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String Program Director

  • Full Time
  • Homer, Alaska
  • Salary: $40K-448K DOE. Professional development is available

Website Homer OPUS

The String Program Director is responsible for carrying out a comprehensive string education program in Homer, Alaska with the goal of building community and helping youth become better learners and better citizens. This position carries out two different types of programs, a school-based program for kids in kindergarten through second grade, and an after school string ensemble program for youth in 3rd – 12th grades as well adults. The String Program Director works to develop a program vision with the OPUS Board of Directors and is supervised by the OPUS Board. The OPUS Liaison serves as the point person on the Board
for communications with the Program Director.

Duties include:
School-based program
• Teach kindergarten through second grade students violin using Suzuki methods and following social tenets outlined in El Sistema according to a schedule developed in collaboration with the schools.
• Have a responsive, positive, “Can Do” attitude when working with each school’s different missions and philosophies.
• Develop and plan school-based performances throughout the year.
• Create fast-paced, varied lessons developmentally appropriate for each grade level.
• Develop a year’s curriculum outline (scope and sequence).
• Submit and post weekly lesson plans.
• Communicate with staff about special needs students and necessary adaptations.
• Collaborate and team teach with the Paul Bank’s half time music instructor.
• Set office hours (about 1 hour/week in order to communicate with staff and work with new students or students that may need 1:1 help).
• Coordinate meetings with staffs and principals, school-based program steering
committees, and OPUS Board when necessary.
• Maintain professional standards and professional code of ethics as stated by Kenai
Peninsula Borough School District.

After school ensemble (Homer Youth String Orchestra Club) duties
• Direct after school orchestral ensembles for youth grades 3rd through 12th and adults.
• Seek out and direct public performances.
• Work in collaboration with the HYSOC steering committee.
• Actively recruit students and grow the program.
• Ensure participants are also taking private lessons and, when feasible, work with the OPUS Board to match students with financial need with sponsors to make private lessons available.
Other Duties
• Participate in regular meetings of the OPUS Board of Directors and in planning and
visioning activities with the Board.
• Develop and coordinate at least one community performance annually that includes all music ensembles.
• Represent OPUS and OPUS programs to the community.
• Work to build community connections and partnerships to strengthen and build OPUS programs
• Participate in fundraising efforts, such as meeting major donors, an annual Spaghetti Feed, and house concerts.
• Carry out program administration that includes HYSOC registration, record-keeping, etc.
• Submit a yearly background check.
Other Expectations
• Apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program.
• Plan and implement lessons based on school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned.
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with students, peers and parents.
• Perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education

Community Description:
Homer, Alaska is a small town located 200 miles Southwest from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Local businesses and nonprofits drive the culture of the community. The beauty of the landscape underscores the realities of being isolated from the conveniences of living in a larger city. Practically speaking, organizations like OPUS must be resourceful and innovative to meet the needs of students and families. Big things happen in this little place, but a qualified candidate must be willing to be flexible and solution-oriented.

To apply:  Send a resume and cover letter to by March 31, 2021

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