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Executive Development Assistant

Concord Community Music School

The Concord Community Music School serves 1400 students annually,  age six months through 93 years, from more than 100 communities in four states.   Through its public events  and partnerships with human service agencies and public schools, the Music School reaches 33,000 audience members and community participants annually.   Its mission is to foster a sense of community through music by providing the fullest possible array of musical experiences for people of all ages, musical abilities and backgrounds and its core values are artistic excellence, access for all, musical friendships and lifelong learning.  Successes in fulfilling that mission include the fact that 49% of its weekly students receive free or reduced-cost instruction, and more than 200 public musical events welcome diverse audiences on-site and in hospitals, schools, and performance venues statewide.  An exceptional faculty of teaching artists  teach and perform classical, folk, jazz and world music.

Strong community support has made possible the School’s success, with 50% of its $1.6 million annual budget contributed by individuals, foundations, businesses, and government agencies.  Founded in 1984, the Music School has expanded its statewide programs, its asset base, and doubled the size of its facility through its capital campaigns and annual support. 

Recognition, through highly competitive national awards, has come from such major funders as the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the Kresge, Hearst and Wallace Foundations. Other awards include an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the Dunfey Award for Excellence in Management, the Non-Profit Business of the Year Award from Business NH Magazine, the Champion for Mental Health Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health, and the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.   

For more information on the Music School, please visit

The Executive Development Assistant provides direct support to the President & CEO and is the primary liaison with the Board of Trustees, providing advanced high-level administrative support to the organization.  This position supports some of the development activities of the Music School, by assisting with grants, events, donor stewardship, and scheduling.  As a “generalist” with exceptional communications and technology skills, the Executive Development Assistant is central to the daily successes of the Music School, working in a variety of capacities across the organization. S/he is called upon to perform a wide range of functions that contribute to a reputation of organizational excellence.  The Executive Development Assistant is a full-time, exempt employee who reports to the President and works closely with the development, finance, and program staff.

The Concord Community Music School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.   Staff and faculty at the Music School enjoy a challenging, stimulating and collegial work environment with excellent staff rapport, a dedicated board, and enthusiastic faculty.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health insurance, long-term disability, paid vacation and holidays, and Music School tuition discount.


Advanced skills with Microsoft Office and Internet research are required; experience in non-profit organizations is required;  and knowledge of and experience in educational organizations and/or the performing arts are a plus.  Previous experience with database and development processes and software is required; the Music School uses Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (database and fundraising) and Blackbaud Financial Edge.  Excellent written and verbal communications should project a personable, friendly, and professional attitude,  as demonstrated by prior exemplary experience interacting with organizational constituents in previous positions.

The ideal candidate will enjoy meeting deadlines and working both independently and with creative colleagues in a fast-paced environment.  S/he must be highly organized and able to balance multiple tasks with an exceptionally high degree of accuracy.  A confident, friendly attitude and ability to maintain confidentiality of donor and student information is essential.  A willingness to pitch in and help in a variety of situations, a sense of humor, good judgment and common sense are all leading attributes of this position.


Board and Volunteer Liaison

  • Serve as Board liaison: coordinate and prepare materials for meetings of full board, board committees and planning retreats; maintain corporate record-keeping and minutes; maintain official trustee records and contact information; produce manuals for new trustees
  • Work with volunteers as needed in special projects
  • Coordinate logistics for special events, including Anniversary Weekend and the Donor Garden Party

Development support

  • Support the President and volunteers, including trustees, in fundraising by assisting in scheduling, and through personal interaction with donors and trustees
  • Support donors with information and answers to their requests
  • Work closely with the Database Manager to maintain accurate individual donor and institutional funder records
  • In conjunction with other staff, assist with attractive donor, funder, and trustee materials through the advanced use of such software programs as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and InDesign.
  • Provide foundation/corporate/government grants support:  assemble online and paper grant packages, format attractive materials, handle online application details, etc.
  • Work within the Raiser’s Edge database to enter informational notes for stewardship and cultivation purposes

Staff and Faculty Support

  • Provide general support for the President: calendar, email and communications assistance
  • Carry out special projects as assigned
  • Serve as back-up support for the faculty, staff, and students in the absence of the Office Manager
How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter (no telephone inquiries, please) to:

Concord Community Music School
President, attn. Executive Assistant Search
23 Wall Street, Concord, NH  03301

For more information on the Music School, please visit:

All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.  The position will be open until filled.

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Date Added: October 5, 2017

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