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Post: Managing Director
Start of employment: January 2019
Place of work: Dhow Countries Music Academy, Zanzibar
Type of employment: full-time
Responsible to: Board of Trustees

Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) is the only music school in Zanzibar. The academy preserves, develops and promotes the unique musical heritage of Zanzibar and the Swahili coast. It was established in 2002 and throughout the years it had more than 1500 students. The school provides a unique opportunity for the inhabitants of Zanzibar and the dhow regions to study music both related to their cultural background and more global genres of music. In addition special workshops, seminars, concerts, exchange visits and networking activities take place throughout the year and the DCMA has developed into a vibrant national and international musical and cultural meeting point.

The Managing Director should have substantial experience in Arts Management; a background or interest in Music Education; substantial experience in fundraising, finances and staff management; and excellent written and spoken communication skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili will be an asset.  He/she must have an ability to deal creatively with logistical problems. Good ‘people skills’ are essential.


1.  Academy Supervision
Managing Director will supervise all the activities in the Academy including administrative, marketing, academic/artistic and

  1. Supervision and Design of Programs
    Supervise exchange programs, workshops, special concerts, performances, master classes, studies/research, concert tours, benefit events, etc.
  2. Fund raising
    Responsible for raising  funds necessary for running the school, assisted by the Fundraising Manager and Board of Trustees including all salaries, equipments, rents, special projects and ongoing programmes, follow up of budget, as well as final reports.
  1. Networking
    Managing Director will work in networking with individuals and institutions locally, regionally and internationally.
  1. Oversee Administration and Accounting Processes
    Oversee the day-to-day school operations operated by Office Administrator and Accountant
  2. Reports
    Prepare and present the operational report and financial report to donors and to the Board of Trustees.

– at least 5 years of work experience in business and management;
– background in Music and Culture;
– a proven track record in fund raising.
– strong interpersonal and leadership skills
– strong communication and problem-solving skills
– excellent command of English; knowledge of Swahili will be an advantage
– experience in management in developing countries

Applications (CV and covering letter) should be sent to admin@zanzibarmusic.org till November 31st 2018.