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Director of Music School
Position: Director of Music School
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Swallow Hill Music
Deadline to apply: February 9
The Director of Music School position oversees and manages all staff and operations for Swallow Hill Music’s Julie Davis School of Music, including the administrative staff and the 60+ members of the teaching faculty who are part-time Swallow Hill Music (SHM) employees. The Music School provides experiential group classes, private lessons, workshops, camps and K-12 outreach programs for over 5,000 students a year. These students are all ages from 6 months-adults. The school operates year round and offers instruction on all styles and genres of music using its own curriculum which is based on the folk and experiential traditions of teaching. The Music School doubled in size in the last 8 years, and in 2014 opened a satellite location in the Lowry neighborhood of Denver. In 2015 SHM plans to open a second satellite in The Highlands neighborhood, and will embark on a more aggressive plan for outreach programs in the Denver Public Schools that is donor-funded. The Director of Music School position also works collaboratively with the other SHM departments (Marketing, Development, and Concert) to promote and generate funding for school programming, as well as develop unique new programming.
School Leadership & Operations
Set the vision for and lead the Music School which includes:
- Championing SHM’s efforts to deliver high quality music education to all patrons with a focus on an experiential teaching approach.
- Shepherding current programming and curriculum and creating new programming that furthers the overall SHM mission of building community by connecting people to diverse music traditions in the classroom.
- Managing, energizing, and developing skills amongst the entire Music School administrative staff and teaching faculty of 60+. This includes being consistently available to the teaching staff by committing to flexible office hours to accommodate nighttime teaching schedules, as well as completing observations of all teachers and providing constructive, consistent feedback.
- Overseeing, and executing when necessary, Music School program development and execution of group classes, private lessons, outreach activities, workshops, camps, festivals, and any other school programming at all locations.
- Leading the development of the annual operating plan for the Music School.
- Advocating and planning for the Music School’s facility needs.
- Acting as an ambassador of the entire SHM organization and the Music School among external stakeholders and communities, including being a presence at off-site events as needed.
- Meet the Music School financial goals as developed in the annual operating plan.
- Lead all budgeting and financial reporting for the Music School in conjunction with the Director of Finance, including monthly updates to the CEO/Board of Directors.
- Proactively complete analyses that drive understanding about Music School patron satisfaction and behavior, and recommend implications/actions from these analyses.
- Work with the Director of Development to cultivate current and new sources of funding for Music School programs and teacher development, meeting with donors and board members as required
- Communicate and collaborate extremely effectively with Music School administrative and faculty team, other internal SHM departments, and external stakeholders/partners.
- Take on other projects assigned by the CEO as requested.
- Minimum of a B.A.
- At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience, with a background leading or managing a school or an arts organization that includes educational programming.
- Demonstration of ability to create a vision for educational programs that is translated into plans/actions that are successfully brought to fruition.
- Experience managing and developing people, and showing a capability to energize a large teaching faculty or body of creative individuals.
- A successful track record of financial management and analytical skills that lead to prudent financial and overall decision making.
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills with the ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, as well as the ability to cultivate and maintain local, regional and national partnerships.
- An understanding of music pedagogy is preferred, though a strong background in education in any arts organization will be considered. Proven ability to put infrastructure and processes in place to ensure a consistently high quality educational experience for patrons is preferred.
- Prior experience raising funds for non-profit programs is preferred.
Salary:Commensurate with experience, includes health insurance, vacation, flexible work environment, and discounted access to music instruction and concert performances.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Director of Music School”. No calls please. Deadline Monday, February 9.
Positions: Kids Group Classes and Private Lessons Instructors
Kids Guitar Instructor
Kids Piano Instructor
Kids Ukulele Instructor
Kids Violin/Fiddle Instructor
Term: Part-time, 3-15 hours a week depending on demand and schedule. Having weekday and weekend availability is preferred.
Post Date: January 7
Deadline: January 28
Start Date: February 2 (Flexible)
Schedule: Schedule will be set upon hiring and based on demand. Classes, private lessons, and workshops are offered at Swallow Hill Music 7-days a week.
