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Director of Programs, Programs Department

The Opportunity
Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s longest running community music school, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Programs.

The Director of Programs will join a vibrant organization that is well positioned for significant growth as it approaches its 125th anniversary and begins the implementation of an ambitious new strategic plan. With a professional faculty of 130 educators and artists, Third Street currently serves over 5,700 students in its music and dance school, preschool, and school and community partnership program. The next Director of Programs will work to strengthen, deepen and grow Third Street’s program.

Position Overview

The Director of Programs provides hands-on leadership, vision, and direction for Third Street’s renowned music and dance school. It is the responsibility of this individual to help fulfill Third Street’s mission, to continue to grow enrollment and to ensure excellence in all aspects of arts education and performance activities.

Specific responsibilities

· Oversees the development, implementation, and on-going evaluation of all aspects of education and performance programs, including: curriculum development; recruitment and retention; faculty and staff; identification of industry best practices; and allocation of resources.
· With the Executive Director, sets goals for student enrollment and tuition revenue; achieves or exceeds goals.
· Establishes and fosters positive relations and communication among students, parents, faculty and the School’s administration.
· Regularly attends student and faculty performances as a visible representative of the School.
· Develops and monitors budgets and financial goals for programs, tuition fees and tuition assistance, musical instruments and equipment, payroll and non-payroll expense.
· Develops and manages all aspects of Third Street’s performance program, ranging from annual recitals and ensemble performances to special presentations, both at Third Street and offsite.
· Ensures all faculty and program staff job descriptions and performance goals are current, and that regular performance appraisals are scheduled, completed, and utilized.
· Works with key staff to support community, cultural and school partnerships that advance Third Street’s mission and goals.
· Works in close collaboration with the Director of Student Services to place and advise students, tracking their programmatic progress.
· Ensures that program information on the School’s website, in course catalogs, brochures, and all marketing materials is accurate and timely.
· Serves as a member of the School’s senior management team and a key participant in strategic planning; assists the Executive Director, the Board, and its committees as requested.
· The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Assistant Director of Programs, Production Manager, Programs Associate, Department and Ensemble Chairs.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be a musician and recognized leader with excellent and proven management, communication, and interpersonal skills. S/he will have a track record of success in all aspects of community arts administration, including: curriculum design; arts education and performance programming; financial management; faculty and staff management; and program evaluation. S/he will demonstrate a strong passion for music, the arts, and arts education and a deep appreciation for the special and important role of the community school in connecting all people to music and the arts.

Specifically, the successful candidate will have:

· A strong professional network and working knowledge of New York City and of musicians, music educators, and community musical resources in the Tri-State area surrounding the School.
· A track record of working collaboratively with staff, faculty and external partners, and the ability to build consensus among multiple constituencies.
· Proven track record of strong leadership and management skills.
· Excellent administrative and communication skills – verbal and written – and an inclusive approach to problem-solving and relationship-building.
· Successful experience working in an arts not-for-profit organization and in engaging diverse groups of professional and volunteer stakeholders.
· Personal integrity and high ethical standards; high energy and creativity; and a good sense of humor (a must!).
· An ability to lead and manage a staff operating both on premise and remotely, and in consideration of various competing projects, deadlines, and resources.
· The ability to work every Saturday during the academic year and to attend evening and weekend performances and activities.
· The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education; an advanced degree is preferred, as is experience both as a teacher and a performer.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Include a resume, salary requirements, and the names of three references. All applications will be considered confidential and references will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior agreement.

Please direct all submissions to Matthew Brunner, Manager of Human Resources, at [email protected]

Third Street Music School Settlement is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Background and Current Opportunity

Third Street Music School Settlement (TSMSS) is the nation’s longest-running community music schoola place where students of all ages, backgrounds and experience converge around the joy and rigor of music and dance.

TSMSS seeks a new Director of Development and Institutional Advancement to serve on its senior leadership team and work with constituents across the organization to shepherd in this new era. This individual will bring a high level of energy, spirit of enthusiasm for development, and strategic focus to the role, and serve as a trusted fundraising partner, thought leader and development “co-conspirator” with the Executive Director. The Director of Development and Institutional Advancement will recognize, prioritize, and capitalize on opportunities when they surface internally and externally, marshaling the organization’s resources—including board, development staff, program staff, volunteers and other stakeholders—to achieve fundraising results and help bring TSMSS to its next chapter.


Provide hands-on leadership, strategic direction, management, and coordination of all Third Street development and fundraising efforts, including significant internal and external relationship cultivation and management.


