Gig: CEO, Manchester Community Music School

The Manchester Community Music School is searching for a dynamic leader with a passion for music and education to lead the School into its next chapter of Educational Excellence!

Manchester Community Music School serves over 1,200 students each year through a wide array of high quality music education programs, including private lessons, music therapy, early childhood, Suzuki, NH Youth Ensemble Program, summer camps and community music programs. Committed to serving our community, nearly all of our concerts are free and open to the public and we have awarded over $1million in financial aid to over 5,000 students since our founding in 1983. Our mission is changing lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned arts and/or nonprofit administrator with a strong fundraising background.

This position reports to the School’s Board of Directors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the School in its mission to “change lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music,”
  • Securing and increasing philanthropic support as the primary development and fundraising officer for the School, supported by an Executive Assistant,
  • Managing a highly qualified management team including the Director of Marketing, the Director of Finance and the Director of Education,
  • Working with the Director of Finance to ensure successful financial management of the School (including budgeting),
  • Working with the Director of Education in developing, analyzing and improving educational programming, and managing a fifty member faculty,
  • Working with the Director of Marketing to engage in speaking opportunities, public presentations and other community meetings as the public face of the School, and
  • Acting as the liaison to the Board of Directors and partnering with the Board in determining organizational strategies, budgets and operational goals.  The CEO will be the key person in attracting additional Directors to support the School’s mission,
  • Managing the physical resources of the school.
Requirements:Key qualifications include:

  • Excellent and experienced fundraising abilities,
  • Strong administrative and leadership skills
  • Creative and innovative thinking with the ability to develop exciting programs,
  • Strong strategic planning skills,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • A love for music allowing the candidate to be a passionate advocate for the School and all its programs with donors, partners, board members, faculty, staff, students, and parents.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree, with a Master’s Degree preferred, with 7 to 10 years of experience working in a music or arts organization or other related non-profit organization at a senior level.

This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience.  Medical benefits provided per the School’s policies.

How to Apply:Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to CEO Search Committee, Manchester Community Music School at Electronic submissions only. Please, no phone calls.

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