Executive Director

Midori & Friends


Executive Director


Midori & Friends



New York, NY


The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors including the founder, Midori.

He/she will manage a team of approximately seven and oversee a dedicated group of teaching artists, who are union members, and performers from world class ensembles.


Midori & Friends (M&F) provides high-quality, sequential music education programs to students in Grades PreK-12 in over 80 New York City public schools that have little or no access to the arts.

What began in 1992 as world-renowned violinist Midori’s singular vision to bring music to New York City students has become a leader in music education. M&F has reached over 250,000 young people in its history, and yet the impact of its story lies with each individual child.

M&F empowers its students by developing their musicianship and instilling core life values. By customizing meaningful music education experiences in partnership with New York City public schools, M&F makes the music of today and builds the futures of tomorrow.


The Executive Director will serve as the leader, manager, fundraiser and ambassador of M&F. He/she will drive all management, government and private fundraising, and operational functions as well as work to raise the profile and brand awareness for this $2 million organization.

The goal of the Executive Director is to advance music education and take this organization to the next level in impact and influence by leveraging resources, driving funding, increasing visibility and enhancing programs in the youth and music education field. For updates on the role, please go to this website.

Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership and Management

  • Shape and drive the organization’s strategy and approach in close partnership with the Board of Directors;

  • Manage and direct the organization’s day-to-day activities, fundraising, operations and programs; and

  • Drive a collaborative team culture of quality, innovation and intelligent use of resources.

Fundraising, Marketing and Awareness

  • Direct and grow private fundraising initiatives and personally cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations;

  • Lead and manage government and other public funding opportunities; and

  • Craft and execute a dynamic and creative marketing, digital, and PR strategy to increase awareness and visibility of M&F.

Board and External Relations

  • Engage and partner with the Board in all organizational planning, financial/resource development, governance responsibilities, and continued Board expansion;

  • Maintain and enhance strong and effective relationships with the New York City Board of Education, governmental agencies, and other external partners; and

  • Expand new and strengthen existing relationships with community partners, artists, and others to widen opportunities for programming and impact.

Program and Operations

  • Oversee the design and implementation of creative, high-impact, enriching programming both inside the classroom and within the broader community;

  • Continue to refine and implement metrics to measure and ensure program effectiveness; and

  • Provide sound fiscal leadership and fiduciary oversight including managing budgets and overseeing internal controls.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic, inspiring and highly accomplished leader dedicated to the critical role music education plays in enriching the lives of children in New York City public schools.

As a professional, you have:

  • Significant senior leadership and management experience in the nonprofit sector; youth/community arena, education, and music and cultural arts preferred;

  • A successful track record of public and private fundraising;

  • An understanding of marketing, public relations, and communications;

  • A proven ability to manage, influence and inspire a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally;

  • A consummate relationship builder, ready to develop and leverage partnerships with the Board, funders, government, staff, and community;

  • Well-honed people management and team building skills;

  • Deep financial, operational and risk management competencies and familiarity with union relations; and

  • Knowledge of the New York City community, potential funders and partners.

As a person, you are:

  • A leader and visionary: dynamic with the executive presence, strategy, and creativity to further build innovative and high-performing music programs to enable M&F to remain at the forefront of music education.

  • A natural diplomat and dynamic partner: the ability to foster strong, productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders as well as a high achieving, positive team environment.

  • A passionate, articulate, persuasive communicator and ambassador: the energy, gravitas and superior communication skills to represent, fundraise for, and increase the visibility of M&F.

  • A results-oriented problem solver: calm and grace under pressure and the business acumen and good judgment to overcome obstacles and drive an agenda forward.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree a plus.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Midori & Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Does this sound like you? If so, please tell us more and email your interest (letter and resume) in confidence to: Midori@sandlersearch.org