Billboard has obtained the six-page position specifications for the job circulated by Korn Ferry, which conducted the executive search.
The document calls for a “‘big picture’ mind capable of deep strategic thinking and long-range planning in an environment of rapid change and growth,” as well as a “philosophy of inclusiveness that encourages transparency and facilitates the sharing of knowledge. This comes across as strong diplomatic skills.” The word “diverse” and/or “diversity” appears four times in the spec, with the word “inclusion” appearing twice, reflective of the Recording Academy’s efforts -- through its Tina Tchen-led task force and other initiatives -- to diversity its own ranks, as well as that of its membership and nominees.
The president/CEO of the Recording Academy reports to the board of trustees and its chairperson -- currently John Poppo -- and manages a senior staff of 22 direct reports and around 250 employees. “The President and CEO will be responsible for day-to-day executive leadership and management of the Recording Academy including: the strategic vision and operations of the Academy and its related entities/programs such as the GRAMMY Awards, the Latin GRAMMYS, MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum, advocacy and membership; extending the organization’s mission and brand identity into the marketplace; developing and managing the business interests of the Academy; and serving as the internal and external 'face' of the organization,” the document reads.
The expectations for the new president/CEO’s first year in office include articulating “a vision and [beginning] a process to lay out both short- and long-term strategies that position the Academy for success in a rapidly changing environment.”
While some candidates have lacked previous CEO experience, the qualifications clearly state a preference for someone with executive experience: “Given the organization’s size and scope, mission and unique status in the industry, the Recording Academy needs an executive with a broad base of strategic, managerial and leadership experience. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated effective leadership and a track record of success in an organization of comparable size and complexity and will have a strong understanding of how to manage a successful and high-profile enterprise in a changing landscape. S/he should have a minimum of fifteen years of relevant experience in progressively responsible management and leadership roles.”
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.