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Director of Program, Curriculum & Professional Development

Education Through Music-Los Angeles provides comprehensive, in-school music education for thousands of Los Angeles County children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts; uses music instruction to strengthen students’ ability to learn in all areas; and works to build schools’ capacities to sustain music programs.  Founded in 2006, Education Through Music-Los Angeles is based on the ETM model which has successfully served New York City schools since 1991.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles forms long-term partnerships with elementary and middle schools which lack sufficient resources for school-wide music education.  Typically, over 90% of the students are minorities, over 80% qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program, and approximately 10% have special needs.  In just ​12​ years, ETM-LA has expanded from serving two schools and 800 children its first year to 30 schools and ​approximately 14,000 children.
The Director of Program, Curriculum & Professional Development will be a full-time, exempt position. He/she will directly report to and will work closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Director of Program, Outreach & Community Affairs, as part of the Senior Management team at Education Through Music-Los Angeles.  The Director of Program, Curriculum & Professional Development 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.


Music Teacher Supervision (40%)

  • Manage administrative components of teacher observations and evaluations.
  • Establish expectations for program-wide quality, teaching approach & pedagogy.
  • Oversee the evaluation of music teachers in order to drive consistency in approach.
  • Provide coaching to Music Teacher Supervisors (MTS) on teacher performance, as needed.
  • Provide feedback on assessment tools.
  • Approve timesheets.


Professional Development (20%)

  • Coordinate logistics and create content for quarterly trainings of Program 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 Management & Program Administration (15%)

  • Management of ongoing program partnership agreements.
  • Make recommendations on improvement and graduation of school partnerships.
  • 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 & 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.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education
  • State teacher certification (out of state considered)
  • Five (5) years primary or secondary classroom music teaching experience
  • Expertise in choir, string orchestra and/or band
  • Vocal/instrumental performance capabilities
  • Musical theory and notation literacy
  • Choral/instrumental conducting
  • Understanding of music pedagogy and curriculum
  • Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • 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



  • Master’s Degree (Music Education and/or Education Administration/Leadership)
  • 5+ years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience (preferably inner-city)
  • 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, Kodaly, Dalcroze and/or other music teaching pedagogies


Salary dependent upon qualifications. Benefits include health insurance.  Position starts immediately.  Candidate must submit a 1-page cover letter (400 words maximum), Employment Application 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 Program Director Position).  No calls, please.