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Project STEP
Job Title: Executive Director
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Executive Director
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August 31st, 2018
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Executive Director – Project STEP

Project STEP (String Training Education Program) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities and provide them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction.  In its 36thyear of existence, Project STEP was one of 12 programs in the U.S. to receive the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, in 2014.  More information may be found at www.projectstep.org.

Project STEP is searching for a talented individual to join the organization in the position of Executive Director.  This position is available, effective August 1, 2018.  


Responsibilities: Reporting to the Project STEP Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) serves as the key management leader of Project Step, and works closely with the Board of Directors to develop, implement, oversee and administer programs so that Project Step fulfills its mission.  The Executive Director is responsible for assuring implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, and maintaining the organization’s financial stability and growth.  Other key areas of responsibility include fundraising, marketing, partner relationships, and community outreach.  


Key tasks for which the Executive Director will be held responsible, include (but are not limited to):  establishing and maintaining close working relationships with students, parents, and families; working with the Artistic Director in the design and implementation of a comprehensive educational program; recruiting, supervising, and evaluating staff; administering the day-to-day operations of Project STEP: managing the fiscal health of the organization; developing the annual budget in conjunction with the Finance Committee of the Board; developing and overseeing a fundraising plan devised in conjunction with the Board; building and maintaining donor relationships and stewardship programs; communicating effectively with the Board and supporting their ability to function properly; working with the Board Nominations Committee and the President of the Board to recruit new Board members; developing and effectively implementing annual action plans in support of the organization’s Strategic Plan; and dynamically representing Project STEP in the greater Boston community.  An expanded job description is available upon request.


Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and senior management experience in non-profit music/arts administration, required, as is a demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and communities.  Candidates must have experience:  supervising professional staff; fundraising (including grants preparation and donor relations skills); managing budgets (including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting); and strong organizational management skills (including planning, delegating, program development and implementation).  Preferred candidates will have a background in music, 

experience working with non-profit Boards, will demonstrate an ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently, and have strong written and oral communication skills.  


Review of resumes will begin immediately.  Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, current resume, and three reference names to Ms. Diane M. Austin, Project STEP Board President, at:  daustin@lasell.edu

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