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Interested in working for El Sistema Colorado?  We currently have two open positions: Executive Director and Program Director. You can read the job descriptions below. If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@elsistemacolorado.org. In the subject line, indicate the position for which you are applying.


Executive Director – 40 hours/week

El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.  For more information about our organization, visit www.elsistemacolorado.org

ESC is looking to hire a strong leader to guide the organization through a transition period into greater sustainability and to a community hub program design. We are posting both an Executive Director position and a Program Director position in order to cast a wide net to find the best possible talent, though we will only be filling one of the two roles at this time.

What We Do:

El Sistema Colorado uses ensemble music to transform the lives of low-income youth in the Denver metro area. We are unique in using music in a whole-child approach as a tool for school readiness, cognitive, emotional and social development, academic success and graduation, as well as positively impacting families and the surrounding neighborhoods. Low income children are typically denied the educational and developmental opportunities available through music, as their schools focus on “the basics” to raise test scores. Deprived of the joy and engagement opportunities that come from more enriching activities, at-risk youth feel less engaged in school and the achievement gap that separates them from their more privileged peers only grows.

Job Summary:

  • The Executive Director (E.D.) is charged with leading ESC’s transition to greater sustainability and growth.
  • The E.D. is responsible for the overall management and administration of El Sistema Colorado (ESC), ensuring effective program execution, carrying out the mission of ESC and assuring the program’s sustainability and growth.
  • The E.D. will create and implement the development strategy to achieve ESC’s fundraising goals, and cultivate various income sources from private foundations, individuals, corporations and government grants, among others. This includes leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside the Denver Metro area to maintain and grow diversified and predictable income streams.
  • Other areas of responsibility include supervision of program planning and evaluation, policy planning, personnel and fiscal management, marketing, community engagement and public relations.
  • This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. It is hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Directors of El Sistema Colorado.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

Fiscal Sponsor Relationship:

  • El Sistema Colorado (ESC) is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and as such, ESC operates under the 501c3 status of CNDC. All individuals employed by El Sistema Colorado are CNDC employees. The Executive Director is the person within ESC who is primarily responsible for managing the relationship with CNDC.
  • As a project of CNDC, there are numerous policies and procedures that ESC must follow. The Executive Director is directly responsible for ensuring that ESC is in compliance with these policies and procedures. This involves knowledge and understanding of CNDC policies and procedures, adherence to all reporting requirements and deadlines, and ongoing communication with the appropriate CNDC employees.
  • Additionally, the Executive Director must keep the ESC Board of Directors updated on any and all changes within the relationship between ESC and CNDC, as well as any issues of concern between the two entities.

Board Relations:

  • Work with the ESC board chair to increase the involvement, engagement and support of board members.
  • Lead all community fundraising activities with the ESC Board of Directors.
  • Keep the ESC Board of Directors fully informed about ESC’s overall status.
  • Provide support and information to the board to identify and recruit new board members.
  • With the board chair, enable the board to fulfill its governance function and facilitate optimum interaction between staff management, staff and the board.
  • Work with the board chair to facilitate the orientation of new board members.
  • Assist the board chair in planning meeting agendas and preparing reports.
  • Staff board committees as appropriate.

Resource Development Planning and Implementation:

  • Create and implement a sustainable, multi-source development plan, continually searching out all possible long and short-term funding.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, individual donors and appropriate school district & government personnel for long-term sustainability.
  • Oversee grant proposals to all current and potential foundation, corporate and government funders, meeting all deadlines and reporting requirements.
  • Develop and grow ESC’s individual donor base, manage an annual giving campaign and cultivate major gifts.
  • Assist the board chair in managing board fundraising goals.
  • Lead fundraising, marketing and public relations strategies.
  • Maintain oversight of donor information and donor database system.
  • Coordinate strong representation of ESC to appropriate legislative bodies, media, ESC advocates, and relevant community constituents.

Program Direction and Growth:

  • Ensure that ESC’s philosophy and mission are practiced consistently throughout the organization.
  • Ensure all ESC program service objectives are met through leadership of all program aspects (recruitment, retention, after-school programs, summer camps, private lessons, audition preparation).
  • Maintain consistent collaboration & communication with all stakeholders (parents, partner school staff, partner organizations, etc.)
  • Execute and evaluate a long-range growth plan with the board, ESC Program Director and key administration of partnering schools that fosters students’ deep, sustained engagement in ESC.
  • Execute and oversee program evaluation and assessment.
  • Hire and manage a team of teaching artists and volunteers.
  • Maintain and develop partner relationships.
  • Identify opportunities for community performances and coordinate them in collaboration with staff.

Fiscal:

  • Develop and monitor annual and other pertinent budgets.
  • Approve expenditures.
  • Provide for proper fiscal record-keeping and reporting.
  • Submit monthly financial statements to the ESC Board of Directors.

