Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience



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885 Washington Street
United States


Organization Description: Founded in 2011, The mission of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is to ensure the long-term musical and social success of all students, and to positively impact them and their families through quality education and performance. JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that uses intensive, joyful, ensemble-based music education as a vehicle for social change. All programming takes place at Josiah Quincy Elementary and Upper Schools in Chinatown. In the 2017-18 school year, JQOP served 170 students in six ensembles before school, including leadership training for advanced students and a Middle School Chamber Music program. In September 2017, JQOP launched the Beethoven Ensemble for Students with Special Needs during the school day.

Position Description: Over the past five years, JQOP has been led by a part-time Executive Director (ED) and full-time Program Manager. Starting July 2018, the position of Executive Director will be made full-time so as to increase fundraising revenue and prepare for the organization’s growth in 2019 and beyond. JQOP seeks to hire a dynamic, creative, and highly organized professional to oversee the organization and lead it through its next phase. The position requires both an ability to think strategically about the “big picture” and execute plans with strong attention to detail. The ED will supervise the Program Manager and 18-20 part-time teaching artists. The ED will report to the Board of Directors, consisting active group of community members, stakeholders, and parents.

Administration Responsibilities

·  Develop and maintain the annual budget, including regular monitoring and quarterly reporting to the board.

·  Work with the JQOP accountant to complete all necessary tax filings and the annual Financial Report

·  Ensure that all paperwork, including employee contracts, legal documents, MOU’s with various partners, and bank files, are signed and kept up-to-date, electronically and in print.

·  Process tuition payments and donations, including financial aid applications, send updated payroll information bi-weekly to the bookkeeper, and input financial records on QuickBooks.

·  Serve as JQOP’s primary spokesperson to constituents, the media, and the general public. Oversee marketing and public relations efforts to increase JQOP’s visibility in the Boston community.

·  Report to, and work closely with, the Board of Directors in policy decisions and fundraising, as well as the development of short-term goals and a long-term strategic plan. Attend all board meetings.

·  Supervise and collaborate with JQOP teachers and staff. This includes organizing staff meetings and training sessions, and supporting teachers by initiating clear policies, expectations, and resources.

Fundraising Responsibilities

·  Research and write grants, and completing all grant reporting requirements.

·  Reach out to representatives of local companies to increase community corporate sponsorship.

·  Cultivate potential individual donors and partners, and host morning program tours.

·  Take charge of donor stewardship and acknowledgement; maintain the donor database.

·  Organize annual end-of-year campaign, and assist the board with planning various fundraising events.

Arts Coordination for Josiah Quincy Elementary School - Because this position is partially funded by Boston Public Schools, the following duties will also be a part of the Executive Director’s position.

·  Sit on the JQES Arts & Events Committee to help coordinate in-school shows and performances

·  Facilitate communication between arts partners and JQES faculty & administration, and coordinate arts-focused guest performances and workshops for the JQES student body


·  Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred; 3+ years of nonprofit management experience

·  Commitment to all aspects of JQOP and El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music education

·  2+ years of experience with fundraising; developing positive relationships with constituents and supporters

·  Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff and volunteers

·  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and a high comfort level meeting/speaking with individuals face-to-face or at social functions and events.

·  Ability to set priorities, manage schedules, meet deadlines, and track the progress of multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high-quality of work and strong attention to detail.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



If interested, send a cover letter and résumé to hiring@jqorchestra.org.