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29 Jun 2022


Executive Director

My Voice Music  Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Reports to:  Board of Directors

Salary:  $85,000-90,000/year

Benefits: MVM offers a generous benefits package including 100% paid employee health and dental insurance, 1% 401k match, and a responsible time off policy.

Location: Portland, OR

Work Environment: Hybrid work environment, with a blend of in-person and remote work.


About My Voice Music

My Voice Music (MVM) teaches youth ages 9-24 to write, record, and perform original songs. Our vision is that all youth have the opportunity to find and share their artistic voice. MVM was born in a mental health treatment center and our artistic mission is tightly enmeshed with a social mission. Though many of our programs are now open to the public at MVM Studios, through our Satellite Programs we place special emphasis on working with youth in treatment centers, foster care, juvenile detention centers, and alternative schools.

Today, MVM reaches about 1,500 youth each year through satellite programs (held on-site at partner agencies), and at MVM Studios where we host rock camps, ensemble groups, individual lessons, advanced music mentorships with professional musicians, and youth leadership development opportunities.

In October, 2021, MVM’s founder and Executive Director, Ian Mouser, died while pursuing a dream of cycling across the United States. Although this has been a very challenging time for the MVM community, Ian left the organization both highly stable and poised to realize major initiatives to expand MVM programs to new parts of the city and state. Over the last two years of the pandemic, MVM was able to maintain all program staff and funding to both realize new projects and shore up organizational stability.


Job Summary

MVM seeks a dynamic, collaborative and entrepreneurial leader to work in tandem with our staff and board to lead our organization into the future. The Executive Director will help us realize our plan to expand MVM programs across the state and open MVM Studios East, a custom-built recording studio that includes rehearsal rooms, workspaces, and a community gathering space.

We are searching for a leader with:

  • The confidence, self-awareness and compassion to lead an organization with incredible momentum, potential and capability while simultaneously coping with an unimaginable loss.
  • A collaborative approach to leadership and an open communication style.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in creating and maintaining a diverse environment that embraces and advances equity and inclusion in every facet of the organization.
  • Experience leading or working with values-aligned and mission-driven organizations where trust, patience, and a commitment to learning and sharing are centered.


Board & Governance

  • Establish and maintain a productive and collaborative relationship fulfilling MVM’s mission and goals.
  • Facilitate regular, transparent and relevant communication between board and staff.
  • Collaborate with the board on opportunities for ongoing development and growth.
  • Prepare and present monitoring reports, financials and development reports to the board.
  • Partner with the board to develop and implement strategic plans for long and short-term goals.
  • Keep the board informed of relevant current or emerging issues and trends that lead to innovation and growth within the community and potential partnerships.


  • Develop fundraising strategies and plans to support MVM’s growth objectives.
  • Partner with Development Director and Grant Writer to create and implement fundraising plans.
  • Actively engage in fundraising including relationship building, gift solicitation and stewardship.
  • Grow and regularly engage with donors and prospective donors to build strong and sustainable relationships that translates to financial support for MVM’s initiatives.
  • Serve as MVM’s primary spokesperson to its constituents, funders, the media, and the general public to convey mission and goals.
  • Identify potential new grant, corporate, and investment opportunities and coordinate proposals.

Fiscal & Financial Management

  • Oversees all financial management, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Work closely with the Business Operations Manager to ensure:
    • Accurate and timely financial reports are provided to the Board.
    • Maintenance of bank accounts, monthly reconciliations.
    • Compliance with organization and grant requirements.
  • Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and manage organization’s resources within those budget guidelines.
  • Work directly with the Executive Committee, preparing the organization’s annual budget.
  • Provide regular financial reports to the Board.

Leadership & Operations

  • Build and maintain close relationships with staff, key stakeholders, and community & business partnerships to increase collaboration and connection.
  • Oversee daily operations, HR functions, programs, MVM Studios East, and activities in a coordinated effort to carry out our mission.
  • Supervise and work collaboratively with leadership staff.
  • Engage with staff to provide mentorship and guidance, while working together in building a common understanding of MVM’s role in the community, and engage in community outreach to co-create those visions.
  • Advance MVM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and actively engage with culturally specific communities and organizations across the state.



  • 5+ years in management leadership roles within nonprofit organizations.
  • 3+ years in developing and managing budgets for nonprofit organizations.
  • 5+ years experience in fundraising with major and individual gifts.
  • Strong integration of an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) approach.
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in a broad spectrum of administrative and general management activities including financial management, development and fundraising, and experience collaborating with a Board of Directors.
  • Experience with collaborative decision-making and ability to work and collaborate with others, including listening, empowering others to create and implement solutions, being self-reflective, and sharing power.
  • Informed understanding and experience with trauma informed care models and practices.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style.
  • Strong strategic and problem-solving skills.
  • Deep and informed understanding of the power of creative expression (music specifically) to transform; experience in an organization that serves youth; and a passionate desire to participate in a vibrant organization that values creativity and the arts.
  • The ability to work within a distributed leadership model where there is one person in the executive role, but decision making is consistently collaborative with staff and board.
  • Pass a background check.


  • Professional experience with non-profit structures and challenges — strong related experience in business, education, philanthropy or public service may be acceptable.
  • Experience building coalitions around ideas and in collaborating with local, state, and national organizations and representatives.


Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to be working with My Voice Music on this key leadership position.  Complete applications must include a resume and cover letter.  All applications are reviewed and considered.

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Application Deadline:  July 20, 2022


Full-Time Job in Music:
Executive Director
My Voice Music
 Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Categories: Music. Job Types: Full-Time. States: Oregon.

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