Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer







Manhattan School of Music (MSM), internationally renowned for the excellence and breadth of its conservatory programs, seeks a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join a vibrant leadership team at one of the world’s preeminent, independent conservatories. The CFO will be a proactive, collaborative, and strategic leader, a superb communicator with a commitment to transparency, have a substantial record of financial leadership, and will be dedicated to moving MSM forward as a center of excellence in classical music, jazz, and musical theatre.


Located in the Morningside Heights/West Harlem neighborhood of New York City, MSM offers degrees in classical music, jazz, and musical theater to approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a Precollege program for 500 young musicians. Founded in 1918, MSM is the largest independent conservatory in the nation and a leader in professional music education, known for innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty.


Reporting to the President, the CFO is responsible for the School’s financial, facilities, and IT functions, and oversees an annual budget of $68 million, including a $19 million financial aid budget. The CFO will also work closely with the Board of Trustees, serving as the main liaison to the Audit committee and the Finance and Facilities committee, which stewards the School’s $34 million endowment.


The CFO will work in close partnership with the President, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees to capitalize on the School’s current momentum and implement forward-thinking strategies that enable the School to continue to grow and flourish in the years ahead. The next CFO will be an engaged and vital member of the MSM community, bringing a deep appreciation of the artistic and academic mission of the School, and modeling a culture of accountability and collegiality, open communication, and service excellence. The ideal candidate will be a strong financial and administrative leader able to move seamlessly between strategic and operational levels of management, who can provide clear and innovative fiscal and operational guidance as MSM moves into its second century.


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience, with an anticipated salary range of $275,000 - $300,000.


MSM has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.


Dan Rodas, Partner

Katy Ryan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


The School’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, applies to all employees and applicants. It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws and regulations. This policy applies to all the terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training. Advancement to positions of greater responsibility is based on an individual’s abilities and demonstrated performance. MSM is strongly committed to providing reasonable accommodations of disabilities during the application and hiring process.