komen Sing for the Cure project. More recently, singers have performed on stage with Hugh Jackman at the United Center, at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Marin Alsop, and as the National Anthem performers at Chicago Bulls games.

Position Summary

WCPA is looking for a dynamic, results oriented Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be a mission driven director prepared to manage the operations of the organization, work with stakeholders to maximize performance opportunities, and lead the organization into new and dynamic growth. Reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the Artistic Directors this role requires working with performers, volunteers, and vendors on performances, fund raising, and outreach opportunities. The ideal candidate has experience in leading an arts organization, collaborating with a diverse group of people, and non-profit budget and finance. Familiarity with the Chicago fundraising and arts community is a plus. This is a part-time remote contract position with some face to face time.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded set of competencies that sets them apart from others, including the following:

Experience in nonprofit management, preferably in performing arts.

Understanding of management and operations, marketing, institutional image building, and external relations.

Results-oriented leadership with the ability to set, pursue, and reach organizational goals.

Investment in professionalizing the organization, increasing its reach and scope.

Demonstrated success in fund development and securing contributed revenue from multiple sources while maximizing earned revenue opportunities.

Ability to give direction and guidance, have the self-assurance and confidence to enforce rules and regulations.

Superior interpersonal and writing skills, with the ability to interact effectively with all stakeholders in a positive and cooperative manner.

Excellent knowledge and application of fiscal management.

Highest integrity, fairness and ethical standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will possess the ability and experience to fulfill all duties and responsibilities below. However, candidates who possess ability and experience in a combination of the following will be considered.

Internal Relationships*

Report to & collaborate with the Board of Directors, attending board meetings (monthly) and committee meetings as agreed.

Manage, collaborate with, and advise the Board on all other WCPA contractors and/or employees.

Board Management and Governance*

Collaborate with the Board Chair to support the management and operations of the Board.

Create, collect, & manage annual forms.

Facilitate board meetings by collecting reports and documents,creating and disseminating agendas and materials, and taking minutes as needed.

Advise the board on nonprofit and governance practices, consulting with industry professionals as needed.


Manage non-musical aspects of performances:

Work with the Board and staff to set concert dates.

Procure and manage venue contracts.

Ensure efficient ticketing.

Manage performances fees.

External Relationships*

Oversee external relationships between WCPA and outside organizations, businesses, and individuals:

Identify, solicit, and evaluate external parties for promotional opportunities and performances.

Facilitate agreements and partnerships between WCPA and external parties.

Represent WCPA at public and private external events.


Serve as the primary financial manager, responsible for:

Bank accounts


Assets and liabilities

Accounts receivable

Accounts payable

Tax forms

Business forms

Financial controls and procedures

Monthly and annual financial statements

Verifying, allocating, and recording all financial transactions in compliance with current legal requirements.


Create, manage, and lead WCPA’s annual fundraising strategy, collaboration with and delegating tasks to WCPA staff, Board, and volunteers.

Manage individual contribution strategy and execution.

Prospect, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing donors.

Find, write, and manage WCPA grant portfolio.

Develop, plan, and manage fundraising events.

Manage WCPA’s donor database.

Marketing and Communications

Create and manage external communication for concerts, performances, and fundraising events:


Collaborate with artistic team on social media posts and help maximize engagement

Advertising materials

Coordinate graphic design contract


Compensation range 12-30K based on the executive tasks assigned in critical tasks*, finance, fundraising, marketing and communications.

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Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL