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Director of Music Therapy

Summary of Position

The Director of Music Therapy (DMT) of CMCB will be a visionary leader responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of the department’s strategic vision, public visibility, and managerial operations. Reporting to the Chief Programming Officer, the DMT will be the main spokesperson for the music therapy department and will energize and execute all components of CMCB’s strategic plan that relate to music therapy. Maintaining multi-generational relationships with the board, faculty, staff, parents, students, strategic partners, and donors, the DMT will exude warmth and energy while leading a historic music therapy program focused on access for diverse populations. The DMT will also oversee best practices in hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising music therapists, interns, and practicum students while maximizing earned and contributed revenues.

Title:                                    Director of Music Therapy

Status:                                    Full-Time – 32 hours/week

(Initial schedule will be 50% direct service and 50% administrative duties)

Start Date:                        August 2018

Reports to:                        Chief Programming Officer

Oversees:                        Music Therapy Staff

Works Closely With:            Music Therapy Staff, Registrar, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Programming Officer, and CEO/Executive Director




Roles & Responsibilities

Program Development, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Foster and leverage CMCB’s strong reputation as an extraordinary community music school to sustain current programming and to develop future opportunities for expansion and growth in the music therapy department.
  • Develop new partnership agreements with schools and community organizations to advance the music therapy footprint throughout the Greater Boston area.
  • Ensure the highest level of programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse community.
  • Identify and promote programming that challenges the status quo and pushes the organization to consider choices which may be outside its traditional comfort zone.
  • Determine program goals and develop strategies to meet them.
  • Oversee all music therapy in-house and outreach contracts and implementation of contracts
  • Maintain compliance with Code of Ethics & Standards – HIPAA and AMTA

Direct Clinical Service

  • Provide music therapy services to in-house clients and to outreach agency groups. Sessions are provided in individual and group settings.
  • Communicate with client families and other interdisciplinary team members regarding client progress
  • Coordinate with front office on intake schedules and room usage
  • Complete client intake documents, weekly progress notes, quarterly progress reports, and annual agency profiles

Stakeholder Cultivation and Community Engagement

  • Listen carefully, speak persuasively, and anticipate concerns of parents, students, faculty, staff, external partners, and the public.
  • Assist with mobilizing the talents, connections, and resources of the board to stimulate their continued active involvement.
  • Refine, monitor, and implement the 2017-2019 strategic plan with the board, enabling the music therapy department to gain market visibility and achieve greater organizational impact.
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement Department on marketing, branding, and public relations programs that highlight the music therapy department’s impacts and reputation.
  • Attend staff meetings, participate in supervision, and community events as a representative of CMCB.

Department and Budget Management

  • Spearhead innovation and creativity to allow the music therapy department to become more structured, prescriptive, and data-driven.
  • Lead efforts to increase diversity of department to reflect student diversity.
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment and retention of students and clients.
  • Lead department to ensure that faculty, staff, students, and parents have a memorable experience that leaves a legacy on their future growth and personal development.
  • Empower and build camaraderie among music therapists to recognize and leverage individual strengths that contribute to organizational success.
  • Monitor and report financial performance and design an organizational and financial accountability structure that is effective, efficient, and exceeds industry standards.
  • Work with COO and CPO to evaluate and determine program rates and fees
  • Manage all accounts and contracts with the participation of registrar, COO, and CPO including preparing and sending invoices to agencies
  • Assist Advancement department in grant application and reporting process
  • Maintain music therapy equipment and instruments

Key competencies include the following:


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of music therapy.
  • Board certification in music therapy is required.
  • Must have the ability to plan and execute department initiatives. Expertise in planning, organizational development, and team building in a collegial environment of mutual respect is needed.
  • A successful track record in best practices within the music therapy field and a high level of leadership experience is expected.
  • Passion for music therapy as well as enthusiasm for CMCB’s dual mission of excellence and access.
  • A minimum of 5 years in clinical experience is preferred.


Compensation & Benefits

Salary range is $40K – 45K. Commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance (group health and flexible spending account) paid time off, non-contributory 403(b) retirement plan, and discounts on music instruction at CMCB.

Application Instructions

Interested Candidates should upload a cover letter (ATTN: Marie Tai, Associate Director) and resume to:

Application Deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018.

Please no calls, walk-ins or emails.


Community Music Center of Boston ( is an accredited non-profit music school in Boston’s South End. Our mission to transform lives throughout Greater Boston, by providing equitable access to excellent music education and powerful arts experiences. The Music Center serves more than 5,000 students each week, on-site at our South End facility in the Boston Center for the Arts and in more than 40 outreach locations, including public schools, community/senior centers, and medical facilities. We are the largest external provider of arts education in the Boston Public Schools. Core Music Center programs include individual and group instruction in more than 25 instruments; outreach instruction in Boston Public Schools; an Intensive Study Project providing private instruction, theory and performances to prepare students for college-level study; early childhood programs; and music therapy for individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social life needs.

Community Music Center of Boston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.