We’re hiring

The CapitalBop team is happy to announce that we are hiring our first-ever Executive Director. We’re heading into an exciting new chapter for our organization — and for the D.C. music scene overall — and this new team member will be at the helm. Anyone in our community with experience in nonprofit management and arts administration, a close connection to D.C., and a passion for jazz and Black music in the District, is strongly encouraged to apply.

Position: Executive Director, CapitalBop, Inc.
Classification: Full-time Exempt
Location: Washington, D.C.


Send an email to [email protected], with your resume and cover letter attached. Use the subject line “Executive Director job application.”


1) Governance:

  • Responsible for leading CapitalBop in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by and in tandem with the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions

2) Organization Mission and Strategy:

  • Reports directly to Board chair
  • Works with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through overall strategic planning, to include engaging with D.C.’s jazz scene and its cultural, social and civic fabrics
  • Responsible for oversight of all CapitalBop programs carrying out the organization’s mission, including:
  • annual NEXTfest and Jazz & Freedom Festivals;
  • monthly DC Jazz Loft event;
  • seasonal Traveling Loft concerts;
  • web magazine, calendar and video presentations;
  • youth education programs; and
  • other potential partner organization programming
  • Project manages the writing in 2023 of a three-year Strategic Plan for CapitalBop
  • Serves as the primary public-facing representative of CapitalBop in a diverse array of community environments and working in partnership with professional, social, civic, and private organizations

3) Financial Performance and Viability:

  • Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health and sustain long-term growth of the organization
  • Works with CapitalBop’s CPA, payroll contractor, tax accountant and legal counsel to oversee and maintain the organization’s finances
  • Oversees fundraising efforts necessary to support CapitalBop’s mission
  • Supports development and communications staff to design and implement an annual individual giving campaign and customer relations management
  • Executes all grant project scopes (including a current DCCAH Facilities & Buildings grant); oversees grant compliance and reporting
  • Identifies opportunities to diversity and expand CapitalBop’s funding base
  • Responsible for the fiscal planning and integrity of CapitalBop, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and regular financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
  • Responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains the organization’s positive financial position
  • Keeps CapitalBop in compliance with auditing requirements

4) Organization Operations:

  • Monitors CapitalBop’s overall operations, oversight of part-time staff and independent contractors, financial systems, and information technology systems
  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision and retention of competent, qualified staff
  • Oversees the allocation of appropriate resources toward the organization’s various programs



  • Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrated equivalent experience, is required
  • Master’s or advanced degree is considered a plus


  • A minimum seven years’ professional experience and proven success in leadership and senior management in the nonprofit field is strongly preferred
  • Strong creative leadership experience and passion for CapitalBop’s mission
  • Knowledge of Washington, D.C.’s arts and cultural landscape is preferred, as is knowledge and appreciation of jazz and its current ecology
  • Supervisory experience is a plus


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of arts, business and community partners, and to build long-term relationships with donors and foundation contacts
  • Flexible and adaptive style; a leader who can positively impact strategic and tactical programming, fundraising, and organizational planning and management
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player who will lead and productively engage with the Board, staff, independent contractors, and others in and outside the organization
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, with exceptional attention to detail


  • Best practices in senior organizational management; grants management experience is a plus;
  • Command of nonprofit accounting and fiscal management practices
  • Creative, inclusive, self-starter attitude; donor, community, and volunteer service mentality
  • Basic knowledge of the Google Workspace suite, with advanced knowledge of associated operative apps such as Sheets, Forms, Docs and Calendar
  • Basic knowledge of customer relationship management and financial management systems, such as Flipcause and Quickbooks
  • Basic knowledge of remote team meeting software and presentation tools

Other Requirements

  • The position will be based in Washington, D.C.
  • Attendance at CapitalBop’s events will be required

Physical Requirements

Sedentary work – Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Use of fingers – Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.


Salary Range – $65,000-70,000, based on professional experience

Benefits – including health care coverage; terms negotiable

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


CapitalBop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz in Washington, D.C. We build audiences in order to build community around this music, because it’s important to the city’s historic identity, but also ever-changing and contemporary. CapitalBop presents jazz concerts, festivals and educational events; publishes a web magazine; and is working to establish a physical home: a community arts center targeted to open by 2025.

Many of CapitalBop’s major sources of funding have been government agencies and private foundations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts
Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation. Other sources of funding include corporate/individual supporters and earned income from programs.

For more information about CapitalBop, please visit capitalbop.com/about.


CapitalBop is an inclusive employer and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission standards. CapitalBop does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, military status, economic status, or geographic location in any of its activities or operations.

CapitalBop amplifies the awareness and appreciation of jazz in the United States as a reflection of the Black experience and Black cultural continuum, especially as it resonates in Washington, D.C. CapitalBop has a majority-Black Board of Directors, and elevates the voices of women and BIPOC artists in all its programming and operations.