Community MusicWorks (CMW) seeks a Managing Director to lead the
organization into its next phase. CMW, now in its 16th year, is a communitybased
organization in Providence, Rhode Island that has an important leadership
position nationally. The organization connects the permanent residency of a
professional chamber ensemble to a local urban community in Providence, to
provide artistic and educational opportunities to an economically challenged
community, all with a mission of social change.
In recent years the organization has experienced steady growth, and now has a
staff of 16 full- and part-time people, an annual budget of approximately $1
million, and several new initiatives. The organization’s 5-year strategic plan
focuses on the question of how much to grow locally and nationally, and defines
an intention to 1) grow deeper not broader within Providence to provide our 100
students with comprehensive musical experiences, and 2) to develop a national
presence by sharing our model with musicians and arts organizations across the
country so that they can carry forward CMW’s ideas in other communities. In the
coming years, the organization will be focused on planning for and carrying out a
campaign for a permanent facility.
Funding for Community MusicWorks comes from local and national foundations,
including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the National
Endowment of the Arts, and many individual contributors. In 2010, the
organization won national recognition when its founder received a MacArthur
“genius grant,” and Michelle Obama presented the organization with the National
Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House.
Community MusicWorks seeks a Managing Director who will help the
organization to maintain and grow its reputation and programming, develop new
initiatives in the coming years, and support the organization’s ambitions toward
finding a permanent facility. The Managing Director will work in partnership with
the Founder & Artistic Director in many areas of organizational leadership,
including strategic planning, institutional advancement, board development, and
public programming. The Managing Director will have direct responsibility for
financial management, communications and public relations, growing local and
national partnerships, and staff supervision. Because the organization has a
Director of Development, fund development will not be a primary responsibility of
the Managing Director, but participation in relationship building and stewardship
will be essential.
A successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent interpersonal
skills, a passion for arts and social justice, experience with organizational
leadership, finance, and communications, and will be an innovator who can grow
the organization’s position locally and nationally.
The position includes full health and dental insurance and retirement benefits.
Salary range available upon request.
Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to Sebastian
Ruth, Founder & Artistic Director at email@example.com.