Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000.00
Maximum: $85,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



United States


Seattle Music Partners (SMP) seeks a full time Executive Director who is passionate about music education and equity to lead the organization into the next chapter of its life. We seek a dynamic, inspirational leader to build upon our strong foundation, deepening the quality of instruction we offer in our tutoring and ensemble programs, and continuing to improve outcomes for our students.


SMP’s mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant music-making community by eliminating economic barriers to quality music expression and experiences, particularly for children. Our program matches skilled volunteer tutors, one-on-one, with students who wish to learn to play music, and further engages students through ensemble experience.

Founded in 2000, SMP began as a grass-roots project at Seattle’s Leschi Elementary School to increase access for underserved students to the many music-making experiences available in Seattle, especially at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. Over the years, we have expanded to serve over 100 children each year at four elementary schools, along with additional lessons and ensemble opportunities for middle school students all at no cost to participants. SMP is an established and respected community organization, with 4 full-time staff, 10 part-time teaching artists, more than 100 volunteer tutors, and an annual budget of over $400,000. For more information about SMP, please visit our website:  www.seattlemusicpartners.org


The Executive Director provides strategic leadership as well as management of the operations and administration of the organization. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Leadership and Vision: Ensure the organization is engaging in long-range strategy that achieves its mission and provide leadership in building organizational systems and structures.
  • Fundraising and Communications: Oversee and implement a comprehensive development plan, build and maintain relationships with donors, and ensure the organization effectively markets itself and its program to prospective students, families, schools, donors, and other constituencies.
  • Financial Management and Fiscal Oversight: Manage the fiscal security of the organization and ensure sound financial practices. 
  • Board Engagement: Keep the Board well-informed regarding the management and condition of the organization and encourage high participation, collaboration, and communication of Board members.
  • Staff Management and Program Oversight: Maintain a positive and strong organizational culture; Manage, coach, mentor, and motivate staff; Develop strategies for building, sustaining, and evaluating programming; Support program activities as needed.


The ideal SMP Executive Director must share our commitment to the core goals of excellence and equity in music education, particularly for students from less-affluent families and students of color who are consistently underrepresented in our region’s top music programs. The Executive Director is a strong leader who can deepen the quality of instruction we offer in our tutoring and ensemble programs and continue to improve outcomes for our students.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following demonstrated competencies:

  • Strong Fundraising and Resource Management – As the lead fundraiser for the organization the candidate must have demonstrated skills in identifying and securing sources of funding, managing fiscal and human resources, and fulfilling legal responsibilities connected with the management of a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated Commitment to Equity – The candidate must be a culturally competent leader with a strong commitment to closing opportunity gaps, identifying and effectively communicating about barriers to achievement and the resulting achievement and opportunity gaps.
  • Effective at Building and Sustaining Culture – The candidate must be able to influence, establish, and sustain a culture both within our program and within our partner schools that is reflective of a sustained focus on a shared mission and vision for the improvement of music learning and teaching. 
  • Engaging Communities – The candidate must have a track record of effective communication and partnering with families and community members to promote learning and support the recruitment of a pool of tutors, staff, and teaching artists that reflects the diversity of our community.
  • Instructional Leadership and Commitment to Music – the candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to music education.


A Bachelor’s Degree is required as well as leadership or management experience working in schools or non-profit organizations.


This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Board of Directors and requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends. The expected salary range is $65K - $85K, depending upon experience and skills. SMP offers generous vacations aligned with the Seattle Public Schools academic calendar. The SMP office is located at 200 Broadway Suite 100, in Seattle’s Central District.


SMP offers generous vacations aligned with the Seattle Public Schools academic calendar. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



To apply, please submit a resume and detailed cover letter that describes your specific interest in working with our organization and why your background makes for a compelling candidacy. These materials should be emailed to jobs@seattlemusicpartners.org with “Executive Director Inquiry” in the subject line. 

SMP is an inclusive organization, fostering and drawing on leadership from communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, and emerging leaders. We strongly encourage applicants from these communities to apply. SMP is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment and program policies of SMP are nondiscriminatory with regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.