Jobs and Internships

Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supervises and directs all aspects of Swallow Hill Music’s operations and is responsible for realizing the organization’s goals. The CEO will be the main spokesperson for SHM, holding the organization’s mission, vision and values as a guide, while maintaining excellent relationships with the Board and the organization’s donors and audience. The CEO will extend SHM’s reach to the Denver community with the goal of expanding the organization’s growth with donors and patrons. The scope of responsibility includes oversight of all aspects of the organization: budget, brand building & marketing, ticket sales and audience development, fund development, contract negotiations with musicians and venues, external and partner relations, and overall operational, financial, and administrative management.

The CEO will oversee short- and long-range strategic planning and implementation, and effective hiring, training, mentoring, and supervision of the organization’s human resources while maximizing the organization’s donor fulfillment, earned and contributed revenue capabilities. The CEO will provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, educating, engaging, and energizing Board members in their role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. The CEO will maintain a high level of energy for the organization and actively fulfill the organizational and financial goals.

Operational and Strategic Planning

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of SHM to ensure that audiences, musicians, students, donors, and other community members have a first-class experience any time they interact with the organization.
  • Supervise and integrate all aspects of the SHM, including finance and budgeting, presenting, the School, fundraising and development, technical production (in interface with venues), staff, and volunteers.
  • Oversee SHM’s real estate and facilities – the maintenance, safety and functionality of the primary facility and satellite location, and the strategic needs for future maintenance and capacity utilization.
  • Direct personnel staffing and sourcing to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with outstanding employees. Interview, hire, train, and mentor staff and volunteers, assign work, and provide performance appraisals on a regular basis.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor a long-term strategic and operating plan in coordination with the Board of Directors and staff, and assume joint responsibility with the Board for its implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly.
  • Maintain an organization with the highest ethical standards, and ensure that SHM’s employer obligations to its staff, legally and ethically, are fully met.
  • Ensure that programming is determined in a timely manner and can be executed within the organization’s financial and human resources.
  • Maintain and build relationships with SHM partners to ensure continued viability of partnership programming and community impact.

Governance and Financial Oversight

  • Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board and work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance of the organization.
  • Develop, monitor, and maintain fiscal responsibility for the overall budget, and ensure the most effective use of financial and human resources.
  • With the Board Chair, lead the education and development of the Board of Directors and define a strategy to effectively orient, mobilize and utilize Board and other volunteers in support of the SHM and its plans and programs.
  • Understand and oversee SHM’s financial reporting and forecasting, and lead the creation of strategic projections focused on the organization’s future needs and growth, overseeing management of cash flow and present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools with Director of Finance and Treasurer for Board review.
  • Ensure the creation and maintenance of an appropriate budget that fulfills the organization’s artistic vision and public mission, which simultaneously maximizes earned and contributed income opportunities.
  • Work with legal counsel, when needed, in representing and negotiating contractual matters with partner organizations, agents, promoters, presenters, touring groups, ensembles, musicians, singers, and other independent contractors, as well as any collective bargaining agreements.
  • Work with Board leadership to structure and manage SHM’s board and governance processes to ensure Directors’ active support of organizational goals.
  • Assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation and recruitment and utilize Board committees as an opportunity for future Board member development.
  • Celebrate the successes of individual Board members and the Board as a whole in recognizing their contribution of time and resources as community ambassadors for SHM.

Fundraising and Donor Stewardship

  • Oversee a growing development program, including the creation of a comprehensive plan that maximize contributed income, and assume an active role in fundraising in consultation and cooperation with the Board and staff.
  • Lead the organization’s development programs, working with the Director of Development to maximizes its annual fundraising efforts, endowment, capital, and planned giving, and to identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Guide staff, Board, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors.

Audience Development and Community Relations

  • Guide marketing, branding, and public relations programs that achieve earned income goals from subscriptions, and single ticket sales while enhancing SHM’s visibility, reputation, and brand awareness.
  • Ensure the highest levels of customer service, effective audience interaction, and community engagement.
  • Develop processes for engaging target populations, as well as for reaching a broader audience for performances and educational programs.

Send cover letter and resume, with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, via electronic submission to:
Ms. Laurie Dowling, Senior Consultant
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.

Production and Promotion Intern

Swallow Hill Music is looking for an enthusiastic, responsible, self-sufficient student to be our Promotion and Production Intern for January – May 2015. You will be involved in the planning, marketing, and execution of Swallow Hill Music events.

You will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Concert Director to learn the process of contracting, planning, marketing, and execution of concerts. You are expected to dedicate no less than 20 hours per week to this internship; you must be present in the office on Tuesday mornings and at concerts through the week.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Production of live events in a graduated weekly program
  • Tracking attendance to concerts
  • Planning and preparing materials for concert staff
  • Attending marketing and production meetings once a week
  • Aiding specifically in the promotion and production of events for the Café stage
  • Organizing completed concert files
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred skills

  • Working towards a degree in music business or event planning-related field
  • Detail-oriented, able to multi-task and work with minimal supervision
  • Effective project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication and listening skills
  • Initiative, drive, common sense, and flexibility
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products, specifically Excel

Qualified candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Hanna Ackerman
Associate Director of Concerts
Attn: Production and Promotion Internship
Please, no phone calls.

December 1st application deadline
We will review applications as submitted, and we will contact you if we are interested in meeting to discuss your qualifications further.

Unpaid, tickets to all Swallow Hill Music concerts, letters of reference and recommendation upon successful completion of the internship

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