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Executive Director - NC Music Educators Association
Armstrong McGuire & Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina
Date Posted 04/13/2021
Executive-Other Executive
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

TITLE: Executive Director

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

POSITION: Exempt/Full Time

The North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) located in Raleigh, North Carolina seeks a passionate, detail oriented Executive Director with a zeal for music education and strong association management skills. A historically rich organization, NCMEA is a financially healthy nonprofit that has a statewide impact on music education and music educators. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Leading, expanding, and developing nonprofit associations or nonprofit organizations
  • Working across multiple communities creating inclusive and equitable programs
  • Managing financial details and budgets
  • Supporting passionate volunteers in organizing a large professional development conference, multiple student events
  • Championing music education advocacy through North Carolina

Founded in 1970, members of NCMEA have been the voice of music education in North Carolina for over half a century. NCMEA is a federated state of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The association’s mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all.

NCMEA fulfills its mission through:

  • Offering professional development
  • Providing student performance opportunities
  • Connecting resources for teachers, parents, and administrators
  • Advocating for music education at the local, state, and national levels.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, the North Carolina Music Educators Association is governed by a 25-person board of directors and multiple committee and volunteer leaders. The full-time Executive Director and a part-time Communications Manager comprise the staff.

Pre-Covid, NCMEA had 2,200 members with 83% of the membership being K-12 Music Educators, the remining members are comprised of Collegiate, Higher Education, and Retired members. Current membership count is 1,300.

The 2020-2021 operational budget is $350,000. 60% of the revenue is generated through the annual conference, 20% through membership, 10% through the journal, and 10% represents income from other sources. In addition, there are nearly 60 student events managed by the different regions that require oversite of the Executive Director. NCMEA also holds a quasi-endowment fund at the Foundation for the Carolinas.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: The Executive Director is responsible for the daily administrative operations of NCMEA and supporting the NCMEA membership.

KEY ROLES: (Essential Job Responsibilities)

Annual Conference, Events and Lobbying

  • Ensure overall management of the annual conference including contracts, logistics, and registration
  • Support all local, regional, and state events and ensure financial reporting is completed
  • Compile summary event and conference reports for the NCMEA Board
  • Liaison with professional lobbyists to ensure music education is a priority in legislative planning

Fiscal Management

  • Create and monitor the annual budget in collaboration with the Board Finance Committee
  • Ensure the annual budget is funded and the organization maintains adequate cash flow
  • Support all aspects of membership recruitment, retention and growth
  • Collect all monies and ensure deposits are managed and bills are paid in a timely manner
  • Make sure contracts are approved by the board and executed appropriately
  • Maintain appropriate insurance and ensure compliance with all federal and state laws

Strategic Planning & Board Relations

  • Oversee the implementation of NCMEA’s strategic plan
  • Carry out short-term and long-term planning objectives
  • Identify opportunities for organizational growth and improvement
  • Assist in the recruitment and orientation of new board members as needed
  • Ensure the Board of Directors is trained on organizational and governance policies and programs
  • Maintain a consistent emphasis on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Embody NCMEA’s mission and vision
  • Oversee operations, ensuring effective implementation of programs, events, and activities
  • Create and maintain strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships with organizations, community leaders, local officials, and vendors
  • Actively engage with members as well as students and parents throughout the year and at events and conference


  • Ensure regular and transparent communication with members
  • Direct the Communications Manager in creating marketing and promotional materials
  • Support the Communications Manager in maintaining an accurate and updated NCMEA website and social media platforms


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university or equivalent work experience
  • A strong appreciation for music education
  • Proven leadership skills and work ethic including negotiation, problem solving, decision making and delegation
  • Experience in QuickBooks and managing budgets and budget process
  • Comfortable supporting and empowering volunteers
  • Proven self-starter with strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong moral compass and demonstrates a servant leadership approach to the work
  • Excels in critical thinking; ability to make decisions quickly and decisively based on board policies and association best practices
  • Persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

The Executive Director is charged with implementing Board policies, referring interpretative questions to the proper elected officer. The Executive Director is responsible for knowing the policies and practices of the national and state organization and shall make membership and fiscal decisions considering these policies.

NCMEA seeks to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

Travel for this position is expected to be around 15%.

The planned starting salary being offered for this position, commensurate with experience, is $55,000-$60,000 annually. NCMEA offers flexible working hours with a significant number of events and activities happening at night and during the weekends. Benefits being offered include medical insurance and 20 days of vacation and all state holidays.

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in North Carolina is conducting this search in partnership with NCMEA’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the North Carolina Music Educators Association position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls please, and no applications will be accepted through third-party sites.

The preferred application deadline is May 7th, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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