Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships

South Shore Conservatory - HINGHAM, Massachusetts

Job Category: Programs

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $65000 - $75000

About Our Organization

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is a community school for the arts on Boston's South Shore, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities. With campuses in Hingham and Duxbury, SSC’s arts-based educational programs provide a creative path for a lifetime of learning, from childhood through adulthood, through outstanding faculty and nationally-celebrated programming in music instruction, ensembles, dance, early childhood education, creative arts therapy, performance, community and school partnerships.

Job Summary


Reporting to the President, South Shore Conservatory’s Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships is responsible for overseeing  all aspects of program and partnership management and leadership, from strategy to on the ground execution. This intercampus position collaborates across functions, advancing South Shore Conservatory’s commitment to exceptional arts education. This role is critical to the growth and success of the organization, ensuring South Shore Conservatory’s curricular and programmatic vibrancy, and building and sustaining meaningful partnerships through effective  community engagement. 


Candidate Profile
The Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships  is a visionary thought leader with the creativity to help shape the strategic direction of South Shore Conservatory’s educational programs and partnerships. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience managing people, programs, projects, and budgets in an organization that serves multiple constituencies. 



  • Oversee planning, implementation, administration, and evaluation of educational programs and partnerships. 

  • Advance educational programming and partnerships, ensuring understanding and responsiveness to the interests, needs and priorities of the community, cultivating opportunities for individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to access programs, fostering  a deeply inclusive and welcoming environment. 

  • Oversee curriculum development and management, with a focus on private lesson instruction, group classes, and ensembles. 

  • Establish, nurture and maintain strong partnerships with public and private schools and community organizations. 

  • Track and evaluate program outcomes to shape future goals and opportunities.

  • Capture feedback and input on a regular basis, in order to enhance offerings and respond to the needs of  faculty, students, families, and community partners. 

  • Oversee relevant contractor/vendor relationships, including school and community partners. 

  • Supervise Department Chairs, with direct oversight of the faculty performance management and contract process.  

  • Collaborate with Department Chairs to effectively recruit, hire, manage, evaluate and retain exceptional faculty. 

  • Facilitate faculty professional development opportunities. 

  • Ensure consistent communication and collaboration between educational programming and registration, including regular review of the student placement process, to ensure optimal matching between students, faculty, and programs. 

  • Provide leadership and administrative support for cross-departmental special projects, events and initiatives, such as Performathon and the All-School meeting.  

  • Provide leadership and administrative support for monthly Faculty-Staff and Faculty Council (Faculty Voice) meetings.

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to maximize opportunities to promote faculty, programs, and partnerships. 

  • Serve as the liaison between Programming and Partnerships, Marketing and Communications and Registration functions. 

  • Collaborate with Development to maximize contributed revenue opportunities through institutional relations and individual donor engagement. 

  • Foster connections with local, state, and national agencies and service organizations, including the National Guild for Community Arts Education. 

  • Champion South Shore Conservatory as an integral part of the greater South Shore region through advocacy and the demonstration of its community impact

  • Partner with Creative Arts Therapies and Preschool/PreK/Kindergarten leadership to build strategic alignment, ensuring consistency in values, practices, processes and reporting across the full spectrum of SSC programs and partnerships.

  • Actively participate as a member of the Earned Revenue team, with shared accountability for results and outcomes, reporting, analysis and problem solving.

  • Partner with Finance on budget management and oversight, ensuring program and partnership fiscal responsibility and sustainability. 


Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • Education + Experience in Arts Administration/Education/Leadership: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with 5 or more years of administrative experience in the arts required, preferably in a non-profit setting. A degree in music performance or education is preferred, with a graduate-level degree or equivalent experience a plus. A passion for arts education is essential, with experience working in programming, and a deep knowledge and understanding of best practices. 

  • Customer Service-Focused Communication: Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Proven success working collaboratively with stakeholders such as parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community partners.

  • Strong Leadership and Management Skills: Experience leading teams to strong outcomes and collaborating effectively with peer teams throughout organizations. Experience managing individuals, with ability to build trust, make process improvements, and mentor and support growth and development.

  • Highly Effective Individual Contributor and Team Leader: An understanding of the realities of working in a small to medium size non-profit organization, able to easily toggle between individual deliverables and managing collective outcomes. Highly flexible and collaborative in working across organizational functions, understanding the interconnectedness inherent in programs and partnerships.

  • Candidates must be able to work in person on both campuses.

Additional Details

What Else You Should Know:
This job operates in a school-based  office environment, with requirements consisting of the ability to sit at a desk, frequent walking, bending, and standing as necessary.

While the designated days and schedule of work will be primarily Monday through Friday, some weekend, evening and early morning work may be required given SSC’s events calendar.

Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities for this job. Duties may change at any time with or without notice.

SSC is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff, faculty and students and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, BIPOC, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and two references, with “Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships” in the email subject line, to Lisa Ryan, No phone calls, please.