PRESIDENT AND CEO
LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY
La Jolla, California
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO.
La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) is seeking an experienced senior executive with an achievement-oriented record of leading well-established performing arts organizations. The President and CEO of LJMS provides vision, leadership, and management to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for excellence, earned and contributed income, and community engagement.
La Jolla Music Society is one of the West Coast’s premier performing arts organizations, enhancing the vitality and deepening the cultural life of the San Diego community. For nearly half a century, LJMS has presented inspired and innovative live performances, from the most widely respected orchestras to young artist winners of international music competitions to world-renowned performers of jazz and dance.
In 2019, after a successful $78 million capital and endowment campaign, LJMS will open a new facility in La Jolla that will be the foremost entertainment venue of its kind in San Diego. The opening of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in April 2019 is a transformational moment for the La Jolla Music Society. Located in the heart of La Jolla with state-of-the-art acoustics and architectural design, The Conrad is uniquely situated to be a performing arts destination throughout the West Coast. The new President and CEO will be charged with management of the 49,000 square foot facility and the essential generation of rental income to support the building, in addition to execution of successful, high quality presentations under the LJMS banner.
Also in 2019, LJMS will welcome new SummerFest Music Director, Inon Barnatan, as the orchestrator of its annual August chamber music festival of live performances and community engagement activities. The new President and CEO will oversee Mr. Barnatan and the Director of Programming as they set the artistic vision and programmatic direction to advance SummerFest to the next level. Furthermore, the new President and CEO will lead LJMS to expand its year-round multidisciplinary presentations including chamber and orchestral music, as well as established and emerging artists in the worlds of jazz, dance, cabaret, and new world music.
As part of the completion of The Conrad building project, LJMS is embarking on an additional $10 million education and programming endowment campaign. The new President and CEO and the Board will champion the expansion of the current endowment to 1) fund imaginative music education opportunities; 2) offer creative new arts experiences; and 3) initiate innovative collaborations and community engagement around San Diego County.
The next President and CEO will have key priorities, focused specifically on 1) leadership of all aspects of the organization; 2) fundraising for LJMS; 3) rental and promotion of The Conrad; 4) artistic and educational oversight; and 5) fiscally sound management of both LJMS and The Conrad. This exciting unfolding chapter in LJMS’s history will provide the new President and CEO a prominent platform in the center of the San Diego artistic community and an opportunity to position The Conrad as a showcase cultural and entertainment center.
A minimum of ten years of arts leadership or commensurate experience is required for this position. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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