Title: Chair of the Center for Music Therapy
Status: Full-Time - 40 hours/week
(An initial schedule includes a suggestion of 10% direct service and 90% administrative duties)
Start Date: June, 2019
Reports to: President & CEO
Oversees: Music Therapy Staff and Center Operations
Works Closely With: Music Therapy Staff, Employee & Customer Service Office, Senior Staff and President & CEO
Classification: Full time exempt
The Music Settlement—Background and Overview:
A hidden gem nestled in University Circle, The Music Settlement is a vibrant community school that encourages students of all ages and backgrounds to connect with the arts in a way that promotes creativity and artistic expression, fosters self-confidence, and improves the quality of life. Founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams, it has grown into a five-building campus surrounding the treasured 1910 Burke Mansion in the historic Magnolia Wade Park District. In addition, the Music Settlement owns and operates the BOP STOP performance venue in Ohio City. The Music Settlement works with an extensive network of outreach partnerships throughout Greater Cleveland and beyond to broaden our reach of programs and services. The Music Settlement’s second location, located a few blocks from BOP STOP, opened in the fall of 2018. This second campus houses early childhood classrooms, as well as music rooms for music instruction and music therapy.
To create a community where artistic expression belongs to everyone by serving those who seek personal growth through the arts.
About the Opportunity:
The Chair of the Center for Music Therapy (MT Chair) of The Music Settlement (TMS) will be a visionary leader responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of the Center’s strategic vision, public visibility, and managerial operations. Reporting to the President & CEO, the MT Chair will be the senior staff member accountable for the Music Therapy Center and will energize and execute all components of the Center’s strategic plan that relate to the Center and music therapy. The Chair shall foster professional relationships with the Board, faculty, staff, parents, clients, partner organizations, foundations, government agencies, individual donors, and music therapy professional organizations. The Chair will demonstrate passion for the profession and TMS’ mission and the opportunity to bring strategic and visionary thinking, innovation, relevant research, and thought leadership to the practice of music therapy at TMS. The Chair shall project warmth and energy, confidence, and proven leadership, as well as compassion, while leading a well-respected, historic music therapy program focused on a clinical music therapy model and working with diverse populations. The Chair will also oversee best practices in hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising music therapists, interns, and practicum students while maximizing earned and contributed revenues.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music Therapy or a related field; Board Certified with 7 or more years’ experience post internship.
Current membership in the American Music Therapy Association and associated regional Association of Music Therapy. Prior experience in one or more of the following: community-based music therapy services (community school of the arts, private practice, outreach program); clinical practice with a variety of population groups (ages and disabilities); music therapy program; and personnel management and development. Also preferred are experiences with objective research and mixed methods of research techniques, publication, and presentation. Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills are required.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Music Therapy Center Management and Program Development
Leadership and Management of Music Therapy Center Staff
Staff Management and Development
Stakeholder Cultivation and Community Partner Engagement
• Anticipate and address the concerns of parents, students, faculty, staff, external partners, the TMS Board, and the public.
• Assist with mobilizing the talents, connections, and resources of the Board members to stimulate their continued, active involvement.
• Refine, monitor, and implement the 2019 Strategic Plan, enabling the Music Therapy Center to gain market visibility and achieve greater organizational, local, regional, and national awareness and impact.
• Work collaboratively with Advancement and Marketing Departments on appropriate grant proposals, grant funder reports, marketing, branding, website postings, and public relations strategies and initiatives that highlight the Center for Music Therapy’s impacts and reputation.
• Attend staff meetings, Board meetings, TMS programs, and community events as a representative of TMS.
Department and Budget Management
• Spearhead innovation and creativity to allow the Music Therapy Center to become more structured, prescriptive, and data-driven.
• Lead efforts to increase diversity of the Center to reflect client diversity.
• Provide leadership in the recruitment and retention of MT staff and clients.
• Monitor and report financial performance and design an organizational and financial accountability structure that is effective, efficient, and meets “best practices” in industry standards.
• Work with the Vice President of Finance and Administration and the President & CEO to evaluate and determine program rates and fees.
• Manage all accounts, outside contracts, and financial aid / hardship financial awards with the correct policies and processes, including the procurement, invoicing, and termination procedures, in co-operation with the Employee Customer and Services Department, the Registrar, and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Other duties, as assigned.
The Music Settlement is an equal-opportunity employer.