Conservatory Director

Cape Conservatory - West Barnstable, Massachusetts

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

About Our Organization

Inspiring Joy through the Arts
We believe the Arts are the heartbeat of life.  Through music, dance, and art, we thrive individually and collectively.  We are committed to making the arts more accessible to students of all ages and being a continual source of inspiration—inside the classroom and out in the community.
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Six Decades of Excellence
Founded in 1956, the Conservatory has celebrated its silver, gold, and diamond anniversaries with an artistic flair.  In 2010, we merged with the Cape Symphony to form the largest arts organization on Cape Cod. The synergy between the two arts organizations brings unparalleled educational and entertainment opportunities to Cape Cod and beyond.

Careful faculty selection and thoughtful program development have contributed to the Conservatory’s success. More than 60 outstanding individuals comprise our faculty of teaching artists. Each one has an exceptional educational background along with extensive teaching and performing experience. 

Job Summary

The Conservatory Director will articulate a vision for the organization and work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and Cape Arts & Entertainment (CA&E) leadership to implement determined strategies.  The Conservatory Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Conservatory and leading an accomplished team of staff and arts educators.  With full budget oversight, the Director will align resources with CA&E where there are opportunities to maximize productivity, maintain program quality, and promote the financial health of the organization.  The Conservatory Director will demonstrate a deep understanding and appreciation for the role of arts in creating a vibrant community, and be a passionate leader for the organization with sound financial management and a focus on long-term sustainability. 


Work with the staff, board, and faculty to implement the strategic business plan for the next 3-5 years, keeping in mind the goals of pursuing organizational health and sustainability and deepening programmatic impact

Balance a big-picture understanding of the organization’s programs and operations with the provision of on-the-ground tactical support to staff

Continue to raise and maintain the Conservatory’s visibility as a sector leader, and actively cultivate the organization’s thought leadership in our areas of expertise and influence


Program Management and Administration

  • Responsible for the recruitment and management of Conservatory staff and faculty.
  • Participate, as appropriate, with Board-level committees to address specific needs of the Conservatory, maintaining open lines of communication with CA&E administration, board, and committees regarding substantive matters.
  • Provide managerial support of all Conservatory programs including, but not limited to, private lessons, group lessons, summer camps, ensembles, preschools, scholarship programs, and community outreach programs. 
  • Oversee the development, design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of curriculum and educational programs.
  • Oversee the management of the enrollment cycles; ensure that student evaluations, performance opportunities, and recitals are conducted and coordinated; and collaborate with faculty to ensure student growth and ensemble advancement in Conservatory programs.
  • Execute policies identified in the faculty handbook for all Conservatory programs and identify new policies for improvement as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with all laws and regulations governing the operations of the Conservatory at each of the campuses and ensure that required regulatory licenses are in place and current.
  • Ensure efficient program operations and oversee communications with all students and families.
  • Identify and pursue personal professional growth opportunities for faculty and staff.



Finance, Development, Marketing, Property Management, and Governance

  • Provide input and monitor Conservatory budget, including staffing, and other budget line items, with the Board Treasurer, Director of Finance and Chief Operating Officer of CA&E, and provide support and data as needed to complete financial statements, the annual audit, and tax return process for CA&E.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure efficient internal operations, including technology/database needs and event operations.
  • Collaborate with program and administrative staff on timelines and logistics, including performances, auditions, scholarship competitions, educational outreach, and donor events.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Marketing, promote programs and classes across all marketing channels.  
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, engage in fundraising activities, identification and cultivation of major donors, and oversight of grant applications.
  • In conjunction with the Buildings & Grounds Committee of CA&E and custodial staff, oversee the maintenance of all Conservatory facilities; offer prioritized recommendations to committees and Board regarding repairs and improvements.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Education & Outreach, implement and evaluate all outreach programs and opportunities.
  • In conjunction with the Curriculum Manager, develop new initiatives that address emerging needs and partnership opportunities

The above is a description of the ordinary duties of the position. It should be expected that from time to time, other responsibilities related and unrelated to the above, may be assigned and, therefore, required.


Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • 5+ years of management experience, particularly experience working with, leading, and/or growing a >$1million organization
  • 3+ years of program management experience and/or music education administration preferred
  • College degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Proven ability to work well with diverse groups of people across all of the communities served by the Conservatory
  • Budget development and financial management skills including goal-setting and effective execution
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and ability to lead through change
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word and Excel, Google applications, and ability to quickly learn other programs and applications
  • Ability to participate in all work and programs of the Conservatory to include evenings and weekends


How to Apply

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