General Manager

Wild Up

Los Angeles, CA

Title: General Manager
Reports To: Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Status: Full Time

Who Are We?
Called “a raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant ... fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family” by
Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times, Wild Up has been lauded as one of classical music’s most exciting groups by virtually every significant institution and critic within earshot. Artistic Director Christopher Rountree started the group in 2010 with a vision of a band of young musicians that rejected outdated traditions and threw classical repertoire into the context of pop culture, new music, and performance art.

What Do We Need?

The band is at an inflection point where we are making our best work, on the grandest stages, to national acclaim — without a General Manager and the infrastructure to allow us to capitalize on those successes.

What’s the job?

The role of the General Manager is to do everything possible so that Wild Up flourishes. You will be doing all the fancy things, and moving the chairs sometimes too. You will collaborate with the
founding Artistic Director, who leads the artistic vision, to develop and implement the strategic
vision for the company. You will create systems and manage the group’s operations, including but not limited to: board relationships, fundraising, marketing and communications, operations,
production and finance — while we are on the road and self-presenting shows at home in Los
Angeles.


Reporting Structure
The General Manager reports to the Executive Committee through the Board Chair.

Key Responsibilities

Vision and Leadership

  • Craft a long range vision in collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director.
  • Direct and motivate the current team of contractors (Social Media Manager, PR team,
    Record Label, Agent, Designer, Accountant), and lead the expansion of the staff (Grant
    Writer, Ticketing Manager, Production Manager).
  • As one of the faces of the company, develop strong relationships with the Board, major donors, management company, presenters, community partners, and artists.

Board Relations

  • Serve as the primary contact with the Board.
  • Partner with the Board Chair to set the agenda for board meetings.
  • Attend all meetings, prepare and present reports as needed.
  • With the Board Chair, manage board member engagement, with a focus on fundraising
    and recruitment

Fundraising

  • Collaborate with the Board and Artistic Director on multi-year planning and strategy,
    including writing an annual development plan.
  • Assist the Artistic Director in setting up, executing, and managing fundraising campaigns.
  • Maintain relationships with major donors, cultivate new prospects, supervise donor
    appreciation and stewardship.
  • Research, write, track and submit grants. When finances allow, identify and hire Grant
    Writer.
  • Ensure up-to-date tracking of all contributed income.

Marketing and Communications

  • With Artistic Director, create marketing and advertising plans.
  • Oversee part-time communications team: Social Media Manager, PR team, and Designer.
  • Set up and manage ticketing system and manage audience relations.
    Operations
  • Drive administrative operations and organizational development including staff expansion.
  • Be lead contact with David Lieberman Artists Representatives, including creating budgets
    and managing presenter relationships.
  • Manage personnel: hire, supervise, develop permanent and part-time staff.
  • Foster open communication with all.
    Production
  • Manage the planning and implementation of each production with the Artistic Director, lead
    artists, and production team, including creating multi-year project runways.
  • Lead post-production assessment.
  • Manage contractual negotiations with vendors, partners, performers.
  • Fill in any gaps to ensure the successful implementation of the production

Finance

  • With the Board Chair and/or Treasurer, lead Wild Up’s financial planning and
    development of the annual budget, and ensure that proper financial management
    principles inform the Artistic Directors’ programmatic and artistic decision-making
  • With external bookkeeping support: oversee budgeting, accounting, cash flow.
  • Deposit all checks, check PO Box in Los Feliz, write checks as needed.
  • Ensure Wild Up remains current in meeting all legal obligations.

Hours and Location

  • A flexible 40 hours per week. As performances and development meetings are
    essential components, hours will include evening and weekend work.
  • Hybrid of remote work and in-person meetings in Los Angeles.
  • Non Program Weeks: remote administrative work and in-person meetings
  • Program Weeks: (approx. 20 per season) are longer and include evenings and
    weekends. Additional time off following program weeks.
  • Maintain and communicate a schedule of weekly office hours.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A love of music and a belief in its importance.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to collaboration and flexibility, with an entrepreneurial bent.
  • Behind-the-scenes experience in the performing arts, ideally including fundraising, and
    preferably in Los Angeles.
  • Comfort with numbers and computers.
  • A robust sense of humor and boundless common sense.

Compensation
Salary is $60,000. We are looking for someone to grow with us. Compensation grows as the
organization grows.

To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject heading “General Manager Position.” Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received.

 

Wild Up values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ
individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and
veterans to apply. Wild Up is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated
against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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