About Our Organization
South Shore Conservatory (SSC) seeks a strong organizational leader to serve as its next President, enthusiastically steering the organization forward into a robust and resilient future. The President of SSC will inherit stewardship of a highly regarded arts education institution that has played a significant role in the cultural life of the South Shore community in close proximity to Boston for the past half-century. As a dedicated strategist with a passion for arts and education, SSC’s President will elevate already impactful programming and identify new ways for SSC to expand its profile, celebrate the arts with genuine spirit and heart, and institute a necessary level of organizational rigor that matches SSC’s growth. The President will inspire SSC’s Board to serve with new purposeful focus, motivate and mentor faculty and staff with clarity and grace, and be a willing ambassador for SSC in the community and throughout the Boston metro area. SSC’s President will see opportunity in the face of challenge and approach the long-term success of SSC with intention, authenticity, and integrity.
SSC’s mission is “to provide access to exceptional arts education and performance for the South Shore community, foster creativity, artistic growth, and well-being for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.” The organization’s vision is “to make music, transform lives, and support the development of global citizens and healthy communities.” SSC is the largest community music school in New England and one of the top regional community music schools in the United States. As an anchor cultural player of the vibrant and diverse group of cities and towns between Boston and Cape Cod, SSC is highly regarded for its private and group lessons for all ages, innovative community-based programming, Creative Arts Therapies, and engaging performances. SSC currently operates out of two campuses in Hingham and Duxbury, MA, and maintains partnerships with community and service-based organizations across the region. SSC also currently owns a third property that was purchased with the intention of expanding its Creative Arts Therapies programming and adding capacity for individual and group lessons. (That project is currently in the evaluation stage for its feasibility with current operations.) Over 50 years, SSC has been led by only two Presidents, current leader Kathy Czerny having served in her role for nearly 15 years. SSC’s current budget is in excess of $5 million and maintains faculty and staff (a combination of full and part-time) of over 100. Many of SSC’s programs were established 50 years ago upon the organization’s founding and continue to be led by qualified and respected faculty, several of whom have served SSC for decades. SSC teaching artists provide private instruction, group lessons, large ensembles, and performances reaching thousands of South Shore residents of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. The breadth of year-round programming available to youth through senior citizen learners is vast and responsive to the needs and desires of the South Shore community. SSC’s primary grounding is in music education, but it also offers exciting instruction in dance and theatre as part of its expansive programmatic profile. Early childhood programs are an important component of SSC’s focus, and the organization has had great success in offering an arts-based preschool and kindergarten located at its Hingham campus. With education at the center of its mission, SSC has expanded beyond its core in-house individual and group lessons over the past 10 years, creating programming outside the walls of the campuses to increase opportunities for discovery through the power of music. Its newest Community Partnership programs challenge the mind, stimulate creativity, and build vibrant social connections through collaborations with local school systems, residential communities, local Councils on Aging, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. A year-round schedule of faculty and student concerts brings music performance within reach of the broader community. SSC is committed to fostering an inclusive community. It's Creative Arts Therapies programs support the mental, emotional, and physical health of individuals outside the reach of traditional programs, including those with learning disabilities, autism, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. A team of nine board-certified music and movement faculty members provide individual therapy and group classes to 600 individuals both on campus and throughout the community. The 26-member SSC Board is dedicated to working closely with the President to enact strategic thinking, information-based decision making, and creative program development, all the while working towards a greater level of long-term financial stability. For more information about SSC, visit https://sscmusic.org/.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
In recent years, SSC has embraced success while also acknowledging some clear organizational challenges. To this end, opportunities to build upon and cultivate include:
• Continuing to offer a diverse set of high-quality individual and group instruction experiences for a variety of age groups and skillsets;
• Expanding SSC’s brand awareness throughout the region to identify new students;
• Use the talents, skills, and connections of current Board members and advocates to secure more contributed revenue and foster deeper community connections;
• Celebrate long-time faculty and staff contributions while setting the stage for new voices and ideas to contribute to SSC’s success; and
• Ensuring that all community-wide programming and performances fully support SSC’s mission and strategically align with high-functioning operations.
