CelloBello seeks to hire an Executive Director

CelloBello seeks to hire an Executive Director



CelloBello is a 501(c)(3), non-profit educational website that provides free online resources related to playing the cello and musical interpretation, including lessons, master classes, interviews, and interactive chats with artist-teachers from the solo, chamber music, orchestral, and teaching professions. It also provides articles, information on jobs and competitions, repertoire and book listings, and additional educational, career, and professional resources. 

Since 2010, CelloBello has been led by its Founder and Artistic Director, cellist Paul Katz, and supported by part-time Webmaster Jussi Reijonen and 3 work-study students from New England Conservatory. The Executive Director need not be a musician, but should have a basic knowledge of musical terms and some personal experience in the study of an instrument.

The Executive Director (ED) position is being created to carry out administrative functions as specified below, develop and lead fundraising initiatives and direct the organization’s growth in 2019 and beyond.

The ED position requires both an ability to think strategically about the “big picture” and execute plans with strong attention to detail. The ED will initially supervise 2 part-time paid staff, 3 NEC work-study students and outside vendors. The ED will work closely with the Artistic Director and report to the Board of Directors, consisting of an active group of experts from the fields of law and development, and prominent professional cellists.

CelloBello seeks to hire a dynamic, creative, and highly organized professional to oversee the organization and lead it in fulfillment of its mission.

Job Description

  1. Administrative Responsibilities – Finance, Marketing, Supervision
    • Develop and maintain the annual budget, including regular monitoring and quarterly reporting to the board.
    • Work with the CelloBello accountant to complete all necessary tax filings and the annual financial report.
    • Ensure that all paperwork, including employee contracts, legal documents, and bank accounts are signed and kept up-to-date, electronically and in print. Process donations, pay bills, update payroll information and basic bookkeeping work, and input financial records on QuickBooks.
    • Oversee marketing and public relations efforts to increase CelloBello’s online visibility.
    • Stay current with internet trends (websites, social media, other platforms), and commit to forward-thinking creative development work regarding the website (and related CB platforms online) via research and innovating new ideas. Initiate and oversee implementation with webmaster and our website design partners (Blink;tech).
    • Supervise and collaborate with CelloBello staff. Organize staff meetings and training sessions.
  1. Fundraising Responsibilities
    • Research and write grants, and completing all grant reporting requirements. Reach out to representatives of local companies to increase community corpo- rate sponsorship.
      Cultivate potential individual donors and partners.
    • Take charge of donor stewardship and acknowledgement; maintain the donor database. Supervise work-study students in mailing thank you cards and gifts. Organize annual end-of-year campaign, and assist the board with planning vari- ous fundraising events.


  • Basic musical training with an understanding of musical terms. Some knowledge of the cello and cellists is desirable, though not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred; 3+ years of nonprofit management experience.
  • Commitment to all aspects of CelloBello’s philosophy as expressed in the Mission and Vision statements.
  • Experience with fundraising; developing positive relationships with constituents and supporters.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively supervise staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and a high comfort level meeting/speaking with individuals face-to-face or at social functions and events.
  • Ability to set priorities, manage schedules, meet deadlines, and track the progress of multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high-quality of work and strong attention to detail.

Job Summary

The Executive Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer for CelloBello and as such, leads, supervises, and oversees the major administrative functions of the organization. These include, but are not limited to, fundraising, financial management, marketing, Board relations and development, and day-to-day operations. The Executive Director and the Artistic Director work in collaboration. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises a small administrative staff and meets regularly with the Chair of the Board.


Job Post Date: 8/7/2018
Expiration Date: 9/9/2018
Start date: 10/1/2018
Salary: Commensurate with experience

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CelloBello, Boston MA



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CelloBello History
The Founder and Artistic Director of CelloBello is Paul Katz, former cellist with the Cleveland Quartet and current Professor of Cello at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The development of www.cellobello.com began in 2009, with fundraising support from the New England Conservatory and then-President Tony Woodcock.

In 2010, the CelloBello website was launched in consultation with the Educational Media Foundation of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate WGBH Boston, and Rafael deStella of destella.creative. A major redesign incorporating technological advances was completed in 2017 in collaboration with Blink;Tech, who currently host the site. A small but dedicated team of part-time and volunteer web staff maintains the site. NEC continues to support the site with work-study students, and live streaming of cello master classes. However, the site is an entirely separate organization with no direct business affiliation with NEC.

CelloBello was born out of a passionate desire to maximize the educational potential of the internet and offer the highest level of online musical instruction to cellists without access to teachers, to stimulate discussion and exchange, and to foster a global cello community. Site content and instruction are provided by a long list of internationally renowned cellists and professional teachers who donate their time and expertise. We are funded entirely by private donations.

CelloBello was originally formed as a not-for-profit LLC. It has continued its evolution by converting into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and expanding its online offerings, pool of contributors, and global reach. We will always stay true to our roots in education and our mission.

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