Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Seeks Executive Director
Open Until Filled—Priority to Applications received by March 4, 2013
The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) is to inspire joy and unity in all people through black gospel and spiritual musical traditions.
The Gospel Academy Award-winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multi-racial, interfaith group of 55 vocalists united in their love of gospel music with its message of hope, joy, unity, and justice. The Choir was founded in 1986, led by Emmy-award-winning co-founder and Artistic Director, Terrance Kelly. Under Mr. Kelly’s able direction, the Choir’s musical excellence and mission has flourished. At this point, OIGC is one of the musical and spiritual fixtures in the Bay Area. While Mr. Kelly and the Choir have received an Emmy for their work, have sung world-wide, and recorded several albums, the Choir still retains its dedication to Oakland, the community in which the Choir began.
OIGC is committed to improving the exposure to and the understanding of spirituals and gospel music by providing access to new, diverse, and underserved or institutionalized audiences.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and management of the organization’s resources to accomplish OIGC’s vision and goals. Central to the success of future strategic plans and the budgets to support them, will be the ability to grow the individual donor base, with an emphasis on major donors. Primary responsibilities include fundraising, fiscal management, public relations, board relations and support, organizational development, and program planning and oversight.
In addition to the core responsibilities listed below, we are seeking a candidate who embodies the following attributes: Clear communicator; good on follow-through; open-minded; trustworthy; values diversity; professional; respectful; and action-oriented. The ability to form a mutually respectful partnership with the Artistic Director is critical to success in this position.
• Fiscal management and fundraising: Be responsible for financial management of the organization. Develop and implement policies to achieve effective resource allocation and enhance revenue. Work with the Board of Directors to develop and oversee fundraising activities, including soliciting individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
• Public and community relations: Represent OIGC in the community to increase OIGC’s visibility. Create alliances with strategic partners in the community to be responsive to community needs. Establish strong, continuing relationships in both the public and private sectors.
• Board relations: With the Board chair, coordinate Board involvement. Work with the Board to develop and implement the overall fund development plan for the organization. Ensure and facilitate the Board’s involvement in the formation of OIGC’s policies and programs and supervise the implementation of Board-approved policies. Assist the Board in recruiting new members.
• Organizational Development: To effectively and strategically manage the growth of OIGC’s operations and programs by ensuring a sound infrastructure through foresight and effective planning
• Program planning and management: Work with program staff, consultants and contractors to develop and oversee programs to achieve the organization’s goals. Ensure that day-to-day operations and programs of OIGC are effectively administered. Provide appropriate oversight of program staff activities, and overall systems and procedures. Find, prioritize, and manage paid, as well as volunteer performance opportunities, to ensure maximum mission impact and revenue generation
Qualifications: The ideal Executive Director candidate will have:
• Deep commitment to the mission and vision of OIGC;
• Strong strategic, analytical and planning skills;
• Creative fundraising, development, and marketing experience;
• Management experience in the non-profit sector – preferably with an arts organization;
• Experience in effectively developing and working with a non-profit Board of Directors;
• Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to motivate and direct people;
• Intermediate Excel, Word and Power Point skills;
• Intermediate level of IT knowledge and familiarity with social media;
• Willingness and ability to work long hours often outside a normal Monday through Friday and 9 am to 6 pm schedule; and
• A degree in a relevant field – bachelor’s and equivalent experience, or a master’s degree.
Salary: $57-$65k depending on experience and skills. Benefits included.
Application Process: Submit cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications and experience along with a current resume and three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail to: ED Search Committee
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
PO Box 28732
Oakland, CA 94604 Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.
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Title: Executive Director Reports To: Board of Directors / Works in partnership with Artistic Director
a. Customary Work Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
b. Customary Work Days: Monday – Friday
Salary: $57,000 - $65,000 DOE
Position Summary: The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs is to inspire joy and unity in all people through black gospel and spiritual musical traditions.
