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Executive Director / Kaufman Music Center

  • New York, New York
  • TypePaid
  • TermFull time
  • CategoryExecutive Management
  • Post DateJan 05, 2018

Kaufman Music Center (the “Center”), one of New York City's leading educational and performing arts institutions, seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to lead a vibrant, multi-faceted organization which is well positioned to continue its remarkable 65-year history of advancing innovative music education and performance. At a time when access to the arts is regrettably shrinking, the Center's mission to stir and heighten appreciation of, as well as participation in, music is more critical than ever before. Underlying this mission is the belief that the arts are essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone, regardless of social, economic, racial, or ethnic background.

The Executive Director will oversee a high quality, enterprising, programmatically diverse, and purposeful organization that has taken a leading role in innovating powerful educational programs, performances, and partnerships. The Center serves more than 75,000 people each year, through its programs: Lucy Moses School, the Special Music School (P.S. 859), Merkin Concert Hall, Theater@Kaufman, and Face the Music, plus a subsidiary, Opus 118.

Governed by a 28-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee a budget of almost $11 million, with oversight of 131 staff and 190 faculty. This Executive Director will join the Center at a watershed moment, as Lydia Kontos is retiring after more than 30 years as Executive Director. During Lydia's tenure, the Center has flourished but there is still much work to be done. This next leader will work to develop a distinctive, unified, and easily-understood identity for the Center; enhance the Center's reach, visibility and reputation; and grow and expand the resource base to ensure a strong financial foundation for future innovation, growth, and impact. S/he will also promote effective governance and strong institutional leadership; will enhance organizational processes and systems; and will continue to expand access to music education and performance.

This leader will bring a track record in leading and managing organizations of comparable purpose and/or similar complexity, and will bring a deep passion for music and the arts. In addition, the Executive Director will be a strategic thinker, a creative leader, an effective communicator, and an experienced fundraiser. This leader will be comfortable working in an environment with numerous funding streams and constrained resources, and will have experience leading and partnering with a board of trustees as well as nurturing collaborative teams and partnerships.

Kaufman Music Center has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including resume and letter of interest) should be sent electronically in confidence via

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