Organizational Structure: BoD, AD, ED, Oh my!
Date: June 2, 2014
In preparation for some big changes with my own choir, I'm wondering what the typical organizational heirarchy of a non-profit community choir looks like. Specifically, for those groups out there large enough to warrant an Executive Director, what is the relationship between the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director (or Music Director), and the Executive Director?
There are three potential structures that I am aware of:
1) The AD reports to the Board, and the ED reports to the AD.
2) The ED reports to the Board, the AD reports to the ED.
3) The AD and ED both report to the Board; neither position is inherently superior to the other. The AD handles artistic decisions and music staff, the ED handles administrative work and staff.
Further, what role does the Board Chair and/or Executive Committee play in your organization?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts,
Seattle Girls' Choir
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