Organization Description

“Scrag Mountain Music introduces its audience to the unexpected – and makes it a joy.” 

Jim Lowe, the Times Argus. 

Since founding in 2010, Scrag Mountain Music has been connecting Vermont communities to classical music in powerful ways.  Each season, Scrag Mountain Music presents 4-5 weekends of innovative, interactive, and affordable chamber music performances in barns, art galleries, town halls, and churches around Vermont.  “Come as you are. Pay what you can.”  Instead of tickets, audience members are invited to pay what they can during intermission, using a radical payment method that allows concerts to be accessible to all.  Scrag Mountain Music extends its reach to Vermont communities by bringing interactive performances and teaching artist residencies to VT schools and community organizations.  Scrag Mountain Music engages top-tier chamber musicians from around the country and creates a retreat atmosphere for them to rejuvenate their artistry.  Scrag Mountain Music  has a consistent track record of financial viability and has steadily grown since its founding. 

Position Description

The Managing Director is a new position which will have operational responsibility for Scrag Mountain Music, in partnership with Founders/Artistic Directors and the Board of Directors.  The successful candidate will be innovative, charismatic, and entrepreneurial.  She/he will demonstrate strategic thinking, successful fundraising, strong management, and excellent communication skills.  The candidate will have a passion for creating community around great music.

Scrag Mountain Music is entering a robust stage of growth, and this position offers great opportunity for organizational impact.  The Managing Director will work remotely, outside of scheduled meetings and performances, allowing for flexibility in the work schedule.

Managing Director – Job Description

Reporting to the Artistic Directors, The Managing Director is responsible for Scrag Mountain Music’s operations, organizational growth and mission execution.  Responsibilities (detailed below) include fundraising,  operations and program delivery,  marketing and communications, leadership and management.

Fundraising – 40%

  • Create and execute short and long term development plans, including the annual appeal
  • Oversee the research of potential individual, foundation, and corporate donors; identifying potential new donors in each area
  • Lead new donor cultivation strategies, including individual, foundation, and corporate cultivation
  • Lead strategies for existing donors, including individual, foundation, and corporate relationships
  • Manage and execute foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals, including reporting requirements
  • Work with the treasurer to oversee the administrative aspects of fundraising, including gift acknowledgement, donor communication, and database management
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of fundraising events
  • Cultivate relationships with businesses to secure corporate sponsorships
  • We are seeking significant growth in fundraising.  Over four years this position should fully fund itself in addition to expanding programing.

Operations and Program Delivery – 30%

  • Manage Scrag’s database of audience members and donors and convert this database to Salesforce or similar development software
  • Design and implement methods for tracking the impact of Scrag concerts. Develop program evaluation and reporting tools for funders and other stakeholders.  Stay up to date on current performing arts program evaluation trends and best practices.
  • Attend concerts and events
  • Oversee and recruit volunteers

Marketing and Communications – 20%

  • Serve as spokesperson for Scrag, along with the Artistic Directors, presenting the Scrag Mountain Music mission and accomplishments in public arenas
  • Oversee the public image of the organization, including all communications and social media presence, staying within the budget
  • Maintain the Scrag Mountain Music website
  • Manage the creation and maintenance of Scrag marketing materials and concert programs
  • Help develop an annual marketing and communications budget

Leadership and Management – 10%

  • In partnership with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Directors, articulate the vision for the organization, promoting strategic growth and direction.
  • Manage Scrag’s future support staff and interns including training and performance evaluation. 
  • Support the Board of Directors, serving as an ex-officio member of the full board.
  • Represent, cultivate and maintain Scrag’s position as a national leader in innovative programing and creating artist experiences.
  • Cultivate an environment of workplace flexibility and creativity.
  • Work with Artistic Directors to support their priorities.


The Managing Director will be committed to Scrag Mountain Music’s mission.  Candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising, marketing and relationship management experience.

Ideal candidates qualifications would include:

  • at least 5 years of management experience; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • experience securing financial support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations
  • experience in organizational management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and lead Scrag to the next stage of growth
  • past success working with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders utilizing a variety of platforms
  • strong written and verbal communication skills: a persuasive and passionate communicator
  • ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • idealism, integrity, and positive attitude; a mission-driven, self-directed person who is adaptable and innovative
  • interest in classical music and community engagement
  • technical skills including basic website maintenance, database creation and maintenance, social media experience, graphic layout experience

Salary Range: $25,000-35,000 contingent upon experience. 

Half time position averaging 20 hrs/wk.  Time requirements vary according to performance schedule and other seasonal priorities.  No benefits.

Please submit cover letter with resume.

Job Details

  • Position Type: Development
  • Location: Vermont (statewide); Washington County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Part Time