Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000.00
Maximum: $65,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



1319 Adams Street
United States


The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Reports to Board of Directors.



The Executive Director responsibilities include:



·      Collaborate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization

·      Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization

·      Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities

·      Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff

·      Act as a spokesperson for the organization

·      Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate

·      Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile


Operational planning and management

·      Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization

·      Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and funders

·      Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization

·      Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate

·      Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained

·      Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials


Program planning and management

·      Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services including live performances and educational programs

·      Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board

·      Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality

·      Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects


Human resources planning and management

·      Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery

·      Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff

·      Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations

·      Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and interpersonal abilities to help further the organization's mission

·      Ensure that all staff receives appropriate training to perform their assigned duties

·      Monitor the performance of staff on an ongoing basis and conducting an annual performance review

·      Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance


Financial planning and management/Fundraising

·      Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget

·      Work with the Board and Development staff to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization

·      Oversee the development of fundraising plans to increase the funds of the organization

·      Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate

·      Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board

·      Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed

·      Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization

·      Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization

·      Ensure that the organization complies with all wage and hour legislation


Community relations/advocacy

·      Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization

·      Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization


Risk management

·      Identify and evaluate risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement appropriate risk mitigation plans

·      Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage and understand the conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage




·      Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to nonprofit/ voluntary organizations

·      Knowledge of all federal, state and local legislation applicable to voluntary sector organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation etc…

·      Knowledge of human resources management

·      Knowledge of financial management

·      Knowledge of project management

·      Must be able to lift and carry objects up to thirty pounds.

·      Must be available to work outside regular hours during fundraising campaigns and various performances and events. 

·      Must have a valid driver’s license and means of transportation. 



The Executive Director should demonstrate competence the following:

·      Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.

·      Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.

·      Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.

·      Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.

·      Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.

·      Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of students and patrons to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.

·      Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.

·      Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

·      Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

·      Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities

·      Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.

·      Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

·      Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.


Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Formal music training a plus.

Experience: 5 or more years of progressive management experience in a nonprofit organization. Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with boards, major donors, foundations and corporations. Experience as a professional musical artist and/or educator preferred. 


·      Most work is conducted in an office/school/music venue environment.

·      Executive Director works a standard work week, but additionally will often work evening, weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the organization at public events.


Includes health insurance, vacation and holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please submit cover letter and resume to NJWSearch@gmail.com. Applications accepted until April 6, 2018. No phone calls please.