Program Director: Play On, Philly!

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 12:12 pm.

The Program Director guides the development of Play On, Philly!’s programming with a clear eye towards musical and non-musical outcomes, manages program site directors, oversees the performance season, and leads teaching artist development.

Program Development and Oversight:

  • Design program-wide curriculum and oversee broad implementation.
  • In consultation with site directors, set daily and yearly schedules for each site in accordance with curriculum.
  • Build systems for feedback on program quality and design from diverse stakeholders.
  • Manage program to yearly budget.
  • Strive constantly to help program to generate higher outcomes as laid out in POP’s logic model.
  • Assist in the design of new programs and/or program at new sites.
  • Administer evaluation, assessment and documentation of the program’s educational components; provide timely updates, reports and recommendations for improvement.

Site Staff Management:

  • Directly supervise site directors and ensure consistent program quality across sites.
  • Foster opportunities for cross-site learning and development.
  • Recruit and retain “A Players” as site staff and teaching artist positions.

Concert and Partnership Planning, Implementation and Development:

  • Collaborate in designing the annual concert calendar that provides students, families, and the organization with diverse and productive experiences and implement the performances in partnership with the Program staff.
  • Build partnerships with guest artists and implement opportunities for guest artists to interact with students.
  • Create formal artistic partnerships with local and national organizations that provide musical opportunities for students.

Teaching Artist Professional Development Implementation:

  • Design professional development curriculum for POP’s teaching artist faculty that develops all faculty towards clearly articulated goals for skills and competencies.
  • Implement professional development curriculum.
  • Create structures for feedback to allow for continuous evaluation and improvement.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Program Director will perform other similar and related duties not requiring materially different qualifications from those described in this document.

Qualifications and desired skills:

  • Strong commitment to the El Sistema philosophy and mission of Play On, Philly!
  • A minimum of three (3) years of instrumental music experience of working in the field of arts education
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Thorough understanding of a variety of music education pedagogies and their relation to child development
  • Demonstrable experience working with music teachers and students
  • Ability to communicate and work with multiple constituencies
  • Broad orchestral training with a strong knowledge of orchestral repertoire
  • Experience in collaborative program design and development coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large scale projects
  • Experience working with culturally, racially and economically diverse student population
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings, present publicly and provide professional and appropriate business level written information
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth
  • Strong computer skills and excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Local travel and evening and weekend availability
To Apply

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Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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