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Site Director for JOY
McMinnville, OR

Yamhill Enrichment Society - Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County

Hours: Up to 22 total hours per week, following the school district calendar, program and site meetings, and occasional evenings or weekends for performances, 10 months per year

Reports to: JOY Program Director, YES Executive Director

Desired Start Date: August 2024

Wage: Up to $35 an hour

Opened until filled

No TSPC Licensure required

Organization Overview

The Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY) is a collaborative project of the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES), a 501(3)c organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Yamhill County youth by providing access to music and literacy enrichment. JOY is an El Sistema member organization, which is aimed towards using music as a tool for social change. JOY is committed to supporting the growth of curricular strings programs in Yamhill County.

The mission of JOY is to transform the lives of underserved youth in Yamhill County through high-caliber, intensive orchestral music instruction through emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, promoting student creativity, and engaging the community. JOY is currently operating in the Newberg and McMinnville School Districts. The program consists of In-School programming for kindergarten and first grade students during their general music classes and After-School orchestras for grades 2-5. JOY is currently growing and is adding offerings by grade level at each school.

Position Overview

Functions and responsibilities may include the following and are subject to review and revision. The JOY Site Director is the onsite lead position for the JOY program within a school building. The position consists of both teaching and administrative components. Teaching roles include the lead Teaching Artist for the After- School Orchestra program, co- teaching with the district general music specialist for the In-school program for Kinder and First grade and administrative duties associated with the Site Director position. This position requires flexibility as responsibilities may change from week to week, season to season.


  • Communications and relationship management with building principal, staff, and school community
  • Curriculum and lesson planning for in school and after school programs
  • Parent communication including registration and registration fees, rental agreements, flyers for concerts and program announcements
  • Attendance tracking and data management
  • Update building music and instrument inventory and instrument repairs (inputting and uploading information to data bases)
  • Onboarding of new teaching artists, hiring and on boarding of teaching assistants Communication with Program Director, Executive Director, Board of Directors
  • Attending training meetings and collaboration opportunities
  • Schedule, coordinate, and attend concerts (including set up, supervision of students, etc.)
  • Work with Parent group, attend parent meetings
  • Coordinate building supply orders with PD
  • Welcoming guest artists and volunteers into the program
  • Fundraising – set goals for the school community, coordinate, process and handle money


  • Curriculum implementation and revisions to meet student levels and share age-appropriate lessons
  • Communication with parents, Teaching Artists, JOY Program Director
  • Age-appropriate classroom management systems and implementation
    Instrument repair, concert planning and conducting, parent communications, attendance tracking


JOY follows the school district calendar from late August-June with performances throughout the year. The Site Director position hours will grow with the program eventually becoming a full time, on average, 35 hours a week in future years.


K-1: We work with the local school districts to determine the JOY in-school K-1 instructional schedule. Each week, TAs meet with K-1 students during one of the general music times for 30 minutes. The district’s general music teacher is also present to help with classroom management and student engagement. Hours are determined after enrollment and school schedules are set/confirmed in the fall.

After School Orchestra: Students have chosen to learn the violin, viola, or cello. There will be up to three levels of orchestra that meet over four days each week.


Year 1 (2024-2025): Up to 22 hours a week with K-1, after school orchestra, and admin time.

Year 2 (2025-2026): Up to 30 hours a week with K-1, after school orchestra, and admin time.

Year 3 (2026-2027 and beyond): Up to 35 hours a week with K-1, after school orchestra, and admin time.

The weekly number of hours grows annually, as more grades are added to the program.

As part of onboarding and prep, JOY Staff take part in training days before the start of the academic year in August. Additional hours may be available or added based on program needs. Examples include staff and student recruiting, summer camp, concerts, public performances, fundraisers, and special events. Additional hours may be added based on opportunities for professional development through El Sistema USA, OR-ASTA, and other state and national music education organizations may be provided. Future school years may include additional grade levels and hours.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed undergraduate degree in music discipline (music education preferred)
  • Demonstrated mastery of your primary instrument.
  • Ability to teach foundational violin skills in both group and individual settings.
  • Passion for impacting students’ lives through music, especially primary age students and underserved youth.
  • Ability to work well in a racially and culturally diverse community.
  • Commitment to creating a nurturing atmosphere with evident mutual respect for students, parents/guardians, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Effective and equity-driven classroom management.
  • Prior experience teaching school-age, elementary children.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Creativity and excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well on a team and collaboratively-minded.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.
  • Attendance at August meetings.
  • Must pass a Newberg and McMinnville School District background check



  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Basic knowledge of lower string (cello) posture and technique.
  • Masters degree in music education or other music related field
  • Two years teaching experience (applied studio, group/classroom instruction, or both)
  • Suzuki (or comparable) Method Certification and/or training.
  • Conducting experience, especially with beginning ensembles.

To Apply

Please submit the following electronically to JOY Program Director Amy Brunner (

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Contact Information and Names of 3 professional references
  • Performance sample on your primary instrument. Guidelines for the performance sample are indicated below.

Performance Sample

  1. Please keep Performance Sample video a maximum of 10 minutes in length and minimum of 3 minutes.
  2. Clips need to have been recorded within the last 12 months to be considered valid submissions.
  3. One selection must be a work by Johann Sebastian Bach (excerpts-repeats omitted-are fine)
  4. One selection of your choice preferably in a contrasting style (popular, jazz, folk, contemporary, etc…)
  5. Include with your performance clip submission the title and composer of your selection.
  6. Candidate’s video must be of professional quality. The performer and their instrument must be clearly seen and audible. Do not record in a space where a TV/phone/computer/device is on and can be heard– your submission may be disregarded if this is the case.
  7. Accompanists are not required for this video submission.
  8. Please upload videos to YouTube (unpublished) and submit links with your materials.

Finalists may be asked to demonstrate a sample lesson with students for observation.

Work Setting

This job is primarily performed in a classroom environment where most of the time will require ambulating around the room. There is some stationary (desk) work when needed or for at-home planning; regular computer work and work with other office equipment; regular communication with teachers, staff and students, and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 40-45 pounds.

Yamhill Enrichment Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value, honor and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our employment and education programs. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.


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