Founded in 1910, Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) transforms lives throughout Greater Boston by providing equitable access to excellent music education and powerful arts experiences. It strives to build a civic culture that values lifelong involvement in the arts where all can actively participate in music making and embrace holistic arts experiences. CMCB wants every young person in Boston to have access to music instruction, both during the day and after school. It therefore offers programming from its central facility in Boston’s vibrant South End neighborhood and at 11 satellite locations throughout Greater Boston. CMCB partners with 18 Boston Public Schools and four Cambridge Public Schools, serving approximately 6,500 students each year in all its programs. Recently, CMCB entered into partnerships with two additional private schools and one parochial school, providing music instruction in after-school and arts enrichment periods during the day. It also continues to nurture a rich network of community partners, including The Learning Project, Project STEP, and Mssng Lnks. CMCB’s Early Childhood Program supports the development of cognitive and social skills and its summer offerings include daily instruction in music, dance, drama, and visual arts.
Providing instruction on nearly 30 instruments and in every music style, CMCB offers individual and group music instruction for students of all abilities, ranging in age from five months to 80 years, with performance training, ensemble and orchestra coaching, technique classes, music theory, and composition. A full range of ensemble opportunities provides all students with a high level of instrumental expertise, group engagement, and performance experience. Each ensemble performs three to five times per year at CMCB and in the Greater Boston community. CMCB’s music therapy program supports those with special needs who may not be able to access music in traditional ways. Connections are made through music to realize clinical goals focused on improving social, cognitive, physical, and/or emotional challenges of clients. Experienced music therapy professionals serve 450 students per week in partnership with dynamic human services agencies and the Boston and Cambridge public schools.
CMCB’s recently completed three-year strategic plan focuses on further increasing equitable access to instruction and improving overall program quality. One ambitious goal is to boost enrollment in classical and contemporary ensembles and to gain access to additional rehearsal and performance spaces. Marketing and fundraising strategies will therefore focus more intensively on individual and major giving, while reflecting CMCB’s dual objectives of philanthropy and education. It will seek to recruit board members beyond its traditional focus on alumni and their families to enhance fundraising and increase board diversity. CMCB also recognizes that it must continue to develop and centralize its most important resources – the human ones – with technological support systems and sustainable leadership development to support its management and faculty within organizational equity and inclusion goals.
CMCB is governed by an 18-member board of directors, led by President Mary Carney. Executive Director David Lapin, supported by a five-member senior management team, leads an administrative staff of 12 full- and part-time individuals, as well as approximately 60 full- and part-time faculty members. David Lapin will be retiring from the post in 2017 after a 35-year tenure. CMCB’s current operating budget is approximately $2.8 million, with approximately 50 percent of revenue from earned revenue and 50 percent from fundraising activities. Its ongoing financial health is bolstered by a $2.6 million endowment that includes board-designated and restricted funds.
As New England’s largest city, Boston has long been the region’s economic and cultural hub, offering a variety of performing and visual arts organizations. CMCB is based in Boston’s South End, a centrally-located neighborhood just minutes away from downtown. As one of the city’s most popular and vibrant neighborhoods and home to many young professionals and their families, it features numerous parks, a thriving arts community, and amazing restaurants. With an estimated population of 667,000, Boston is one of the 25 largest cities in the country and Greater Boston comprises nearly 4.6 million residents. With strong professional sectors in education, technology, and healthcare, Greater Boston is youthful, culturally diverse, and socially active. Robust public and regional transportation systems support its draw as a preeminent international destination. Approximately 36 percent of the population are ages 24 or younger; 33 percent are ages 25 to 44; 20 percent are ages 45 to 64; and 10 percent are 65 or older. Boston is a thriving city, with a community that includes 24 percent African American, 17 percent Hispanic, and 8 percent Asian residents. As Boston looks ahead to 2017 and beyond, the development of One Seaport Square and the Innovation District in South Boston will continue to bring new industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and consumer technology, to this bustling region.
The Executive Director (ED) of CMCB will be a visionary leader responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of its strategic vision, public visibility, and managerial operations. Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the ED will be the main spokesperson for the organization and will energize and execute CMCB’s strategic plan. Maintaining multi-generational relationships with the board, faculty, staff, parents, students, strategic partners, and donors, the ED will exude warmth and energy while leading a historic community music education organization focused on access for diverse and at-risk populations. The ED will guide, advise, and mobilize board members as they embrace their roles as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. The position will also oversee best practices in hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising human resources while maximizing earned and contributed revenues.
Program Development, Diversity, and Inclusion
Contributed Revenue Enhancement
Stakeholder Cultivation and Community Engagement
Financial Acumen and Organizational Management
The ED will have effective people skills and will be a natural coach and mentor with the ability to earn the respect of seasoned educators, students, staff, parents, and a discerning board. This individual will be a model of integrity and fairness, a facilitator, and a consensus builder. An experienced team player for whom the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort, the ED will be an open, confident, and communicative professional who enjoys exploring ideas and is adept at setting priorities. The ED will bring a passion for music education and a well-rounded set of competencies as a motivational leader, effective communicator, problem solver, advocate, and strategist. The ED will also maintain organizational focus on the value of music education.
Other key competencies include the following:
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of five to seven years of related senior management experience. Expertise in planning, organizational development, and team building in a collegial environment of mutual respect is needed. A successful track record in best practices within the nonprofit, education, or music field and a high level of leadership and fundraising experience is expected. The successful candidate should have a passion for music and music education, as well as enthusiasm for CMCB’s dual mission of excellence and access.
Competitive salary and benefits include medical insurance (group health and flexible spending account) paid time off, non-contributory 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, and the quality of life that Greater Boston has to offer.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Mr. Bruce D. Thibodeau
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 201
Fax (888) 284.6651
Community Music Center of Boston is an equal opportunity employer that
welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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