Executive Director

Employee Type:
Regular, Full-time Exempt
Offer Salary:
$180,000 to $200,000 annually
10+ years

Working with a 20-member Board of Directors and staff, the Executive Director provides leadership, vision, and direction for the Community School of Music and Arts. The ED implements policies, manages programs and daily operations, and represents CSMA at large.



  • Overseeing development, implementation, and evaluation of programs/services in support of the mission and strategic plan
  • Developing and managing staff to support programs/services and accomplish goals
  • Leading staff and board in developing the annual budget, conducting financial analysis, and engaging the board in strategic discussions about financial health and planning 
  • Leading all fundraising efforts, supporting board involvement in fundraising, personally cultivating and soliciting donors, and supervising the development staff  
  • Building positive relationships with partner organizations, policymakers, media, and others; serving as a coalition-builder and arts advocate



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher. Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Arts Management is preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of nonprofit management experience, preferably as executive director of a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of at least $5 million 
  • Strong preference for candidates with Bay Area ties to the arts community, philanthropic donor base, and non-profit organizations
  • Revenue creating and budgeting skills with proven record in developing and sustaining innovative, fiscally sound programs
  • Proven fundraiser with ability to work with board and staff to develop and implement fundraising strategies to cultivate and maintain donors
  • Team builder with ability to work with diverse staff and partners, to promote programs, and to build audiences
  • Passionate arts advocate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills



The ED should be an outgoing, social, creative, and energetic leader who inspires staff, engages and effectively utilizes the board, leverages relationships in the broader community, and builds strategic partnerships. The successful candidate leads by example and is comfortable in the details while keeping the big picture in focus.



An attractive compensation package will be offered commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Salary range: $180,000 to $200,000 annually

Benefits including:

  • 3 weeks of paid time off
  • 13 days of paid holidays per year
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 403(b) retirement plan
To Apply:


Please email your cover letter and resume to no later than September 30, 2023 describing your particular interest in the position, how your experience fits CSMA, and your expected salary.

About Community School of Music and Arts

Founded in 1968, the Community School of Music and Arts is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. With a $7 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, CSMA is one of the ten largest community schools in the United States. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the global capitals of creativity, CSMA is dedicated to making the arts and arts education accessible to all, regardless of age, experience or background. Headquartered in the award-winning Finn Center in the City of Mountain View, CSMA directly serves over 30,000 people of all ages, skill levels and economic means each year, including over 21,000 students at 54 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

CSMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability). Candidates from diverse backgrounds and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. CSMA is committed to creating an environment that embraces openness, respect, collaboration and accountability.

If you have any questions, our team will be more than happy to help.

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