The Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) seeks a creative, experienced, and visionary individual to fill the position of Executive Director (ED).  The ED will have leadership responsibilities for the organization and will work with the Board of Directors to implement the organization’s mission to become the preeminent international piano competition in the world.


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the organization.  The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with a proven track record of leadership, management/organizational skills, and fundraising in the non-profit sector.  The successful candidate will direct the overall management, operations, planning, procedures, and marketing of the CIPC; coordinate a strong, goal-oriented development program focused on current and potential donors, foundations, and governmental agencies; prepare budgets and provide accurate accounting and reporting to the Board; attract, develop, and retain highly qualified employees; and foster a congenial and productive work environment.

The successful candidate will have the innate ability to build consensus and effectively interact with the Board, staff, donors, patrons, and volunteers, and will represent the CIPC locally and internationally as an articulate and professional spokesperson.

The successful candidate will be a person of the highest ethical standards, with a strong commitment to fairness and integrity in all aspects pertaining to personal conduct and the reputation of the organization.  S/he will at all times adhere to the organization’s Code of Regulations and uphold them in all activities.  A deep love of music and respect for the individuals participating in the competitions, as well as the Greater Cleveland community, is essential.


  • At least five years of experience in a leadership capacity with a non-profit organization; experience as an executive in an international music competition highly preferred
  • Strong administrative, management, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Understanding of budgeting, audits, and other financial matters
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree or higher preferred
  • Formal education/training in classical music, with emphasis on the piano repertoire
  • Knowledge of foreign languages and international customs a plus
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally to represent the organization as needed and appropriate.

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Submit cover letter that specifically addresses the qualifications listed above, along with a professional résumé, and three work-related references.  Additional information, including salary history, may be requested at a later date. All applications are confidential.

As a matter of policy, the Cleveland International Piano Competition does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or individual handicap in the recruitment and admission of staff or the operation of any of its programs and activities.

Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please send to:

Cleveland International Piano Competition
Executive Director Search
20600 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 1110
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Email: [email protected]


The Cleveland International Piano Competition is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred start date is November 6, 2017.


Assist with the following:

  • Meeting preparations, including Board meetings, committee meetings, and the Annual Meeting
  • Reports, agendas, meetings, etc.
  • Projects related to the Production Manager
  • Projects related to the Director of Special Events and Stewardship
  • Education and Outreach initiatives (ArtsConnect and PianoKids programming)
  • Office needs (equipment, supplies)
  • Database; maintain records for mailings and e-mails
  • Contestant applications
  • Sales table during competition
  • Special projects as needed


Min. Bachelor’s degree. Highly effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrated success in working collaboratively and enthusiastically within a fast-paced environment.

Proficient in MS Word and Excel. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.

Experience with event planning and a background/training in classical music a definite plus.


This is a part-time position, 12 – 18 hours/week.

Compensation: An hourly rate will be determined commensurate with the candidate’s qualification and experience.


Send resume and cover letter via email to:
Pierre van der Westhuizen
President and CEO
Cleveland International Piano Competition
[email protected]