Steinway Society of Riverside County
Executive Director Position Description
The Steinway Society of Riverside County is seeking a dynamic Executive Director candidate who has a working knowledge of non-profit organizations and experience in community outreach, fund development, project management, team leadership, personnel management, administration, risk management, fiscal and program management. The Candidate must share in our mission statement to promotes excellence in piano performance for all children by bringing music into the schools and encouraging music education at all levels, and by providing financial awards through competition and music lessons for deserving children with a financial need and be willing to assume a significant leadership role in the future development of the Steinway Society of Riverside County.
Since 2002, the Steinway Society of Riverside Country has worked vigorously to fill the artistic gap left as funding for music education disappeared in 2008. We provide interactive music education classes, live performance programs, and competitions for local school-age children. And we want to do more!
What we’ve learned:
- It has been proven that students who are exposed to music based lessons score higher on math tests.
- Junior High and High school music students show higher grade point averages than non- musicians
- On college entrance exams, students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math, then those with no arts participation
- Music integrated into 7th and 8th grade social studies result in better subject performance and better social behaviors and attitudes
We are encouraged by these wonderful kids who are so eager to learn. Every year we interact with over 30,000 children, as we enhance their lives through music education.
The Steinway Society of Riverside County provides Music Enrichment Programs, both in school and after school, that focus on the K-12 students of the Coachella Valley.
Classic Concerts in Schools
Classical Concerts in Schools features pianists and soloists on other instruments, dancers, ensembles and youth orchestras, frequently including internationally recognized professionals. The concerts are attended by K-12 students and held in centrally located school multi-purpose rooms and auditoriums. Each year we reach 20,000 students in the Coachella Valley with these programs.
Piano Labs in Schools
Targeting elementary school children, we provide pianos, materials and teachers for group lessons, and keyboards for the children to practice on at home. The children learn music theory, rhythm, fingering and technique, develop focus and listening skills.
The Outreach Program
This program provides private piano lessons for talented children with a financial need. The Candidates can apply through schools and local music teachers to receive private lesson scholarships and pianos for practice at home.
Annual Piano Festival Competition
For over 15 years the Society has invited over 100 local music teachers in Riverside County to enter students into a 3-part competition. The students participate by working with a world-class adjudicator in a master class and private lesson, and then present themselves in a concert. From this group, 10 winners are selected by the judges to receive a $500 study award.
A new program as of 2015 it is open to students 7 to 24 years of age. The adjudicators are World-Class Concert Performers with International Master Teaching Credentials. Three winners will be selected and will perform with The Coachella Symphony as apart of their Seasons events.
Another one of our new programs is the Ukulele Lab. It is geared towards 4th and 5th grade students. Each student receives their own Ukulele and all materials. Teachers for group lessons are also provided.
Music Is Wellness
Music is Wellness is a musical performance program for the Eisenhower Medical Center’s memory care facility that provides day care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The McSymphony Series with Steve Battaglia has served over 125,000 children over a 16-year period. Mr. McSymphony is a power point program consisting of 5 classes that bring music appreciation to students K-5th grade. It teaches students about the Orchestra, The Conductor, Opera, Jazz and Ragtime.
Basics of an Orchestra
Basics of an Orchestra consists of two programs, one of which is a 40-minute power point presentation to teach the instruments of a Symphony Orchestra designed for 4th and 5th grade. The second program is a film available on the web site called The History of Music from 1500 to 1900. It is an on- line program that coincides with the period in history that the students are studying in class.
Candidates Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Create and implement annual development plan to ensure necessary funds are raised to support operations and ensure the organization’s sustainability.
- Anticipate and secure adequate funding for the operation and programs for Steinway.
- Ensure appropriate board committees are formed to assist in meeting the goals outlines in the development plan.
- Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals.
- Research and discover new funding sources, Collaborate with Board of Directors on fund development events throughout the fiscal year.
- Meet regularly with Committee Director to monitor progress delivery of all Steinway programs and evaluate effectiveness of current programs, need for development of new programs, staff concerns, personnel evaluations, certifications and licensure,
- Oversee planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of all current, future and special programs.
- Collaborate with Program Director to provide adequate supervision and evaluation of performance, effectiveness, and goals with each program.
- Promote the values and vision of Steinway programs to the community, as the face of Steinway and the primary spokesperson.
- Serve as chief liaison to specific community groups, initiatives, funders and contractors.
- Cultivate and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including leaders in foundations, corporations, businesses, and government.
Leadership and Personnel Management
- Bring passion and leadership to fulfilling Steinway’s mission and values.
- Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff.
- Provide strong and decisive leadership to staff and work collaboratively with Program Director’s.
- Ensure proper legal hiring and termination procedures and supervise disciplinary action.
- Develop, analyze, monitor and control operating budgets to ensure efficient operation
- Ensure effective internal controls and audit preparation.
- Work closely with the Finance Committee in order to prepare and interpret monthly financial statements and budgets to present to the Board of Directors.
- Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and help prepare agendas and materials for meetings as necessary.
- Renew all contracts annually and maintain all documentation required by funders.
- Oversee administration duties and prepare annual review of each administrative staff.
- Develop and implement five-year strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
- Analyze each programs effectiveness and goals and prepare an annual review to present to the Board of Directors.
- Certify proper regulatory codes and permits are kept current and compliance is followed in all programs.
- Establish appropriate insurance is maintained for agency, staff and board.
- Confirm compliance with funding sources and regulatory agencies.
- Ensure that accurate job descriptions, training, regular performance evaluations and sound human resource practices are in place.
Education and/or Experience:
- Proven track record of leadership, with a minimum of five years of nonprofit experience.
- Demonstrated ability to grow and oversee a robust working budget for a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
- Diverse experience in nonprofit fundraising, cultivation of donors, grant writing, and special Events.
- Successful track record of effectively leading and managing an organization and staff.
- Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred and a graduate degree is desired.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
We are accepting the first round of applications until Friday, October 6th.