How to Apply
Send resume, 3 references with phone numbers, and a cover letter providing more in-depth information on your professional teaching experience, ages you teach, musical styles, and at what level of proficiency by e-mail only to:
Chris McGarry: Children’s Program and Outreach Director
Subject: Kids Guitar/Piano/Ukulele/Fiddle Instructor: Group Classes and Private Lessons
Swallow Hill Music is hiring an instructor to teach in our kids guitar faculty. Instructor will be teaching the Kids Core Guitar Classes, Specialized Guitar Classes related to modern and popular music, Ensemble Classes related to modern and popular music and private lessons for kids. Instructor will teach from the established Core Guitar Curriculum and have the opportunity to submit custom specialty and ensemble guitar classes. Swallow Hill is seeking a teacher who can keep a consistent year round schedule. Swallow Hill offers six, 8-week sessions a year of group classes and private lessons with scheduled time off at holidays and 3 multiple week breaks throughout the year.
Swallow Hill Music is hiring an instructor to teach in our Kids Piano faculty. Instructor will be teaching the Kids Core Piano classes, and private lessons for kids. Swallow Hill Music is seeking a teacher who can keep a consistent year round schedule. Swallow Hill Music offers six, 8-week sessions a year of group classes and private lessons with scheduled time off at holidays and 3 multiple week breaks through-out the year.
Swallow Hill Music is hiring an instructor to teach in our Kids Ukulele faculty. Instructor will be teaching the Kids Core Ukulele Classes and private lessons for kids. Instructor will teach from the established Core Ukulele Curriculum and will have the opportunity to submit custom specialty and ensemble ukulele classes. Swallow Hill is seeking a teacher who can keep a consistent year round schedule. Swallow Hill offers six, 8-week sessions a year of group classes and private lessons with scheduled time off at holidays and 3 multiple week breaks through-out the year.
Swallow Hill Music is seeking instructors with strong knowledge in ukulele styles including pop, rock, folk and traditional Hawaiian styles.
Swallow Hill Music is hiring an instructor to teach in our Kids Fiddle/Violin faculty. Instructor will be teaching the Kids Fiddle/Violin Classes and private lessons for kids. Instructor will teach from the established Core Fiddle/Violin Curriculum and will have the opportunity to submit custom specialty and ensemble fiddle classes. Swallow Hill Music is seeking a teacher who can keep a consistent year round schedule. Swallow Hill Music offers six, 8-week sessions a year of group classes and private lessons with scheduled time off at holidays and 3 multiple week breaks through-out the year.
Swallow Hill Music is seeking instructors with a strong knowledge in both traditional American and Suzuki style violin and fiddle pedagogy.
- Provide well-rounded quality musical instruction to students by:
- Encouraging creativity, consistency in attendance, practice, progress and performance.
- Tailoring your teaching to the individual needs, abilities and goals of each student while teaching fundamental musical skills as outlined in the Swallow Hill Music Levels.
- Inspiring students through your passion, talents and love for teaching which in turn will foster their musical and personal growth.
- Engage yourself and your students with the Swallow Hill community and actively support its mission.
- Maintain open and frequent communication with parents and students in order to support their educational progress, maintain enrollment and ensure each student has an exceptional experience
- at Swallow Hill Music.
- Have knowledge of Swallow Hill’s educational path and recommend programs that will stimulate and expand your student’s artistic education.
Responsibilities Regarding Administration, Registration, and Retention
- Maintain a consistent schedule and commit to your group class and private lesson engagements.
- Effectively manage your studio and schedule working closely with the registration staff and with adherence to Swallow Hill’s written policies.
- Be actively involved in assisting the admissions and registration team in the retention and maintenance of your studio.
- Accurately maintain student attendance records.
- Respond to requests from the Department Chair or School administration in a timely manner.
- Attend all paid school and department meetings as scheduled.
- Ability to answer all e-mails and phone call requests within 1 business day.
