We are no longer accepting applications for this role as of  April 29, 2024. We are currently reviewing all submissions. No phone calls please. 

Chief Finance & Operating Officer (CFOO)

Summary of the Opportunity

We are seeking a Chief Finance & Operating Officer (CFOO) to join Music Will just as we launch our ambitious and inspiring 5-year strategic plan. Reporting to the CEO and serving as a member of Music Will’s leadership team, the CFOO will oversee the organization’s finance, operations, and technology infrastructure. As Music Will expands from a $6.5M to $13M organization over the next 5 years and the scope of our work increases significantly, we are looking for a leader with extensive experience managing people and systems in complex environments, coupled with a deep understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting practices. The CFOO will play a critical role in driving financial sustainability, operational excellence, and organizational growth, while fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation.


Financial Management

  • Develop, maintain, and communicate financial projections, budgets, and forecasts in collaboration with the executive team and the board of directors.
  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations, (i.e. accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and cash flow management).
  • Ensure compliance with nonprofit GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead the annual audit process; working with external auditors, the board, and staff to ensure timeliness and accuracy.

Operational Leadership

  • Manage the organization’s operations, focusing on building efficient, integrated, and technology-enabled systems that the entire organization understands and follows.
  • Provide strategic guidance on resource allocation and investment decisions to support organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and systems to enhance operational effectiveness and scalability.

Technology Infrastructure

  • Oversee the organization’s technology infrastructure, including our IT systems, Salesforce, and our web and digital platforms.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and tools to support operational systems, program delivery, fundraising efforts, and more.
  • Coordinate with Music Will staff and vendors to ensure the security, reliability, and performance of our technology systems.

Team Management and Development

  • Lead and support a diverse team of finance, operations, and technology professionals, fostering a culture of accountability, collaboration, and continuous learning.
  • Utilize emotional intelligence to effectively manage and motivate team members, resolving conflicts and promoting a positive work environment.

Communication and Collaboration

  • Build strong relationships across the Music Will community, including staff, board members, volunteers, and external partners.
  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration and communication to drive alignment and operational excellence across departments and programs.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the executive team, providing strategic insights and recommendations to support decision-making.

Skills, Experiences, and Qualifications

Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences – both professional and lived. At Music Will, we strive to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic.

The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.

About You

You’re not just an experienced leader; you’re someone who believes in the power of music to change lives. With over a decade managing finance and operations, you have the skills to keep our organization running smoothly. You are a systems-builder and an analytical thinker. You are tech-savvy and can find ways to leverage technology to build more effective and efficient processes, but you also recognize when a challenge requires a more low-tech approach or just a conversation. You’re not just good with spreadsheets; you’re great at building strong working relationships and fostering a spirit of collaboration and appreciation for your team and across the organization. Your core competencies include:

Problem Solver

Ability to be resourceful and thoughtful in finding creative ways to meet organizational needs. Able to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities as conditions require.


Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task while demonstrating a thorough concern for all the areas involved, no matter how big or small.

Cross-Functional Integration

Creates cohesion amongst disparate teams under a common vision. Develops structures for cross-functional teams to accomplish objectives across the organization.

Emotional Intelligence

Possesses strong interpersonal skills and the ability to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics, fostering collaboration and communication across diverse teams.

Required Skills & Experiences

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in nonprofit financial management and operations, with a demonstrated track record of success in leadership roles
  • Minimum of 8 years effectively managing and developing teams, including managing through layers
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit GAAP accounting standards and regulatory requirements
  • Tech-savvy with proficiency in digital systems, accounting software, and CRM databases
  • Proven track record in overseeing budget creation and monitoring during periods of organizational growth and change
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build rapport and influence stakeholders at all levels
  • Trusted advisor with mature professionalism and expert guidance
  • A genuine love of music

Preferred Skills & Experiences

  • Master’s degree and/or certifications in finance, accounting, business administration, management, or a related field
  • Experience leading remote teams
  • Previous work in education, (e.g. K-12, higher ed, or education-focused nonprofits)
  • Previous experience with Sage Intacct and Salesforce

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary range for this position is $163,115 – 191,900 per year. Music Will is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture, and mission. Salary is in accordance with Music Will’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include generous discretionary time off policy, flexible work arrangements and professional development.

Application Process

We are no longer accepting applications for this role as of  April 29, 2024. We are currently reviewing all submissions. No phone calls please. 

Location and Travel

This is a full-time position, based remotely. Occasional travel will be required, including annual org-wide events such as our Benefit each spring, our Modern Band Summit each summer, and our team retreat each fall. The CFOO will also attend our in-person board meetings, currently held twice annually.

Working at Music Will – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive, and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Music Will is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe workspace as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.