Job & Volunteer Opportunities


  • In-House Concert Usher
  • Special Events Ambassador


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.


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.