Program Director

JOB SUMMARY

The Project Music Program Director plays an integral role in managing and leading the operational, artistic, and logistical planning for multiple sites of Project Music programming.  This position oversees the strategic development and implementation of all Project Music programs, and acts as the public face of the organization in our community.  Project Music’s Program Director is responsible for leading site-based teams; providing supervision and support to teaching artists, as well as mentoring and training new Project Music team members.  The Program Director develops collaborative cross-site projects, guest artist visits, and community performances.  Working closely with the coordinators, the Program Director supports the development of close personal relationships with students and their families.  With 62% of our participants coming from Spanish-speaking households, a bilingual candidate with broad cultural competencies is strongly preferred.  This position functions under the supervision of the Artistic Director and Executive Director, and joins them to form the Project Music leadership team.

 

PROGRAM DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION

  • Work with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, and Youth Development Coordinator to design site-specific program frameworks and schedules for after-school programming at two existing sites
  • Work collaboratively with the Artistic Director to create and implement artistic content and curriculum, including new artistic programming, guest artists, collaborative projects, and workshops
  • Periodically review all programming, and design responsive and strategic adjustments
  • Identify opportunities and plan for future sites and virtual programs
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and development team to explore new funding opportunities and program grants
  • Work closely with the Youth Development Coordinator, Artistic Director, and Executive Director to build data evaluation systems to assess student progress and program impact
  • Collect and analyze data to effectively communicate impact, program strengths, and areas for growth

 

MANAGEMENT/OPERATIONS

  • Manage student enrollment process, data collection, tracking and student retention. Oversee administrative reporting, site-level communication systems, and other HR matters in adherence to Project Music’s procedures.
  • Manage recruitment and hiring of all Project Music program staff
  • Supervise administrative program staff and provide opportunities for training and professional development
  • Supervise teaching artists in areas of pedagogy, training, and professional development
  • Supervise all staff to ensure the successful implementation of after-school programming and collaborative problem solving
  • Work collaboratively with the Artistic Director and Executive Director to manage the creation, execution, and tracking of program budgets

 

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Cultivate new organizational partnerships
  • Cultivate strong relationship with partner organizations, school administrators, and teachers
  • Cultivate a strong, positive culture for the Project Music program and for all participants (including all students and staff

 

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidate with Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • Familiar with music/music education practices in multiple genres and an appreciation and joy of music and the arts.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience working in an Educational/Program planning capacity, with school age children.
  • Personal integrity, a happy and positive disposition and strict code of professionalism. Successful completion of a background check
  • Personal commitment to social justice, restorative practices, anti-racist philosophy, as well as trauma-informed approach.
  • Strong commitment to the philosophy of social change through music
  • Ability to multi-task calmly and to handle emergencies effectively. Demonstrated effective planning and organizational skills, able to meet deadlines. Ability to handle multiple interruptions and show resilience.
  • Strong managerial and people skills.
  • Comfortable speaking publicly, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal leadership through example, coupled with an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and staff to create a results-driven, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to ask for support.
  • Ability to implement projects from conception to completion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google G Suite and willingness/ability to learn new programs as needed.

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Project Music is in the process of putting together a benefits package for Full Time employees, which should include:

  • Salary range negotiable, $60,000+/- based on experience
  • Health insurance at low cost to the employee
  • Generous flexible paid time off, including annual, personal, holidays, and sick leave
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including Medical and Dependent Care
  • Free and /or discounted tickets to Stamford Symphony & Norwalk Symphony concerts

 

PRINCIPLES OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Project Music believes in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion for students and all parties involved in the program regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. We are proud to serve students of all backgrounds and abilities and our expectation is that all students will be treated equally, nurtured to ensure their success and we will meet them where they are. As a team, we expect and are prepared to make reasonable accommodations to address and support differences in learning styles, behaviors and cultural differences. Our expectation is also that we treat all parties involved in Project Music (teaching artists, staff, school staff, families, community members, Board of Directors, etc.) with respect and in accordance with our principles of inclusion.

 

Project Music is an Equal Opportunity Employer.