Concord Community Music School
Concord, NH 03301
Reporting to the board of trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will provide strategic leadership and serve as an organizational ambassador. They will connect with external stakeholders, donors, families, and students and inspire and engage staff and faculty. An experienced administrator with a multiplicity of skills sets, the ED will enhance CCMS’s development functions, partner with the finance department to explore revenue models and manage expenses, and collaborate with the board, faculty, and staff to lead a comprehensive strategic planning process. The ED will be responsible for all of CCMS’s administrative and business functions and will collaborate with faculty and staff to broaden and deepen the organization’s comprehensive programmatic initiatives. Additionally, the ED will continue prioritizing CCMS’s commitment to inclusivity by centering and championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access as foundational principles guiding all of CCMS’s practices.
Roles and Responsibilities
Organizational Leadership and Oversight
- Oversee all daily operations of CCMS, its programs, and personnel to ensure the organization operates smoothly with a singular voice and vision.
- Recruit, support, and retain the highest quality artistic faculty and administrative staff.
- Provide positive and collaborative leadership to the management team.
- Foster and leverage CCMS’s strong reputation as an extraordinary community music school to sustain current programming and to develop future opportunities for expansion and growth.
- Maintain systematic and active surveillance and prioritization of the risks facing the organization with mitigation plans or strategies for the highest areas of risk.
- Implement innovative technological strategies and training to support remote and in-person learning, faculty and staff development, and overall IT functions that further refine efficient and effective business and educational processes.
- Maintain a robust Human Resources function, implementing new policies, systems, and procedures that are in alignment with the organization’s mission and values.
- Support marketing initiatives by implementing a website update and making prompt decisions to ensure external marketing communications are consistent and timely.
- Support and sustain CCMS’s positive culture and work environment where all departments are equally valued and staff of all gender identities, ethnicities, and backgrounds feel appreciated.
- Prioritize equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in all aspects of artistic and management decisions.
- Demonstrate a genuine curiosity and interest in all aspects of the organization, including attending educational performances, so that all parts of the institution are fully understood and valued.
Community Engagement and Fundraising Excellence
- Act as a visible spokesperson for the organization, positively engaging with audience members and donors at performances and taking an active public speaking role at events to become a major community leader.
- Participate in local committees and boards, leveraging the growing population in Concord to develop relationships with individuals in the community who can become donors.
- Collaborate with other arts and culture organizations locally and nationally, including institutions that are BIPOC-led, fostering new partnerships and growing current partnerships that serve a wide audience and create lasting impact.
- Develop and champion transparent equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives, ensuring that historically underrepresented people are included in all activities and that CCMS is a safe and welcoming space.
- Lead and expand fundraising efforts, creating new institutional, individual, and foundation relationships.
- Identify and establish relationships with key funders and donors to nurture existing relationships and help develop new sources of fundraising.
Financial Management and Board Governance
- Develop and oversee the organizational budget, carefully managing expenses and income to ensure financial stability and growth.
- Develop forecasting models for all revenue streams in partnership with the Director of Finance.
- Lead the finance and executive committees, monitoring and reporting financial performance to the board to support decision making.
- Explain budgets and forecasts to staff, funders, and board members so that everyone fully understands why financial decisions are made and how resources are allocated.
- Expand, diversify, and manage the board of trustees by ensuring that current board members are best engaged according to their skills, interests, and the needs of the organization.
- Regularly keep board members updated, acting as a liaison between board committees and staff.
Traits and Characteristics
The ED will be a collaborative leader possessing exceptional interpersonal skills. An effective communicator, they will have the ability to build rapport and connect to people. They will respect different attitudes and perspectives while striving to gain an understanding of all. This organizational leader will effectively and tactfully handle difficult or challenging issues, offering advice, counsel, and mentorship using their heightened cultural acuity to address organizational issues. The ED will have a strong understanding of the importance of organizational culture. In joining this learning and teaching organization, anticipating and identifying internal and external stakeholder needs will be key to this leader’s success in the position. They will respond to challenges with a sense of urgency, resolve issues in a timely manner, and expend extraordinary effort to address stakeholder needs.
Other key competencies include:
- Interpersonal Skills and Flexibility – The acumen to effectively communicate and build rapport with a diverse set of people while readily modifying, responding, and adapting to change with minimal resistance.
- Personal Accountability and Problem Solving – The ability to be answerable for personal actions while defining, analyzing, and diagnosing key components of a problem to formulate a solution.
- Time and Priority Management and Resiliency – The capacity to prioritize and complete tasks within scheduled timeframes coupled with the ability to quickly recover from adversity.
CCMS seeks a visionary and inspirational leader and organizational ambassador to partner with a committed board and dedicated staff and faculty in preparing the organization for the future as the school approaches its 40th anniversary. The leadership profile of the ED should include developing and funding multifaceted program offerings, sophisticated and effective relationship management related to fundraising and developing strategic partnerships, and an understanding of facilities management. While a candidate with a music background is highly desirable, it is not required. However, the successful candidate must have a demonstrable connection to music and understand its power as an educational, healing, and connective tool. Experience building effective and productive partnerships with a board of directors and a track record of collaborating with and nurturing staff and/or faculty teams are strongly desired. The Executive Director should possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate significant success in arts administration, nonprofit, business, or educational management. Exceptional writing abilities and presentation skills are expected.
Compensation and Benefits
CCMS provides a competitive and equitable compensation package in the range of $105,000 to $120,000 with benefits that include: medical and dental coverage, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), option to participate in 403(b), group long-term disability policy, and generous paid time off covering vacation, sick, and personal time as well as state and federal holidays.
RequirementsCCMS seeks a visionary and inspirational leader and organizational ambassador to partner with a committed board and dedicated staff and faculty in preparing the organization for the future as the school approaches its 40th anniversary. The leadership profile of the ED should include developing and funding multifaceted program offerings, sophisticated and effective relationship management related to fundraising and developing strategic partnerships, and an understanding of facilities management. While a candidate with a music background is highly desirable, it is not required. However, the successful candidate must have a demonstrable connection to music and understand its power as an educational, healing, and connective tool. Experience building effective and productive partnerships with a board of directors and a track record of collaborating with and nurturing staff and/or faculty teams are strongly desired. The Executive Director should possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate significant success in arts administration, nonprofit, business, or educational management. Exceptional writing abilities and presentation skills are expected.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:
Calida Jones, Vice President
Arts Consulting Group
1030 15th Street NW, Suite 283
Washington, DC. 20005
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 229
Concord Community Music School is committed to maintaining an environment where each individual who participates in its programs and attends its events feels safe, respected, and supported. Any individual whose behavior interferes in any way with that environment may, at the sole discretion of the Music School, be asked to withdraw from its programs. Concord Community Music School administers its educational and financial aid programs without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. The Music School is an equal opportunity employer.