The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of OIGC, reports to the Board of Directors, works in partnership with the Artistic Director, and is responsible for the Organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. This position is primarily responsible to carry out the strategic plans and policies as established by the Board of Directors, and is accountable for ensuring that the revenues necessary to carry out this mandate are secured. Central to the success of future strategic plans and the budgets to support them, will be the ability to grow the individual donor base, with an emphasis on major donors.
While the Executive Director interacts with many constituencies and stakeholders, the most important are the choir members themselves. The following attributes will help ensure success: Clear communicator; good on follow-through; open-minded; trustworthy; values diversity; professional; respectful; and action-oriented. The ability to form a mutually respectful partnership with the Artistic Director is critical to success in this position. Duties and Responsibilities: Fund Development (earned and contributed):
- The Executive Director is the main fundraiser for OIGC, and in collaboration with the Board of Directors will:
- Assure that the organization has long-range and diverse funding strategies in support of the implementation and success of OIGC’s programmatic and long-term goals
- Maintain and grow existing relationships with foundations and major donors
- Using an entrepreneurial approach, seek to develop and sustain additional earned income sources of revenue for the organization
- Actively seek new revenue sources – government, corporate, foundation, and private – to meet program goals
- Monitor contract compliance and grant objectives
- Continue the growth and/or replacement of cash reserves
- Have established and existing professional relationships and networks in the Bay Area
In partnership with the Bookkeeper and the Treasurer, ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that the budget supports implementation of the strategic plan.
Community and Public Relations:
- Prepare annual budget with appropriate staff and board treasurer to meet financial needs of program and general operations
- Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work
- Supervise accounting personnel and coordinate management of financial and administrative procedures in order to maintain fiscally sound programs and accounting systems to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
Board Relations & Support:
- Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders
- Represents the programs and point-of-view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public
- Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work
- Participate in community and government conferences and meetings to further OIGC’s goals and increase the awareness, visibility, influence and impact of the organization
- Pro-actively promote OIGC to key constituents
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with compatible community groups and organizations
- Assist the board president and/or executive committee to develop board meeting agendas
- Serve ex-officio on all Board committees, as requested
- Support and provide Board with correct and adequate information to help members reach sound decisions and establish necessary and required policies that will promote the organization’s overall mission
- Work with the Board to develop and implement the overall fund development strategy for the organization
- Ensure and facilitate the Board’s involvement in the formation of OIGC’s policies and programs and supervise the implementation of Board-approved policies
- Serve as the liaison between the Board and OIGC staff
- Assist in recruiting new members
Human Resource Oversight/Management:
- To effectively and strategically manage the growth of OIGC’s operations and programs by ensuring a sound infrastructure through foresight and effective planning
- Communicate with clarity and reason when delegating tasks including deadlines, making expectations clear
In partnership with the Administrative Manager and Personnel Committee:
- Provide leadership and direction for the Organization and promote an organizational culture that fosters diversity, cooperation, communication, teamwork and trust
- Hire and supervise select staff and independent contractors, to ensure operational effectiveness
- Ascertain that the personnel policies of OIGC are adhered to in all hiring and employment practices. Propose changes in policy to Board of Directors to keep pace with organizational changes
- Provide for and encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization
- Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place
- Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse, top quality staff, contractors and consultants
- See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place
- The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the Artistic Director to ensure that program objectives are clearly stated and that program activities are focused on achievement of stated goals, while setting the overall tone for the program
- Find, prioritize, and manage paid, as well as volunteer performance opportunities, to ensure maximum mission impact and revenue generation
- Ensure compatibility of program decisions with OIGC’s mission
Success in this position will depend upon the following additional skills and qualities:
- Oversee program/production personnel
- Commitment to the mission and vision of OIGC;
- Strong strategic, analytical and planning skills;
- Creative fundraising, development, and marketing experience;
- Management experience in the non-profit sector – preferably with an arts organization;
- Experience in effectively developing and working with a non-profit Board of Directors;
- Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to motivate and direct people;
- Intermediate Excel, Word and Power Point skills;
- Intermediate level of IT knowledge and familiarity with social media;
- Willingness and ability to work long hours often outside a normal Monday through Friday and 9 am to 6 pm schedule;
- A bachelor’s and equivalent experience, or a master’s degree.
