Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
July 23, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Senior Manager, Board Relations and Artistic Planning


Handel and Haydn Society | Senior Manager, Board Relations and Artistic Planning

Description: The Senior Manager, Board Relations and Artistic Operations has a varied portfolio of responsibilities critical to the Handel and Haydn Society. First, the Manager is the lead staff person responsible for the effective operations of the Board of Governors, the Board of Overseers, the Board Committees, and Task Forces. This means actively researching and identifying new Board members; working with the senior team and chairpersons to strategically think through and operationalize the annual work of the Boards and Committees, including goal-setting, orientation, and education; managing the Board nominations and selection process; and insuring the smooth running of all Board, Committee, and Task Force meetings. Related to this, the Manager provides high-level administrative support to the President/CEO, especially in matters relating to Board and major donor relations. This position also works with the VP of Artistic Planning to create and present H+H's live performances, recording projects, tours, and other artistic initiatives.

Reports to: President/CEO and Vice President for Artistic Planning


  • Board Development
    • Conduct research to identify prospective new members of the Board of Governors and Board or Overseers and proactively manage cultivation process, working closely with the Nominating and Governance Committee, the President/CEO, and the Vice President for Development in this regard.
    • Serve as the lead staff person responsible for Board relations and working to make the work of the Boards, its Committees and its Task Forces as effective as possible in moving H+H forward.
      • Work with senior team, Board, and Committee chairs to plan all Board meetings, the Annual meeting, and Board Committee and Task Force meetings.
      • In coordination with chairs and senior management team, insure that this planning is strategic and forward-thinking and not reactive, and that all such meetings are run with a high degree of excellence and professionalism consistent with the H+H brand.
      • Among the duties included are creating job descriptions, annual work plans and annual evaluations for each committee; preparing materials; making room reservations; taking minutes; preparing handouts and PowerPoint presentations; organizing catering; and managing all follow-up activities associated with such meetings.
    • President/CEO
      • Assist the President/CEO in providing effective, high quality relationships with the Board, staff, donors, ticket buyers, musicians, and other constituencies.
        • Schedule meetings and maintain the President/CEO's calendar.
        • Screen email communications to and from the President/CEO and assist with prioritization.
        • Assist President/CEO with management of major donor portfolio, and with donor acknowledgement communications.
        • Manage President/CEO's travel arrangements, making travel and lodging reservations, and creating itineraries.
        • Assist President/CEO with the scheduling of staff functions such as senior staff meetings, all- staff meetings, retreats, and occasional outings.
        • Assist the President/CEO with Board and Committee preparation with creating an agenda, editing presentations, compiling relevant reports from various parties, etc.
      • Artistic Operations
        • Prepare artist contracts and arrange travel, lodging, and itineraries for guest artists
        • Maintain master performance schedule.
        • Provide back stage and rehearsal support as needed.
        • Serve as primary contact with all rental venues, including Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall.
        • Manage cartage and tuning
        • Take lead responsibility for artistic aspects of Community Engagement programs, including hiring of musicians, arranging for music, and production elements.
        • Serve as primary point of contract with record labels for recordings
        • Provide support for planning and execution of tours and runouts
        • Provide backup operational support for Education activities, as needed
        • Other duties as assigned by Vice President for Artistic Planning
      • Other projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Three years prior administrative experience or equivalent experience required
  • Strong research and data mining skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (esp. Word, Excel and Powerpoint), Google email and calendar, database software such as Tessitura, Raiser's Edge, LexisNexis, WealthEngine, Researcher's Edge, CRM Advance, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Impeccable organizational and time management skills
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to successfully interact with diverse groups of people
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Professionalism in all settings
  • Display initiative and excellent judgment
  • Knowledge of classical music preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as required for concerts and events


Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package included.

Position requires occasional lifting of heavy printed materials, large boxes, chairs, and retail merchandise as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer. The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

How To Apply:

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For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
August 09, 2019
About this Organization:

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a ten-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation(1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’s direction.