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School Director

Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer

Direct Reports:  School Programs Coordinator and Instructors (60)

Classification:  Exempt



The School Director leads the three school locations for Swallow Hill, including Yale, Lowry and The Highlands. This includes leading a team of employees and external partners to achieve financial and mission objectives.  The School Director also leads the development and delivery of a long-term strategy for growth at all school locations, including identification of new locations. Additionally, the School Director is responsible for overseeing and maintaining strong relationships with the instructors, including management and streamlining of curriculum, policies, and procedures.


School Leadership & Operations

  • Assist in SHM’s efforts to deliver high quality music education to all patrons with an additional focus on building community among both our students and faculty
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and visioning skills not only for the School department but in collaboration with other organizational departments
  • Oversee and manage all staff and operations of the School, including instructor staff and School Program Coordinator while assessing staffing needs as applicable
  • Assess the policies and procedures of the School while making effective updates and changes to enhance the efficiency of the department
  • Lead the execution of group class, private lesson, workshop, and camp program offerings for all age groups at all three school locations
  • Assess program offerings and maintain availability for individual planning discussions with faculty members as necessary
  • Lead responsible expansion of current sites and addition of new sites for long-term growth
  • Contribute to efforts to keep programming dynamic by working with faculty and other school administrative staff on new programming ideas that further the overall SHM mission
  • Lead the development of the annual operating plan for the three School locations
  • Act as an ambassador of the entire SHM organization and the School among external stakeholders and communities, including being a presence at off-site events as necessary


Financial Management/Analysis

  • Meet the School financial goals for the three locations as developed in the annual operating plan
  • Lead all budgeting and financial reporting for the three on-site School locations in conjunction with the Finance Director, including monthly updates to the COO
  • Proactively complete analyses that drive understanding about School patron satisfaction and behavior, and recommend implications/actions from these analyses, including ROI on expansion of existing and new satellite locations  



  • 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 COO/CEO as requested
  • Work with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives to cultivate current and new sources of scholarship funding for Music School programs and locations, meeting with donors and board members as required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading or managing a school or arts organization that included educational programming
  • Minimum of a BA
  • Strategic vision, objective leadership, and organizational alignment
  • Demonstration of ability to create a vision for educational programs that has been translated into plans/actions that have been 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
  • An understanding of music pedagogy, 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



  • Interpersonal
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Business Acumen
  • Performance Management
  • Empowering Others
  • Oral and Written Communication


EEO Statement

Swallow Hill provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Swallow Hill complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jessy@swallowhillmusic.org.  No phone calls please. Applications are due by May 18.



Quinlan Cafe Staff - Part Time

Location: 71 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Start Date: 6/1/2017

Compensation: $13-$15/hr, DOE

Schedule: part time, 9 -15 hours per week.

  • Weekday schedule: 4:30pm – ~8:30pm
  • Weekend schedule: 6:00pm – ~9:30pm – variable

Job Description:

Swallow Hill Music (SHM), the second largest roots, acoustic, and folk music community in the United States, strives to provide an outstanding experience to both students and concertgoers. To that end, SHM opened the Quinlan Cafe in 2014 to provide a community space for students and members of the general public who travel to SHM to either attend a concert or support a family member. The cafe, operating under an artist gallery license, serves beer, wine, and cocktails along with dry goods such as chips and candy, non-alcoholic beverages, and locally-sourced baked goods. The perfect applicant will be friendly, possess exemplary customer service skills, be reliable and dependable, and have flexible availability during the evening time on both weekdays and weekends. During the winter months, this job will usually entail 10-15 hours per week and during the summer months, it will be closer to 10 hours per week.


  • Set up cafe space at SHM, 71 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80210. This includes putting all of the chairs down, arranging wine and liquor display, checking quantities for beer, setting out all food (chips, candy, baked goods), and etc.
  • Stock all items to prepare for business
  • Provide customer service as needed to patrons, staff, and volunteers
  • Pour beer, wine, and mix cocktails as requested by patrons
  • Maintain cleanliness in the cafe, including wiping down the bar and coolers.
  • Using SHM point of sale system (POS) operated via iPad.
  • Reconciling the drawer at the end of the night
  • Depositing revenue with front desk staff
  • Putting away all cafe materials, cleaning, and turning off all lights upon exit.

To apply, please send resumes to max@swallowhillmusic.org. Applications are due by May 20.