Chief Communications Officer

New England Conservatory of Music
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) seeks a Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to join the Conservatory’s senior leadership team. It is an exciting moment in NEC’s history—a time of ambitious innovation and creative reimagining—and the CCO will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and dynamic approach to representing and elevating the institution’s brand, vision, visibility, recruitment strategy, and impact across campus, around the city of Boston, and more broadly, around the world. The successful candidate will be an imaginative, collaborative and results-oriented leader and an exceptional storyteller who will bring a strategic, forward-looking orientation to the full portfolio of NEC’s communications and marketing efforts.


Founded in 1867, NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. and a cultural icon of national and international standing. It is recognized as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. In delivering a superlative educational experience to over 2500 students across its College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education, NEC draws on the deep reservoir of talent and experience of its 450 distinguished faculty (full- and part-time), a group of internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars who work across the Conservatory’s three schools. Notably, NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. It offers dynamic interdisciplinary programs such as entrepreneurial musicianship and community performances and partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. At all levels, an NEC education is at once rigorous and nurturing. Staff, faculty, and students alike attest to the power of the distinctively inclusive, encouraging, and supportive community one discovers upon arriving on campus.


Reporting to NEC’s president, the CCO will work closely with the other members of the senior leadership team to faithfully and persuasively articulate the Conservatory’s narrative and advance institutional priorities. Key to the CCO’s work will be strong connections with colleagues across the institution and a keen ability to tell NEC’s story in a way that resonates meaningfully with a diverse array of current and prospective students, alumni, trustees, donors, faculty, staff, and peers across the arts and education landscapes. The successful candidate will have a personal appreciation for and connection to the performing arts and a deep respect for the expertise and talent of NEC’s community members; a successful track record of developing and implementing strategic and multi-faceted communications plans, including the clarity and drive to steward projects effectively from start to finish; strong management skills—of both people and processes—and the ability to prioritize, delegate, and inspire.


NEC has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important recruitment. All confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed to Isaacson, Miller at 


New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic make-up, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.


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