Personnel:

  • Administer approved personnel policies.
  • Ensure proper and legal hiring and termination procedures.
  • Oversee any and all staff disciplinary actions.
  • Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff and volunteers.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Passion for the mission is uppermost, as is compassion and caring
  • Being open-minded and trustworthy is essential
  • The ability to balance visionary, big-picture thinking with a willingness to be “hands-on” with programs when needed
  • A leader with a positive, motivational attitude who builds long-term relationships
  • A proven fundraiser with a track record of success
  • A skilled manager who motivates the team to deliver outstanding performance through a collaborative approach
  • An excellent writer and speaker, comfortable in the role of public figure
  • A strategic leader who applies persistence, determination and hard work to achieving goals
  • A financially knowledgeable person who creates and utilizes budgets and financial reports to manage and plan
  • Initiative: self-directed, able to set clear targets and achieve results.
  • Collaborative: works well with others to listen, solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Communication: promptly shares with others as appropriate; can negotiate/persuade as needed.
  • Adaptable: open to change and new ideas – handles pressure and adjusts to meet changing needs.

Required Qualifications

To be considered, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Previous experience as an Executive Director is highly preferred; 5 or more years of executive experience with a nonprofit is required
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience desirable
  • Deep knowledge, understanding and/or experience with nonprofits serving children and/or with K-12 educational institutions
  • Fundraising experience is an absolute, with:
    • Proven track record of achieving set revenue targets
    • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new funders (foundations, corporate, government and individual donors)
    • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base
  • Experience in working in community and building community partnerships
  • Skilled at developing, implementing and managing strategic plans
  • Proven ability to manage and lead change
  • Experience in communications and marketing
  • Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred
  • Experience in music is not required

What’s In It for You:

  • The opportunity to use the sum of your life’s experience and knowledge to capitalize on the accomplishments of El Sistema Colorado and take it to the next level
  • Leading an innovative nonprofit organization with a unique approach to social change
  • Being inspired by the children and families we serve
  • A salary that is consistent with similar-size organizations in the metro Denver area

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@elsistemacolorado.org

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El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.

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Program Director – 30 hours/week

El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.  For more information about our organization, visit www.elsistemacolorado.org

El Sistema Colorado (ESC) is looking for an energetic leader to guide the program into a new phase of sustainability and launch a new central program hub.  The Program Director must be a passionate, inspirational, and collaborative leader who is committed to equity and to ESC’s mission of using music as a tool for social change.  The Program Director is the primary organizational leader over all youth and musical activities, directing all planning and coordination, consistent and effective execution, and supporting the Teaching Artists and staff in continuous program improvement. This position reports to the Executive Director.

ESC is looking to hire a strong leader to guide the organization through a transition period into greater sustainability and to a community hub program design. We are posting both an Executive Director position and a Program Director position in order to cast a wide net to find the best possible talent, though we will only be filling one of the two roles at this time.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Staff
    • Lead the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of all teaching artists and program staff.
    • Manage and meet regularly with teaching artists and program staff.
    • Lead professional development and support consistency of approach and exchange of best practices.
    • Conduct observations and coaching sessions with teaching artists and staff, as well as annual reviews.
  • Lead Program Oversight
    • Direct all aspects of youth music programming, including after-school, private lessons, audition preparation, and summer camps.
    • Oversee student recruitment, registration, orientation, development, and retention.
    • Train staff to ensure all safety procedures are followed.
    • Plan and coordinate frequent public concerts and performances around the Denver area.
    • Oversee all communication with students, families, staff, board, partners, social media, and the public along with support from the Board Communications Committee.
    • Plan common curriculum and repertoire with teaching artists.
    • Manage the student tuition and scholarship process.
  • Provide Organizational Leadership
    • Conduct internal evaluation and monitoring efforts consistent with El Sistema Colorado’s theory of change and guiding questions.
    • Create and manage a budget with the support of the Board finance committee.
    • Build infrastructure by codifying and streamlining processes and systems.
    • Regularly attend board meetings and report on the successes, challenges, and needs of the program.
    • Find and create resources that support all staff and students.
    • Review and edit grant applications and grant reports.
  • Maintain and Develop Partner Relationships
    • Strengthen parent engagement, including overseeing Parent Leadership Team and regular parent meetings
    • Oversee the program’s volunteer process, including recruitment, selection, paperwork, orientation, tracking, training, and appreciation.
    • Regularly bring in local professional musicians to work with and perform for and with our students.
    • Facilitate collaborations with organizational partners (e.g. Colorado Children’s Chorale, Rocky Ridge, DSA, CSO, Friends of Chamber Music)
    • Maintain connection with school partners (Garden Place, Swansea, and Bruce Randolph)
    • Strengthen University Partners (e.g. MSU) including internships and private lessons program
    • Develop relationships with other El Sistema inspired programs.
    • Participate in El Sistema  and Sistema Global community, communication, and activities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the fields of music, music education, or education (or equivalent work experience)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with youth
  • Minimum 2 years of organizational leadership or program management experience
  • Experience working with youth of color and youth from under-resourced neighborhoods strongly preferred
  • Spanish proficiency preferred
  • Google Apps proficiency preferred

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@elsistemacolorado.org

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El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.

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