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Chair, Center for Music Therapy (CMT)

Status: Full-Time - 40 hours/week

(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

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.

Our Mission:

To welcome all to our music and arts community to learn, create, inspire and heal.

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.

Educational Requirements:

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

  • 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 department.
  • Grow the Music Therapy client enrollment by increasing the client base, campus enrollment and outside partner organization service contracts, specialties, skilled staff, and increased daytime and evening use of TMS facilities.
  • Design, develop, research, and publish projects appropriate to the client base and of local and national significance to the field of music therapy, collaborating with Advancement to secure any required funding.
  • Develop new, long-term collaborative and strategic partnerships in practice areas of health care, social services, education, and recreation with community organizations to advance the music therapy footprint throughout the Greater Cleveland / Northeast, Ohio area.
  • 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 and the implementation and success of all 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 CEO, establish role of staff participation in other areas of TMS business, e.g. marketing, as well as TMS programs and events on campus, within partner organizations, and in the community.
  • Regular meetings and briefings of client/program status to chair/supervisors and with management personnel at contracted agencies.

Staff Management and Development

  • 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.
  • Establish regular staff training programs, courses (in-house and off-site), 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.
    • Establish procedures for maintaining instruments and equipment and identifying, with staff input, instrument and equipment needs to include within the Center’s annual budget submission.

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 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.

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