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The Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts (CMF & CMA) seeks applications for the position of Executive Director, a year-round, full-time position beginning as early as June 2014.

Our mission:
To inspire and connect community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world’s music through education and performance.

The Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts (CMF & CMA) is a unique nonprofit organization that provides a spectrum of music education opportunities and world-class performances to citizens throughout Boulder County and beyond. Now in its 37th season, the Colorado Music Festival (head quartered in Boulder, CO) brings highly skilled professional musicians from orchestras across the US and Canada for six weeks of performances each summer in Boulder’s unique and historic 1,200 seat Chautauqua Auditorium, reaching 25,000 attendees annually. Its partner organization, the Center for Musical Arts, is located in neighboring Lafayette. Founded in 1995 and merged with the CMF in 2009, the CMA is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts. The CMA offers music lessons, ensembles and performances year-round for all ages and serves more than 550 students. The total organization’s budget is in excess of $2,000,000.

The Executive Director has the responsibility to oversee the planning and operational processes for both components of the entire organization.

CMF & CMA seeks a leader who will bring to the position of Executive Director a high degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as the analytical, organizational and personal qualities that will garner respect and cooperation from all of its constituencies.


The CMF & CMA Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors and works closely with the Music Director to plan and present the CMF summer performance programs. (Please note that both the Executive Director and the Music Director report directly to the Board of Directors.) This can include contract negotiations, production planning and guest artist support. The Executive Director(ED) closely collaborates with the Music Director, staff and Board committees to define the support needed from marketing and development in order to meet marketing and attendance goals for the summer festival. The ED also works closely with the CMA faculty and staff to define programs and offerings that meet the music education goals of the county-wide participants.

Areas of responsibility include strategic/operational planning, staff leadership and management, fundraising, financial management, public relations and Board of Directors’ support and development.
The Executive Director oversees the selection and evaluation of the organization’s staff and acts as the primary staff representative to the Board of Directors. The ED works closely with various standing Board committees to plan and implement programs for the entire organization. The ED is the primary representative to the community and the primary fundraiser for all CMF/CMA offerings.

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include the following:

* Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization within the community and to government entities

* Increase public awareness of the organization

* Lead in the development of marketing programs to maximize summer CMF concert attendance and year-round CMA enrollment and programs

* Coordinate the activities of the Marketing Director and the Board Marketing Committee

* As the primary fundraiser for the organization, provide for the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations strategy. As a critical piece of this, engage in identifying foundation, corporate, governmental and individual donor prospects, and build relationships as needed.

* In conjunction with event chairs, assign staff support required for fundraising events

* Support “FRIENDS” (volunteer organization for the CMF & CMA) leadership to define staff and volunteer requirements for major fundraising events, and assign staff support required for fundraising events.

* Oversee and coordinate the development, implementation and continuous monitoring of annual operating budgets, project budgets and long range budgets. Ensure that the Board of Directors receives accurate and timely financial reports.

* Collaborate with the Music Director, the Development Director and the Board Development Committee to implement planned programs

* Oversee the offerings of both the CMA (as defined by the staff and faculty) and the CMF (as defined by the Music Director and Board Programming Committee)

* Hire, lead and manage the staff of the CMF & CMA (with the exception of the Music Director), providing performance measures and evaluation, and career development. Create a results- and team-oriented environment that both challenges people to succeed and rewards outstanding performance.

* Support the Board in planning activities of the organization to ensure an effective vision and mission and spearhead Board efforts to ensure that the strategic planning process remains a vital roadmap for the organization’s direction

* Ensure that annual operational plans and programs reflect the organization’s strategic plan


* Passion for the vision of the organization and a commitment to the realization of the mission is critical
* A minimum of 5 years of experience in senior leadership positions of nonprofit organizations, with a clear record of achievement
* A proven fundraiser with a track record of success
* Superior writing and communication skills that are effective reaching a range of audiences

Highly Preferred:
* Experience with orchestra management and/or music education management
* Experience as an executive director in the nonprofit sector

The opportunity to use the sum of your life’s experience and knowledge to capitalize on the significant accomplishments of Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts
Partnering with an active board that has demonstrated substantial and consistent dedication
Working with a highly professional staff that is passionate about the work and committed to the cause
Salary in the range of $75-85,000, with negotiable bonuses, and benefits

By midnight, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, please forward, via email, the following materials in your application packet: a letter of interest, current position, a current resume/CV, salary requirements, and references (maximum of five). References will not be contacted unless and until an applicant is chosen for an initial phone interview.

All application information must be received via email with “Executive Director-CMF/CMA” in the subject line and sent to the CMF/CMA Executive Transition Consultant: No hard copies or phone calls, please.

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