- Bachelors Degree in Guitar/Piano/Violin, Music Performance, Music Education, Pedagogy, and/or related discipline
- 1+ years experience teaching children in a classroom setting
- Experience designing course curriculum and private lesson curriculum
- Ability to transcribe music by ear
- Knowledge and use guitar tablature programs to provide materials for students
- Excellent and consistent charting abilities
- Excellent organizational skills
- Professional and engaging interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work well with many constituents: Parents, teachers, front office, and school admin staff
- Knowledge of how to play, teach, and write curriculum for guitar
- Knowledge of additional instruments is a plus
Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supervises and directs all aspects of Swallow Hill Music’s operations and is responsible for realizing the organization’s goals. The CEO will be the main spokesperson for SHM, holding the organization’s mission, vision and values as a guide, while maintaining excellent relationships with the Board and the organization’s donors and audience. The CEO will extend SHM’s reach to the Denver community with the goal of expanding the organization’s growth with donors and patrons. The scope of responsibility includes oversight of all aspects of the organization: budget, brand building & marketing, ticket sales and audience development, fund development, contract negotiations with musicians and venues, external and partner relations, and overall operational, financial, and administrative management.
The CEO will oversee short- and long-range strategic planning and implementation, and effective hiring, training, mentoring, and supervision of the organization’s human resources while maximizing the organization’s donor fulfillment, earned and contributed revenue capabilities. The CEO will provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, educating, engaging, and energizing Board members in their role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. The CEO will maintain a high level of energy for the organization and actively fulfill the organizational and financial goals.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Operational and Strategic Planning
- Lead the day-to-day operations of SHM to ensure that audiences, musicians, students, donors, and other community members have a first-class experience any time they interact with the organization.
- Supervise and integrate all aspects of the SHM, including finance and budgeting, presenting, the School, fundraising and development, technical production (in interface with venues), staff, and volunteers.
- Oversee SHM’s real estate and facilities – the maintenance, safety and functionality of the primary facility and satellite location, and the strategic needs for future maintenance and capacity utilization.
- Direct personnel staffing and sourcing to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with outstanding employees. Interview, hire, train, and mentor staff and volunteers, assign work, and provide performance appraisals on a regular basis.
- Develop, implement, and monitor a long-term strategic and operating plan in coordination with the Board of Directors and staff, and assume joint responsibility with the Board for its implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly.
- Maintain an organization with the highest ethical standards, and ensure that SHM’s employer obligations to its staff, legally and ethically, are fully met.
- Ensure that programming is determined in a timely manner and can be executed within the organization’s financial and human resources.
- Maintain and build relationships with SHM partners to ensure continued viability of partnership programming and community impact.
Governance and Financial Oversight
- Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board and work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance of the organization.
- Develop, monitor, and maintain fiscal responsibility for the overall budget, and ensure the most effective use of financial and human resources.
- With the Board Chair, lead the education and development of the Board of Directors and define a strategy to effectively orient, mobilize and utilize Board and other volunteers in support of the SHM and its plans and programs.
- Understand and oversee SHM’s financial reporting and forecasting, and lead the creation of strategic projections focused on the organization’s future needs and growth, overseeing management of cash flow and present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools with Director of Finance and Treasurer for Board review.
- Ensure the creation and maintenance of an appropriate budget that fulfills the organization’s artistic vision and public mission, which simultaneously maximizes earned and contributed income opportunities.
- Work with legal counsel, when needed, in representing and negotiating contractual matters with partner organizations, agents, promoters, presenters, touring groups, ensembles, musicians, singers, and other independent contractors, as well as any collective bargaining agreements.
- Work with Board leadership to structure and manage SHM’s board and governance processes to ensure Directors’ active support of organizational goals.
- Assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation and recruitment and utilize Board committees as an opportunity for future Board member development.
- Celebrate the successes of individual Board members and the Board as a whole in recognizing their contribution of time and resources as community ambassadors for SHM.
Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
- Oversee a growing development program, including the creation of a comprehensive plan that maximize contributed income, and assume an active role in fundraising in consultation and cooperation with the Board and staff.
- Lead the organization’s development programs, working with the Director of Development to maximizes its annual fundraising efforts, endowment, capital, and planned giving, and to identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Guide staff, Board, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors.
Audience Development and Community Relations
- Guide marketing, branding, and public relations programs that achieve earned income goals from subscriptions, and single ticket sales while enhancing SHM’s visibility, reputation, and brand awareness.
- Ensure the highest levels of customer service, effective audience interaction, and community engagement.
- Develop processes for engaging target populations, as well as for reaching a broader audience for performances and educational programs.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Send cover letter and resume, with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, via electronic submission to:
Ms. Laurie Dowling, Senior Consultant
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.