EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival

The Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation (PMMF) is seeking a dynamic, multi-talented Executive Director who has a passion for classical music and will enthusiastically help us manage the organization, fundraise, and tell our story.  The new Executive Director will join PMMF at a pivotal juncture, with the opportunity to shape and lead the organization into its next exciting chapter.
The mission of the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation is to train aspiring symphony conductors and orchestra musicians through an intensive summer program – the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival – distinguished by a unique teaching legacy, a wide and varied repertoire, and public performances of symphonic, chamber and children’s concerts.
Who we are
The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival, founded as a conducting school in 1943 by renowned conductor Pierre Monteux, aspires to be the finest summer training program and festival of its kind. We provide an intensive, supportive environment based on Monteux’s belief that conductors should play in the orchestra while observing the lessons of their colleagues, thus learning from both sides of the podium.
We actively recruit exceptional students through enduring relationships with a global network of distinguished conservatories, universities and alumni/ae.  Under the guidance of our music director, students approach a challenging repertoire with discipline and rigor, learning from faculty, guest artists and each other in a mutually respectful and supportive environment. One of our key goals is to reward the talent, commitment and promise of our students by steadily increasing scholarship support.
We share the power of classical music with our festival audiences each summer through our well-attended Sunday afternoon symphony concerts, as well as chamber and children’s performances. In all our activities, we strive to foster and promote musical understanding and personal growth and to promote goodwill in the community and throughout Maine.
Our ideal candidate
We are looking for an Executive Director with the following skills and experience:
  • Organizational management in the nonprofit sector, including financial oversight, program administration, planning and goal setting, and managing short- and long-term priorities.
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability and success, especially in raising major gifts ($1000+) from foundations and individuals.
  • Strong communications skills-both written and oral-to articulate and deliver our compelling story to diverse audiences in person and through a variety of media.
  • Leadership skills that demonstrate confidence, diplomacy, and integrity; public speaking excellent public speaking and presentation skills; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the board, music director and students.
Duties of the Executive Director
Fundraising and Development (35%)
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and oversee a growing portfolio of major donors (foundations and individuals)
  • Write and submit grant applications and requisite reports
  • Manage the donor database and provide consistent cultivation (i.e. membership letters)
  • Develop and execute integrated mail and electronic appeals
  • Identify opportunities for, and provide support to, special events as appropriate
Management and Administration (45%)
  • Oversee and manage student recruitment and registration, housing, utilities and insurance issues related to our annual mid-June to August school and concert series
  • Work with the board and committees to establish policies and procedures
  • Administer standards and procedures related to programs, finances and facilities
  • Oversee and manage bookkeeping, financial reporting (both internal and external) and compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Work with the finance committee to develop annual budgets for board approval
Communication and Outreach (20%)
  • Develop annual communication plans for board approval
  • Prepare content required for implementing communications plans
  • Maintain websites and social media with up-to-date material
  • Support outreach activities that include speaking engagements, panel discussions, public presentations and media relations.
  • Familiarity with, and a passion for, classical music
  • Strong organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills with ability to multi-task
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and QuickBooks Online programs, along with an ability to become familiar with organization-specific programs and software
  • Fundraising and grant-writing experience
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Experience with website content and various social media platforms
  • Professional demeanor
Time commitment and compensation
  • Full-time availability from May 1 through the end of August
  • Part-time from September through April
  • Yearly commitment of 48 weeks expected; to begin approximately May 15
  • Possibility of housing in Hancock
Salary commensurate with skills and experience.
Search Timeline
  • Interested candidates should submit the following:
    • Letter of interest
    • Resume containing education and work experiences
    • Names and contact information for three professional references
Inquiries by mail, courier, telephone, or website will not be accepted or acknowledged.
The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival and its parent organization, the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation, are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on account of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

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