Executive Director

St. Paul Conservatory of Music - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $55000 - $65000

Application Deadline: March 08, 2021

About Our Organization

The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music (SPCM) has provided high-quality music education to the Twin Cities community since 1985.  Originally founded as part of the University of St. Thomas School of Music, The SPCM became an independent non-profit community music school in June of 2001. The organization has earned a reputation as a premier community music school dedicated to serving the greater Twin Cities east metro area, employing widely respected professional musicians in the Twin Cities. Since becoming an independent organization, the SPCM has broadened its mission as a community music school by offering educational outreach and performance programming that is increasingly accessible to the broader community. The SPCM abides by the National Association for Music Education and State of Minnesota standards in music education and classroom curriculum initiatives. The SPCM has a current budget of $602K, a distinguished faculty of 50 serving 222 students. The SPCM currently leases space in a historic church on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue and is involved in an ongoing search for a permanent home.

Job Summary

The Position – Executive Director:

  • serves as the chief operating officer and reports to the Board of Directors through its President;
  • is a creative and thoughtful leader who inspires others with their passion and vision for lifelong engagement in the arts and provides effective leadership and management of the human and financial resources of the SPCM;
  • is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization, including planning, operations, budgeting, financial management, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and community engagement consistent with the SPCM’s mission and vision;
  • provides impetus and support to the work of the Board of Directors in developing the organization's vision and strategic plan and ensures that the Board and its committees have the information they need to work effectively on behalf of the organization;
  • recruits, hires, motivates, evaluates, and provides leadership to a high caliber professional staff and faculty;
  • develops and maintains an environment that nurtures the talents of both the faculty and students who participate in SPCM programs;
  • serves as chief spokesperson and represents SPCM throughout the community, encourages partnerships and collaborations that advance the mission of the SPCM, while providing the best possible educational and musical experience for all SPCM constituents.


Job Description and Essential Tasks:

Vision and Leadership

  • Represent the SPCM as its chief ambassador and spokesperson; a leader who embodies the values and goals outlined in the SPCM’s mission statement
  • Provide leadership and supervision to a staff and faculty who view the organization as a community, committed to the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the SPCM
  • Explore opportunities to build upon and expand the artistic and educational programs presented in our community, seeking opportunities for growth of SPCM programs and revenue

Administration and Finance

  • In conjunction with the staff accountant and board treasurer, prepare and manage an annual budget of $602K, manage financial resources throughout the fiscal year and provide timely reports to the Board regarding key financial activities, including tax returns and other legal documents
  • Initiate and manage annual strategic planning in collaboration with the Board
  • Recruit and hire teaching faculty and guest artists to fulfill the program vision of the SPCM
  • Supervise and motivate the part-time and full-time faculty and staff
  • Represent the SPCM regarding any regulatory matters with governmental agencies
  • Oversee the recruitment and management of SPCM volunteers

Outreach, Partnerships and Community Engagement           

  • Manage existing and develop new SPCM outreach programs that advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and actively pursue strategies and programs that make it possible for SPCM to welcome those who would not otherwise have access to music lessons and performing arts opportunities
  • Support and develop the multiple concert series and performance opportunities that the Conservatory operates to enhance the artistry of students and faculty, and provide high-quality musical performances to the community

Fundraising and Development

  • Provide leadership and supervision for all Fundraising and Development activities along with the SPCM Team, Board Members and Key Donors
  • Plan and implement strategies to maintain and deepen relationships with individual and institutional donors
  • Build relationships among the fund-raising community to include city, state, and county cultural organizations
  • Responsibility for identifying grant opportunities and completing grant applications
  • Manage the database of donors and supporters in conjunction with the board and staff

Board Relations

  • Coordinate and schedule Board meetings and, with the Board President, set agendas
  • Present comprehensive reports of SPCM activities at every board meeting, including financial reports in coordination with the Board Treasurer and staff
  • Communicate regularly with Board members between meetings as needed
  • In conjunction with the Board President and Nominating Committee, identify and recruit new board members, supervise Board development, good governance, leadership succession, and bylaws revision as needed
  • Oversee the SPCM Advisory Board to facilitate their role supporting SPCM activities


  • With Marketing staff and board, responsibility for the design and implementation of marketing strategies to better present the school in the community
  • Manage and coordinate, with staff, press releases and media relations
  • Manage and coordinate, with staff, the SPCM website as an effective marketing and development resource

Job Qualifications & Requirements

Candidate Profile: Key Competencies

The ideal candidate is a leader who has a deep commitment to music education, experience working with the community and has a passion for social justice opportunities through music. The ideal candidate has at least five years’ experience in executive or senior management of a not-for-profit music or arts organization and has a strong working knowledge of music education, artists, and repertoire. A Master's Degree in music performance, music education, or arts administration is preferred. Familiarity with and/or ability to adapt to various technologies, social media platforms, or software packages is required.

The successful candidate:

  • has excellent organizational and financial management skills and will have demonstrated the ability to develop, manage and balance annual operating budgets;
  • is an enthusiastic fund raiser who has had successful experience in both fundraising and managing earned revenue;
  • energetically embraces the core values and mission of the SPCM;
  • is an articulate advocate for the value and importance of music education for the community;
  • is committed to expanding access to music and music education, will strive to increase the diversity of SPCM’s student body, faculty, and audience, and is dedicated to equity in all of the organization’s programming;
  • has superb interpersonal skills, experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors, excellent supervisory abilities and a reputation fostering teamwork among staff, and excellent rapport with children, teens, and adults;
  • is a person of integrity, maturity, professionalism, optimism, and high energy and will provide leadership enabling the SPCM to realize its vision for excellence, outreach, and community engagement.

Additional Details

Compensation: salary range of $55,000–65,000 commensurate with experience; benefits include two weeks PTO, sick days, health insurance stipend.

Other Information

This is a full-time, exempt position based at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During the current global pandemic, SPCM staff are able to complete their work remotely, but will resume working in the Conservatory office as conditions allow. Some evening and weekend hours will be required when in-person events resume.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resumé to christopher@thespcm.org.