Program Director

Project Music, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Posted On:
March 7, 2023

Description Program Director at Project Music Organization Project Music started in 2014 in Stamford, CT. Inspired by El Sistema’s founding vision, Project Music’s mission is to create a pathway for students to reach their fullest potential by using music education and the pursuit of excellence as the vehicle to develop fundamental life skills. 120+ students are enrolled in Project Music across 4 community partner sites. Students hail from 25 different public schools in Fairfield County, and their rich and diverse family population represents more than 12 countries. Position Description Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director is a reliable, organized, self-starter, and detail-oriented professional with the capacity to effectively manage multiple programs, engage appropriately with varying stakeholders of the organization, and have the capacity to simultaneously consider larger strategic vision while working within program day to day. This position will oversee 2 other positions within Project Music: the Academic Success Manager and the Site Coordinator. This is a mid-to-senior level position and will have direct impact on the future programmatic design of Project Music. Benefits & Organizational Culture Full-time, exempt position with a salary: $60,000-$80,000 with health insurance (medical, vision, & dental) Approximately 20 observed holidays and organizational time off Up to 3 PTO weeks off during July / August / December Results Only Work Environment Flex time acknowledged as community concerts sometimes fall on weekends Employees must be based within 30 min commutable working distance to Stamford, CT; all administrative work is home based. This is a hybrid position. Free daily gourmet lunches during the academic year Access to recording studio, practice rooms, etc. in a world class performing arts center Responsibilities 60% Administrative Manage and oversee recruitment and enrollment across all programs Work with the Executive & Artistic Directors to provide insight on program and schedule development Oversee and manage the Academic Success Manager & Site Coordinator Together with the Artistic Director, oversee coordination and logistics of King El Sistema Residency This is a seminario event bringing together 6-8 el sistema-inspired programs from across the Northeast. Approximately 125 students plus teaching artists, administrators, and parents participate each year. Manage logistics and coordination with community partners including Stamford Public School District, First Student busing, Orchestra Lumos, Norwalk Symphony, and GCTYO. Manage & oversee Parent Committee and parent meetings 2 fundraiser events annually (Fall & Spring) Act as liaison between parent committee and Executive & Artistic Director Help plan and oversee execution of summer programming at community partner sites Manage enrollment for summer programming across external partners Manage logistics of professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists Track time sheets for all teaching artists Revise/edit and distribute parent handbook annually Provide strategic input for program development Manage daily operations of programming Provide weekly reports to Executive Director Prepare monthly reports for Board 30% Teaching Lead an ensemble within Project Music’s ecosystem Dependent upon candidate’s musical expertise Teach a weekly sectional class Dependent upon candidate’s musical expertise 5-10% Performing Rehearse and perform as a member of the Project Music Collective, a professional performing ensemble comprised of teaching artists and staff of Project Music. This is a new program that will be launched in Fall 2023 Estimated 4 concerts per academic year Qualifications Previous experience and success teaching music in a group setting Previous success managing part-time staff and/or volunteers Previous success working with K12 students Preferred but not required: experience working with youth from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds Exceptional time management and organizational skills Excel in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment Ability to ‘get the job done’ at a high level Qualifications (cont.) Flexibility, adaptability, persistence, patience, humility, and a sense of humor will serve you more in this role than pure skill Strong communication both written and verbal skills Highly preferred but not required: Spanish fluency both spoken and written More importantly, are you willing to learn? Skills Ability to work within Google G Suite, Notion ecosystem, Wave, & Gusto platforms Ability to lift 25 lbs to transport instruments, equipment, etc. Statement of Non-discrimination Project Music is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. It is important to us that our staff, leadership, and Board are reflective of the communities that we seek to serve. Imposter syndrome is real, and we want to encourage you to apply even if your experience does not 100% align with what is required of this job. Project Music is a place that values continual learning, reflection, and reiteration to be the best organization we can be. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Application The hiring process will include the following steps: Resumes, cover letters, and quick videos will be open for submission until April 3, 2023. All candidates who submit materials will receive a notification, regardless of invitation to interview. First round Zoom interviews will be held the week of April 10, 11, & 12, 2023. Final round interviews will be notified by April 21, 2023. Final interviews between April 24-28, 2023 Offer letter signed by May 8, 2023 Official starting date of August 14, 2023 (4 weeks of training and onboarding prior to academic year starting in Sept) How to apply Send the following application materials to with Program Director Application in the subject line by 11:59pm ET on April 3, 2023. Cover letter addressed to the senior leadership expressing your interest in this position. Be sure to include any relevant information that we would not know from your resume. (1-2 pages) Updated resume with relevant experience highlighted (2 pages maximum) 2-3 minute ‘pitch’ video answering 1 of the following (your choice!) Explain your teaching philosophy Explain the connection between music, community, and social justice Pick a quote from Maxine Greene, Jose Antonio Abreu, Paulo Freire, or bell hooks and explain its significance to you Selfie mode on your phone is perfectly fine. We are interested in the content over the production value. Upload video to YouTube and be sure to mark as “unlisted” & include link in application email.


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