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Executive Director

Northeast Iowa School Of Music, Dubuque, IA

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Executive Director

Organization Information
Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) is Dubuque's community music school with the mission to make the life-changing benefits of music education and enrichment accessible to all through instruction, performance, and outreach. To achieve this mission, NISOM offers private lessons, group classes, two adult performance ensembles, a variety of free and ticketed concerts, free youth programs in downtown Dubuque, need-based scholarship assistance, and more.

Position Summary
NISOM is seeking an Executive Director who has a passion for music and service to the community, and who will be the driving force of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring all NISOM’s goals as determined by the Board of Directors are adequately and appropriately met.  Responsibilities include management and administration of the strategic plan and organizational goals, leadership and supervision of the staff, coordination and evaluation of all program initiatives, executive support to the Board of Directors, revenue generation and fiscal management. The Executive Director will also project a positive image of NISOM and NISOM partners to the community, and represent NISOM in a positive manner at meetings, workshops, seminars, and public events as requested.

Job Details:
Status: Full-Time
Salary: $50,000
Benefits: Health Insurance; Retirement Plan; Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays

Personnel: Manage staff and hire as necessary; supervise full-time Office Manager and part-time Program Director, Business Manager, and Artistic Advisor. Perform staff reviews. Oversee compliance of faculty and other NISOM staff with established office, attendance, policies, and payroll procedures. Create annual operating plan and calendar based on strategic plan and guide staff accordingly.

Financial: Oversee all finances in coordination with the Business Manager and Board Treasurer. Review monthly financial reports; review scholarship applications and approve awards; work with Business Manager regarding preliminary budget figures and draft program and overall budgets, prepare draft of annual budgets with assistance of Business Manager and input from staff and board committees, and work with Finance Committee to prepare annual budget for submission to Board of Directors. 

Communications: Oversee all external communications, create annual advertising plan, create ads, flyers, posters, and other promotional materials as necessary, create community and donor newsletters, manage social media accounts, maintain web profiles (e.g., CFGD, Guide Star), and represent NISOM to the public, including speaking at major events and service clubs as requested.

Grant-writing: Research, write and submit grant proposals according to the current grant plan and in cooperation with the Board Grant Committee.  

Fundraising and Development: Create annual fundraising plan and oversee its execution, develop fund drive campaigns and oversee campaigns’ execution, meet with donors as appropriate, and write thank you letters and place thank you calls to donors as needed.

Events and Programs:  Work with Program Director and Artistic Advisor to ensure event-related tasks are completed in a timely manner; aid in event planning, preparations, and follow-up as necessary; help execute event and programming communications and publicity and provide support at events, booths, and programs as needed.

Facilities & Equipment: Serve as liaison between NISOM and property owners, authorizing improvements and supply purchases as needed.

Board: Prepare bi-monthly board reports; attend board and committee meetings as necessary; communicate with staff, president, and secretary regarding board materials and distribute reports to board members prior to meetings; draft annual update to the strategic plan and work with board committee on revisions; provide status reports on current strategic plan goals; work in cooperation with Board of Directors and staff, and perform other duties as requested by the Board. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in the arts, business, or a related field.
  • A successful candidate will have non-profit leadership and fiscal management experience, and have excellent written communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • A music background is preferred, as well as fundraising and grant writing experience.


To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume or CV, three professional references with phone numbers and email to Tracey Rush at trush@nisom.com by April 20, 2018.

For more information about Northeast Iowa School of Music, go to nisom.com

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Job Details

Req Num --
ID 498942
Dubuque, IA
Positions 1
Full Time
Pay --
Volunteer and Non-profit
Health Insurance
Retirement Plan
Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Leave
Paid Holidays

Preferred Candidates

Years of Experience --
Education Bachelors

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