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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (please include in the Subject Line: ETM-LA Program Director Position). No calls, please.