Executive Director

Position Summary

The Executive Director provides leadership to FOL and is responsible for the overall operations of the organization, including the realization of the organization’s values, vision, and mission. The scope of responsibility includes direct support to the Board of Directors and Board committees; comprehensive fundraising; marketing, community outreach and audience development; artistic management; monitoring organization performance and impact; and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management of FOL. The Executive Director is a full-time, exempt position.


Finance and Development

  • Develop and manage initial operating budget of $600,000+ as approved by the Board of Directors and according to set organization finance policies and processes
  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan to assure the organization’s funding base is diverse and robust, including securing corporate sponsorships, identifying foundation and government funding sources, writing grants, cultivating individual donors, and producing benefit events
  • Manage and ensure that all funder expectations are met and delivered in a timely manner

Relationships and Outreach

  • Provide support to and work closely with FOL Board of Directors, to ensure strong fiscal health, identify and secure contributions, sustain positive government and community relations, increase overall organization visibility, and advance FOL’s mission
  • Coordinate with the City of Sioux Falls throughout the construction of the Levitt Shell and site improvements, providing regular updates to the Board of Directors
  • Serve as public face of organization, clearly articulating its mission, programs and impact to increase visibility of FOL and enhance the organization’s community reputation and standing
  • Cultivate community relationships and develop strategic partnerships with local organizations
  • Maintain relationships with the Parks and Recreation Department, elected officials, and community stakeholders
  • Coordinate with other City departments regarding facility issues, production needs, and necessary City resources
  • Develop outreach initiatives and programming that are inclusive of communities which comprise Sioux Falls’ population
  • Establish strong working relationships with Board members, facilitating an environment for active participation and involvement beyond Board meetings
  • Work closely with Board committees to develop and implement specific goals and objectives
  • Work closely with Board members in identifying new Board and committee members whose talents, expertise, and experience will further FOL’s mission and support for the organization

Organizational and Operational Management

  • Oversee and ensure the annual series of 50 free concerts is produced at the highest professional standards, is reflective of the community, and meets national Levitt programming guidelines
  • Develop strategy to effectively recruit, manage and utilize volunteers during summer concert season and year-round
  • Develop and manage all communications including marketing, public relations and social media
  • Hire and supervise salaried and hourly employees; perform human resources responsibilities in managing staff, personnel policies, annual reviews, and employee benefits
  • Identify and supervise independent contractors, providing necessary collaboration and support to assure timely contract deliverables
  • Coordinate regular Board of Directors meetings, including preparation of agenda and materials in collaboration with the Executive Committee
  • Conduct all actions necessary to maintain FOL’s 501(c)(3) status and ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations regarding FOL’s nonprofit status and charitable solicitation registrations
  • Manage all daily activities of organization including nights and weekends as the summer performing season and fundraising require

Ideal Qualifications

  • 7 years management experience
  • Minimum 5 years development experience with demonstrated success in securing sponsorships, individual donations and grants, as well as producing benefit events
  • Outgoing, approachable and effective relationship builder
  • Nonprofit leadership experience including working closely with a Board of Directors
  • Exceptional budgeting and fiscal management skills
  • Previous experience with marketing and/or public relations
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills
  • Strong communicator, able to effectively share FOL’s mission with corporate leaders, foundation officers, individual donors, and the general public
  • Innovative and strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong leadership qualities and superb interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to cultivate the creative ideas of others, connect ideas and project potential outcomes
  • Superior skills in organization and staff management, setting and managing competing priorities, delegating, and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for and commitment to FOL’s mission
  • Self-motivated with high degree of initiative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Energetic willingness to work hands-on in executing FOL’s strategies, initiatives and programs
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and current insurance required


Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary expectations to levittsiouxfalls@gmail.com
-Compensation commensurate with experience.
-Benefit options