The JACK Quartet (incorporated as JACK Music Inc.) announces the creation of a Managing Director position, its first full-time administrative position. The Managing Director will be based in the New York City region, report to the Board of Directors, and be responsible for the overall management of the organization. They will help enhance the visibility of the JACK Quartet (hailed by The New York Times as being “the nation’s most important string quartet”), manage a $600,000 budget and ensure continued financial strength through individual and Board fundraising, and execute initiatives that advance the ensemble’s vision. The Managing Director will oversee consultants in concert management, development, marketing, production, and finance in addition to working closely with the four quartet members, who serve administrative roles within the organization.
Development & Fundraising: Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy of financial development; serve as the key development face of the organization; identify new sources of income from individuals, corporations, and foundations; utilize the Board to implement fundraising projects; oversee the execution of foundation and government grant proposals in collaboration with the Director of Development and Development Consultant; plan and execute annual fundraising campaigns and events.
Board of Directors & Board Development: Work directly with the Board of Directors to build a consistent pipeline of potential Board members aiming to increase Board diversity and leverage Board relationships in the community; attend all Board and committee meetings; prepare reports and assist the President in developing agendas.
Programs & Community: Oversee the organization’s programs, including the quartet’s regular performing schedule as well as JACK Frontiers and JACK Studio; develop ongoing relationships with peers in the arts community; represent the ensemble at community functions; increase the quartet’s reach through engagement events in New York City.
Financial Management: Work collaboratively with Director of Finance and consultants to prepare budgets and manage financial operations; work with the Treasurer of the Board to prepare annual organizational budgets; help monitor projections, cash flow, and expenses with bookkeeper; monitor compliance with all tax regulations and 501(c)(3) law.
Staff & Planning: Oversee all staff and consultants and work with the quartet on maintaining the ensemble’s calendar; monitor production details; recruit, manage, and supervise volunteers and interns.
Marketing: Work collaboratively with marketing consultants, presenters, artist management, and the quartet to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote the ensemble on local, national, and international levels; coordinate promotional materials; keep abreast of new marketing technologies; increase audience diversity.
Working knowledge of nonprofit governance and procedure Familiarity with fundraising and donor relations Performing arts background 3–5 years administrative experience
COMPENSATION, HOURS & LOCATION
Position pays up to $70,000 per year plus health insurance, negotiable and commensurate with experience. Position is full-time (40 hours per week) plus some evenings and weekends with an expectation to attend New York City performances and fundraising events. In lieu of an office, the Managing Director will work remotely and schedule meetings as needed.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. JACK Music Inc. is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic organization committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQIA, elderly, and disabled candidates to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2020. Please include at least two references.
The JACK Quartet operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called JACK Music Inc. Under the artistic direction of the quartet, the organization's mission is to present, promote, and educate the public community about new music as well as expand and enhance the depth of the string quartet repertoire by collaborating with composers on the interpretation of existing works and the commissioning of new works.
Hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year”, named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch”, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emot...ional aspects of their work. The quartet has worked with artists such as Julia Wolfe, George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Helmut Lachenmann, Caroline Shaw, and Simon Steen-Andersen, with upcoming and recent premieres including works by Tyshawn Sorey, Sabrina Schroeder, John Luther Adams, Clara Iannotta, Philip Glass, Catherine Lamb, Lester St. Louis, and John Zorn. JACK also recently announced JACK Studio, an all-access initiative to commission six artists each year, who will receive money, workshop time, mentorship, and resources to develop new work to be performed and recorded by the quartet.
JACK has been covered by all major news outlets, with the Boston Globe calling them "superheroes of the new music world", the Washington Post heralding them as "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment", and NPR stating “no one today has the command of [contemporary] music like the young JACK quartet.”
JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Berlin Philharmonie (Germany), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), The Louvre (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina). Additional awards include Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
According to Musical America, “many of their recordings are must-haves, for anyone interested in new music.” Among their dozens of releases, the most recent Cold Blue Music album of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises was praised as a “a wise and eloquent performance” by the San Francisco Chronicle, their concept album Imaginist with the Le Boeuf Brothers was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2018, and their complete Xenakis: String Quartets was named one of TimeOut New York’s “Top Recordings of the Year.” Other albums include music by Helmut Lachenmann, Amy Williams, Elliott Sharp, Hannah Lash, Horatiu Radulescu, and more.
Committed to education, JACK is the Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music, who will host JACK’s new Frontiers Festival, a multi-faceted festival of contemporary music for string quartet. They also teach each summer at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall and spring, as well as with the Lucerne Festival Academy, of which the four members are all alumni. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.
Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and appreciation of new string quartet music.