Chief Operating Officer (COO)
1. Ensure the smooth operation of all administrative functions of the organization.
2. Recruit, hire, and evaluate non-artistic consultants; evaluate institutional
capacity and plan for staff/consultant growth as needed.
1. Develop an annual fundraising plan, in conjunction with the Board.
2. Plan foundation, government and corporate fundraising, in conjunction with the
Board. Serve as liaison to grant program managers and develop relationships.
3. Research and write grant proposals; track and act on reports and follow-ups
4. Plan and coordinate individual fundraising efforts, including special events, with
the Board; maintain donor database.
5. Research and pursue new sources of earned income, in collaboration with
1. Develop an annual budget, in conjunction with the Treasurer or other Board
personnel and Artistic Director; track budget and report to the Board on
2. Track all income, expenditures, and cash flow. Make and record bank deposits;
pay bills and payroll; track and complete all payroll tax deposits and reports;
reconcile bank statements.
3. Arrange for and assist with completion of the annual audit.
Board Management and Development
1. Serve as professional advisor to the Board of Directors; help them identify their
roles and responsibilities and recommend appropriate Board policies; implement
those policies as adopted.
2. Inform the Board fully and accurately about the organization’s activities.
3. Assist the board in identifying, recruiting, orienting, training, and evaluating
talented, committed, well-connected volunteers to serve on the Board, on
committees, and for special projects and other activities.
Marketing / Public Relations
1. In conjunction with Marketing consultant, create overall marketing and public
relations plan, including strategic planning for audience growth.
1. Oversee concert production, including but not limited to box office and
front-of-house, contracts, travel and accommodations for visiting performers,
performer payments, and documentation.
2. In coordination with Artistic Director, oversee the development, contracting, and
logistics of guest appearances and touring activity.
1. Set annual education/outreach goals, with Education Coordinator and Artistic
2. Work with Education Coordinator and Artistic Director to continue developing
partnerships with school principles, teachers, arts liaisons and teaching artists.
Reconsider curriculum as necessary.
1. Passion for the mission statement of Fulcrum Point, and a dedication to
Chicago’s arts community.
2. Significant and proven leadership skills. Excellent organizational development,
interpersonal, marketing, communication, and administration skills essential.
3. Proactive, trustworthy, diplomatic, understanding and innovative with a high
4. Ability to raise the visibility of the organization through networking, partner
building, and successful marketing of FP programs and the institution generally,
leading to strong development of earned, contributed, and in-kind income.
5. Success at contributed income fundraising, including knowledge of and success
in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward and
solicit individual donors.
6. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills
7. Experience with Quickbooks (for bookkeeping), Excel (for budgeting), and
Customer Relationship Management software.
Job Type: Full-time
- Multiple locations
- Paid time off
- Flexible schedules
Fulcrum Point New Music Project offers ongoing internships for college students and young professionals who are interested in acquiring hands-on experience in arts administration, especially related to arts marketing and public relations. A commitment of three months is ideal.
- Detail-oriented and hard-working with strong organizational skills
- Ability to learn quickly
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Passion for new art music
- Interest in working in nonprofit arts administration
- Interest in marketing or public relations
- Experience in arts administration
- Occasional free lunch
- Ability to meet leaders in Chicago’s new art music scene
- Access to free marketing workshops
- Learn vital administrative, marketing, and event management skills that can be included in resumes and used in future careers.
If interested, please email your resume with cover letter to Fulcrum Point’s Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. Interviews will be arranged for suitable candidates. Our office is located downtown in the loop.
Candidates will ideally work 12-16 hours a week.
“My experience with Fulcrum Point New Music Project was filled with many opportunities and events that taught me about the classical music industry. Working so closely behind the scenes, I was able to meet and build connections with performers, conductors, and composers while helping to produce engaging concerts and partaking in community building events led by FPNMP. I learned skills in marketing and grant writing that I will take with me into my own career along with the friendships I made. I will always be grateful for everything given to me in this internship.”
-Derek Carter, Fulcrum Point Intern, September 2016 – July 2017
“Now, here I am approaching my last week at Fulcrum Point snacking on a Jimmy Johns sandwich reflecting on what I’ve learned at Fulcrum Point and how I’ve grown as a person and an arts administrator. Besides making wonderful new friends, I have learned the importance of connection and inclusion in a marketing setting. Posting a score to a piece cannot not fully understood by someone who cannot read music. A video without captions has no opportunity to connect with someone who is deaf and relies on captioning to consume content. Content, whether it be a promo video of a concert or a picture of musicians, must be accessible to everyone, giving them the opportunity to have a personal connection with your organization.”
–Kelly Dennis, Fulcrum Point Intern, 2017
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