About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 275,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,800 teachers in 127 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.
The Manager of Program Outreach will be responsible for expanding Modern Band programs in suburban and rural school systems throughout the United States with a focus on geographic areas that align with Little Kids Rock’s strategic plan. He/She will be the primary point person for K-12 and collegiate systems in these designated areas with a focus on regional program sustainability. Where applicable, the Manager of Program Outreach will represent Little Kids Rock at local, state, and national music conferences and events. This is a full time position.
Keys to Success
- Deep familiarity with public school systems – Ability to navigate a diverse set of public school systems
- Relationship building – Ability to develop and manage relationships with school and community shareholders
- Passion for Modern Band and ability to communicate its unique impact to educational leaders
Reports to National Program Director
- Outreach to district arts administrators, school administrators and music teachers in suburban and rural school systems throughout the US that align with Little Kids Rock’s strategic initiatives
- Assist with promotional and fundraising activities in support of program launches
- Create, foster and maintain relationships with districts to build and sustain Modern Band programs
- Develop, maintain and promote positive professional relationships with both the greater music education community and potential supporters and funders
- Assist with efficacy measures and data gathering to ensure program success based on desired impact
- Identify and establish potential programmatic relationships at the district, regional, state and national levels
- Understand the music education landscape, identify opportunities and present at conferences that are mission aligned with Little Kids Rock, Modern Band and/or Music as a Second Language
- Collaborate with regional team members to create sustainable program scaling strategies
- Work in collaboration with the Director of Higher Education and Program Effectiveness to build a continuum of Modern Band programs between local school districts and institutions of higher education in proximity to those districts
- Assist with curriculum development that focuses on the needs of suburban and rural school systems
Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.
- 3-5 years as a public school music teacher, preferably with Modern Band experience
- Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education or related field
- Experience working with or teaching at the collegiate level
- Understanding and experience integrating popular music pedagogies with traditional music education approaches
- Knowledge of diverse music methodologies
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with team members; a good collaborator who can not only recognize and optimize the talents, expertise and skills of others, but who can also foster enthusiasm
- A self-starter, consistently taking initiative, displaying an entrepreneurial spirit and thriving in a fast-paced environment
- Project management experience including the proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects, self-prioritize, and adjust to shifting priorities while meeting deadlines and showing attention to detail
Preferred, but not Required
- Kodaly/Orff music certifications
- Curriculum writing experience in a K-12 setting
- Experience forming educational partnerships
- A shared passion for Little Kids Rock’s mission and pedagogy
- Detail oriented, reflective, and committed to ongoing innovation
- Exceptionally strong interpersonal, written and aural communication skills
- Ability to anticipate challenges and take initiative
- A collaborative individual that is willing to consider diverse opinions and integrate them into creating effective solutions
- An individual of the highest integrity
Salary and benefits are competitive and depend on prior experience, in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan.
Please email cover letter (cover letter may be in the body of the email) and attached resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Manager of Program Outreach” in the subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position as relates to the job description’s Keys to Success. References may be requested. No phone calls please. Early submission recommended. This position is available immediately. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org.
Location and Travel
Little Kids Rock is located in Verona, NJ (near Montclair), but the location for this position is flexible, with travel up to 30% of time.
Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values
- We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
- We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
- We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
- We are inspirational.
- We are accountable.
- We are respectful.
- We support personal and professional growth.
- We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.
Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.