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Director Paterson Music Project

  • Full Time
  • Paterson NJ
  • Salary: $55K - $65K

Website Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts


Paterson Music Project (PMP)

A program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts


Reports to:  Artistic Director (primary), Executive Director (secondary)

Manages: PAS Artistic Staff (40+ faculty members) and 400+ students

Hours: 40 per week on average

Hours are during business hours Monday – Friday. However, occasionally weekend and evening hours will be required.

Compensation: 55k-65k – salaried plus benefits


Organization Summary:

The Wharton Arts mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

The Paterson Music Project (PMP) is a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that empowers children to achieve their full potential through the joyful pursuit of musical excellence. Inspired by the global El Sistema movement, PMP uses music education as a vehicle for social change in its home city of Paterson. PMP provides tuition-free musical training to students throughout Paterson after school and on weekends. Students study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice, instrumental sectionals, and private lessons three times a week. Students perform frequently for the community.

Position Summary:

The Paterson Music Project Director is responsible for leading the overall Paterson Music Project program, its staff, implementing the program’s mission, vision, values, goals, and overseeing the continued development and growth of the program across the city. The Program Director will ultimately ensure/oversee the success of programming for more than 250 students in Paterson with a staff of over 30 Teaching Artists, Site Directors, and Interns. The Paterson Music Director represents the entire PMP program and manages all relationships with the partners schools, partner organizations, and other potential partners/sponsors/donors/supporters in the City of Paterson, El Sistema Network, and beyond.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:



Maintain and implement PMP’s mission, vision, values and goals.
Implement the vision and strategic plan for PMP. Continually refine and communicate with staff at PMP and Wharton Arts.
Recruit and hire administrative staff, teaching artists, and interns as needed.
Create job descriptions and contracts for all PMP positions.
In conjunction with the Site Directors, create both a master PMP calendar and individual site calendars.
In conjunction with the Site Directors, plan PMP summer camps, and coordinate logistics.
Oversee recruitment of guest artists, including identifying opportunities for student performances and field trips.
Staff Management

Plan and execute staff professional development.
Create evaluation metrics and oversee all staff evaluation in conjunction with the Site Directors.
Oversee the Site Directors in implementation of individual site programs.
Set staff policies.
Oversee data collection and data reports. Work with partners to execute research projects.
Oversee PMP PR: social media, press releases, and newsletters.
Fund Development and Partners

Establish, expand and maintain partnerships with key organizations resulting in additional funding/sponsorships, programming, and other networking opportunities.
Manage the PMP Council – create annual focus, recruit members, set meeting dates and agendas.
Network within arts, nonprofit, and local/city/community- including attending  events  and maintaining memberships with groups such as the Chamber  of  Commerce,  Paterson  Alliance,  ESNJA,  El Sistema USA, Paterson Arts Ed Taskforce, etc.
Manage major partner relationships with host schools and funders-CCSP, PPS, SPCDC, NJCDC, WPU. Draft contracts and MOUs as needed.
Oversee and manage the Student Management System, PMP data collection with outside consultant, track data calendar, collect student grades, conduct surveys, focus groups, and generate other information as needed.
Assist the Development Director with grant proposals, grant reporting, and major funding events.
Represent the program and speak publicly for the program at major events.

Manage/oversee PMP office needs, vendors, purchases – PSE&G, cleaning services, internet, other office needs via landlord (trash, snow removal), devices (printers, phones), furniture, database, storage, venue rental, security/custodial needs.

Create Annual PMP Budget
Create budgets by funder (Impact 100, NEA, WPU, SPCDC, CCLC etc.)
Track expenses by site and funder
Approve all purchases and expenses
Manage and track all PMP partner contracts – CCSP, WPU, SPCDC, CCLC
Submit proposals to partners for upcoming year.
Qualifications, Education and Skill Requirements


Bachelor’s degree or higher, with degree(s) in music/education preferred.
Successful experience in music, education and/or arts management
Creative, energetic, and enthusiastic person committed to performing arts education.
Excellent interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to draft professional emails, letters, announcements.
Excellent problem solver and strategic innovative thinker.
Independent worker, yet eager to work collaboratively with colleagues and staff to create a team-oriented environment.
Strong organizational and administrative skills, and ability to meet deadlines. Detail oriented person who takes pride in his/her work.
Ability to work some nights and weekends for special events.
Excellent computer skills, competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite and experience with databases.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume via email to


Desired Starting Date:

July 1, 2022


The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts commits to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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