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Executive Director

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Executive Director

El Sistema Colorado (ESC) is a free early childhood and afterschool music program serving youth ages 3-18 offering string music training in violin, viola, cello, and bass. Each student gets a free instrument and group classes, and many students also receive free private lessons through the program.

We believe that we are better as an organization when we build a team that has authentic representation from diverse communities, backgrounds and beliefs. We strongly encourage qualified candidates from historically marginalized communities to apply for roles within our team.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for El Sistema Colorado (ESC) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. They will be able to clearly articulate the vision, mission, and strategic direction of the organization. They will ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.


Leadership & Management:

  • Recruit, lead, coach, develop, and retain the high-performance ESC program and operations team
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for current operations as well as for expansion into other markets.
  • Actively engage and energize El Sistema Colorado volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Ensure that ESC continues the path towards an inclusive and diverse organization, through all staff and student programs by providing an equitable music education experience for students, family, and staff.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Community Engagement and Partnerships: 

  • Develop and maintain a highly visible role in the community, with an emphasis on key partnerships and relationship building to benefit ESC. These might include, but not limited to, new and existing organizations, artists, creatives, individual sponsors/donors, corporate and other business support, private foundations, other districts, state and civic agencies, etc
  • Ensure ESC continues to build relationships with stakeholders, businesses, creatives, community organizations and the historic neighborhoods.
  • Have an understanding of issues confronting the area’s business owners, property owners, creatives, historic neighborhoods, public agencies and community organizations.
  • Serve as a diplomat with the community and civic agencies.
    Represent ESC in a professional manner at social and community events in ways that strengthen the brand and communicate ESC’s message.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Ensure funding goals are met for each fiscal year. For reference, FY23 budget is $750,000.00
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support the ESC’s mission.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and potential regional expansion
  • Solicit major gifts
  • Develop actionable fundraising plans
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand in the non-profit world and for-profit businesses.
  • Use external presence and relationships to be the public face of ESC and garner new opportunities.
  • Cultivate relationships with other nonprofit leaders and look for opportunities to partner with organizations in alignment with ESC.

Operations and Finance:

  • Ability to manage the day-to-day financial operations, including the ability to read and understand financial documents including but not limited to budgets, cash flow, income statements, balance statements, insurance documents, basics of 990 tax returns, audits and compliance.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of ESC to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Manage the day-to-day risk management inherent in providing services to school-age children through a non-profit.
    Planning & Organizational Growth:
  • Work with Board to develop strategic solutions to issues that arise or may be anticipated.
  • Design the expansion plan and complete the strategic business planning process for the program expansion into new markets.
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site.
  • Be an external local presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for future replication.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to the ESC mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Business or Education degree, with at least 5 years of management experience in an education-related non-profit; track record of effectively leading a non-profit and growing an organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to identify and manage staff; coach and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a non-profit Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
    Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed; Capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation.
  • Must have a love and appreciation for music although need not be a trained musician
  • Bi-lingual highly preferred with Spanish fluency and literacy

The Executive Director will work from the El Sistema Colorado Music Center at 2980 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205.

Annual Salary Range: $85,000 to $95,000 (based on skills and qualifications)

Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Short- and Long-Term Disability/LifeLock/IMA BenePlus Card; paid time off benefits (Holidays, Sick, Vacation) accrued each pay period. 401k offered after one year of service or a minimum of 1000 hours worked. One week paid vacation for both Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks in addition to several days off during Spring Break and 24 hours floating holiday during the summer months.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, three references to Accepting applications until the position is filled.

El Sistema Colorado is a fiscally sponsored organization and a project under the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC). ESC’s tax exemption falls under the EIN of CNDC.

El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees

CNDC has a mandatory COVID19 Vaccine Policy, you must provide proof of Vaccine or Request an Accommodation Form for Medical/Religious Exemptions. You can make that request to the HR Dept at

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