A passionate community committed to playing, learning, and growing together, Powers Music School (Powers) is located in Belmont, Massachusetts. The school traces its roots to 1964 when the Music Committee of the Belmont Community Center sponsored Belmont’s first Piano Festival and enrolled 12 recorder students. Today, with the same heart and spirit of its founders, Powers touches the lives of more than 5,000 people annually, offering private music lessons in nearly 30 instruments, early childhood and group classes, jazz and rock bands, Suzuki instruction, orchestra, music theory, and composition. Students and faculty alike perform regularly at local venues, bringing live music to the community at no cost, often in collaboration with local arts councils and other institutions.
The school’s mission is to provide the community with access to the highest caliber music lessons with a nurturing and talented faculty and outreach programs that foster a lifelong appreciation of music, in the belief that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music.
Outreach activities include festivals, competitions, and community events throughout the year, including the Mildred P. Freiberg Piano Festival, the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, Open Sings, and the Musical Storytelling Series in which Powers faculty collaborate with area libraries to narrate popular children’s books with live music. The school also offers summer programs such as string camps, chamber music ensembles, and the Pow-Wow summer day program for young children, which combines music instruction and a fully-staged theatrical performance.
Powers is governed by a 17-person board of directors led by President Ernest Sabine. There is an administrative team of eight full-time and part-time staff members, and approximately 75 faculty members. The school offers music instruction and performance in three locations in Belmont. For the fiscal year ending August 31, 2016, Powers reported $1.41 million in total revenue, of which 6 percent was contributed income. Total expenses equaled $1.45 million, including more than $52,000 in financial aid and scholarships. The endowment is approximately $1.46 million.
Belmont, Massachusetts is a vibrant residential community of 25,000 people, centrally located within the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Belmont is home to a diverse community of artists, educators, physicians, and scientists. Located only eight miles from downtown Boston, Belmont is also closely connected to other nearby regional communities with strong economic hubs in technology, healthcare, and education. Excellent schools and public transportation make Belmont an attractive community for families and commuters.
The next Executive Director (ED) of Powers will be a visionary leader with a strong love and appreciation of music who is responsible for supervising all aspects of the school’s managerial operations, public visibility, and strategic business planning. This individual will be a collaborative and forward-looking leader who will work together with Powers’ Music Director to identify new initiatives, partnerships, and opportunities to further enhance the educational and teaching experience of Powers’ students and faculty. The ED will lead the organization in utilizing best practices in hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising staff and faculty. Reporting to the board of directors, the ED will be Powers’ chief advocate and networker, cultivating new donor relationships and enhancing the organization’s profile and visibility throughout the community.
Management and Leadership
Planning and Organizing
Marketing, Community Engagement, and Audience Development
The ED must be a collaborative leader possessing exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to attend to a wide range of constituency needs. The selected individual will be a natural coach and mentor as well as a person of high energy, enthusiasm, and integrity. Candidates must have high ethical standards with a deep commitment to music, education, and the development of children and young people. The ED must be forward-looking and goal-oriented with financial acumen, strategic planning capacity, and people-management and relationship-building skills, committed to delivering results through patience, perseverance, and consensus.
Other key competencies include the following:
Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred, and a minimum of seven to ten years of management experience. Prior experience in the nonprofit music, education, or performing arts sector is desirable. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in strategic planning, institutional development, and team building and will demonstrate excellent people management and organizational skills. A high level of leadership is expected. A passion for music and education, experience with fundraising, recruiting, and cultivating volunteer leadership, and an entrepreneurial approach are highly desirable.
A competitive compensation package commensurate with experience includes health and life insurance; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; and an employee retirement plan.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Fax (888) 284.6651
Powers Music School is an equal opportunity employer.
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