  • Create and execute an annual development plan in conjunction with Executive Director, development team, and development committee that encompasses individual and foundation/corporate/government giving strategies and goals, individual board member commitments, assignment and tracking of responsibilities, and timelines/deadlines.
  • Develop strategy and direction for maximizing board engagement in development, both as donors and organizational ambassadors.
  • Build strong relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders, securing buy-in and support from diverse constituents for wide-ranging development purposes.
  • Manage the internal development team who will carry out the annual gala planning and execution, appeals, foundation prospecting and vetting, grant writing and reporting, data management, gift processing, and other special development-related special events, concerts, and projects.
  • Spearhead Third Street’s 125th Anniversary Campaign, TSMSS’ upcoming multi-million-dollar fundraising effort encompassing strategic plan initiatives.
  • Serve as a visible and engaged Third Street ambassador at development- and program-related events (e.g., the annual fundraising gala, smaller donor and board cultivation events, meetings, music and dance concerts, graduation ceremonies, etc.).
  • Help develop compelling funding proposals and reports to foundations and corporations that are concise and well-written; work closely with finance and program staff to develop accurate budgets and financial reports for funders.
  • Mentor and nurture the development team and help them remain on track toward established department goals and timelines.
  • Foster strong working relationships with staff and volunteers across programs and facilities to create innovative pitches to foundation funders, collect data for proposals and reports, and host onsite events designed to connect supporters to TSMSS’ mission and work.
  • Collaborate with marketing department to create compelling and visually-appealing development materials.
  • Collaborate with programs department to create and collaborate on development opportunities around a wide variety of programmatic initiatives.
  • Develop new tools and strategies for generating resources (e.g., new approaches to family cultivation; more targeted annual appeal segmentation; a planned giving program)


  • Minimum eight years of experience in a senior-level development position – ideally for a music and/or arts organization – with demonstrated ability to manage multiple staff members and concurrent projects with energy, grace, efficiency and good humor.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in nonprofit management, public administration, or arts administration is a plus.
    • Ability to build trust and forge strong relationships that galvanize development energy and know-how of the ED and of people throughout the organization.
    • Authentic and open in gaining respect and support of a broad range of constituencies and stakeholders.
    • Adept manager, supervisor and team builder who is skilled in rallying team members around clear goals, plans and deliverables while leveraging their unique abilities and contributions. The ideal candidate will manage team members effectively while being equally comfortable working in a hands-on capacity to execute tasks and bring projects to completion.
  • Measurable success meeting organizational fundraising targets from individual donors, foundations, government, corporations, and special events.
    • Successful record of board development and engagement.
  • Deep understanding of donor cultivation, stewardship, and “moves management.”
    • Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporations, and foundations in the New York City area.
  • Knack for (and track record of) identifying and deploying the right messenger at the right moment to achieve successful major donor results.
  • Demonstrated gala success.
  • Passion for TSMSS’ mission, programs and approach to music and arts education.
  • Excellent, clear and compelling writing skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Understanding of budgets and nonprofit finance.
  • Available to work during non-business hours (e.g., evenings, weekends) to support key events and opportunities.


There are no staff openings at this time.


Student Volunteers, Programs Department


Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's oldest community school of music, located in the heart of the East Village, is seeking currently enrolled High School students to volunteer their time helping the Third Street community in a variety of roles.

Volunteer Roles

In-House Concert Usher (2 per concert)

  • Greet guests and hand out concert programs at the door of the Anna-Maria Kellen Auditorium
  • Guide patrons to seats as needed
  • Close doors at the beginning of the performance and keep late attendees help until a piece is over
  • Open doors at the end of the performance and thank guests for their attendance
  • Answer any questions patrons may have about Third Street

Special Event Ambassador (number of volunteers dependent on event size)

  • Assist the programs team in set up, execution and clean up of event
  • Serve as a leader for younger students in activities
  • Serve as a hall monitor for parents and students who may have questions or need directions
  • Distribute welcome packets if needed
  • Distribute food and drink if needed
  • Perform on instrument as requested by Programs Staff (requests to be made in advance of event)

Schedule and Additional Information

Schedule to be determined by student sign up, on a first-come first-serve basis. All students interested in volunteering should sign up by clicking here.

Number of student volunteers will be based on the size of an event. Selected volunteers will be notified by e-mail of their role, time for reporting and anticipated length of event. Please note that if a volunteer cancels with less than 24 hours notice they will not receive priority scheduling for future events. In the event that a student needs a letter to prove their volunteer time to a school or other institution they should e-mail Matthew Stewart.

Third Street Music School Settlement relies on many volunteers, mostly students and parents, to help with various program activities and events throughout the year. Third Street is most grateful to its many volunteers. If you are a student or parent who is interested in volunteering, please contact Myra Nieves in the Registrar's Office at 212-777-3240, ext. 30.

To help high school, college and graduate students earn community-service or field credits, Third Street Music School Settlement also offers unpaid internships within various administrative departments. Third Street mostly works through school/college/university internship programs to identify candidates. However, if you are interested in seeking an unpaid internship at Third Street, please send a cover letter outlining your interests and community-service or field-credit goals along with your resume and list of references to the following address:

Human Resources/Internships
Third Street Music School Settlement
235 East 11th Street
New York, New York 10003

All inquiries must be made in writing or by e-mail as specified above. No follow-up
e-mails or calls will be accepted. Third Street will respond to your inquiry, only if an opportunity is available.

Thank you for your interest in Third Street.