Posted 3 weeks ago

THE ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT
ANNOUNCES FULL-TIME JOB OPENING FOR
PREPARATORY SCHOOLS PROGRAM MANAGER

Full-Time Salaried,

Starting at winning candidate’s earliest availability

Statement of Job

The Preparatory Schools Program Manager will be responsible for the overall administrative and educational management of the AMP Preparatory School programs. The AMP Preparatory School provides beginner-level music instruction to 150 elementary school students. The programs of the AMP Preparatory are the Preparatory Choir, the Preparatory String Orchestras and Preparatory Symphonic Band. The AMP Preparatory School is typically a child’s first interaction with AMP as well as their first experience playing an instrument and being part of an ensemble. The goal of the AMP Preparatory School is to provide elementary school students with a strong foundation of musical skills, such that they are prepared to successfully join AMP’s more advanced programming, which include the AMP Academy (private lessons), the AMP Youth Choirs, and the AMP Youth Orchestras. The Preparatory School Program Manager position will require a unique combination of skills, including experience working with elementary school-aged students, knowledge of music education, and the ability to communicate with multiple constituencies and knowledge of music education and youth development. The successful candidate will possess an unyielding commitment to empowering youth to realize their possibilities through music. This position reports to the Chief Program Officer and works closely with the other program leaders. The teaching artists of the Preparatory Schools report to the Preparatory School Program Manager.

About the Atlanta Music Project

Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides world-class music training and performance opportunities supporting youth growth and development. Operating in under-resourced communities, AMP’s mission is to empower youth to realize their possibilities through music. In addition to four after-school learning sites providing band, orchestra and choir instruction, AMP's programs include: the AMP Preparatory School, providing beginner choir and orchestra classes; the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school; and the AMP Youth Orchestras and Choirs. AMP also recently launched a college scholarship program supporting AMP alumni pursuing four-year college degrees. With a 2022-2023 projected operating budget of $2.2MM, AMP will serve 400 young musicians.

AMP music ensembles perform more than 50 concerts annually, performing in venues all across Atlanta, from community centers to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMP music ensembles have performed alongside international stars such as the Harlem Quartet, electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Alison Buchanan, rapper Lecrae, R&B singer Monica, and the Imani Winds. AMP musicians can be seen performing with rapper T.I. on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. AMP’s young musicians have successfully auditioned for Georgia All-State ensembles, the Atlanta Opera, and have concertized as far away as Los Angeles, Aspen, Mexico City and Scotland. AMP is a 2019 winner of ArtsATL’s Luminary Award for Arts Education and a 2018 winner of Emory University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. In 2016 and 2017, the White House named AMP one of the top 50 youth arts programs in the nation.

AMP’s existence is a direct result of the 2009 TED Prize, which was awarded to Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s El Sistema. AMP’s co-founders were members of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. AMP’s current and past funders include Carnegie Hall, PwC, Bank of America, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, Mailchimp, The Zeist Foundation, the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Harland Charitable Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. AMP’s partners and collaborators include the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton State University, and the Chestnut Family Foundation. AMP is a member of “El Sistema USA,” the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs. For more information visit http://www.atlantamusicproject.org

Preparatory School Program Manager Responsibilities (100%):

  • Understand and represent the AMP philosophies for uplifting youths, families and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence
  • Work towards developing the Preparatory School program into successful feeder for more advanced AMP programs
  • Manage the Preparatory School teaching artists
  • Monitor Preparatory School Pay Sheets for submission to AMP administration
  • Manage the Preparatory School rehearsal and performance schedule
  • Manage and process the Preparatory School application process
  • Enforce the Preparatory School attendance policy and track AMP students’ attendance
  • Act as the main liaison between AMP and Preparatory School parents/families
  • Prepare and lead AMP parent meetings
  • Manage field trips, including permission forms, transportation, parent chaperones
  • Manage recruitment and advertising process
  • Manage the registration process and maintain student files
  • In collaboration with Operations department, manage, purchase and inventory class materials, instruments and concert uniforms
  • Attend peer exchange and professional development workshops
  • Execute additional administrative tasks as necessary

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Music degree
  •  At least 1 year of experience working in non-profit, music education and/or youth development
  •  Experience within music education, specifically with elementary school students
  •  Strong knowledge of music education principles
  • Strong performing ability as a classical musician
  • Excellent command of Google Docs, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint
  • Dependable, with excellent follow-through on tasks and responsibilities

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Desire to work with under-resourced, urban/rural communities
  • Passion for music as a vehicle for positive social change
  • Experience teaching or coaching music in the public schools
  • Inter-personal skills and be comfortable working in a team
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Impeccable time-management skills
  •  Ability to work without much guidance; self-starter
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong Organizational skills

Additional Work Demands

  • Must be available to work weekday evenings, per program schedule
  • Must be available to work some weekends

    Notes: The Preparatory School Program Manager is a full-time position starting at the winning candidate’s earliest availability. Salary range is $40,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include company health insurance and 401K. AMP provides telecommuting options and generous vacation policy. Background check required.

To Apply:  Qualified professional musicians and music educators email the following in PDF format to jobs@atlantamusicproject.org with subject line “Preparatory School Program Manager”.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
It is the policy of the Atlanta Music Project not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.