Along with these opportunities, the incoming President will need to address some fundamental challenges including:
• Re-establishing enrollment growth in core teaching programs;
• Stopping a recent cycle of annual six-figure budget deficits;
• Building an infrastructure and culture that clearly defines success as both an expression of closely tracked data and participant experiences;
• Confirming a sense of trust between governance and operations through the timely and accurate reporting of financial information and programmatic evaluation;
• Clarifying and executing final plans relating to any types of organizational expansion (including property holdings and programming); and
• Instituting organizational procedures that integrate information flow between departments with the goal of improving staff and faculty morale.
POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The President is charged with leading SSC in a manner that ensures exceptional achievement from faculty, students, families, and community partners in an inclusive and accessible environment. Strengthening financially well-supported core programming and the development of innovative outreach tailored to the needs of the community will be a focus of the next President. The President reports directly to the South Shore Conservatory Board of Trustees and is responsible for all aspects of operations and management of the organization. The organization’s culture and aspirations are owned and led by the President and are supported by and accountable to the Board of Trustees. As the primary liaison between SSC and the community, the President is expected to frequently participate in events in and beyond normal "business hours" both within SSC and the greater South Shore region. The President is ultimately responsible for the fiscal and programmatic success of SSC and will vigorously carry out the executive leadership role as a well-informed “servant leader” who derives satisfaction out of motivating a high-functioning team. Specifically, the new President will be responsible for:
Executive Strategy and Board Leadership:
• Work with the Board and the Executive Team to set and achieve goals for the organization following strategic priorities.
• Drive the Board’s cycle of strategic planning in coordination with the Board Chair.
• Engage in continuous improvement with an awareness of market dynamics.
• Develop and communicate SSC’s vision in a manner that honors the organization’s rich history gathering input from multiple sources.
• Support the Board in identifying and recruiting new Trustees. Organizational Leadership • Measure effectiveness of all programming with a serious dedication to maintaining a strong financial position for the organization.
• Ensure delivery of quality programming attending to exceptional experience for all constituents.
• Cultivate, nurture and lead a highly dedicated team of staff and faculty.
• Develop and retain top-performing staff & faculty.
• Lead focus of staff and faculty around core values of respect, initiative, excellence.
• Develop student recruitment and marketing strategies in conjunction with the COO. Operations and Financial Stewardship
• Develop organizational budgets and lead all operational planning with the CFO and Executive Team.
• Meet financial goals through earned and contributed income and expense management. • Maintain high standards of financial management and reporting. Fundraising and Financial Support
• Provide organizational leadership to all aspects of Development in conjunction with the Senior Director of Development.
• Actively identify and cultivate new donors and friends of the organization.
• Engage in strategic planning for major gift solicitations (both annual and capital) and serve as SSC’s chief major gifts fundraiser. Community Engagement
• Develop opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in conjunction with the Senior Director of Community Engagement.
• Position SSC as a collaborative leader within the South Shore Arts Community.
• Create and maintain strategic partnerships within the South Shore Community.
• Represent SSC as a public spokesperson and face of the organization.
Job Qualifications & Requirements
Interested candidates should possess the following qualifications, skills, and traits:
• Experience in running a non-profit organization, preferably one that offers arts/music education.
• Proven track record of success in leading a diverse team of professionals and educators and/or artists.
• Strong non-profit sector financial management skills.
• High-level communication skills.
• Successful experience with fundraising.
• An engaging personality and the ability to inspire confidence as a team leader. • Tenacity, grit, and a balanced approach to life and work.
• Willingness to live on the South Shore and to be part of its arts community on more than a nine to five basis.
How to Apply
HOW TO APPLY
Jonathan West is the consultant from Management Consultants for the Arts who will be leading this search. Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following items for consideration:
• A current résumé • Cover letter (no more than 1 ½ pages)
• Three professional references
• Salary expectation
Submissions should be made through Management Consultants for the Arts’ website at: https://www.mcaonline.com/searches/president-ssc