Job Posting

Chief Executive Officer

A non-profit organization founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an out-standing reputation of quality in education, performance, and music therapy.

With over 125 world-class faculty members teaching a variety of disciplines ranging from voice/vocals, theory, writing and arranging, to early childhood education and more, more than 4,500 students of all ages and musical abilities, including music therapy clients, engage in one or more of the VCM’s six main program areas. A self-described community with a mission to inspire, nurture, and enrich through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness, VCM is now looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to guide them through their 2020-2025 strategic plan and drive its success into the future.

Together, the Board and CEO assure the VCM’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of the VCM’s mission and vision, and the accountability of the VCM to its diverse constituents. The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a progressive and ambitious leader with proven success in a senior leadership role in a complex organization, ideally in the arts space, to join one of the most innovative and exciting music schools in Canada. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and an innovative, customer-focused leader with a clear focus and ability to lead change and effectively communicate with a wide audience. They will bring external relations and fund development experience, the ability to lead through complexity and the capacity to cultivate constructive and positive relationships with multiple stakeholders, including community leaders and all levels of government. The successful individual will show evidence of enabling high performance teams through a collaborative approach and a strong belief and track-record in manifesting a diverse and inclusive culture.

If the opportunity to contribute to VCM’s mandate excites you and your values align with its mission, we would be delighted to discuss further.

To apply in confidence, please submit your resume online at  

For further information, please contact Dominik Legault from Odgers Berndtson Executive Search.

We look forward to hearing from you and will treat all communications in confidence.

Victoria Conservatory of Music is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Victoria Conservatory of Music throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 4, 2022
Type of Work: 
Full Time
British Columbia
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

National Youth Orchestra of Canada | L’Orchestre national des jeunes du Canada

Kyle Mechar
59 Adelaide St E, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO) is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to recruit the best young classical musicians from across Canada and prepare them for careers as professional orchestral musicians.