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Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships

Education Through Music-Los Angeles partners with disadvantaged schools with the mission to provide and promote music as part of the core curriculum for every child to enhance students’ academic achievement and overall development. ETM-LA seeks a full-time Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships (exempt position) to further our outreach in the community. He/she will directly report to and will work closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Director of Program, Curriculum & Professional Development as part of the Senior Management team at Education Through Music-Los Angeles. The Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships will help further the mission by serving as a member of the leadership team to foster and develop top-notch educational strategies and school-wide music programs to ensure every child, regardless of socio-economic status, receives quality music education in order to reach their fullest potential.

Partnerships (40%)

Facilitate the continued growth and building of engagement activities with guest artists including but not limited to: world-renowned composers and musicians, guest speakers, workshop clinicians, coaches, and more

  • Facilitate the continued growth and building of engagement activities with partner organizations (new and ongoing) including but not limited to: LA’s Best of the Mayor’s Office, local and national chapters of Orff, Kodály, and Suzuki, Music Industry and Tech Companies, American String Teachers Association, CA Music Education Association, LA County Arts Ed Collective, Create CA, and more
  • Build additional key partnerships and strategies around STEAM; further develop opportunities for students in music technology/keyboarding/production/composition.
  • Stay up-to-date on political issues impacting our field, & ways to be an advocate
  • Promote ETM-LA’s programs (consultant school and in school programs) & Professional 
Development to prospective partners
  • Work closely with Director of Program, Curriculum & Professional Development on school 
assessment & selection
  • Relationship management with district & school administration
  • Provide content for summary reports on school partnerships
  • Relationship cultivation with district leaders
  • Execution of ongoing school partnership agreements

Community Outreach & Workshops (35%)

  • Identify & build relationships with local and national businesses, government officials, school board members, civic groups, and other organizations
  • Engage parent groups in community building efforts to create awareness, mobilize and advocate for music education
  • Parent engagement strategy and execution; schedule, publicize, and facilitate Parent and Community-based workshops; provide content and organize speakers/topics for workshops
  • Research and update calendars of workshops (both ETM-LA provided and external)

Performances (15%)

  • Coordinate and oversee student performances for community and special events (e.g. Music Unites the World, Paramount Studios, Annual Benefit Gala, Angel’s Flight)
  • Coordinate and oversee community-based student performances

Other (10%)

  • Identify strategies for stakeholders & staff to advocate for ETM-LA
  • Educate Board, staff on trends in music education policies
  • Stay up to date on systems and political issues (including elected officials voting records, 
  • Advise and provide information for onboarding curriculum around school demographics and 
cultural aspects
  • Support with the orientation and onboarding of new teachers

Qualifications – Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education
  • Five (5) years experience in music/music education with a proven track record for building 
successful partnerships
  • Understanding of / experience with musical ensembles and vocal/instrumental/keyboard 
  • Knowledge of a range of musical repertoire and genres
  • High Emotional Quotient (EQ) with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate, including MS Office Suite
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, mid-sized organization as part of a collaborative environment
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Mission-driven; team player; initiative-taker 
  • Master’s Degree (Music, Music Education and/or Education Administration/Leadership)
  • 5+ years work among inner-city communities
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of musical theory and notation literacy
  • Vocal or instrumental performance capabilities, particularly piano or vocal

Salary dependent upon qualifications. Benefits include health insurance. Candidate must submit a 1-page cover letter (400 words maximum), an application form, and 1-page current resume, including names of three professional references. 
Submit Application to: Search Committee, Education Through Music-Los Angeles by email: (please include in the Subject Line: ETM-LA Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships Position). No calls, please.

Email documents to Executive Director Victoria Lanier: