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Company: Guitar Center
Location: Westlake Village, CA
Career Level: Director
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


Position Summary: Executive Director, Guitar Center Music Foundation

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of the Guitar Center Music Foundation. This includes oversight of all programs, grants, and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees an annual budget of approximately $1 million and a total staff of 2 full-time employees and volunteers.

Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following:

Organizational Leadership & Strategy

  • Articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Guitar Center Music Foundation, including project plans, events, fundraising activity, partnership, and operational activities to stakeholders and the Board to ensure that overall organizational objectives are met.
  • Facilitate the strategic planning processes with the Board and staff, including reporting to the Board on progress toward approved objectives.
  • Promote and facilitate proactive Board development by advising Board members and contributing to the selection and recruitment of well-positioned Board members.
  • Interface between Board and stakeholders to maintain a communicative, proactive, and supportive relationship.
  • Partner with the Board to define expectations and deliverables for each year of employment, which will be evaluated upon six months of service and annually thereafter.

Financial Management & Fund Development

  • Take a prominent role in developing new and diverse funding sources and opportunities for the Guitar Center Music Foundation.
  • Work closely with the Board to sustain and grow existing funding, while establishing new relationships and partnerships with prospective donors, fundraising networks, and the music industry at large.
  • Oversee the financial health of the Guitar Center Music Foundation by ensuring regular reporting to the Board on the financial status of the organization and maintaining controls for all funds, physical assets, and other property.
  • Work continually to develop a budget, implement adequate risk management and insurance policies, maintain adequate reserves to ensure financial health through economic uncertainties, and oversee annual independent audits, tax filings, and other federal and state requirements.
  • Review and report on revenue, maintain bookkeeping activities to include bank account reconciliation, biweekly payroll, and reporting.

Community Engagement, Marketing, and Advocacy

  • Actively seek to expand the scope and reach of the Guitar Center Music Foundation by being the primary spokesperson for the organization and clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and impact on the community.
  • Create and drive a marketing and engagement strategy that builds brand awareness to the level of attracting unsolicited recognition and donor activity.
  • Ensure that the Guitar Center Music Foundation programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image that is leveraged through the press, social media, and other marketing opportunities.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with community organizations, music industry partners, grantees, and music education communities for which the foundation serves.
  • Work closely with the Board to cultivate relationships with volunteers and create a support network to be leveraged for fundraising and grant fulfillment.
  • Work in partnership with Board to develop and execute the Guitar Center Music Foundation Annual Report to be distributed to stakeholders, partners, and media.
  • Manage grant committee, grant selection, and grant fulfillment activities.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


To join our band, you'll need the following experience:

  • Prior experience as a member of the senior leadership team of a nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget greater than $1M.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent Executive leadership experience required.
  • A minimum of 7 years experience in progressively responsible roles within senior management positions.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success with major donors, private foundations, and community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience with community engagement, especially in regard to creating and implementing strategic outreach, marketing, and social media.
  • Ability to lead operations and collaborate with diverse groups of people and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, ages, cultures, and experiences.
  • Must possess a deep passion for music and a strong belief in the benefits of music education.
  • Prior experience working within the music industry or music education is an asset.

About the Guitar Center Music Foundation

The Guitar Center Music Foundation believes that music participation is an essential element in the fabric of an enduring society. The organization aims to keep music education alive in our nation's schools and through community-based music programs. Founded in 2005, this public charity has reached over 300,000 people through its grants of musical instruments which provide more people of all ages with the priceless opportunity to create, experience, and enjoy everything music has to offer.

The Guitar Center Foundation is a music charity funded by people who want to strengthen the state of music education, who believe music is an integral part of society and who want to make music more accessible to everyone.

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