Director of Programs

Director of Programs

Third Street Music School Settlement
New York, New York
Posted On:
September 8, 2017


Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s longest running community music school, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Programs. The Director of Programs will join a vibrant organization that is well positioned for significant growth as it approaches its 125th anniversary and begins the implementation of an ambitious new strategic plan. With a professional faculty of 130 educators and artists, Third Street currently serves over 5,700 students in its music and dance school, preschool, and school and community partnership program. The next Director of Programs will work to strengthen, deepen and grow Third Street’s program. The Organization Third Street Music School Settlement is a recognized leader in music education nationally and a major center for community engagement with music in the New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1894, Third Street is the oldest community music school in the nation. The School today serves socio-economically and ethnically diverse communities primarily from lower Manhattan and provides instruction and performance opportunities for more than 5,700 students both at its main building in the East Village and at approximately 30 schools and community centers throughout the area. It is the mission of the School to provide quality education in music and the arts, primarily to the children of the Lower East Side, in an environment that nurtures achievement and creativity and offers to all who attend, regardless of artistic ability or economic circumstances, the opportunity to pursue their own personal development and enrich the quality of their lives. Through its music and dance school, Third Street offers music instruction in instruments and voice, along with theory, composition, ensemble, and performance activities. A dance program offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, and tap dance. In addition to lessons and classes, older members of the community participate in the New Horizons Band Program and an adult chamber music program. An Early Childhood Music program enrolls the School’s youngest students beginning at twelve months of age. Throughout the year, faculty, students, and guest artists present more than 250 free performances at the School and in the community. While 1,700 students are enrolled in programs at the music and dance school, more than 100 children participate in Third Street’s licensed pre-school program, which is uniquely focused on music. An additional 4,000 students receive music instruction through Third Street Partners, a program in New York City schools and community centers. Third Street’s 130-member professional faculty includes the area’s finest artists and educators. The School is governed by a 30-member Board of Directors, has an administrative staff of 30, and is assisted by a newly formed Parents Association. Valerie Lewis is Executive Director. Additional information is available at Position Overview The Director of Programs provides hands-on leadership, vision, and direction for Third Street’s renowned music and dance school. It is the responsibility of this individual to help fulfill Third Street’s mission, to continue to grow enrollment and to ensure excellence in all aspects of arts education and performance activities. Specific responsibilities • Oversees the development, implementation, and on-going evaluation of all aspects of education and performance programs, including: curriculum development; recruitment and retention; faculty and staff; identification of industry best practices; and allocation of resources. • With the Executive Director, sets goals for student enrollment and tuition revenue; achieves or exceeds goals. • Establishes and fosters positive relations and communication among students, parents, faculty and the School’s administration. • Regularly attends student and faculty performances as a visible representative of the School. • Develops and monitors budgets and financial goals for programs, tuition fees and tuition assistance, musical instruments and equipment, payroll and non-payroll expense. • Develops and manages all aspects of Third Street’s performance program, ranging from annual recitals and ensemble performances to special presentations, both at Third Street and offsite. • Ensures all faculty and program staff job descriptions and performance goals are current, and that regular performance appraisals are scheduled, completed, and utilized. • Works with key staff to support community, cultural and school partnerships that advance Third Street’s mission and goals. • Works in close collaboration with the Director of Student Services to place and advise students, tracking their programmatic progress. • Ensures that program information on the School’s website, in course catalogs, brochures, and all marketing materials is accurate and timely. • Serves as a member of the School’s senior management team and a key participant in strategic planning; assists the Executive Director, the Board, and its committees as requested. • The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Assistant Director of Programs, Production Manager, Programs Associate, Department and Ensemble Chairs.


The successful candidate will be a musician and recognized leader with excellent and proven management, communication, and interpersonal skills. S/he will have a track record of success in all aspects of community arts administration, including: curriculum design; arts education and performance programming; financial management; faculty and staff management; and program evaluation. S/he will demonstrate a strong passion for music, the arts, and arts education and a deep appreciation for the special and important role of the community school in connecting all people to music and the arts.

Specifically, the successful candidate will have:
• A strong professional network and working knowledge of New York City and of musicians, music educators, and community musical resources in the Tri-State area surrounding the School.
• A track record of working collaboratively with staff, faculty and external partners, and the ability to build consensus among multiple constituencies.
• Proven track record of strong leadership and management skills.
• Excellent administrative and communication skills – verbal and written – and an inclusive approach to problem-solving and relationship-building.
• Successful experience working in an arts not-for-profit organization and in engaging diverse groups of professional and volunteer stakeholders.
• Personal integrity and high ethical standards; high energy and creativity; and a good sense of humor (a must!).
• An ability to lead and manage a staff operating both on premise and remotely, and in consideration of various competing projects, deadlines, and resources.
• The ability to work every Saturday during the academic year and to attend evening and weekend performances and activities.
• The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education; an advanced degree is preferred, as is experience both as a teacher and a performer.

How to Apply

Please send a letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Include a resume, salary requirements, and the names of three references. All applications will be considered confidential and references will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior agreement.

Please direct all submissions to Matthew Brunner, Manager of Human Resources, at [email protected]

Third Street Music School Settlement is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.