Job Opportunities

Manager of Program Outreach

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 275,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,800 teachers in 127 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Compensation
Salary and benefits are competitive and depend on prior experience, in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan.

Application Process

Please email cover letter (cover letter may be in the body of the email) and attached resume to programjobs@littlekidsrock.org with “Manager of Program Outreach” in the subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position as relates to the job description’s Keys to Success. References may be requested. No phone calls please. Early submission recommended. This position is available immediately. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org.

Location and Travel
Little Kids Rock is located in Verona, NJ (near Montclair), but the location for this position is flexible, with travel up to 30% of time.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Content Coordinator

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 275,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,800 teachers in 127 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.

Position Overview

The Content Coordinator will be a dynamic and creative team member responsible for coordination, tracking and dissemination of content for Little Kids Rock curriculum. The successful candidate will also utilize their personal musical and technological skills, as well as work with consultants, to assist in development of content. She/he will be a project-oriented collaborator who pays close attention to detail, meets deadlines, and constantly aims to update and improve Little Kids Rock curricular resources. This person possesses a personal and professional commitment to music education and has the operational savvy necessary for the growth of the organization. This is a full-time position.

Keys to Success

  • Highly organized, detail oriented and able to keep an eye on the moving parts of multiple projects; strong time management and scheduling skills
  • Great verbal and written communication skills to ensure continuing positive relations with consultants and teachers
  • Musician with competency in popular music as well as traditional theory/musicianship/reading
  • Knowledge of varied forms of music technology: notation software, audio/video recording

Supervision Structure

Reports to: Director of Teaching and Learning

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working with Director of Teaching and Learning, coordinate and track curriculum goals, projects, timelines, deliverables, budgets and expenses
  • Create and implement processes for the curation and ongoing management of Little Kids Rock content (print and online)
  • Coordinate content housing and storage, including professional development materials
  • Coordinate dissemination of content once approved by Director of Teaching and Learning, working with colleagues to integrate content into professional development materials, online and printed materials
  • Serve as point person for teacher/consultant resources, coordinating deliverables, maintain active database of consultants and assisting in sourcing consultant resources
  • Adapt and develop curricular materials from consultants and Content Specialists, such as audio, visual, web design specialists, performing artists and teachers
  • Proofread and edit curriculum copy
  • Assist Content Specialists (and Director of Teaching and Learning) in development of musical materials for curriculum as needed
  • Identify, organize and group musical examples for use by colleagues
  • Organize training materials, presentations, and professional development sessions to help new and current teachers become proficient in our content

Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Highly organized and great at planning ahead
  • Values quality work and has a discerning eye for quality and consistency
  • Comfortable with spreadsheets, Google documents, and Office Suite
  • Microsoft PowerPoint experience creating multi-media presentations
  • Musician with competencies in popular music instruments
  • Has used music notation software (Sibelius/Finale) for creation of musical scores, including knowledge of traditional musical staff notation and music theory
  • Experience with recording projects as audio engineer with acoustic instruments, vocals, midi, virtual instruments, etc. (Logic preferred)
  • Basic understanding of website creation/maintenance and understanding of how to upload and update content
  • Bachelor’s degree required

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
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and take initiative
  • A dynamic, charismatic temperament that fosters enthusiasm in others
  • A collaborative individual willing to consider diverse opinions and integrate them into creating effective solutions
  • An individual of the highest integrity

Compensation

Salary and benefits are competitive and depend on prior experience, in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan.

Application Process

Please email cover letter (cover letter may be in the body of the email) and attached resume to programjobs@littlekidsrock.org with “Content Coordinator” in the subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position as relates to the job description’s Keys to Success. References may be requested. No phone calls please. Early submission recommended. This position is available immediately. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org.

Location and Travel

Little Kids Rock is located in Verona, NJ (near Montclair). Once working relationships and projects are established there may be flexibility to work out of a NYC office up to a few days per week.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE


 

Content Specialist

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 275,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,800 teachers in 127 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.

Position Overview

The Content Specialist will be a dynamic and creative team member who is responsible for the development of content for Little Kids Rock curriculum and the delivery of content through innovative technological platforms (app and website development, animated and/or multi-shot video content, audio recording, online collaborative communities, digital games). She/he will be a project-oriented collaborator who pays close attention to detail, meets deadlines, and constantly aims to update and improve Little Kids Rock curricular resources. This person possesses a personal and professional commitment to music education and has the operational savvy necessary for the growth of the organization. This is a full-time position.