The responsibilities and tasks associated with this position will require that the Executive Director regularly sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Ability for extensive computer use is a must, including use of a computer keyboard and reading a computer screen. Occasionally lifting and/or moving of objects up to 20 pounds may be required. Accommodations will be considered to enable otherwise qualified individuals to perform these functions.
This Friday, Feb 8, 2013, the Glorious Light from the Cathedral shines brightly for three evenings of prayer, art and music. Come early for a tour of the Cathedral at 7pm for $5.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to the Holiday Concert this past rainy Saturday! It was a fun concert, and we are always blessed and so thankful to perform at the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater!
Here are some of the comments we've received the past few days:
Outstanding as always! Half-n-half were the icing on the cake. I hope they or that service continues to be included in your ministry. You had quite a showing from the deaf and hard of hearing community tonight. God Bless!Like · · Yesterday at 2:41am near
Karen and I continued our Christmas tradition with the OIGC last night at the Paramount in Oakland, and it was - again - a fantastic way to kick-off the holiday season and get in the spirit. We continued by listening to the OIGC Christmas CD in the car on the way home. Thank you OIGC.
.Like · · Yesterday at 12:04pm
I had so much fun! My first Paramount concert! May it please the Lord, the first of many! I praise the God of my understanding that I was able to live "all faiths in harmony" last night and I know that my Dad, who passed away last week, was present with us when I called his name during Silent Night. 'KWAR', we do His work and one of the people we ministered to, was me! :-)
Like · · Yesterday at 9:08am
....and we received this beautiful comment through our website:
Thank you for a most beautiful concert last night. It was our first time, invited by friends who have been coming to see you for years. The first note from Hear My Prayer was so clear and full of light that it broke my heart wide open. You are further proof that music is the purest form of prayer. And prayer is just what I need. My husband and I will be back as often as we can. ~Barbara C.
Do you have Photos or Videos to share?
Do you have photos or videos to share of your experience before, during, or after the Holiday Concert at the Paramount? We would love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, or email them to oigc.outreach [at] gmail and we'll put it in our Your Point of View album!**NEW!!!**You can now follow OIGC on Instagram! Check out some "Behind The Scenes" photos of OIGChttp://instagram.com/oigc
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help create Giving Tuesday
, the giving
season’s opening day.
On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity, And together we’ll create ways to give more
, give better
and give smarter
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire joy and unity through music. There is no better time to give to the Choir than right now!
for more information on giving.
Tell a friend and pass it along! Donate to OIGC on the giving season’s opening day.DON'T FORGET!
Get your tickets to the 27th Annual Holiday Concert, December 1st, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
Tickets available at the Paramount Box Office
, 510-465-6400 or TicketMasterwww.ticketmaster.com
See you there!
At this time of year we reflect upon all of the things for which we are thankful, and top of mind for the Gospel Choir is YOU! We appreciate your support throughout the year and know that we could not do what we do, without you.
Annual Holiday Concert - Saturday, DECEMBER 1st - Paramount Theatre (Doors open at 6:30)
Our concert date is approaching quickly. Have you gotten your tickets, yet? This year we are so pleased with the exciting program that we are planning for you. We know that you are going to love the lush selections that Terrance has chosen for us to sing. Some are saying that this is our best concert, ever! You will need to be the judge of that. Good seats are still available and Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre, or by calling Ticketmaster - 1-800-745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com
Don't delay! Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will be hosting a “Warm Coat Drive” the evening of the Holiday concert, Dec 1 at the Paramount Theatre.
Bring in a warm coat – men, women or children’s – and we will donate them to The East Oakland Community Project, an emergency shelter for people who are homeless. The Holidays are a great time to consider those who are less fortunate than you. A warm coat can really make a difference to someone in need!
