JOB POSTING: Chief Operating Officer


Sones de Mexico Ensemble is excited to announce a new opportunity for a motivated and organized individual to join our team as the Chief Operating Officer. As we approach our 30th Anniversary year, this Chicago-based non-profit arts organization is gearing up for an exceptional year filled with high-profile performances, educational initiatives, and media projects. If you have a passion for the arts, exceptional organizational skills, and a drive to contribute to a dynamic team, we encourage you to apply.

Job Title: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, Sones de México Ensemble
Location: Chicago, Illinois (Lincoln Square). Hybrid work negotiable.
Reports To: Executive Director
Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Starting Salary: $54,000 FTE

Posted: August 2023. Open until filled. Application review will begin immediately; priority consideration given to applications received by September 30, 2022


Sones de Mexico Ensemble is a non-profit music organization that has earned two GRAMMY™ nominations, boasting nearly three decades of experience in delivering world-class performances, community education, and contributions to the recording industry. As we look ahead to a year of milestone achievements, we’re seeking an enthusiastic Chief Operating Officer to help us achieve our goals and continue our legacy.


As the Chief Operating Officer, you will work closely with and report to the Executive Director. Your role will encompass various administrative responsibilities to ensure the smooth operation of our organization:

    • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with staff and contractors to implement strategies outlined in the organization’s Strategic Plan.
    • Project Management: Maintain timelines, prioritize tasks, and oversee projects to successful completion.
    • Contracts: Draft, finalize, and manage contracts with clients and vendors.
    • Record Keeping: Organize and manage paper and digital files for easy access and security.
    • Bookkeeping: Handle basic financial tasks, including deposits, account reconciliation, and report preparation.
    • Data Management: Organize and maintain databases and documents for efficient team collaboration.
    • Tour Coordination: Assist in planning logistics for performances, tours, and residencies.
    • Grant Support: Collaborate on grant writing and reporting with the Executive Director.
    • Scheduling and Calendar: Manage the organization’s calendars and deadlines.
    • Board Support: Assist in preparing reports and recording minutes for Board meetings.
    • Research: Identify potential clients and partners to promote our programs.
    • Volunteer Management: Coordinate volunteers and interns to support program development.


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Sound judgment, discretion, and reliability.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and anticipate management needs.
  • Flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Mac OS platform.
  • Positive work ethic and attitude.
  • Experience with non-profit organizations is advantageous.
  • Post-secondary education.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks.
  • One (5) years of administrative work experience.


  • Starting salary of $54,000 for 40 hours/week, 48 weeks/year.
  • Negotiable hybrid work schedule.
  • 2 weeks of paid time off (PTO).
  • 2 weeks of optional unpaid personal days.


If you are excited about joining our team and contributing to our vibrant arts organization, please submit a well-written cover letter, resume, and a list of two job references with contact information to: Juan Díes, Executive Director

Join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary year and be a part of an organization dedicated to excellence in music, education, and community engagement. Apply today! For questions call (773) 728-1164.

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