Position Description

Position Description

Britt Music & Arts Festival

(Medford, OR)

Title: President & CEO

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Britt Music & Arts Festival, a nonprofit organization, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop, and country music. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Tens of thousands of music lovers enjoy Britt’s world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere that combines stadium seating within a natural setting.

Britt presents and produces concerts spanning numerous genres, with 30 concerts in popular genres (rock, country, reggae, etc.) that supplement its annual three-week Britt Orchestra Festival, which includes seven orchestral concerts.  Annually, the Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) brings a unique group of musicians together each summer to perform under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, a rising star in the symphonic world.  Britt’s summer festival spans 20 days and includes six performances with the full BFO, plus additional events such as chamber music concerts and curated performances for children, all at the extraordinary outdoor venue. Established in 1963, the BFO is an all-star ensemble of musicians from many of the most important and respected year-round orchestras in the country who teach at some of the finest conservatories and universities in the world.  Britt’s audiences, often including more than two thousand people per concert, experience a remarkably diverse selection of music under the stars, ranging from early Renaissance to numerous living American composers.

In addition to bringing some of the world’s best musicians and entertainers to the idyllic open-air venue, Britt is committed to educating and engaging the local community through the arts.  Britt Education & Engagement brings outstanding local, regional, and national artists to the southern Oregon community to expand, deepen, and diversify its access to arts education.  Throughout the calendar year, Britt provides access and interconnectivity to students, families, and arts enthusiasts, which leads to a lifetime of artistic self-expression and enjoyment.  Britt is committed to increasing access and instruction to students of all ages throughout the Rogue Valley through in-school Residencies, BrittKids Koncerts and BrittKids Klub for families with younger children, Britt Festival Orchestra Fellowships for strings master’s degree students, interactive performances, and other engaging presentations for the community.  It is an important part of Britt’s mission to work in partnership with local arts organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to continue to offer these transformative programs at no cost to the participants.

For more information, please visit: www.brittfest.org.


Britt is a convenient day’s drive from Seattle or San Francisco, and is located just five miles west of Southern Oregon’s largest metropolitan area, Medford, and only 15 miles north of Ashland and the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Oregon’s only National Park, Crater Lake, is a scenic two-hour drive from Britt.  See the many options for recreation, attractions and more on the Visitors Guide, or visit Travel Southern Oregon for more information about the region.


Britt Music & Arts Festival is seeking an inspiring and engaging leader with demonstrated success in organizational development and a commitment to the arts as its next President and CEO to further its mission to provide diverse live popular performances, an incomparable orchestra season, and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO is responsible for providing the vision, strategic direction, and oversight of the organization’s resources to ensure success in carrying out its mission. Together with the Board of Directors, ten full-time staff, forty seasonal staff, and over 200 volunteers, the President and CEO will work to ensure Britt’s financial and operational stability and the achievement of its programmatic and educational goals, overseeing an annual budget of approximately $4.5 million.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership – Articulating the vision and strategic direction of Britt, developing a strategic plan, and recommending short-term and long-range plans to the Board and staff; articulating both the short-term and long-term vision of the organization to relevant stakeholders and ensuring that overall organizational objectives are met.
  • Fundraising – Taking a leadership role in personally developing new and existing funding sources and opportunities for Britt; working closely with the staff and the Board to sustain and grow existing funding, while establishing new relationships and partnerships with prospective donors to increase the organization’s resources, donor pool and overall fundraising capacity.
  • Finance and Administration – Ensuring efficient, timely and smooth execution of all Britt activities including concerts, fundraising events, and education programs. Overseeing the development of budgets for submission to the Board; ensuring the Board is regularly informed on the financial status of the organization through proper and timely financial reporting; and ensuring there are ongoing adequate and appropriate accounting and controls in place for all funds and assets. Understanding and implementing adequate risk management requirements and controls for the organization including financial, personnel, Board, property, and reputation.
  • Staff Development – Leading staff members to strengthen and support the programmatic and operational goals of Britt; creating a work environment that attracts and retains top talent; developing and motivating staff; identifying training needs and ensuring professional growth and implementation of programs and procedures that address these needs; implementing effective compensation programs.
  • Community Engagement – Serving as primary spokesperson and public face of the organization, actively seeking to expand Britt’s scope and reach by cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with the audience at large, including current and potential members of the Britt community; ensuring that its programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image; clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and impact on the community. Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships through close communication and active planning with the County, City of Jacksonville, and other appropriate government entities, as well as foundations, civic groups, and other art organizations essential to Britt’s success. 
  • Board Relations and Support – Facilitating operations and administration of the Board by promoting proactive Board development and advising and informing Board members; effectively contributing to the selection and recruitment of well-positioned Board members; tapping the potential of direct relationships and contacts and supporting the Board to fulfill its governance and fundraising functions. 


The successful candidate will be a hands-on and dedicated professional with a passion for the performing arts. A compelling leader with strong fiscal management and strategic planning experience, the President and CEO will be an excellent communicator, listener, writer, and relationship builder who will utilize those skills to promote an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication and collaborative decision-making.  Additionally, the successful candidate will be effective in presenting the organization and its programs to its various publics and, as such, should understand institutional image building, public relations, fund development, marketing, external relations, and have the presence and capacity to move initiatives forward in each of these areas.  The President and CEO will be a team builder with exceptional interpersonal skills who can maximize relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, audience members, orchestra members, donors, government partners, and community organizations to increase opportunities for growth and achievement of mutually beneficial goals.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in a senior leadership position at a dynamic, nonprofit performing arts organization. The individual should have a track record of success working at a senior level where fundraising, staff management, and Board relations are key responsibilities. Experience in business and financial management, as well as strategic planning and community affairs is also important. Successful candidates will have well-developed skills that demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, implement, administer, evaluate, and develop resources. The President and CEO should have a demonstrated commitment to professional development for staff, as well as to community involvement and partnership building. While the successful candidate will likely have solid knowledge and skills in nonprofit management, those with other transferrable professional experience who demonstrate a passion for Britt and its mission will also be considered.


The annual salary range for this role is $140,000 to $165,000 inclusive of base and potential performance-based bonus. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.

Britt Music & Arts Festival is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine is required for this position. 


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

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Glendale, CA 91203-1923

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