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Director of Finance

Concord Community Music School

The Concord Community Music School serves 1600 individuals each week with educational and therapeutic services, age six months through 95 years, through its educational programs, public events and partnerships with human service, healthcare, and educational community partners.  An exceptional faculty of 50 teaching artists teach and perform classical, folk, jazz and world music.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, strong community support has made possible the School’s success, with 45% of its $1.8 million annual budget contributed by individuals, foundations, businesses, and government agencies.   Recognition, through highly competitive national awards, has come from such major funders as the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the Kresge, Hearst and Wallace Foundations. Other awards include an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the Dunfey Award for Excellence in Management, the Non-Profit Business of the Year Award from Business NH Magazine, the Champion for Mental Health Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health, and the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.   

For more information on the Music School, please visit

The Director of Finance is responsible for the financial, operational and business functions of the Music School. This includes financial, payroll, and benefits management, as well as oversight of vendors for facilities management and information technology to ensure smooth daily operations.

As a member of the management team, the Director of Finance works closely with the Board of Trustees and the President, Registrar, Dean of Students & Faculty, and Executive Assistant to accomplish the goals of the Music School’s Strategic Plan.  Management team members are a leadership team that advances external relations, a positive organizational culture, and the mission and goals of the Music School.

The Director of Finance is a salaried, exempt employee who reports to the President.  


At least five years of experience in accounting, with a strong preference for nonprofit accounting, is required; the Music School uses Blackbaud Financial Edge and Blackbaud Raisers Edge (accounting, database and fundraising).  Fluency with Microsoft Office and Internet research is required; experience in benefits administration is desired; and a background in music or educational organizations is a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as demonstrated by prior exemplary work within previous organizations.

The ideal candidate will enjoy meeting deadlines and working both independently and with creative colleagues in a fast-paced environment.  S/he must be highly organized and able to manage multiple details with an exceptionally high degree of accuracy.  A professional, pleasant demeanor and ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.


Financial Management, Benefits Administration & Reporting

  • Maintain operating and capital campaign fund accounting and produce reports monthly for board and staff, to include profit and loss statement, year-end projection, balance sheet, cash flow projection, and narrative.
  • Maintain all G/L and other accounting records, and do all monthly reconciliations as required.
  • Manage the year-end audit and 990 preparation, as a team with the President, Development Associate, and the Registrar, and serve as liaison with the external audit firm.
  • Prepare annual budget in collaboration with staff and board.
  • Design and produce program budgets, multi-year financial comparisons, and trend analyses to aid staff and board in analyzing financial trends.
  • Prepare and monitor project budgets for grants.
  • Process accounts payable.
  • Prepare and submit payroll for 60 employees (faculty and staff) to external payroll service.
  • Handle insurance, banking and real estate documents and transactions as necessary.
  • Administer program of all benefits for eligible staff and faculty, in conjunction with health insurance broker and external benefits firm.
  • Maintain employee records for vacation and personal time and sick leave.


  • Maintain schedule of required governmental reporting and ensure that required deadlines for such reporting are met.
  • Ensure compliance with employment and labor laws and regulations.


  • Together with the President, Dean of Students & Faculty, and Registrar, work as a leadership team to advance organizational goals and a healthy organizational culture, as described above.
  • As the senior staff member responsible for financial management, prepare accurate and timely monthly reports and sufficient analysis of financial information so that all constituencies understand the financial position of the organization as it affects their responsibilities in achieving a healthy financial position for the Music School. Facilitate communication among staff, board, and faculty to integrate financial goals into organizational goals. 
  • Monitor internal controls throughout the organization.
  • In managing the information flow and information systems of the Music School together with the Registrar and Executive Assistant, work with all constituencies to facilitate improved communication through technology improvements, personnel structure, and scheduling of appropriate meetings.
  • Support the Building and Finance Committees of the Board.

Facilities Management

  • Together with the Building Committee and Office Manager, plan and implement improvements to the facility.
  • Coordinate vendors for major repairs and maintenance of facility and its equipment.
  • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance with external providers.
How to Apply:

The Concord Community Music School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.   Staff and faculty at the Music School enjoy a challenging, stimulating and collegial work environment with excellent staff rapport, a dedicated board, and enthusiastic faculty.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health insurance, long-term disability, paid vacation and holidays, and Music School tuition discount.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter (no telephone inquiries, please) to:

Concord Community Music School

23 Wall Street, Concord, NH  03301

All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.  The position will be open until filled.

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Date Added: August 7, 2019

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