Executive Director

National Flute Association

The National Flute Association (NFA) was founded in 1972 as a common ground for flutists to exchange ideas and inspiration and has expanded in the decades since to include a quarterly magazine, an annual convention, and a dynamic assortment of scholarship programs, commissions, and member-driven initiatives. Approximately 3,000 people from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are NFA members, including leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages. With 24 committees and over 80 volunteers and appointees, the NFA finds its heartbeat in its members, who keep the gears turning at full speed with their passion and limitless supply of ideas. The NFA values and celebrates the contributions of all its stakeholders and is committed to growing as a diverse and equitable organization.

Reporting to the NFA Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the development and stewardship of the organization’s strategic vision. Informed by this vision, the Executive Director creates an annual work plan and operates within a board-approved balanced budget. The Executive Director is responsible for the management, coordination, and supervision of the overall day-to-day operations and the staff.

For its next Executive Director, the National Flute Association is looking for an individual who has proven experience in key strategic and operational areas, including:

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity
This person will have experience addressing organizational needs with emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity with an understanding of how to include underserved communities by providing meaningful content/events for the global NFA community.

Live Convention and Virtual Event Planning
This person will be familiar with online event platforms and able to lead innovative digital online programming for our members. Ideally, this will include the ability to multi-task by developing virtual NFA components outside of the box of traditional convention programming.

Organizational Strategic Leadership
Additionally, this person will have the ability to implement vision and growth strategies that result in increased revenues and achieve the organizational goals of expanding membership, strengthening partnerships with outside organizations, and continuing organizational and professional development to ensure the NFA’s fiscal health and sustainability.

Qualification Requirements

BA/BS/BM required; advanced degree preferred.

Significant experience in a managerial role of both staff and volunteers with a demonstrated record of success. Non-profit business experience is preferred, but not required.

Demonstrated understanding of current best practices in non-profit governance.

Proficiency in establishing and following a budget combined with a strong understanding of financial data and ability to navigate overview and detail management.

Demonstrated success in developing new revenue models and ensuring long-term sustainability for the organization.

Experience in event management and venue contract negotiations, such as a major annual convention; publications management; associations and membership programs.

Proven success in fundraising and building relationships with members.

Display strong ability to distill a breadth of information into an actionable plan, provide organizational clarity, and manage projects to successful completion.

Familiarity with music-centered nonprofits and performing artists preferred.

Office Location
The current NFA office is in Chicago, Illinois. In consultation with the new ED, office logistics to be considered may include a virtual team with no base office.

Compensation for this position is competitive.
Benefits include: Medical, dental, and retirement benefits and paid holidays.
The National Flute Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Start Date
On or before January 1, 2021

Application Process
This form is due no later than Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

Cover Letter
Include a personal Diversity Statement of 500 words or less

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