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Director of Programs

The Director of Programs (Curriculum & Professional Development) will be a full-time, exempt position. The Director of Programs will directly report to and will work closely with the Executive Director. Along with the Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships, they make up the Senior Management Program team at Education Through Music-Los Angeles. The Director of Programs 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.


Job Description:


Key Program Staff Supervision (40%)

  • Manage administrative components of teacher observations and evaluations
  • Establish expectations for program-wide quality, teaching approach & pedagogy
  • Oversee Instructional Supervisors (IS) & Music Teacher Mentors (MTM) and other staff who participate in teacher or intern mentorship in their delivery of feedback; evaluation of music teachers to drive consistency in approach
  • Provide coaching to Supervisors and Mentors on giving feedback to Music teachers on performance, as needed
  • Oversee the Program Assistant/Coordinator
  • Provide feedback on assessment tools to guide ongoing alignment to quality standards
  • Approve timesheets


Professional Development (20%)

  • Coordinate logistics, content for orientation and onboarding, and quarterly training of
  • Programs staff
  • Develop training materials for staff
  • Conduct and oversee training
  • Maintain communication with ETM (in New York) on updates to Professional Development
  • Provide updates on emerging music education
  • Ensure curriculum is culturally informed


School Partnership, Professional Development, & Program Management (15%)

  • Management of ongoing program partnership agreements
  • Make recommendations on improvement and graduation of school partnerships
  • 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
  • With the Executive Director and key program personnel, help build strategies on teacher credentialing pathways with educational entities, LA County Office of Education, and district administration/leaders
  • Manage and oversee services agreed to in MOU with schools and districts


Curriculum (10%)

  • Develop curriculum materials
  • Update curriculum resources based on best practices and research in music education.
  • Maintain communication with ETM (in New York) on updates to curriculum and resources
  • Stay up-to-date on music education


Recruitment & Onboarding (10%)

  • Orient and onboard new teachers
  • Conduct interviews and make recommendations on hiring


Fiscal, Program, & Organizational Management (5%)

  • Develop program budgets and financial projections
  • Oversee the management of departmental costs including personnel salaries, program equipment and materials
  • Work with HR on staffing issues, salary increase requests, assignment changes, and Program staff performance




Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Master’s Degree in Music Education and/or Education Administration/Leadership preferred
  • State Teacher Certification (out of state considered)
  • 5-10 Years Primary or Secondary classroom music teaching experience, under-resourced communities preferred 
  • Extensive expertise in choir, string orchestra, band, and/or other musical ensembles
  • Vocal/instrumental performance capabilities
  • Musical theory and notation literacy
  • Choral/instrumental conducting
  • Staff/project management experience
  • Advanced vocal or instrumental performance capabilities, particularly guitar, piano and vocal
  • Advanced practical understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory and child development
  • Additional certification, i.e., Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze and/or other music teaching pedagogies


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of music pedagogy and curriculum
  • Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong management and leadership skills 
  • Ability to inspire teams and others to drive for excellence and impact in their roles
  • Ability to handle conflicts before they arise
  • Computer literate, including MS Office Suite
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, small to mid-sized organization as part of a collaborative environment
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Mission-driven; team player; initiative-taker 


Pay and Work Schedule:

  • Salary range: $70,000-$100,000/yr commensurate with experience. This is a Full-Time, exempt position
  • Benefits include health, dental, vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan opportunities
  • Location of office: Burbank, CA


Working Conditions: 

Office environment with regular travel each month to partner schools or clients located throughout Los Angeles County. Occasional travel outside Los Angeles may be required. Must use your own vehicle for work purposes other than driving to and from work (such as running errands for work). Mileage will be reimbursed by ETM-LA. 


General Information:

Applications received through August 28, 2023, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, complete the Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  1. One page cover letter
  2. One page resume
  3. College transcripts (if applicable)
  4. Names and Contact Info of three (3) professional references
  • A live scan must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the live scan may affect the application status of applicants
  • COVID-19 vaccine mandate (dependent upon school district)
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements as a condition of employment


ETM-LA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and
prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex,
national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,
promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.