A table will be set up at the door where you enter the theatre and you can drop the coat there. Take a minute to go through your closet, and bring a coat that you no longer wear. Someone will appreciate it!
Other Concerts in the month of December:
Mountain View Performing Arts Center - Friday, December 21st at 7:30PM
Tickets available at Mountain View Performing Arts Center Box Office -650-903 6000
or online at www.mvcpa.comSlim's Nightclub in San Francisco -Christmas Eve - December 24th at 7PM
Tickets for the Slim's shows, priced at $15, may be purchased at www.slimstickets.com
or by calling 1-888-233-0449
. Slim's is at 333 11th Street in San Francisco. Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir Holiday Concert - Sunday December 16th at 7PM
Imani Community Church 3300 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, 94602
A Blessed Thanksgiving from all of us at the
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir!
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From now until end of Monday, November 12th, one-line Shout Outs in the Holiday Program will only be $10! Order yours below before 11:59pm!
Here's your chance to reach 2500 awesome people for only $10!
Some ShoutOuts from last year:
"God Bless us, everyone! ~Tiny Tim"
"Dirtbike Dad sends love to MotoMom, the P-Nut, and BooBoo!"
"Happy Birthday Wenonah! Enjoy the show! - Get up and Dance"
"Voice lessons with Mark! Call 510-555-4321"
OIGC is conducting their first Gospel workshops in Half Moon Bay, CA September 21 & 22. Tickets may be purchased here
Personally, I am still floating from the energy and blessing I received on Saturday night! The thoughts and joyous comments have been flowing in. Here are some to keep you going through the rest of the week, or even, the rest of the month!
The HEALING POWER of music!
From: Peter N
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:34 PM
I just wanted to thank you for your assistance in helping me to plan this outing to the concert. The few friends that I took with me all had a marvelous time including myself. It was probably one of the best gospel concerts put on so far since the number of times that I have been going to it for the past decade or so. Vocolot was quite spectacular with how they lured the audience into such high spirited clapping energy. They should definately return to the concert again. Other favorites of mine are Wings of Glory, Suite for Peace, and that Arcata Choir from up in the Eureka area that I heard a couple of times in past concerts. The OIGC youth and adults choirs of course are a legand onto themselves.
My friends definately want to return again to next years concert, and I will also be there as I always have been. Hopefully I will still remain on the email and regular mail lists, and will be in touch again for next years concert. Take Care.
Santa Clara, San Jose South Bay Area
Terrance Kelly with members of Wings of Glory - gospel choir from Petaluma, CA
Thoughts from our OIGC "Newbies"
"I thought the experience for me was AWESOME. I wish I could have sang with you all in the robes, but it's ok next time... had a lot of energy I love you all. We are family. Much love" - Quincy T.
"I had a great time this weekend! I enjoyed the challenge of learning Linda's compositions and hope we get the chance to bring them to an even wider audience. I'm honored that she chose us to help bring her beautiful creations to life! I was touched by the Imams' words of love and inclusion, and I'm struck by the idea that we were singing Jewish music in an Islamic house of worship. How cool is that!" - Bernadette M.
Thoughts from our OIGC seasoned members
(why we stay in the choir for so long!)
"TERRANCE'S BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT SHONE THRU THE ROOM TO THE DIVERSE AUDIENCE." - Barbara D.
"The best was singing with Vocolot!" - Debra S.
"And I realize that the heart of my life has been a deep longing for union- all peoples together within my own life- and that, at moments, it comes true. An interfaith choir, (yes gospel) singing Hebrew words and rythms, me singing with the altos in the midst of it... looking out at such a variety of faces, all listening, some moving, even standing and here we are.
Was it easy for a bunch of differently oriented folks to learn the music, to lend ourselves to this glorious experiment? It wasn't easy, but most incredible things aren't. These moments are what inspire my life, keep me trying, keep me young... most of all, keep me hoping for a world I have imagined since I was a child...
It is so hard to recognize you're doing something important while you're doing it. This time, it was simultaneous. I want more!" - Cheryl EJ