Keys to Success

  • Expert musician with expertise in popular music as well as traditional music theory/musicianship/reading
  • Can create curricular content in unique areas that align with Modern Band needs
  • Adept with technology
  • Demonstrates competencies in two or more of the following: keyboard, drums, vocals, songwriting, Hip-Hop, popular music history

 

Supervision Structure: Reports to Director of Teaching and Learning

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with Director of Teaching and Learning and other colleagues to develop engaging and relevant music curriculum driven by Little Kids Rock pedagogy and methodology, for classroom instruction
  • Adapt and develop materials from consultants related to curriculum, such as audio, visual, web design specialists, performing artists and teachers
  • Create/modify training materials, presentations, and professional development sessions to help new and current teachers become proficient in our content
  • Pilot new curriculum with local teachers to determine efficacy and document desired outcomes

Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Musician with competencies in popular music instruments, primarily on keyboard or vocals
  • 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
  • Has used music notation software (Sibelius/Finale) for creation of musical scores, including knowledge of traditional musical staff notation and music theory
  • Microsoft PowerPoint experience creating multi-media presentations
  • Experience with recording projects as audio engineer with acoustic instruments, vocals, midi, virtual instruments, etc. (Logic preferred)
  • Experience with video projects, editing in different camera angles, audio overdubbing
  • Has designed and/or moderated websites gaining and understanding of how to upload and update content
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Preferred, but not Required

  • One year of experience teaching children in a large group setting
  • Animation experience

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
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and take initiative
  • A dynamic, charismatic temperament that fosters enthusiasm in others
  • A collaborative individual willing to consider diverse opinions and integrate them into creating effective solutions
  • An individual of the highest integrity

Compensation

Salary and benefits are competitive and depend on prior experience, in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan.

Application Process

Please email cover letter (cover letter may be in the body of the email) and attached resume to programjobs@littlekidsrock.org with “Content Specialist” in the subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position as relates to the job description’s Keys to Success. References may be requested. No phone calls please. Early submission recommended. This position is available immediately. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org.

Location and Travel

Little Kids Rock is located in Verona, NJ (near Montclair). Once working relationships and projects are established there may be flexibility to work out of a NYC office up to a few days per week.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE


 

Internships

To apply to a Little Kids Rock internship, please email your resume and cover letter to lauren@littlekidsrock.org with the position name as the subject.  

Audio and Video Production Intern (Unpaid)
We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented individual to assist the Little Kids Rock program team with audio and visual editing tasks. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the operation of a growing and leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-12 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. This internship is unpaid but the experience will be extremely valuable! We would be willing to working with your college for course credit as well.

Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Edit raw video into 3-10 minute professional clips that can be uploaded to YouTube and our website
  • Use thoughtful consideration of transition points
  • Line up multiple camera shots and an audio file with the main video
  • Film sessions in our lesson lab and go out into the field to film classrooms

Supervision Structure:
Reports to Director of Curriculum

Relevant Experience and Skills:

  • Final Cut Pro Editing fluency
  • Familiarity with the Panasonic Lumix GH3
  • Creative thinker and problem solver
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Quick learner and hard worker with ability to focus independently with minimal oversight and to thrive under multiple objectives and deadlines
  • Good communication skills

Program Services Intern

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to assist the Little Kids Rock program team with daily tasks. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the operation of a growing and leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-15 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. This internship is unpaid but the experience will be extremely valuable! We would be willing to working with your college for course credit as well.  

Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Assist the program staff with teacher customer service, i.e. responding to phone and email inquiries
  • Archive program email and mail communications
  • Monitor and update teacher online networking groups
  • Assemble and ship teacher materials requests
  • Occasional data entry and clean up

Required Skills:

  • Organized and with great attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Gmail
  • Positive “can-do” attitude and team player
  • Experience with data entry beneficial
  • Prior customer service experience preferred
  • Interest in music education greatly encouraged

Supervision Structure
Reports to Program Manager  


Graphic Design Intern (Unpaid)

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to assist our Curriculum Design Specialist for various projects. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the graphic design components of curriculum production for a leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-12 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. This position is unpaid but travel reimbursement is available and the experience will be extremely valuable! We would be willing to working with your college for course credit as well. Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Updating the core curriculum print materials
  • Creating lesson plans and song charts based on an existing template
  • Making custom web graphics
  • Miscellaneous graphics including newsletters, flyers, and event programs
  • Improving the design aesthetics of our training PowerPoints
  • Using WordPress to update the song chart library

Required Skills:

  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Indesign
  • Knowledge of music (reading and playing it) greatly encouraged

Supervision Structure
Reports to Curriculum Design Specialist  

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE