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Program Director at Project Music
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

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

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?
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.



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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