Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is seeking a part-time Youth Programs Coordinator to focus primarily on community-building in the after-school orchestral-instrumental instruction program, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL). In collaboration with the Manager of Youth Programs, the Youth Programs Coordinator will be a liaison between families in the program and the YOSL faculty and staff. The coordinator will also play a major role in envisioning and executing community events to holistically strengthen the connection between the youth orchestra families and the world-renowned professional ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
This is a one-year position that may turn into a longer-term role beyond fall 2022.
ABOUT YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S:
Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL) is an after-school orchestral instrument instruction program that serves 140 elementary and middle school-aged children and their families in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. YOSL collaborates with five schools and community organizations to offer an inclusive program focused on youth development through lessons and performances intended to ground students in the language of music, new forms of self-expression, and lifelong problem-solving skills.
PRIMARY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
- Plans and executes several YOSL community events throughout the schoolyear, including: Saturday Family Workshops (up to five 1-hour events per-schoolyear); Student visits to concerts at Carnegie Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, & various other NYC venues; Informal YOSL gatherings and assemblies
- Regularly attends YOSL group music lessons at each of our partner sites in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to provide individual assistance to students, as needed
- Communicates with parents/guardians about student progress and challenges; acts as a liaison between YOSL families and teaching faculty
- Oversees and maintains the YOSL instrument inventory, in collaboration with the Manager of Youth Programs. This involves coordination with OSL’s instrument rental vendors and communication with YOSL families
- Keeps and updates database and tracking of student, program, and faculty statistics
- Ongoing communication via email, phone, and/or social media with YOSL families to promote educational events and opportunities
- Assist Manager of Youth Programs to maintain the YOSL music library
- Attend weekly faculty meetings and bi-monthly Professional Development sessions, contributing to collaborative development of YOSL’s curriculum; takes minutes and keeps records of plans
- Assist Manager of Youth Programs in the production of YOSL’s two program-wide concerts
- In some instances, act as a chaperone for YOSL students or a substitute to lead a YOSL class.
- Other duties as needed to support the Education and Community Engagement team, including collaboration in the production of OSL’s K-12 Educational Concerts and assisting with pre- and post- OSL event production.
WHO YOU ARE
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in an arts organization or school working in arts education; four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required
- A passion for youth development and music education
- Exceptional communication: interpersonal, written language, and phone demeanor
- Experience working with K-12 students, teachers, and parents • Available some evenings and weekends
- Team player who is reliable and dependable
- Familiarity with music education pedagogies and the culture of youth orchestras and/or community music schools
- Experience developing age-appropriate strategies to engage children at different stages through music
- Excellent computer skills; knowledge of Outlook, Word, MailChimp, Excel, Social Media, & Zoom
- Knowledge of and interest in El Sistema and other youth orchestra programs
- Experience playing a musical instrument/ability to read music
- Ability to tune stringed instruments (specifically violins and cellos) is a plus
- Ability to speak Spanish or Mandarin is a plus
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Use of an office phone, computer and internet is required.
- This job will be based in OSL’s offices in the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Manager will also regularly visit school campuses in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood; may work from home occasionally as city/state-wide health measures require.
- A cell phone and remote access to e-mail and office files are strongly recommended, as many tasks take place offsite.
- Required to visit school sites, which may be in walking or driving distance.
- Ability to carry instruments between sites.
- On some occasions, it may be necessary for the Youth Programs Coordinator to participate in program activities in support of the teaching faculty, which may include: playing an instrument, assisting with student coaching, leading music games, etc.
- For documentation purposes, it may be necessary to take pictures or record classes.
The hourly rate for this position is $21.00; 28 hours a week, 42 weeks for the year.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to education@OSLmusic.org with the subject line “Youth Programs Coordinator.” No telephone calls, please.
OSL values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. For more information, please click here: https://oslmusic.org/about-osl/osls-commitment-to-diversity-inclusion-and-equity/