Executive Director
Music Conservatory of Westchester
White Plains, New York
Salary: TBD
The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees through the Executive Committee and is responsible for all aspects of administration of this 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization with a $3 million budget. The position is responsible for four main areas of Conservatory activity: Development; Business Administration; Education; and Communication. These areas are aligned with the Executive Director’s direct reports, namely the Dean, Director of Development, Director of Administration, and Communication Manager.
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Founded in 1929 in White Plains, the Music Conservatory of Westchester is the oldest and largest arts education organization in Westchester County. The Conservatory serves 1,200 students annually on site in private lessons, group classes, and summer programs and 2,500 in outreach programs in schools and social service agencies throughout the region. The Conservatory offers instruction in music, musical theatre, and music therapy through approximately 80 faculty members. The Conservatory owns its main building of 36,000 square foot, an adjacent 24,000 square foot building, and a parking lot. Opened in 1999, this facility is the Conservatory’ s third home in White Plains. It has been attractively renovated with 43 teaching studios, a theory classroom equipped with a SMART Board TM, the Helen Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital Hall, ample lounge areas for families, and generous office space. The adjacent 24,000 square foot building is currently leased. The institution is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts School, which is part of the National Association of Schools of Music and is an institutional member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
Challenges and Opportunities for the new Executive Director
The Music Conservatory of Westchester has been energized under the leadership of Aaron Flagg, its Executive Director for the last four years. During his tenure, the Conservatory has seen increased visibility, an expansion of programs and community partnership, improved infrastructure, and the establishment of a 5-year Strategic Plan and new mission statement. He also played a leading role in securing the largest donation in the institution’s history and new levels of support from County government. The positive energy amongst the faculty, staff, and board is grounded in these improvements and an inclusive culture. The next Executive Director will find a well-established institution with a solid reputation in the community, evidenced by the strength of its board, staff and faculty, as well as by a clear sense of its purpose and its community-based values.
The next Executive Director will be able to build upon this recent history and expand the Conservatory’ s institutional development capacity, be a positive agent of change, and move the institution boldly into its next period of evolution grounded in its strategic plan. Working collaboratively with all constituents, the person will assist the Conservatory in meeting the community’s evolving needs in arts education, identify and support new ways to fulfill its mission, and work toward an optimal balance between revenue and occupancy costs while maintaining the Conservatory’ s outstanding learning and teaching environment.
Primary Responsibilities
Development: Take an active leadership role in the Conservatory’ s financial development, including its fundraising efforts, endowment, major gifts and planned giving. This role helps to identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies with the Board of Trustees and development staff. Lead staff, Board of Trustees, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and sponsors.
Business Administration: Work with Director of Administration to oversee the creation, board approval, and ongoing management of the institutional budget, quarterly reports, and cash flow statements. Work with the Finance Committee and Investment Committees in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility. Work with auditing firm, accrediting bodies, and others to ensure appropriate financial information is made available in a timely manner.
Education: Work with the Dean, Assistant Dean, Faculty Council, Education Advisory Committee, and other professionals to ensure that programs and instruction continue to meet high standards including the institution accreditation through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts School, and evolve as community needs change and as new needs arise.
Communications: The Executive Director works with the Communication Manager to strategically lead efforts to develop the visibility of the Conservatory in the community through public relations, web-based solutions and other activities. The Executive Director and Dean of Students and Faculty are the primary spokespersons for the Conservatory.
Skills and Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate
• Strong interpersonal skills
o Supervisory experience and success in working with a variety of constituencies
o Energy and enthusiasm for meeting people, fundraising, and being the ‘face of the Conservatory’ to the outside
o Team building
o Able to communicate a goal and vision
o Ethical and trustworthy
• Proven track record in donor cultivation and fundraising
o Successful previous experience with managing Trustee and donor relationships
o Connections in Westchester a plus
• Strong Management Skills
o Ability to multitask
o Strong fiscal management skills
o Experience with managing a comparably size budget
o Effective writing skills
• Knowledge and love of music
• Commitment to Music Education at all levels
To Apply: Please attach two documents: a cover letter and resume in an email to Elizabeth@musiced. org. Be sure that both documents have the applicant’s name as the file name. Please do not mail materials or call.