Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Seeks Executive Director

Now in its fifth decade, The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to join us as our Executive Director, to build upon our success and recognition as the preeminent presenter of world class chamber music on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Position

The Executive Director is the full-time senior manager and leader of the administrative operations of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (“CCCMF,” or “the Festival”). Primary
responsibilities include development and fundraising, community engagement, public relations, financial management and strategic planning. The Executive Director works closely with the Festival’s Artistic Directors and Board of Directors on achieving the artistic objectives of the organization, and on organizing and executing the Festival’s presentation of its annual summer music festival at several venues on Cape Cod, as well as presentation of recorded and streamed content. The Executive Director has responsibility for the daily operations of CCCMF, and for oversight and supervision of other staff members, such as the Operations Manager, Concert and Production Managers, contract employees and volunteers. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. CCCMF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Leadership and Qualifications

In developing and implementing the artistic and administrative goals of the Festival, the Executive Director (“ED”) is expected to be self-motivated, highly organized, imaginative, pro- active, collaborative, detail-oriented, and transparent. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are essential, as are budget and staff management skills, and facility in computer-based communications, website administration and use of standard business and communication software. The ED must exhibit the personal qualities of leadership, integrity, and commitment to CCCMF’s mission. In these days of live performance restrictions and limitations, and the paradigm shift on presentation of content through digital media, a working familiarity with such presentations is preferred.

A love for chamber music, classical music and the performing arts is a must, and professional performance experience and/or performing arts production and management experience would be a plus. The minimum education requirement is a Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for a degree or substantial course work in music management and marketing. We seek a creative, forward-looking individual with at least several years of experience and a proven track record in operations and financial management in non-profit arts organizations, in negotiating and executing contracts, in fundraising, development, public relations and marketing.

Job Functions

Responsibilities include management of the following functions of the organization:

1. Budget, Development and Fundraising

  • Develop annual budget, working in collaboration with the Finance Committee
  • Assure accurate and timely reporting on budgets and on financial and business activities.
  • Develop and implement annual fundraising and development plan in collaboration with board members and Artistic Directors.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors and prospective donors.
  • Manage grant and foundation proposals and relationships.
  • Oversee management of donor records and appropriate correspondence, ensuring privacy and confidentiality.

2. Marketing and Public Relations

  • Act as spokesperson for the Festival in conjunction with the Artistic Directors.
  • Develop and implement imaginative and effective marketing strategies to advance the Festival’s goals and visions.
  • Build the Festival’s local and national profile.
  • Develop annual and long-term marketing plan for concert and on-line content promotion (season brochures, e-communications, postcards, posters, newsletters and the like) and for traditional and social media advertising.
  • Develop and implement plan for keeping website, social media and other electronic communications up to date and innovative.
  • Supervise marketing and communications interns.

3. Community Engagement and Education Programs

  • Co-develop educational programs with the Artistic Directors, reinforcing the Festival’s presence in the community
  • Develop further access among underserved constituencies.

4. General Oversight of Daily Operations

  • Work with Board of Directors, Operations Manager and staff to establish and update employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day- to-day operations.
  • Work with the Board to implement the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Guide and oversee Operations Manager, Production Manager, volunteers and other staff.
  • Negotiate and execute agreements made and entered into on behalf of the organization, with Board oversight, including contracts with musicians, concert venues and others
  • Oversee office operations, including necessary technical support, office equipment upkeep, and appropriate insurance policies.
  • Work with bookkeeper on bi-weekly basis to account for donations, pay bills, process payroll and reconcile accounts. Review financial reports and records to ensure proper recording and classification of transactions by bookkeeper, following up as needed to resolve discrepancies.
  • Support year-end audit and tax filing process by providing financial records and other supporting documentation as needed.
  • Foster positive and collaborative organizational culture.

5. Concert and Benefit Operations

  • Attend all concerts.
  • Attend benefit events when possible.
  • Oversee and manage procedures to ensure that all concert and rehearsal details are in order, including venues, page turners, piano rentals, piano tuning, equipment, and green room set-up.
  • Assure that all concerts are effectively and efficiently stage managed, including front of house and backstage coordination, and assure that programs start promptly, with all reserved seating arranged.
  • Coordinate with musicians, Operations Manager, box office, Production Managers and Volunteer Coordinator, and effectively resolve problems when they arise.

6. Board Relations

  • Provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions, including accurate financial documents that reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Work with the Artistic Directors, Operations Manager and committees to draft policies and procedures for the approval of the Board.
  • Arrange for and attend all board and committee meetings.

7. Professional Development

  • Attend meetings and seminars related to fundraising and development to keep current with local and national practices/issues.
  • Maintain membership in professional organization such as Chamber Music America.
  • Periodically attend development, marketing and chamber music-related conferences, contingent upon budget and Board approval.


CCCMF will offer a compensation package commensurate to the position’s responsibilities and the candidate’s experience, to attract a compelling candidate.

Commencement date


To apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and professional references to CCCMF Execute Director Search Committee, directed to the following address: