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Executive Director of Twin Cities Catalyst Music

Title: Executive Director
Status: Full Time, Salaried
Reports To: Board of Directors

Supervises: Currently five administrative staff members. Currently includes: Production Manager, Talent & Promotions Manager, Marketing & Development Manager, Studio Manager, and Operations Manager

Who We Are and What We Do

Twin Cities Catalyst Music (Catalyst) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to provide young people with equitable access to see, experience, and participate in the Twin Cities music community.

Catalyst fulfills its mission through The Garage in Burnsville and the Treasury in St. Paul, which are all ages (no 18+ or 21+ restrictions), community driven, locally supportive, alcohol-free, live music venues, recording studio, and educational facilities. The organization works to empower young people by providing them “their own spaces” to perform, participate in music education programs, learn valuable employment skills, partake in leadership opportunities, and engage with their local community. In addition to live performances, the organization offers virtual and in-person free year-round music education programs focused on songwriting, performance, recording, videography, and music production.

Read more about our organization and services at https://catalystmusic.org/.

How You’d Fit In and Stand Out

The next Twin Cities Catalyst Music Executive Director (ED) will play a critical role in leading the organization into its next phase of development. As the organization’s founder transitions out of the role, this ED position is suited for a leader who lives the mission and has verifiable non-profit management experience.

The ED has the responsibility for thinking about and mapping the road to the future state of the organization and its mission. There may be significant evolution in this area over the next five years through formal strategic planning with internal and external stakeholders. The ED will also continue to build the visibility of the organization and its mission in the public eye and drive an ongoing effort to ensure that the story is being told to an ever-increasing audience. This will be important in both delivering the mission and in attracting increasing levels of funding and community support. 

In addition to leading the organization’s growth and future development, the ED plays a hands-on role with the administrative staff. The ED is accessible and mentors the staff to build their skills and confidence. The ED is essential to making a diverse community feel welcome. 

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

In a highly collaborative environment, the ED will manage the staff and day-to-day operations of the organization, while working with the board to set the strategic direction. The Executive Director will drive enthusiasm, motivation, and collective responsibility amongst staff, board, and stakeholders towards achieving the organization’s vision and goals.


  • Admin Staff Supervision: provide leadership to and manage the efforts of all staff and establish individual goals. 
  • Venue relationships: maintain relationships with people who utilize the venues such as seasonal staff, vendors, and artists.
  • Board management: prepare for and attend board meetings and committee meetings, and support board growth and governance.
  • Policy and procedure leadership: develop and implement responsive policies, practices, and procedures for organizational operations.

Revenue Generation

  • Earned Revenue Growth: Oversee promotional materials and marketing strategies implemented by Marketing & Development Manager in order to grow earned revenue via ticket sales, studio rentals and future education registration opportunities. 
  • Contributed Revenue Growth: Oversee development strategies for annual fund and lead fundraising events with the support of Catalyst Music Council and admin staff. 
  • Grant writing management: Manage a part-time contracted grant writer to coordinate the grants calendar, conduct prospect research and write grant submissions and reports for the organization.


  • Budgeting: In partnership with the Finance Committee, create and monitor annual budget, including program, venue, and production budgets. 
  • Financial Oversight: contract with consultants to maintain accurate financial information and reporting, including reconciling the general ledger, approving invoices, overseeing payroll. 

Programs and Community Engagement:

  • Stakeholder engagement: develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including community partnerships, local businesses, etc.
  • Program Partners: Work with program staff, local schools and educational partners to develop training opportunities and curricula for young people.
  • Communications and Media: Oversee external and internal communication strategies and build media relations. 

While this job requires desk time, the ED will represent the organization at community events, meetings, and at the organization’s venues. This position is a 40 hours per week role, requiring flexibility to work on some evenings and weekends.

This Job Is For You If You Are . . .

  • A passionate vocal champion for music, the arts, and young people
  • Creative, adaptive, and agile
  • High energy and have excellent communication skills
  • A strategic thinker and problem solver
  • A teambuilder and collaborative leader
  • Able to balance the current needs of running the organization while also strategizing for the organization’s future

The following skills will be put to use right away when you start the job:

  • Personnel management and organizational operations
  • Revenue generation, finance and budgeting
  • Tailoring communications to various audiences

Any of the following previous experiences would be beneficial to this position:

  • Musical knowledge and/or band experience
  • Experience working with middle and high school age students
  • Experience launching products or ventures
  • Venue management experience
  • Nonprofit management experience
  • Fundraising experience, particularly with individual and major donors

Someone with any of the following perspectives would be a value-add to the organization:

  • Take programming and artistic ideas and translate them into a budget and work plan
  • Talk to both youth and large donors with credibility
  • See the potential in all situations

Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, women and LGBTQIA2S people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to employment@catalystmusic.org 

Position open until filled. Ideally someone will begin full-time by mid-April.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $70,000.

Venue Staff

We are seeking excited and available music lovers to join our venue staff! Must be able to work weekends in St. Paul (at The Treasury) and Burnsville (at The Garage).

For more information and to apply, send a resume to employment@catalystmusic.org

Board Member of Twin Cities Catalyst Music

Organization Summary: The mission of Catalyst Music is to provide equitable access and opportunities for young people to see, experience, and participate in the Twin Cities music community. This is achieved through Catalyst Music’s all-ages venues, which host concerts and its after school music programming focused on production, recording, songwriting, and performance.

The flagship location, The Garage, is an all-ages music venue, recording studio, and educational facility located in Burnsville, MN. Catalyst Music is very excited to have opened The Treasury in April of 2022, their second all-ages venue, located in the Old Swedish Bank building on Payne Avenue in St. Paul.

In 2019, Catalyst Music hosted an organizational record of 114 live performances across the Twin Cities metro, primarily at The Garage, for over 13,500 artists and attendees. Its after school music programming has continued to grow, now including Burnsville Youth Collaborative at The Garage, Video Production Collaborative, Booking Team, and Catalyst Music Council.

Catalyst Music is at an exciting point in its young history. Before COVID-19, we were adding programs, locations, and innovative ways to connect young people with music. Before the murder of George Floyd, we were growing programs to engage diverse and passionate youth in our music community. Now, we’re reopening our programs to bring in more young people from our communities, pay even more young people from our communities, offer new ways to support and empower youth to create their own spaces and music ecosystems that are equitable, welcoming, and just.

Catalyst Music needs help to do this. We have a dedicated board of directors, but have openings and a need for more viewpoints and life experiences, which we highlight below. Reach out with any questions!

Primary Duties: Catalyst’s Board of Directors is charged with imagining the organization’s future and working with staff for ambitious, sustainable, equitable growth and exceptional service to young people. The Board is a partner and manager of staff and their programs.

  • Engaged fulfillment of three year board term 
  • Focused participation in committee work, 6 board meetings, and 1-2 fundraising events a year (all totaling to approximately 1-3 hours per month) 
  • Enthusiastic participation in fundraising
  • Loud advocacy for the organization through engagement with stakeholders.

Experience: The board of Catalyst Music seeks people who are fierce defenders of youth culture and believe in the transformative power of music and community. We want people who speak their mind, excel at relationship building, and can be depended on. We want people who are problem solvers, can see the big picture, and continuously ask the question, “How can we do better?” Prior board or planning/steering committee experience may be a plus, but certainly not required.

Additional Info: Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and/or people identifying LGBTQIA are encouraged to apply. Skill sets and experiences where we’re feeling thin: finance, parents of teens, educators, residents/deep connections to St. Paul and/or Burnsville/South Metro. This is a volunteer position. For more info about the organization visit our website at catalystmusic.org or contact our Board Vice President, James at board@catalystmusic.org

How to Apply: Send a resume to Board Vice President, James Taylor, at board@catalystmusic.org

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