Executive Director Job Description

Updated May 6, 2021

DSA Executive Director - Part Time

Organizational Overview: 

The Dalcroze Society of America is a vibrant arts education not-for-profit corporation founded in 1978. It boasts an active and loyal membership of participating, student, patron, and institutional members. The DSA is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The various responsibilities of the organization are divided into committees, each lead by a committee chair. Decisions and guidance related to the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics is charged to the Professional Development Committee, composed of the most experienced educators in the organization. The Board of Trustees employs an Executive Director in a part-time paid position.

Position Responsibilities: 

The Executive Director position entails oversight of the Dalcroze Society of America's business operation and various administrative functions, which includes the following areas: 

  • Organizational Growth: Continuation and acceleration of current trends including expanding member enrollment, fundraising, communications, and special events. In this capacity, the Executive Director ensures that the operational aspects of these functions are effectively organized and integrated between staff and volunteers in a coordinated fashion with other DSA activities.

  • Business: The Executive Director manages the DSA’s budget (approximately $20K) and maintains oversight of the business office; facilitates all collections and disbursements of funds, ensuring that spending is in line with the budget; works with all parties necessary to shepherd the budget process; ensures compliance with the laws and regulations governing employers in general and non-profit institutions in particular; coordinates the development of short- and long-term budget forecasts and cash flow statements; oversees insurance policies; and manages the audit process. This function is coordinated with the DSA Treasurer and a part-time bookkeeping service.  

  • Personnel Supervision: Although the DSA relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers, the Executive Director trains, manages, and evaluates any paid administrative staff or interns in accordance with relevant policies, laws, and regulations, and oversees creating annual contracts and maintenance of all personnel files for all staff and independent contractors.

  • Policies, Procedures and Records: The Executive Director works with the Board of Trustees and staff to ensure that policies and procedures are developed, maintained, and implemented.  The Executive Director coordinates with the DSA Board Chair and Trustees, overseeing all internal documents and records.

  • Strategic Plan: The Executive Director supports the creation and implementation of the strategic vision and plan developed by the Board of Trustees in consultation with the DSA membership, and supports the Board of Trustees and its committees in their ongoing work to advance their strategic goals

  • Auditing and Accreditation: The DSA is audited/accredited periodically as a not-for-profit. The Executive Director plays a crucial role in motivating and guiding the processes by which the DSA attains accreditation. 

  • Communication Liaison: The Executive Director enables effective communications with and interactions between the various constituencies of the DSA community including members, Dalcroze teacher training program directors and employees, DSA Trustees and other volunteers, and DSA staff. The Executive Director is the liaison for the DSA's legal counsel and risk/insurance management. 

  • Other: The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for all non-pedagogical day-to-day activities, including ensuring that adequate logistical support is provided for all DSA programs. 

Reporting: 

The Executive Director reports directly to, and is reviewed by, the Board of Trustees and serves ex officio as a (non-voting) member of the Board. This is the lead administrative position in the DSA. As such, it requires the same depth of commitment as held by all Trustees and Dalcroze practitioners, both to the foundations of Dalcroze education and to the mission of the organization. 

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; graduate training is desired but not essential. 
  • At least three years’ experience in leadership and managerial roles in a DSA or non-profit organization. 
  • Demonstrated powers of communication both in written and verbal form
  • Relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills.

Compensation: 

The Executive Director is a quarter-time position with yearly salary in the range of $10,000 - $12,000 depending on experience. The position offers no formal benefits, aside from free tuition to all DSA-sponsored events, local and national; however, the DSA will cover all documented expenses incurred in executing the work that the position entails, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

The DSA is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

How to Apply: 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to the DSA Board Chair, Anthony Molinaro at boardchair@dalcrozeusa.org. Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the same email address. 

Deadline for submission is  5 p.m. on 5/21/21.

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