Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Position Title:  Program Associate

Status:  Full-time, Exempt

Date:  June, 2017

About Midori & Friends:  Founded in 1992 by world-renowned violinist Midori and a devoted board of directors, Midori & Friends provides a diverse menu of music education programs to children and teens in publicly funded schools within New York City. The organization is primarily known for two flagship programs offered as long-term, school-based residencies: 12 Notes-sequential, standards-based instruction in instrumental and vocal music provided by professional teaching artists; and Signature Series-workshops and performances in a wide variety of musical genres led by acclaimed ensembles. Music enrichment is customized for each school partner based on the school administration’s vision of arts education for its students; all programs are aligned with the firm philosophy of music teaching and learning espoused and articulated by our founder, Midori. Midori & Friends programs annually engage over 17,000 students at 57 schools and community organizations within over 25 of New York City’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Position Summary:  The Program Associate will report to the Associate Director of Programs and work closely with partner schools to create, organize, and implement current Midori & Friends music education programs, as well as continually monitor, assess and evaluate the programs to ensure the highest possible educational quality. Primary responsibilities include support and management of teaching artists and performing ensembles, development of school partnerships, ongoing documentation of program activities and active participation in Midori & Friends events.

Duties and Responsibilities:

School Partnership Management

  • Cultivate relationships with school teachers, school administrators, community organization leaders, the Department of Education, teaching artists, and performers to ensure quality development and implementation of all programs.
  • Implement, coordinate and manage skills-based instrument and vocal music residencies throughout NYC schools through the coordination and facilitation of planning meetings, and workshop and concert schedules with school teachers, administrators and artists.
  • Produce student recitals and performances at school and community events.
  • Oversee and coordinate workshop and performance series at various schools throughout NYC.

Program Development

  • Assist in developing program curricula, study guides, teaching artist handbooks, training and evaluation tools and other educational materials in collaboration with staff, artists and education consultant.
  • Work closely with Finance and Development departments to support and provide relevant information for grant proposal narratives, grant proposal program budgets, school agreements and end-of-year reporting.

Administration and Financial Management

  • Update and utilize Salesforce programming database to track and document all Midori & Friends Program Department residencies and programs.
  • Develop and monitor individual school program budgets and work with the Associate Director of Programs and Chief Financial Officer to assure that programs stay within budget.
  • Provide weekly program department reports in collaboration with the Associate Director of Programs to the Chief Financial Officer.

Artist Relations

  • Assist Associate Director of Programs in providing support to 47 teaching artists and 17 performing ensembles.
  • Participate in interviewing, hiring, orientation, training, evaluation and supervision of teaching artists and performing ensembles.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:   Bachelor’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and/or a Master’s degree preferred; Minimum of two years experience in arts administration; The ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate on-site school programs, including classes, rehearsals and performances;  Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; Excellent organizational and management skills with attention to detail; Creative thinker and planner; Strong PC and database skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce, etc); Spanish speaking is a plus; Passion for music, education and children.

Compensation:  
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:  Email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to lnoble@midoriandfriends.org with “Program Associate Position” in the subject line.  All applications must be received by July 14, 2017.  Responses will be limited to those being considered for interviews. NO CALLS PLEASE.


Position Title: Teaching Artists

Status:  Part Time/Seasonal

Reports to: Associate Director of Programs

About Midori & Friends:
Founded in 1992 by world-renowned violinist Midori and a devoted board of directors, Midori & Friends provides a diverse menu of music education programs to children and teens throughout New York City.  Midori & Friends programs annually engage over 17,000 children at over 40 schools and community organizations within 25 of New York City’s most underserved neighborhoods. Music enrichment is customized for each school partner based on the school administration’s vision of arts education for its students; all programs are aligned with the firm philosophy of music teaching and learning espoused and articulated by our founder, Midori, who is also Chair of the Strings Department at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. 

About 12 Notes:
12 Notes programs engage Grade 3-12 students in sequential, standards-based instruction on  guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute, violin, cello, percussion, or voice, scheduled twice-weekly over 16 to 24 weeks. Led by teaching artists who are actively performing, professional musicians, our residencies are developed to provide students with a solid foundation of musicianship and technique, while nurturing listening skills, imagination, and emotional expression. These principles are guided by the Midori & Friends Milestones for Student Learning. By the program’s end, students have tangible musical skills to share with their family and school community.

Our Teaching Artists:
Our Teaching Artists provide positive, engaging, multi-faceted, high-quality musical experiences that nurture the development of students’ musical and collaborative skills and creative abilities. Midori & Friends Teaching Artists are graduates of the country’s top conservatories and music education programs. They are not only fine musicians, but are passionate educators who seek to enrich and inspire students through music.

Teaching Artist Vacancies:
Midori & Friends is seeking part-time teaching artists in the following areas: Voice, Early Childhood, Guitar, and Violin. Residencies take place during and after school hours. It is anticipated that most student participants in these residencies will be at a beginner or intermediate performing level. 

Application Process: Please email your cover letter, teaching resume, and contact information for 3 references (people who are familiar with your teaching) to Lauren Noble at lnoble@midoriandfriends.org or fax to (212) 767-0018. 

Midori & Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, physical disability, mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin, and any other protected status. 

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