Job Announcement: Executive Director

NOCCO is currently seeking a part-time (approximately 20% FTE) Executive Director as our first staff member to help lead the organization from its start-up to growth stage. This role will be instrumental (ha!) in providing the structure, leadership, and networking necessary for NOCCO to grow its audience and donor base while increasing the quality and reach of its programming.

NOCCO is committed to building a diverse organization where people of all identities and backgrounds are welcome, included, and respected. Social equity is a key premise of NOCCO’s work and we aspire to reflect that value in the composition of our staff, musician membership, and audience. We strongly encourage women, gender diverse people, and people who identify as minority to apply for this position.



  • Prior Experience

    • Must have significant experience leading projects and working with teams

    • Must have experience with fundraising

    • Must have experience and comfort with public speaking

    • Experience with arts administration desired

    • Experience managing a budget desired

    • Formal education in organizational management, evaluation, or public administration desired

  • Other Qualifications

    • Commitment to NOCCO’s mission

    • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver

    • Willingness to pinch hit when required to get the job done

    • The ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives

    • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

    • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

    • Availability to troubleshoot and explore solutions to new and exciting challenges



  • Leadership, Coordination, and Operations:

    • Lead the organization as we transition to a sustainable model

    • Strategize and implement NOCCO’s operational processes

    • Collaborate closely with Artistic Director

    • Coordinate various workstreams with committee chairs and project leaders

  • Fundraising

    • Lead the continued development of NOCCO’s donor base, including:

      • Outreach to existing donors

      • Development of relationships with new donors

      • Cultivating corporate and large donors

    • Oversee grant writing efforts and ensure compliance

  • Communications and Public Relations

    • Be a charismatic public-facing representative of NOCCO and create and maintain connections with our community

    • Develop strategic partnerships with external organizations

    • Ensure that external communications and marketing are consistent with NOCCO’s mission and brand

    • Coordinate advertising for NOCCO’s programs and website



This position will start in August 2019 and will entail frequent in-person commitments in Seattle, WA. However, hours are generally flexible and work is often remote. A successful candidate will be self-directed and comfortable often working autonomously. Some evening and weekend availability will be required (attendance at NOCCO’s regular performances and board meetings will be required, as will occasional attendance at rehearsals, fundraisers, or other events). The average workload will be 20% FTE (8 hours per week) though the specific number of hours will vary on a weekly basis and over the course of NOCCO’S season.

This position will be paid hourly. Compensation will depend on experience, and may include bonuses for achieving strategic goals.

For more information, send a resume and brief cover letter indicating your interest in this role to nocco@nocco.org with the subject line: “2019 ED Application”