MSVMA Executive Director Vacancy Announcement

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:53 AM
    Message # 6324891
    Christy Seyler (Administrator)

    Position:  Executive director

    Organization Profile

    Mission:  Educate. Empower. Experience. the art of vocal music

    Vision Statement: As innovative leaders in vocal music education, we provide experiences to inspire our diverse community. Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

    Purpose and activities:  Supports and encourages vocal music educators and students through participation in district and state festivals, the Michigan Music Conference and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Provides professional development opportunities via clinics, scholarships, its clinician consultant program and its Summer Conference which offers State Continuing Education Clock Hours.

    Type of organization:  501(c)3 United States tax-exempt nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax with activities conducted for educational purposes


    State Office Location:  campus of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

    Position Summary

    The executive director is responsible for the educational and operational functions of the organization including the supervision of the director of operations (full-time), the technology and membership services manager (part-time), business services assistant (part-time) and the coordinator of scheduling (part-time). The executive director facilitates the organization’s meetings and serves as the connection between the Board, the State Office and the membership. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to advocacy, public relations, membership development, membership services and internal and external communication. The executive director represents MSVMA on the boards of other Michigan arts organizations and networks within the national and international choral communities to explore and create development opportunities for the organization. Travel is required.

    The executive director reports to the Board of Directors, the governing body responsible for establishing policy and supporting the vision and mission of the organization.

    Desired Qualifications - Education/Experience/Skills

    Extensive knowledge of choral music, music education and arts administration; demonstrated ability to advance the organization’s programming and activities in innovative and dynamic ways; experience in leading a successful team in a fast-paced environment; experience in nonprofit administration, mission-driven communications and business management; general knowledge of arts management principles and of performing arts disciplines are desirable; ability to learn and implement new technologies.

    BM, BS or BFA in the performing arts or arts management field required; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible experience in choral music, music education or arts administration; proficiency in use of information technology including word processing, spreadsheet, financial management and database software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with education and experience

    Required Application Materials:  Submit resume and cover letter to; references upon request

    Application Deadline:  September 15, 2018

    Start Date: ​ July 1, 2019

    Vacancy Announcement - Executive Director.pdf

    Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:35 AM | Christy Seyler (Administrator)

As innovative leaders in vocal music education, we provide experiences to inspire our diverse community.
Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

The MSVMA Offices are located in the Timme Building on the campus of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

MSVMA provides musical experiences that embrace diversity, foster connections, empower student musicians, and create community.  MSVMA is dedicated to including all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability.  

MSVMA encourages each member to work with their school administration to ensure a positive and inclusive learning environment, allowing flexibility for all students when placing singers in voice part/gender specific ensembles for which they identify and demonstrate the necessary vocal range, offering varied options for concert attire, and increasing awareness of all aspects of the changing voice.  Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

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