Job Description:

Your Role:

The Executive Director of YourClassical provides leadership, strategy and operations to deliver on YourClassical’s multichannel vision, aligned to the APMG enterprise strategy. This is an exciting opportunity to transform our audio-based services to multichannel content services, in order to meet our growing younger and more diverse consumers’ needs.  We are seeking a leader to set the multichannel vision for classical music services for APMG, create a growth culture to expand revenue and multichannel consumers, as we create the future of public media, aligned to our values.  Our leader will build internal and external partnerships that align with our mission and vision, at an exciting time in the history of our organization.  This leader is responsible for achieving YourClassical’s financial and non-financial goals and ensuring the long-term relevancy and financial viability of the YourClassical brand, working closely with our APMG brand leaders to accomplish brand loyalty and enterprise growth.

The Executive Director leads and lives the culture that reflects our values, encourages excellence, and rewards productivity and creativity. Creation of shared goals and ongoing collaboration with internal centers of excellence (enterprise shared services) is critical for YourClassical leadership to achieve long-term success. Specifically, our YourClassical leader will work closely with our centers of excellence - marketing, philanthropic development, technology, and administrative teams to develop shared success. The desire and commitment to develop strong relationships across the organization and to work collaboratively to serve audiences is a requirement for this position.  People skills, creativity, the ability to advance strategy-to-execution, and the willingness to take calculated risks, and data-informed decision-making are important attributes for this leader.

This leader is a champion of equity, inclusion, diversity and access in the classical music genre, but also in the organization and in the communities we serve. Our strategic imperative is to expand this genre of music to younger and more diverse audiences, and seeking a leader who is excited about that challenge.

The Executive Director serves as the primary spokesperson and ambassador for YourClassical to audiences, donors, partners, and all other constituents.  We are seeking a leader who is passionate about classical music; someone who can speak and activate authentically about advancing the love of classical music to current and future generations, and someone who enjoys asking our partners and donors for help as we advance our growth ambitions.

The Executive Director reports to the SVP, Chief Transformation Officer.

Expected Compensation Range: $160,000 - $200,000/yr. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Responsibilities:

  • Leads multichannel vision, strategy and operational planning for the user experience, establishing systems, goals, and priorities for YourClassical. 
  • Develops, hires and retains multichannel talent to advance the vision, aligned to our mission and vision.  Hires, supervises, trains and manages direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and on-going feedback, working with HR and management colleagues.
  • Oversees the development, production and distribution of YourClassical existing and new content in all distribution channels.
  • Identifies, evaluates and pursues programming and distribution ventures which are consistent with building connection and understanding.
  • Negotiates strategic alliances, partnerships and contracts for programming and distribution, ensuring new ventures are aligned with strategic direction.
  • Ensures optimal organizational efficiency and communication flow.
  • Manages the financial performance, budgets and enterprise Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of all YourClassical activities.
  • Coordinates development of operating and capital budgets according to the budget calendar.
  • Monitors monthly and other financial statements for the YourClassical brand; manages revenue and expenses relative to goals; takes corrective action as necessary.
  • Stays abreast of current trends related to the organization’s products and services and anticipates future trends likely to have an impact.
  • Implements general policies established by the Executive Team and Board of Directors; directs their administration and execution.
  • Other duties as appropriate, which the supervisor may authorize or direct.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Passion for classical music in multiple channels (audio, video, written, social, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in media, business or other related field required
  • Minimum 10+ years professional experience in management, strategic planning and P/L experience, including track record of meeting financial goals and key business objectives
  • Minimum 10+ years of people management experience.
  • Minimum 10+ years in multichannel, direct-to-consumer business
  • Experience in fundraising

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Embody and reflect our values
  • We exist to serve the public
  • We lead with respect and inclusion
  • We build trust
  • We are creative and bold
  • We succeed together through collaboration and personal accountability
  • Some understanding of multichannel media, digital products, digital marketing, user experience, etc. to be used for effective communications, audience development, public service and revenue growth
  • Ability to maintain and display high ethical standards including confidentiality, discretion, and exemplary judgment with respect to confidential information.      
  • Experience with multiple divisions/locations within an enterprise.
  • Able to develop and manage budgets; adept at financial analysis and understanding how to pivot based on data. Project monitoring, reporting and conflict management skill and knowledge.
  • High degree of competency in writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communications.
  • Strong professional initiative, bearing and confidence. Well-organized, with exceptional attention to detail and follow through; comfortable with ambiguity and continual change.
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to develop high performing teams; ability to motivate, train and grow employees, to foster high standards and to coach, inspire and lead staff. Self-aware and able to manage self and model effective leadership approaches and behavior.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple priorities on varying deadlines and bring new concepts to fruition.
  • Able to bridge departments by building consensus in approach and accomplishment of common goals in a manner which best serves the organization; able to negotiate, compromise and facilitate success among diverse work groups.
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission-driven and audience-focused values
  • Extensive working knowledge of all Windows-based software, zoom, slack, etc.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Masters Degree
  • Leadership in a union environment preferred, but not required

Reporting To This Position:    

Primary Reports:

  • Program Director
  • Digital Producer
  • Class Notes Manager
  • Hosts and Producers for Performance Today and PIPEDREAMS
  • TBD

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.


APMG offers a comprehensive benefits package including Medical plans with HSA and FSA options, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Paid Parental Leave and Paid Caregiver Leave after 1 year, Vacation (3 wks/per year, pro-rated, based on hours worked), Sick time (12 days, pro-rated, based on hours worked), Holiday Pay (10 holidays + 2 floating holidays each year), Volunteer Time (8 hours per year), Long-Term Care and Critical Illness insurance options, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

Job Location: 
St. Paul, MN
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
(651) 290-1136
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