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IFCM Job Announcement
Published: Mar 18,2019

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the worldwide network in the field of choral music, announces a new staff position: full-time Secretary General for our Main Office in Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline for application: 6 May 2019
Please send your application in English, no later than 6 May 2019, by email to


Job interviews:

  • Internet (May 25 - 29, 2019)
  • In-person (June 18 - 23, 2019)

For the In-person interview, pre-selected candidates should be prepared to travel to Lisbon or other locations, to be confirmed. Travel expenses to the job interview will be reimbursed.


Application must include:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Reference letter(s) from earlier employment(s), especially in the fields of arts management
  • Attachments that may help assess the skills and experience of the candidate
  • Financial expectations


The selected applicant should be available to commence work between July 1 and September 1, 2019.



In cooperation with the IFCM Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Secretary General will perform the following tasks:

  • provide administrative leadership,
  • manage financial operations of the organization in partnership with the treasurer,
  • supervise the international office staff,
  • develop artistic and financial partnerships,
  • communicate with and expand the membership,
  • coordinate and/or participate in the preparation of some major choral projects/events of IFCM,
  • oversee communication, web and social media, including marketing strategy,
  • represent IFCM with international choral and other music associations, and
  • attend meetings and activities of the Federation, in various countries worldwide.

Further tasks to be defined.


SKILLS (required)

  • Management skills: experience in membership administration, staff management and development; experience in cultural and arts project organization, including grant writing.
  • Computer skills: proficiency with office software, ability to deal with complex Excel spreadsheets for budgets, schedules, etc., and willingness to learn to work with new programs (e.g., database or online membership management tools); general competence with social media tools.
  • Language skills: high level of English required; additional languages are an asset (e.g., Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Chinese). The working language of, and communication with, the team and the Board is English.
  • Communication skills: ability to talk with people face-to-face and on the phone in different languages and the capacity to make public presentations.
  • Financial skills: interest in finances and expertise in budget development, understanding for bookkeeping procedures and regulations, and ability to build fundraising campaigns and/or seek public funding.
  • Interest in culture and education: experience in the choral field is an asset.



  • Full time position
  • Compensation and benefits to be negotiated, paid at the end of each month
  • Probation period of 6 months



The Secretary General will primarily work from the Main Office of IFCM in Lisbon, Portugal (central location) and, during travels and meetings, in other countries. A combination of work from a home office for a certain percentage of the working time can be negotiated.


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