Sharing Notes provides unique access to live-music performances for patients during long hospital stays by bringing beautiful music right to the doorways of their hospital rooms. Moving beyond the boundaries of a traditional recital format, performances are focused on serving our audience through thoughtful music selection and personalized interactions. Keeping with a mission of community engagement, we train our musician volunteers to make their performances fun, interactive, and always focused on serving our audience. Our musicians talk to patients, take musical requests, and react sensitively to the different situations of patients and their families, providing distraction therapy that breaks the monotony and frustrations of illness and hospital life.
Since its founding in 2012, over 280 volunteer musicians have given more than 500 live music performances for Chicago hospital patients. More than 28,000 lives have been touched. For more information, please visit www.sharing-notes.org
The Executive Director is the key management leader of Sharing Notes. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Specific Job Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:
Planning and operation of the annual budget in conjunction with Board Treasurer
Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit corporation.
Serving as Sharing Notes’ primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
Establishing and maintaining relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilizing those relationships to strategically enhance Sharing Notes’ Mission.
Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the State.
Supervising and collaborating with organization staff.
Formulating strategic planning and its implementation.
Overseeing organization Board and committee meetings.
Overseeing marketing and other communications.
Reviewing and approving contracts for services.
Completing other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Transparent and high integrity leadership
Previous nonprofit management experience is highly desirable
Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
Ability to convey a vision of Sharing Notes’ strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
Strong public speaking ability
The position is part-time and permanent, with an anticipated schedule requiring 20 hours per week, on average. The position provides an annual salary of approximately $30,000 (commensurate with experience and other qualification’s) and a flexible work schedule with the opportunity to work from a home office.
About Sharing Notes
Started as a student organization at the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts, Sharing Notes has grown as its own entity to serve over 25,000 hospital patients since 2012. The organization has been featured on WGN’s “Different Drummers”, ABC 7 Chicago, WYCC PBS Chicago, and in 2013 received the Friends of La Rabida Award for Community Partnership for outstanding service to their patient population. Sharing Notes provides over 80 intimate, engaging live music performances to the following facilities every year: Lurie Cancer Center at Prentice Women’s Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Care Units, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and La Rabida Children’s Hospital.