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Program Manager

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Organizational Background 

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from under-served communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential.

For 15 years, the Harmony Program has distinguished itself by serving children in need, reaching them within their own communities, providing them with instruments and intensive, high quality musical training, and helping to develop in them the life skills that support their healthy development — musically, academically, and socially. The Harmony Program also recruits and trains accomplished musicians as its teaching artists and provides them with formal professional development training, observation and evaluation, access to a network of their peers, and competitive compensation for their services, with the goal of instilling in them a long-term commitment to community outreach and education.

Program Manager

Reporting directly to the Director of Teaching Artist Training and Music Performance, the Program Manager is responsible for managing the day to day operations for the Harmony Program’s ensembles and orchestras, “Youth Orchestra Day,” and special cultural opportunities, as well as providing administrative support for the organization’s Teaching Artist Training and Alumni Corps.

Key areas of the Program Manager’s role include program design, planning and logistics, maintaining student information and database, tracking expenses, and cultivating supportive relationships among students, parents, teachers, and community partners. This position requires flexible and extended hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Strong candidates will possess exceptional organizational skills, a positive attitude, and a clear and approachable communication style as well as maintain high standards of artistic achievement and community development.

Jobs, Duties, Responsibilities

The Harmony Program seeks a full-time Program Manager. Reporting directly to the Director of Teaching Artist Training and Music Performance, the Program Manager is responsible for the day to day operational and administrative management of the ensemble development programs, the Young Artist Program and the administrative duties that support the Teaching Artist Training and the Harmony Program Alumni Corps.

The Program Manager’s priorities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage logistics and day to day operations for our growing system of chamber ensembles and youth orchestras/ensembles
  • Plan and manage full season of recruitment, auditions, private lessons, rehearsals, and performances
  • Oversee team of part-time site coordinators who handle daily operations, and teaching artists at community locations
  • Serve as key liaison between Harmony Program and participants and families
  • Manage all logistics of Youth Orchestra Day, from registration through public performance and family follow up based upon event goals/outcomes
  • Oversee the execution of partnership agreements with outside cultural partners, including scheduling rehearsals, coaching, performances and special events
  • Support the Director in delivering our year-round system of professional development for Teaching Artists
  • Support the development of our new Alumni Corps

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning, management, and budgeting
  • Strong time-management skills and experience in handling multiple deadlines
  • General computer skills and data entry experience (Google platform experience preferred)
  • Travel around city and some physical labor required, e.g. moving chairs, instruments, supplies

Education and Experience

  • Three to five years related work experience preferred
  • Undergraduate degree in public or arts administration or music education/performance preferred
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish and English preferred
  • Experience working with children and adults

Additional Information

  • Regular working hours are Tuesday through Saturday during the school year
  • Work on-site with weekly/daily travel to school locations in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan with occasional travel to off-site events

This is a full-time salaried position based in New York City. The annual salary range is $60,000 to $68,000 per year, depending on years of experience and expertise.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please include “Program Manager Position” in the subject of your email. Candidates may also apply via LinkedIn and are asked to include a cover letter with the application.

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