Thursday, June 30, 2011

Executive Director Position Open at NYC Rock Camp

After graduating from Draper in 2009, alumna Katie Blankenship created the New York City Rock Camp (NYCRC), a nonprofit music education day camp for girls and boys ages 9-17. The NYCRC is now looking for an executive director and Katie asked that we forward the position description to Draper students and alumni. Please see below for more information.


We’re looking for our new Executive Director.

NYCRC Executive Director:

Organization Description

NYCRC is a music education day camp that focuses on empowering youth through music and building community through shared musical expression. NYCRC is designed to allow New York City youth, regardless of race, class, or creed, freedom of expression and exploration in music and performance, and in so doing, to empower campers to find their own voice, sound, and beat without creative boundary or inhibition.

During one week of the summer, young people ages 9-17 spend five days attending instrument instruction; participating in workshops such as Recording, Songwriting and Photography; and attending band practice. On the first day, campers form and name their own bands and pick two volunteer camp staff members to become their “band managers,” who then guide practices and help campers compose a song. On Saturday, all campers perform their song in a professional showcase, where all campers, supported by an audience of family, friends, and community members, truly transform into rock stars.

Position Overview

The Executive Director oversees all operations of NYCRC including creating and monitoring budgets; organizing, facilitating, developing, and implementing all current and new programs; overseeing staff responsibilities and operations; creating and distributing marketing material to staff; reaching out to donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations; grant research and writing; securing locations for all programs and related events; planning and implementing curriculum for all programs; communicating and administering all program needs to other NYCRC departments such as IT, Marketing, and Fundraising; reporting all NYCRC developments and needs to the Board of Directors; and creating fiscal year financial reports of the Board of Directors.


Curriculum development; creating and monitoring budgets; applying for grants; negotiating artist contracts; implementing fund-raising and outreach activities; supervising all program staff, volunteers, and campers, which includes recruitment, selection, and placement; planning and conducting training with staff and volunteers and seeing that the standards set-forth during training are maintained;
interpreting and complying with all camp policies and communicating them to staff, volunteers and campers; ensuring that camp facilities meet established standards before, during, and after camp sessions; maintaining good PR in the community; promoting high morale within camp itself; coordinating and overseeing the execution of the camp program, including volunteer assignments, workshop lesson plans, musical performances, and daily schedule; soliciting and organizing all musical equipment donations.

Required Skills:

We are looking for a candidate that is highly self-motivated, organized, and passionate about non-profit youth art and music programs. Candidate must have leadership experience, and non-profit experience is a plus. Candidate must be computer literate and have experience working in Excel, Word, Google Docs, Gmail, online social media sites, and online newsletter/mass email systems such as Virtual Response, Emma, etc. Candidate should be a self-starter and have the creativity, dedication, and imagination to develop NYCRC into multiple camp sessions and year-round music programming.

* Leadership experience in non-profit administration, including progressively responsible experience and a successful track record in grant writing, individual donations, corporate sponsorships and fundraising events.

*Strong understanding, commitment and passion for New York City Rock Camp’s mission and programs, and an ability to effectively advocate for the organization in a variety of situations and mediums.

*Experience managing budgets, reports, evaluation and staff or volunteer management.

*Excellent communication skills, including public speaking/presentations, phone communication, electronic communication, and written communication. Should have experience with donor correspondence, grant writing as well as communications with media, corporate and foundation contacts.

*Computer literacy including Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Office Suite, social networking, Google Docs.

*Ability to participate and work within a team while also being able to work independently with little supervision.

*Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.

Salary and Work Hours

This is a part-time salaried position with the opportunity to develop the program into multiple sessions and year-round programming, thereby increasing the hours to full-time and creating a full salary for the Executive Director. We ask for flexibility in scheduling with some availability on mornings, evenings or weekends though our general office hours are M-F 9-5pm.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Katie Blankenship, Executive Director, at
New York City Rock Camp is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

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