Employment Opportunities at First-Plymouth Church

Abendmusik Executive Director

Abendmusik mission: gathering to experience excellence in the performing arts.
bendmusik vision: to enrich community and inspire collaboration.
Founded in 1972, Abendmusik at First-Plymouth continues to bring inspiring artists together to perform compelling music that offers a spiritual message of hope and peace.

Abendmusik is seeking an Executive Director to partner with Artistic Director Tom Trenney and the Abendmusik board of directors to continue its rich tradition of excellence and to expand its meaningful outreach to the community as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Executive Director Job Description

Desired Qualifications and Qualities

  • Experience as a leader, team player, and collaborator.

  • Experience with non-profits, including producing and presenting events.

  • Success in fundraising and in donor development.

  • Experience in marketing/promotion.

  • Effective in developing and maintaining relationships.

  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Competent using Microsoft Word, Excel and cloud sharing services, and basic desktop publishing skills.


Partnership with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors

  • Guide mission and vision of Abendmusik.

  • Recruit and nurture members of the Board of Directors.

  • Schedule, present, and/or produce 6-12 Abendmusik events per season.

  • Prepare and lead monthly board meeting.

  • Attend monthly Church Council meetings at First-Plymouth Church.

  • Be familiar with the articles of incorporation, by-laws, and all policies and procedures of the organization, ensuring that all activities are in compliance with those documents.

Development Activities

  • Develop and manage on-going relationships with individual and corporate donors.

  • Identify and cultivate potential donors.

  • Ensure audience development and outreach.

  • Recruit and lead Abendmusik volunteers.

  • Coordinate donor recognition events and activities.

  • Develop relationships and partnerships with other arts organizations.

Promotion and Programming

  • Coordinate with the Music Ministry Assistant in preparation and production of Abendmusik events.

  • Negotiate contracts for performing artists.

  • Create and implement a marketing plan for each season, making necessary modifications to ensure its effectiveness.

  • Plan and direct development of Abendmusik’s website and social media.

  • Plan and oversee promotional print materials, advertising, and other marketing materials.

  • Solicit program advertisers and in-kind contributions.

  • Coordinate content and production of event programs in partnership with the contracted graphic designer and other staff.

  • Manage event logistics and details, including rehearsals, performances, ticket sales, receptions, and performing artists’

Financial Management

  • Prepare, oversee, and monitor Abendmusik’s annual budget with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director.

  • Assume responsibility for fundraising and cultivating other resources necessary to support Abendmusik’s mission, including
    Give to Lincoln Day and grant requests.

  • Collaborate with Abendmusik’s treasurer in handling the organization’s finances.

  • Coordinate payment of invoices for goods or services, including payment of performing artists.

The Executive Director of Abendmusik will report to the Minister of Music and will work closely with the Music Ministry Assistant and the Abendmusik board of directors.

The ideal candidate should expect to work 15-20 hours per week for an annual salary of $20,000. The position’s weekly work schedule will be flexible, depending upon the needs of the organization at the time.

Please send resumes to Tom Trenney, Artistic Director of Abendmusik and Minister of Music to Abendmusik (2000 D Street, Lincoln, NE  68502) or to tom@abendmusik.org.

Music Ministry Coordinator

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral communication skills, and business-writing skills are desirable

  • Ability to meet deadlines; a strong commitment to friendly customer service with a positiveattitude; must exhibit good teamwork, and a positive image to represent Music Ministry and First-Plymouth

  • Calm and flexible demeanor

  • Resourceful and self-motivated to provide solutions, and obtain the necessary resources to support Music Ministry tasks

  • The ability to successfully handle multiple tasks at any given time

  • Can be relied upon to complete task with minimal supervision

  • Accountable for prioritizing work assignments to complete tasks in an organized manner to meet established deadlines

  • Detail oriented

    High degree of proficiency in:

  • Microsoft Office – Word, Excel

  • Cloud services—Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Suite, etc.

  • Online and digital calendars—iCal, Google Calendar, meeting requests, etc.

  • Google Forms, SignUp Genius, Constant Contact, etc.

  • Basic desktop publishing


  • Assist Minister of Music, Associate Minister of Music, Executive Director of Abendmusik, and other part-time music staff as needed.

  • Coordinate choir activities: tours, meals, fundraisers, snacks, parties, retreats, etc.

  • Coordinate details with outside musical performers and ensembles hosting events at First-Plymouth.

  • Recruit and nurture Music Ministry volunteers.

  • Work with ministers to schedule musicians for FP East, 11:59 a.m., and other worship services as necessary.

  • Manage or facilitate management of Music Library and the timely disbursement and return of scores.

  • Update and maintain Music Ministry bulletin boards.

  • Manage building calendar related to Music Ministry and Abendmusik events.

  • Organize and maintain choir rosters, choir robes, choir directories, materials for new choir members, and the choir room before and after all rehearsals and events.

  • Gather worship materials and bulletins for choirs needed for services. Assist with Music Ministry and Abendmusik promotion and communication. Create and post fliers, postcards, graphics, social media ads, etc. as needed.

  • Answer incoming calls and messages and to serve as primary point of communication for Music Ministry and Abendmusik.

  • Accountable for the copying, printing, mailing, scanning as necessary for Music Ministry and Abendmusik.

  • Attend weekly staff meetings (Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.) and provide worship music templates for 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services.

  • Process ticket orders and sales for Abendmusik events.

  • Process and report Abendmusik sponsor, patron, and donor information as directed.

Position Reporting

The Music Ministry Coordinator will report to the Associate Minister of Music and will work closely with the Minister of Music and the Executive Director of Abendmusik.

Position Compensation

The ideal candidate should expect to work a typical 40-hour week schedule with occasional evening and weekend flexibility for an annual salary of $34,000. This position is full-time and will include health insurance. Pension benefits are provided after one year of service.

Please send resumes to Ariel Merivil, Associate Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Church, at ariel@firstplymouth.org or First Plymouth Church (2000 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502).

Music Ministry Administrator
Please send resumes to Ariel Merivil, Associate Minister of Music, at ariel@firstplymouth.org. Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 9, 2018.