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Position Announcement: Executive Director of SAM

Tuesday, June 19, 2018  
Posted by: Paula Bishop
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About SAM

The Society for American Music (SAM) is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers and members of the general public. Founded in 1975, the Society is a non-profit scholarly and educational organization incorporated in the District of Columbia as a 501 (c) (3) and is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Our membership ranges between 800 and 900 individuals.



The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful day-to-day management of the Society and works closely with and answers to the Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategies for advancing SAM's mission. The ED submits a report of activities for each semi-annual board meeting and is subject to a biennial review. The ED's responsibilities fall into four main categories: executive, financial, administrative, and conference planning. Major responsibilities include:

Planning and attending SAM's annual conference (Mar.) and fall board meeting (Sept.), as well as serving as SAM representative to the Conference of Administrative Officers of the ACLS (May). The ED generally attends the AMS conference to promote the Society (Nov.). There will usually be one site visit per year to scout venues for future conferences. During the annual conference, the ED is the on-site coordinator of all arrangements and activities.
Serving as a resource for the Board, committee chairs, and publications editors.
Overseeing the finances of the Society (with the outside Financial Manager); working with the Treasurer (board member) to create quarterly and annual financial reports; filing quarterly tax returns (federal, state, local).
Managing the back end of the website, with particular attention to membership renewals, donations, and conference registration.



Bachelor's degree in music or related field; advanced degree desirable. We seek a person who is positive, detail-oriented, organized, an effective communicator, a leader with the ability to be flexible and build relationships, and a strategic thinker. Computer skills and expertise in standard software is essential as well as familiarity with QuickBooks or similar accounting software.

This is a part-time position for most of the year, except during conferences. Most of the work is handled online and the hours vary according to the Society's activities. Although not necessary, an institutional affiliation could be helpful in providing a physical address, access to institutional software licenses, and a small amount of physical storage space (a large closet or several shelves).


Annual salary appropriate to workload and areas of expertise.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Send letter of application addressing applicant's relevant experience and skills, c.v., and contact information for two references by August 15, 2018, to search committee chair, R. Allen Lott (

Start Date

January 2019 preferred, but negotiable.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Society for American Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.