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Nashville in Harmony

Executive Director

Nashville in Harmony


Job Summary


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will partner with the Artistic Director (AD) providing overall leadership to Nashville in Harmony, LLC and responsible for providing direct oversight and management of all non-artistic areas. The ED will:

  • Execute operational strategies and plans.
  • Manage administrative staff.
  • Establish relationships with local, regional, and national arts and LGBTQIA+ organizations.


The scope of responsibility includes:

  • Audience development.
  • Marketing / Advertising management.
  • Fundraising planning and execution.
  • External community relations.
  • Volunteer management.
  • Overall operational, financial, and administrative management of the organization.

The ED will develop relationships through partnerships and agreements with musical, performing, educational, and/ or community organizations to advance the organization’s mission and outreach activities throughout the Middle Tennessee Metropolitan area and beyond.

The ED will work in conjunction with the Board to ensure effective governance and fiscal health for the organization. The ED will be a relationship builder who maintains a professional profile and is personally able to raise financial resources while engaging, and energizing the Board of Directors in their role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors.

The ED will be the organization’s spokesperson, representing it internally and throughout the community with the mission, vision, and values as a guide. The ED will guide the growth, public image, and increased brand awareness in partnership with the ADs and the Board for the greater Nashville in Harmony organization.


The selected individual will have a well-rounded set of competencies:

  • Leader with the aptitude to set, pursue, and reach goals with experience and knowledge in nonprofit management and the performing arts.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors and demonstrated ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong experience in management and operations, institutional image building, and external relations having the presence and capacity to move initiatives forward in each of these areas.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fiscal management with success in developing and securing contributed funding/revenue from multiple sources and maximizing earned revenue opportunities.
  • Strong background and experience in planning and executing marketing strategies and programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skill
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, providing guidance and direction.
  • Interpersonal skills that interact effectively with the Board, staff, patrons, donors, sponsors, and volunteers preserving a positive community brand image and stakeholder satisfaction.
  • A mission-driven passion with integrity, ingenuity, dedication, enthusiasm, and humor.

Job Responsibilities


Management and Operations (approximately 25% of responsibilities)

Direct and manage all aspects of the organization’s operations, office and administration.

  • Oversee all day-to-day operations to ensure patrons, and other community members have a first-class experience any time they interact with the organization’s staff and members.
  • Ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed through effective mobilization and utilization of volunteers,whether paid or volunteer, in support of the organization’s plans and programs. Interview, train, and mentor staff and volunteers and provide oversight on a regular basis as requested by the board of directors..
  • In partnership with the Artistic Director, plan and execute concerts, events, and activities, which include programming, artist engagement, celebrations, special fund raising, and other events as needed.
  • Implement and monitor a short-term and long-term strategic operating plan in coordination with the Board of Directors, Artistic Directors and staff, and assume joint responsibility for its implementation, reporting progress regularly.
  • Consult and strategize with the arts community organizations and other strategic partners, regarding facility rentals, equipment rentals and other choral/concert related areas.
  • Maintain the organization with the highest ethical standards, ensuring that all business practices are within organizational policies.

Fundraising and Development (approximately 25% of responsibilities) Develop comprehensive plans that maximize contributed income, and assume a leading and active role in fund-raising in consultation and cooperation with the Board.

  • Take a direct leadership role in the organization’s development programs, including its annual fund-raising efforts, endowment, capital, and planned giving.
  • Identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director.
  • Partner with the ADs, Board of Directors, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and sponsors.
  • Coordinate with all city, county, metro, and regional governments and foundation agencies on grants and funding programs.
  • Strategize and execute the most effective donor stewardship methods with the Board and staff.


Marketing and Public Relations (approximately 15% of responsibilities)

Oversee all marketing and public relations activities for the organization.

  • Develop plans to grow the audience through the identification of target customers and implementation of marketing / PR programs.
  • Partner with AD to communicate the work and mission of the organization to the public through the media and at public speaking engagements and through all necessary media, as needed.
  • Act as spokesperson for the organization with community and regional arts organizations, education institutions, businesses, foundations, government agencies, and other stakeholders including not-for-profit and corporate entities.
  • Guide the increased brand awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs and strategic direction to the public.
  • Cultivate good relations with media in the mid-state region, interacting with and staying abreast of developments of the local, regional, and national performing arts communities.

Financial Management (approximately 15% of responsibilities)

Develop, monitor, and maintain fiscal responsibility for the organization’s overall budget, and ensure the most effective use of financial resources.

  • Oversee management of cash flow and present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools to the Board on a regular and timely basis.
  • Develop an annual budget and business plan for presentation to the Board.
  • Work with legal counsel, when needed and appropriate, in representing and negotiating contractual matters, including with rental organizations, agents, promoters, presenters, touring groups, ensembles, musicians, singers, and other independent contractors.
  • In conjunction with the Board Treasurer, an ED will ensure financial controls are in place to maintain oversight and ethical use of funds and provide oversight and supervision of bookkeeping and accounting in accordance with accepted accounting principles for nonprofits.

Community Engagement and Education (approximately 15% of responsibilities)

In partnership with the Artistic Directors, create and execute plans to ensure a systematic, values-based approach to outreach and education.

  • Represent the organization at various community events in a manner that enhances its reputation and standing in the community, with a goal of allowing the organization to provide greater service to the community, region, and state.
  • Work with all members of the internal and external community, develop appropriate strategic partnerships, and seek to include members of the community’s various multicultural groups and people of all ages.
  • Develop partnership agreements with community arts, education, and cultural organizations to advance the Nashville in Harmony community engagement activities and collaborative partnerships throughout the mid-state region and beyond.

Governance (approximately 5% of responsibilities)

Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, stimulate involvement, recruit new members, and work closely with the Board to ensure strong leadership infrastructure to maintain long-term organization success.

  • Initiate and maintain effective communications with the Board President, Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Provide concise, relevant, and timely information to the Board so that it can fulfill its policy and decision making responsibilities.
  • Actively assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation, and recruitment with the goal of developing Board members whose skills, experience, financial connections, diversity, and capacity meet the needs of the organization.
  • Assist Board committees developing and implementing their goals and objectives and name appropriate board liaisons to work closely with committees.



For qualified applicants, a related degree or equivalent experience are preferred with a minimum of 3 years of relevant management experience with a track record of effectively leading a non-profit organization. Proven record of working successfully with LGBTQIA+ organizations and communities.  Should demonstrate expertise in fundraising with an emphasis on marketing the organizational brand and possess effective writing and communication skills. A background check will be required and reviewed if the candidate is considered for hire.

Additional Information



$30,000 for a 20 hour work week. Compensation based on experience. No health insurance is provided with this position.

How to Apply


Email a resume with “NiH Executive Director” in the subject line.  Include a cover letter introducing yourself and your skill set for this position (no more than 300 words), 3 professional references, and any other documents you feel inclined to include to:


  • Date Posted: April 6, 2022
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Salary Range: 30,000
  • Working Hours: 20 hrs/wk