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Director of Education
Harmony Program


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 the past decade, 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 teachers 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.”
Committed to improving society through music, El Sistema has gained international acclaim for
the breadth of its reach, the quality of its musicians, and the power of its positive influence on the
young lives it touches. 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 Harmony Program is seeking an experienced, full-time Director of Education to oversee the
organization’s training and curriculum. The Director of Education will report to the Executive
Director, and will directly supervise a team of 5-10 part-time Faculty Mentors as well as oversee
the organization’s more than 40 part-time music teachers. S/he will be an integral part of a
6-member administrative staff, and will work closely with the Program Director. As the senior
staff person responsible for the Harmony student and teacher experience, the Director of
Education’s primary objective will be to maintain the organization’s standard of excellence in the
classroom in three program areas, including all afterschool programs, Saturday orchestras, and
summer camps. S/he will do so by managing the training, recruitment, retention, and expansion of
the Harmony Program’s network of teachers and Faculty Mentors; overseeing the Harmony
Program’s instructional curriculum; and conducting research and assessment in support of the
program’s impact and effectiveness.

The Director of Education’s daily priorities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Teacher Hiring, Training & Support
● Overseeing the recruitment and hiring of the Harmony Program’s network of teachers,
substitute teachers, and Faculty Mentors;
● Identifying areas of need for teacher training and designing/delivering pre-program and
ongoing professional development throughout the year, bringing in leading experts in the field of music education to cover topics such as: lesson planning and evaluation, engaging
diverse learners, performance technique, adolescent psychology, and others;
● Establishing and deepening relationships with local music performance and music
education programs at city colleges and conservatories to secure a pipeline for teaching
● Developing and supporting a team of 5-10 Faculty Mentors;
● Providing day-to-day feedback and support to teachers, including in-person site visits and
phone consultations, in conjunction with the Faculty Mentor team;
● Working with Executive Director and Program Director to develop and monitor
instructional and training budgets.
Instruction, Curriculum & Research
● Overseeing the Harmony Program’s curriculum, maintaining alignment with city, state and
national standards, and developing new curricula as needed;
● Maintaining the quality of Harmony Program’s instruction, ensuring adherence to
established curricula and protocols;
● Developing policies to support strong student participation and retention;
● Assisting with artistic programming (including student participation and repertoire
selection) for special events, including bi-annual recitals, galas, and other events;
● Analyzing program evaluation data on attendance, teacher performance, and student
learning and using findings to inform program’s ongoing evolution.
Interested candidates should have the following qualifications:
● Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, including project and staff management;
● Knowledge and demonstrated experience of current best practices for music education
(graduate degree in music education preferred);
● A professional network of established relationships with other leaders in the field of music
● Comprehensive experience in a managerial role, and an ability to work collaboratively with
others from all levels of the organizational hierarchy;
● Demonstrated skills in research and data analysis;
● Demonstrated experience in project planning, management, and budgeting;
● Superior communication skills, both written and oral;
● Excellent organizational skills and a keen eye for details;
● Strong time-management skills and experience in handling multiple deadlines;
● Solid computer skills, primarily Excel, Word and Powerpoint;
● Musical background strongly preferred;
● Spanish language skills helpful but not required.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to
Please include “Director of Education” in the subject line. Competitive salary and benefits package
commensurate with experience.

Date posted:

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