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About the Society

Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), the Barbershop Harmony Society preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions.

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Through active programs in music education, publishing, performance, and outreach, the Society now expends nearly $1 million annually in support of community and school programs that bring the fellowship, fulfillment, and excitement of vocal music to a new generation of singers. The Society relocated its headquarters to the heart of Nashville in 2007 and has established powerful relationships in the civic and education communities.

As a key component of our vision of Everyone in Harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and skills.

We believe that employees who feel valued and encouraged to share their ideas are empowered to foster innovation that leads to both personal and professional growth.

Current Opportunities

Join us as we work towards our vision of everyone in harmony!

Voted Nashville Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" two years in a row and named as a Top Workplace by the Tennessean in 2019, our dedicated team of professionals is committed to spreading joy through singing in everything we do.

Volunteer Manager

Barbershop Harmony Society

Job Description: Volunteer Manager

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Overview: Founded in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society (“BHS”) is an arts education and performance organization with more than 20,000 singers in nearly 700 chapters throughout North America. Our strategic vision of Everyone in Harmony is built upon four foundational concepts:

-Preservation and Encouragement [of the Barbershop style] through Participation and Engagement

-Building Singing Communities

-Driving Impact through Programs

-Supporting a Whole World of Singing

In this role, you are the creator and driver of inspiration for volunteers that love barbershop harmony! This position is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with our volunteers, tracking volunteer engagement, and developing volunteer management resources. A person in this role will be successful if they 1) love working with people and are highly effective at engaging them, 2) are highly organized and a creative problem solver, 3) take pride in producing quality work, and 4) are motivated by the success of others.

This position is a NEW position for the organization and has been funded to help the organization advance its recent vision of “Everyone in Harmony.” This position is a temporary position through December 2020 with the desire to make this position a full-time, permanent position with opportunities for growth. The question is-----are you ready for the opportunity? If so...we’re ready for you!

Reports To: Chief Program Officer, Barbershop Harmony Society

Roles and Responsibilities

* Liaise with standing volunteer committees for the Barbershop Harmony Society, including but not limited to 1) the Leadership Operations Team, focused on leadership development and 2) Contest & Judging, focused on the preservation of the barbershop style through the judging program and facilitation of all barbershop contests:

--Communicate regularly with committees on their needs and escalate those needs with the Chief Program Officer as needed

--Support the regular projects and initiatives of those committees and gather their needs as part of BHS’ regular business planning process

--Report on volunteer activity on a quarterly basis

--Monitor expenses of the standing volunteer committees and escalate concerns or additional spending needs

* Liaise with BHS geographical regions (called “Districts”) to:

--Monitor activities established by the agreements between the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbershop Harmony Society and the geographical regions (called “BHS Districts”) of the BHS. Occasionally attend virtual or face to face district board meetings

--Update the annual agreements between the Chief Executive Officer and the Districts.

--Maintain and communicate with volunteer teams through various platforms, including Basecamp

* Create and maintain materials for highly engaged volunteer leaders, including but not limited to BHS Standard Operating Procedures, volunteer training videos, guides, brochures, manuals.

* Build and maintain a database of all volunteers, including managing rosters of various volunteer groups.

* Identify volunteer needs for all programs and work with various team members and platforms to recruit those volunteers.

* Execute an annual “Leadership Summit” for all BHS volunteer leaders to learn and be inspired by the organization’s future- while this event is focused on highly engaged volunteers, we believe it has the potential to expand beyond the barbershop ecosystem and into the choral/music ecosystem.

Qualifications

-Experience managing, inspiring and recruiting volunteers

-Experience analyzing data to identify opportunity

-Orientation toward inspiring others

-Ability to travel - up to 20% per year

-Working knowledge of Google drive and shared Google documents

-Ability to deliver organizational results with volunteers

-Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills

-Must be able to both function as part of a team and work independently

-Appreciation and understanding of the value of singing together

-Working knowledge of BHS operations is desired

What’s in it for you

-Competitive compensation package

-Up to 10 days of paid vacation

-14 paid holidays, including December 24 - January 1

-Up to 8 days sick leave per year

-Health, dental, and vision insurance

-Life insurance

-Long-term disability insurance

-Optional short-term disability insurance

-401K plan with 3% safe harbor contribution and discretionary and company matches that could aggregate up to an additional 6% (9% total)

-Work with one of Nashville’s Best Places to Work

-High-engagement staff environment with regular team building and social activities throughout the year

-A chance to make a difference in the lives of others

Interested Parties: Please submit your application, cover letter and resume here.

This application process will remain open until position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early for the best opportunity.

As a key component of our vision of Everyone in Harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society is committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and skills. We believe that employees who feel valued and encouraged to share their ideas are empowered to foster innovation that leads to both personal and professional growth.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Internship Program

The Barbershop Harmony Society Internship Program provides exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from many diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain practical, challenging and meaningful on-the-job work experience while bringing members together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing.

Volunteer with us

Harmony Hall is always looking for volunteers to assist us with various projects based on need and capacity.

View current volunteer opportunities below.

Archival Project Manager/Volunteer Position

Preserving The Recorded History of Barbershop Singing

BHS is seeking a volunteer to play a key role in an important initiative to preserve the entire recorded history of barbershopping, under a potential grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This work, if funded, will allow us to digitize and make accessible to scholars, educators, singers and hobbyists, over 5,000 pieces of media, in 41 formats, in our archives.

We are seeking a volunteer project manager to help us execute a 12 month research and planning process beginning spring of 2020. The perfect candidate will have a background in preservation, archiving and/or library science (ideally a certified archivist and/or member of International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society of American Archivists, etc.), killer project management skills, and a love of barbershop.

This would be a substantial commitment of volunteer time, playing a key role in preserving our beloved barbershop music.

For more information, please contact Kevin Lynch, BHS Chief Strategy Officer, at klynch@barbershop.org.

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Contact Us

Phone: We can always be reached Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at our main line, (800) 876-SING (7464).

Email: Please email us at careers@barbershop.org for specific questions about available positions, or reach out to customerservice@barbershop.org for all other inquiries.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.