The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) seeks a Vice President of Finance (VPF). This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with proven strategic leadership abilities and strong financial, managerial, technical, planning, and communication skills to participate in shaping the future of one of the leading American conservatories.
Founded in 1867, NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. and a cultural icon of national and international standing. In delivering a superlative educational experience to over 2,700 students across its College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education, NEC draws on the deep reservoir of talent and experience of its 484 distinguished faculty (full and part-time), a group of internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars who work across the Conservatory’s three divisions. At all levels, an NEC education is at once rigorous and nurturing. Staff, faculty, and students alike attest to the power of the distinctively inclusive, encouraging, and supportive community one discovers upon arriving at NEC.
NEC's curriculum covers an expansive range of styles and traditions. Student instrumentalists, singers, and composers are trained in a broad array of methods, including classical, jazz, opera, composition, world music and early music. Innovative programming and creativity abounds. The Conservatory boasts an unparalleled chamber music program and was the first conservatory in the nation to offer a degree in jazz. NEC also pioneered an innovative concentration in Contemporary Improvisation, and more recently has introduced entrepreneurship into its curricular offerings. Equipped with an extensive toolkit, NEC graduates step into the world as exceedingly adaptive musicians, going on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, arts management positions and a broad range of music leadership roles worldwide. NEC produces some of the world’s most prolific 21st century musicians.
The next Vice President of Finance will serve as a thought partner to and work closely with the President, Board of Directors, and senior leadership, to increase efficiencies, optimize institutional technology and databases, implement best practices, and produce financial models and projections for NEC’s expanding program and events initiatives. As NEC’s chief financial leadership position, this role offers a unique opportunity for an accomplished senior financial management executive with deep expertise in both strategy and operations to play a central role in ensuring the long-term growth and prosperity of this renowned music institution. This individual will also oversee the development and implementation of a technology strategy that will lead the institution into a new era, using technology to support the ongoing effort to provide unparalleled learning opportunities in a mission-centered environment that nurtures, challenges, and inspires its students.
Candidates are expected to bring a deep appreciation of the New England Conservatory’s educational mission, core values, and community. The ideal candidate will bring significant experience overseeing budgeting and planning, financial forecasting and analysis, endowment management, legal and risk management, accounting, information technology, and business operations, gained through increasingly responsible roles in comparably complex settings. The individual must be an excellent communicator and natural collaborator committed to the highest ethical and professional standards, with demonstrated ability to work collegially in a diverse academic community. Significant experience in education, either at the secondary school level or in higher education, or nonprofit settings would be a distinct asset. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree in business, finance, management, or other relevant field is strongly preferred.
The national executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist the New England Conservatory in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to Rebecca Kennedy, Partner; Talik Watson; Associate; Isaacson, Miller. Electronic submission of materials is encouraged via: www.imsearch.com/6868
New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic make-up, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.