Manager of Program Outreach

Verona, New Jersey
Apr 09, 2017
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Non-Profit Organizations & Associations
Institution Type
Outside Academe

Position Overview

The Manager of Program Outreach will be responsible for expanding Modern Band programs in suburban and rural school systems throughout the United States with a focus on geographic areas that align with Little Kids Rock’s strategic plan. He/She will be the primary point person for K-12 and collegiate systems in these designated areas with a focus on regional program sustainability. Where applicable, the Manager of Program Outreach will represent Little Kids Rock at local, state, and national music conferences and events. This is a full time position.

Keys to Success

  • Deep familiarity with public school systems – Ability to navigate a diverse set of public school systems
  • Relationship building – Ability to develop and manage relationships with school and community shareholders
  • Passion for Modern Band and ability to communicate its unique impact to educational leaders

Supervision Structure

Reports to National Program Director

Primary Responsibilities

  • Outreach to district arts administrators, school administrators and music teachers in suburban and rural school systems throughout the US that align with Little Kids Rock’s strategic initiatives
  • Assist with promotional and fundraising activities in support of program launches
  • Create, foster and maintain relationships with districts to build and sustain Modern Band programs
  • Develop, maintain and promote positive professional relationships with both the greater music education community and potential supporters and funders
  • Assist with efficacy measures and data gathering to ensure program success based on desired impact
  • Identify and establish potential programmatic relationships at the district, regional, state and national levels
  • Understand the music education landscape, identify opportunities and present at conferences that are mission aligned with Little Kids Rock, Modern Band and/or Music as a Second Language
  • Collaborate with regional team members to create sustainable program scaling strategies


Additional Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Higher Education and Program Effectiveness to build a continuum of Modern Band programs between local school districts and institutions of higher education in proximity to those districts
  • Assist with curriculum development that focuses on the needs of suburban and rural school systems

Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.


  • 3-5 years as a public school music teacher, preferably with Modern Band experience
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education or related field
  • Experience working with or teaching at the collegiate level
  • Understanding and experience integrating popular music pedagogies with traditional music education approaches
  • Knowledge of diverse music methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with team members; a good collaborator who can not only recognize and optimize the talents, expertise and skills of others, but who can also foster enthusiasm
  • A self-starter, consistently taking initiative, displaying an entrepreneurial spirit and thriving in a fast-paced environment
  • Project management experience including the proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects, self-prioritize, and adjust to shifting priorities while meeting deadlines and showing attention to detail

Preferred, but not Required

  • Kodaly/Orff music certifications
  • Curriculum writing experience in a K-12 setting
  • Experience forming educational partnerships

Ideal Attributes

  • A shared passion for Little Kids Rock’s mission and pedagogy
  • Detail oriented, reflective, and committed to ongoing innovation
  • Exceptionally strong interpersonal, written and aural communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and take initiative
  • A collaborative individual that is willing to consider diverse opinions and integrate them into creating effective solutions
  • An individual of the highest integrity

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