Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Manhattan School of Music in the search for an Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving.
The Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving will be a well-organized fundraiser with a proven track record of success who will raise support from foundations and government agencies for the School’s annual fund, scholarships, endowment, capital projects, and education outreach programs. A self-starter, the successful candidate will possess strong writing skills and secure grants from new funders, as well as renew existing institutional donors, by creating detailed grant proposals and arranging site visits and stewardship and cultivation activities. The Assistant Vice President will have a genuine interest in prospect research and will collaborate with staff throughout the School to effectively gather information necessary to prepare compelling narratives and accurate budgets for grant applications and reports.
Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School’s environment; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. The School takes full advantage of New York’s abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing its students to be accomplished and passionate performers, composers, and teachers and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.
From its beginnings as a small settlement music school to its current incarnation as a top, international conservatory, MSM has upheld a tradition of excellence in professional music education. The School was founded in 1918 by pianist and philanthropist, Janet Daniels Schenck. Then called the Neighborhood Music School, it was located in East Harlem and tasked with bringing high-quality musical training to the immigrant communities of New York City.
Under the current leadership of Dr. James Gandre, who assumed the presidency in 2013, Manhattan School of Music continues to uphold the mission that Janet Schenck began nearly 100 years ago. Now home to 965 students from more than 50 countries, the School is a thriving international community of artists. As MSM continues to grow, its focus remains the same: the education of tomorrow’s leaders in the arts.
Salary & Benefits
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The Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving will report to the Vice President for Advancement.
“This is an exciting time at Manhattan School of Music as 2018 marks the School’s centennial, a momentous occasion that is being celebrated with a year-long series of concerts and special events. Over the past three years, the School has successfully completed a series of major capital improvements to its architecturally distinguished campus, totaling $25 million. These include 28 new practice rooms with sophisticated virtual acoustic technology, new acting and dance studios to support an acclaimed new program in Musical Theatre, a complete renovation of the cafeteria, and the largest and most important project of these, the $15 million renovation of Neidorff-Karpati Hall, the School’s principal performance space and an Art Deco jewel designed by the architects of the Empire State Building. The Hall has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue to showcase MSM’s immensely talented students and distinguished alumni and guest artists.
MSM is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians from precollege through postgraduate studies. Today, MSM is recognized for its gifted undergraduate and graduate students, a world-renowned faculty—teachers who are themselves artists with international reputations—and innovative curricula. Our alumni are soloists on the stages of the world’s great concert halls and opera houses, play in major orchestras internationally, lead important music organizations, and are faculty members training the next generation of artists.
Each year, MSM presents over 700 performances on-campus featuring our talented students, artist- faculty members, and special guests, as well as more than 70 master classes by world-renowned musicians. Most are free and open to the public. MSM is a vital cultural resource for the neighboring Morningside Heights and Harlem communities. We welcome about 30,000 visitors to exceptional concerts and performances annually.”
– Susan Madden, Vice President for Advancement
The Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving will
Executive Vice President and Provost
Vice President for Advancement
James Gandre, President, is an educator and musician with a deep commitment to students and the development of American conservatory learning.
Dr. Gandre returned to MSM to assume the presidency in 2013 having previously served the School for 15 years (1985–2000), most recently as Dean of Enrollment and Alumni. In 2000, Dr. Gandre became Dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he went on to serve concurrently as the Interim Dean of the College of Education, and ultimately as the
University’s Provost and Executive Vice President. President Gandre has broad knowledge of the history and discourse of the American conservatory, the subject of his doctoral dissertation, And Then There Were Seven: An Historical Case Study of the Seven Independent Conservatories of Music that Survived the 20th Century. As a performer, James Gandre has appeared as a tenor soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Classical Players, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and members of the San Francisco Symphony.
His professional choral engagements include more than 175 performances with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Warsaw Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and more than 20 commercial recordings and television appearances.
Dr. Joyce Griggs is MSM’s Executive Vice President and Provost. She joined the staff in 2018. As Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Griggs is chief academic and student affairs officer and serves as the School’s second in command, overseeing all academic programs and services, faculty hiring and development, and student affairs and enrollment operations.
Dr. Griggs, who has deep roots and diverse leadership experience in music higher education, came to MSM from Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM),
where she conceived and launched the Center for Innovative Musicianship as Vice President and Director. Prior to her work at Cleveland, Dr. Griggs held several leadership positions during her decade- and-a-half tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music that culminated in a four-year appointment as the School’s Associate Director.
Dr. Griggs is also an educator and saxophonist.
The breadth of her professional experience brings with it a deep understanding of how to effectively cultivate working partnerships among faculty, administrators, trustees, and community leaders. That instinct for inspiring productive collaboration, along with her deep experience and sustained drive, has given her a sturdy foundation from which to thrive as a leader, earning successes across a range of priorities, including faculty recruitment and hiring; contract negotiations; enrollment and fiscal management; curriculum development; financial oversight and fundraising; strategic planning; and accreditation management.
Susan Madden, a long-time New York City-based development professional, is Manhattan School of Music’s Vice President for Advancement, a role she began in 2018. Susan spent nearly a decade as Vice President of Development and then Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Museum of the City of New York, where, working closely with the President and Board of Trustees, she raised more than $23 million annually for general operations and $97 million for a major capital campaign. She also led a successful fundraising campaign of $17 million for New York at Its Core, a permanent, multi-media exhibition on New York’s 400-year history, and cultivated and secured several major gifts.
Prior to her many successes at the Museum, Susan led, managed, and implemented a $7-million annual fundraising effort at the New York Restoration Project, where she worked as Director of Development. As an important part of her work at the Project, Susan collaborated with founder Bette Midler and trustees to identify, solicit, cultivate, and increase general operating and capital support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The resulting major gifts included grants from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation ($2.5 million), Target ($2 million), and over 20 six- figure gifts from Goldman Sachs, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, and Toyota, among others.
In addition to Susan’s accomplishments at the Museum of the City of New York and the New York Restoration Project, she has held senior development posts at the New York Philharmonic, the Paley Center for Media, and the Guggenheim Museum.
The successful candidate for the position of Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Institutional Giving should have:
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is five to ten years of experience in foundation and government grant-making. A degree in music or music education is a plus.
Manhattan School of Music offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
This position is located in New York City.
Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Before submitting your materials, please read them over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.
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