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Chair, Center for Music Therapy (CMT)

(An initial schedule includes a suggestion of 10% direct service and 90% administrative duties)

Start Date: Immediately

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

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, application of 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.

Educational Requirements:

A minimum of a master’s degree in music therapy or a related field; Board Certified and/or licensed with a minimum of 5 years’ experience post internship.


Prior experience in one or more of the following: community-based therapy services (community school of the arts, private practice, outreach program); clinical practice with a variety of population groups (ages and disabilities); therapy program development, implementation, and evaluation; and personnel management and clinical supervision. Ability to apply evidence-based research findings in a clinical setting. Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills are required.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Music Therapy Center Management and Program Development

  • Foster and leverage TMS’ strong reputation as an extraordinary community music school to sustain current programming and to develop future opportunities for innovation, expansion, and growth in the Music Therapy Center.
  • Grow and retain the Music Therapy client enrollment, including increasing the client base and outside partner organization service contracts, and grant funded programs.
  • Develop new, long-term collaborative and strategic partnerships in practice areas of health care, social services, education, and recreation with community organizations.
  • Ensure the highest-level quality of music therapy programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse client population.
  • Determine program goals and develop strategies to meet them.
  • Oversee all music therapy in-house and outreach-partner organization contracts.
  • Maintain compliance with Code of Ethics & Standards – HIPAA and AMTA.
  • Follow all policies and procedures of TMS, as provided in the Employee Handbook and by the President & CEO.

Leadership and Management of Music Therapy Center Staff:

  • Establish job description(s) for staff.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, establish role of staff participation in other areas of TMS business.
  • Regular meetings and briefings of client/program status to chair/supervisors and with management personnel at contracted agencies.
  • Lead efforts to increase diversity of the Center to reflect client diversity.
  • Hire, develop, and nurture appropriately trained Board Certified Music Therapists to provide professional, creative, functional, and effective music therapy services to targeted populations onsite at TMS campuses, as well as offsite at various facilities and locations.
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment and retention of MT staff.
  • Establish regular staff training programs, courses, and budget for identified development training. Establish a staff evaluation process by observing each music therapy staff member prior to completing the annual performance review.

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 Board members to stimulate their continued, active involvement.
  • Refine, monitor, and implement the recent 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.
  • Attend staff meetings, Board meetings, TMS programs, and community events as a representative of TMS.

Operations and Budget Management:

  • 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, in cooperation with the Employee Customer and Services Department, the Registrar, and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
  • Establish procedures for maintaining instruments and equipment and identifying additional instrument and equipment needs.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • As a full-time employee, you will qualify for the Music Settlement’s comprehensive benefits which includes medical, dental and vision coverage.
  • Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) total towards tuition for TMS programs or a twenty-five percent (25%) discount on one registration per fiscal year.
  • Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) aggregate coverage of Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, and Long-term Disability.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid federal and state holidays, extended winter break in December.
  • An automatic three percent (3%) contribution of your gross income towards the 403(b) Deferred Contribution plan after one year of service (1,000 hours); and
    • Your discretionary contribution of your pre-tax income towards the 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan.
    • Free parking.

The Music Settlement is an equal-opportunity employer and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Please submit cover letters and resumes/ c-vitae to Anne M. Reed, Clinical Supervisor,

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