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At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from under-served communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential.
For over 15 years, the Harmony Program has distinguished itself by serving children in need, reaching them within their own communities, providing them with instruments and intensive, high-quality musical training, and helping to develop in them the life skills that support their healthy development — musically, academically, and socially.
The Harmony Program also recruits and trains accomplished musicians as its teaching artists and provides them with formal professional development training, observation and evaluation, access to a network of their peers, and competitive compensation for their services, with the goal of instilling in them a long-term commitment to community outreach and education.
The Harmony Program is inspired by Venezuela’s national youth orchestra system, “El Sistema.” In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.
Jobs, Duties, Responsibilities
The Program Manager will report to the Harmony Program’s Program Director of In-School Instruction and assist other staff as needed. He/she/they will be an integral member of a close team of administrative staff, including nine full-time colleagues, and will interface with the organization’s more than 80 part-time music teachers, as well as Harmony Program students, families, and partners. The Program Manager’s primary objective will be to support the organization’s operations and logistics, with a specific focus on programming in The Bronx. This role will be split between the central administrative office in midtown Manhattan and various school locations in the Bronx. Daily priorities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assisting the Program Director of In-School Instruction with the day-to-day logistics of the Harmony Program’s in-school programming;
• Assisting the Program Director of In School Instruction with assessing teaching artists’ performance in the classrooms and scheduling evaluations;
• Assisting Harmony Program teaching artists in the classroom, tuning instruments, preparing materials, and providing general support;
• Handling correspondence with Harmony Program partners, school principals, teaching artists, students, and families via email, mail, and phone;
• Updating teaching schedules for multiple Harmony Program sites and assisting the Program Director in securing substitute teachers where/when necessary;
• Assisting with instrument repairs, supply orders, and inventory;
• Ensuring the timely collection and entry of program data, including attendance, parent feedback, teacher evaluations, and students assessments;
• Performing general office duties, including phone calls, mailings, photocopies, and filing.
Interested candidates should have the following qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree in arts administration, music education, or music performance;
• Minimum of two years of experience working for a music education organization, or other arts nonprofit;
• Exceptional organizational skills with keen attention to detail;
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
• An ability to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively;
• A polite, positive, and professional demeanor;
• Computer proficiency, with expertise in the Google and Microsoft Office suites, and preferably Airtable, MURAL, and Slack;
• Strong time-management skills.
• Graduate degree in arts administration, music education or music performance;
• Musical background in performance, preferably on a string instrument;
• Experience as a public or private school teacher, and private lesson teaching;
• Spanish language skills – helpful but not necessary.
This is a full-time salaried position based in New York City. The annual salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on years of experience and expertise. Harmony Program offers a competitive benefits package.
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