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Executive Director (Full-time, Virtual Office) for National Non-profit Handbell Musicians of America

Established in 1954, Handbell Musicians of America (HMA)* is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community, and communication. With the vision of “Uniting people to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of every skill level realize their full potential through a musically-respected art form,” the organization has members in all fifty states and several countries. There are twelve geographic areas under the national organization umbrella, and each of those has its own elected leadership and finances. Membership includes individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses.

The Executive Director of HMA will report to the board of directors and is directly charged to implement organizational goals under the Carver Policy Governance model. In addition, the ED is responsible for the full range of non-profit management activities, including the following:

Organizational Leadership and Administration

  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the non-profit
  • Developing and monitoring the budget and investments
  • Serving as HMA’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public
  • Developing relationships within the music industry and with various professional organizations and utilizing those relationships to enhance HMA’s mission
  • Consulting with the board of directors regarding policy decisions, fundraising, and increasing the overall visibility of the organization
  • Implementing organizational goals as directed by the board of directors
  • Supervision and Office Management
  • Hiring, supervising, and collaborating with staff (currently six) virtually
  • Overseeing day-to-day operations of the virtual office, providing service and support to members
  • Fundraising, Development, Membership, and Marketing
  • Organizing and implementing fundraising efforts and developing other revenues
  • Overseeing marketing and other communication efforts
  • Collaborating with area leadership to grow membership and retain current members
  • Travel requirements include at least two in-person board meetings per year, national events, international events every other year, and other meetings as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate/Master’s degree with demonstrated accomplishments as an organizational leader
  • A love for musical artistry and excellence as well as an appreciation for and the desire to promote the art of handbell/handchime ringing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of non-profit budgeting and finance systems, processes, and best practices
  • Knowledge of fundraising, development, and donor relations management principles and best practices
  • Knowledge of personnel management principles and best practices, including recruitment and hiring, delegating and evaluating work, and effective supervision
  • Ability to develop and manage annual budgets, and coordinate financial support for programs and projects
  • Knowledge and experience in customer service
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment utilizing the latest technologies, such as online communication and meetings and CRMs

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to direct effective fundraising and development programs
  • Knowledge of marketing and outreach strategies and tools to effectively promote programs and initiatives
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with donors, grantors, and supporters
  • Organizational/institutional experience engaging volunteers and membership

Salary and Application Information

Salary: $80,000 plus benefits
Questions: Please direct all questions to:
Application Instructions: Email your resume, along with a cover letter, to
Application Deadline: Friday, October 8th

* The organization was founded as The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and has been doing business under the name Handbell Musicians of America.

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