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ALCM nurtures and equips musicians to serve and lead the church's song.

The board of directors of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is pleased to announce that a search is now underway for the position of executive director. The full position description is posted below. Printable copy of position description.

Applicants should submit their CV, a cover letter describing the unique gifts, qualities, and experiences they would bring to the position, and telephone and email contact information for three references. Applications should be emailed to EDSearch@alcm.org. Applications must be received by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Position Description
Executive Director
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Full Time / Exempt 

Organization Overview:

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) is a nonprofit, membership-based organization whose mission is to nurture and equip musicians to serve and lead the church’s song. Music is a vital expression of Lutheran worship. The church’s song takes many forms and is expressed in many ways. By sharing the knowledge, experience and passion that honor our heritage and inspire our future, ALCM nurtures and equips those who lead music in worship. ALCM offers practical education programs and diverse resources through national and regional conferences; professional journals and other publications; networking events; commissioning programs; partnerships; and more. ALCM serves musicians of all types – from paid professionals to volunteers. By connecting servant leaders to one another and by cultivating their musical gifts, ALCM supports worshipping communities in the proclamation of the Gospel.

Position Overview:

The executive director serves as the chief executive officer for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. The executive director reports to the board of directors and is responsible for the consistent fulfillment of ALCM’s mission and achievement of all financial objectives. The executive director will develop and drive the organizational strategy, financial and operational management, development of staff, program planning and assessment, and represent ALCM throughout the Lutheran community nationally.

Primary Responsibilities and Performance Indicators:

  • STRATEGY: Assure that ALCM has a long-term strategy which achieves the mission in a consistent, timely and fiscally-responsible manner; in conjunction with the board, develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan and annual work plan and report regularly to the board on progress toward the achievement of these plans.
  • PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of all ALCM programs and services. This includes working in partnership with board members, volunteers and institutional partners to conduct effective and inspiring national and regional conferences and events.
  • FUND DEVELOPMENT, OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT: Together with the board, develop and manage the fundraising and financial strategies for ALCM. This includes developing an annual budget for approval by the board of directors, and oversight of all funds and management of cash flow, consistent with the organization’s accounting systems and practices. In addition, this position is the primary fundraiser for the organization and will spend a significant portion of his/her time identifying, pursuing and securing charitable contributions and financial investments sufficient to meet the needs of the organization and the fulfillment of the mission, strategic and annual work plan. Fundraising efforts will include, but not be limited to, individual solicitation, grant writing, pursuit of sponsorships, and program underwriting.
  • STAFF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: Oversee the recruitment, employment, training, supervision, recognition and release of all personnel, including paid staff, independent contractors, and volunteers. Develop and motivate a team that clearly understands the organization’s mission, personal responsibilities, and standards of conduct.
  • INSTITUTIONAL AMBASSADOR: Develop effective working relationships within the Lutheran community and with related music organizations across the country to ensure that ALCM’s mission and work are known, respected, and a trusted resource. Serve as the chief spokesperson for ALCM and articulate and communicate the value of the organization to individuals, congregations, and to the church at large. Motivate and inspire others to support the programs, services and institutional health of ALCM.
  • COMMUNICATION: Thoughtfully, effectively and transparently communicate with ALCM’s various constituencies in a timely basis with regard to institutional activities and organizational health.

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • College graduate with a degree in a related field, such as music, religion, business, nonprofit management, communications. Master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus.
  • Minimum of five years administrative management experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization. Prior experience working with a nonprofit board of directors strongly preferred.
  • Previous successful experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communications skills are required.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic and/or organizational planning and fundraising.
  • Ability to motivate and develop staff, board, and volunteers and to build support and consensus for ALCM and its initiatives.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community – including representatives and members of all Lutheran church bodies, classical and contemporary musicians, professional and lay musicians, and individuals working in related fields.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with sophisticated organizational and coordinative skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Initiative and self-reliance in recognizing issues and carrying out assignments in a timely manner to ensure the satisfactory fulfillment of ALCM programs and events.
  • Ability to trouble-shoot and respond to high-pressure situations that may occur in a public setting.

Working Conditions:

This is a full-time position. The ALCM office is located in Valparaiso, Indiana. The individual in this position may choose to work from the ALCM office or from their home office The executive director must be able to travel across the country in a timely and economically-reasonable way. This position reports to the ALCM Board of Directors and will have weekly phone meetings with the Board President. The executive director supervises all ALCM staff and advises the supervision of all ALCM volunteers, working closely with ALCM members, volunteers and the board of directors.

This position includes extensive travel and requires the physical ability to navigate conference and ALCM program and event locations. Responsibilities will require incumbent to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and navigate challenging physical spaces in which equipment is located. The position requires manual dexterity; balance; standing, walking and sitting for long periods of time; and the ability to successfully pass a driver’s license vision test. This position requires the incumbent to be able to use a standard telephone, computer and other technology reasonably necessary for leading a 21st century nonprofit organization.


Salary range is competitive, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a pension plan, health insurance, and vacation time.

Application Requirements:

Applicants should submit their CV, a cover letter describing the unique gifts, qualities, and experiences they would bring to the position, and telephone and email contact information for three references. Applications should be emailed to EDSearch@alcm.org. Applications must be received by Friday, January 6, 2017.

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.