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.


Manager of Salesforce Initiatives

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 Salesforce Initiatives will be responsible for managing, maintaining and improving our Salesforce environment and other technical systems that are utilized to efficiently fundraise and manage our programs and operations. Supporting the Director of Innovation and Technology, this position will play a key role in enabling Little Kids Rock to use technology to expand our programs by implementing scalable solutions for organizational processes, working independently to manage projects and collaborate with team members from multiple departments.

The primary responsibility of the Manager of Salesforce Initiatives is to optimize and maintain technical systems for Little Kids Rock, including systems to manage programs, measure program effectiveness, optimize / support fundraising and facilitate communication between departments. Since Little Kids Rock relies on Salesforce as its main database, a significant portion of the work responsibilities involve Salesforce administration and data management. In addition, the Manager of Salesforce Initiatives will sometimes support other areas of technology, including coordinating and participating in special projects and working closely with the team to develop processes and operating procedures, monitor and triage problems and support the technology roadmap. Other responsibilities include: building reports, ensuring data accuracy and integrity, supporting / training end users and researching and making recommendations on new features and applications.

This is a high-performance culture and the selected candidate must demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and quickly in supporting critical systems. The candidate will be a highly independent, detail-oriented, proactive self-starter who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously, while operating in a fast-paced environment and maintaining grace under pressure. This candidate should thrive in a collaborative work environment, as well as have a desire to be a continuous learner, with a curiosity for maximizing the role and contributing to the work of Little Kids Rock.

This is a full-time position.

Keys to Success

  • Flexible / Adaptable / Service Oriented – Able to support the needs of different types of users / personalities across multiple functions and independently manage shifting priorities. Can quickly move from report building to automation to troubleshooting mode to end user support to systems planning. Able to communicate openly about shifting priorities, timelines and workload.
  • Natural Curiosity about Technology – Passionate about technology and innovation, Salesforce and nonprofits. Able to identify creative approaches to utilize technology to deliver services in innovative and efficient new ways.
  • Process Mindset – Strong problem solver; finds creative ways to adapt systems while being thoughtful about how to roll out changes that may have larger process or systems implications. Recommends process improvements and new initiatives to achieve greater efficiency, sustainability and scalability across the organization.

Supervision Structure
Reports to Director of Innovation and Technology

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for database management, administration and maintenance for Little Kids Rock’s Salesforce implementation to support program services, fundraising and operations.
  • With oversight from Director of Innovation and Technology, support database configuration and maintenance including: user setup, configuring profiles and roles, customization of objects, fields, record types, page layouts, workflow, reports, etc.
  • Create and update reports and dashboards to share data across teams.
  • Manage ongoing support requests and administrative needs of users such as: building customized reports and dashboards, setting up automation, adjusting process flows, troubleshooting issues, etc.
  • Understand Salesforce features and functions. Stay up to date on new Salesforce features and functions. Provide recommendations for process improvements and future feature implementations.
  • Work with users to enhance and increase their knowledge and adoption of Salesforce.
  • Work closely with users to understand their process and information needs, and identify opportunities to improve / automate processes using technology.
  • Provide ongoing support to users with issues. Recommend / develop solutions and follow up on user requests.
  • Maintain data integrity. Ensure data is clean, accurate, and complete; includes scheduling regular data cleansing activities and ensuring users have the training they need to properly input data.
  • Train end users – includes onboarding new users, working directly one-on-one with end users to train on system functionality, identifying training needs and supporting Director of Innovation and Technology with larger group trainings initiatives.
  • Update documentation (including Salesforce procedures, policies and technical requirements) as needed to support end user training.
  • Create and update forms that integrate with Salesforce (Formstack).
  • Complete bulk imports, exports and updates of data using third party tools.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance for administrative staff and users that have data entry responsibility. Ensure these users have tools and training for efficient and accurate data entry.
  • Support special technology projects.

Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience as a Salesforce Administrator, preferably in a nonprofit environment; Salesforce Administrator certification is a plus.
  • Experience with the following Salesforce features / applications preferred: NPSP, Salesforce Communities, Formstack and Form Assembly, Demand Tools, Apsona, Conga, Salesforce Inbox, Vertical Response / MailChimp integration.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience (degree  in computer science, information technology, business or related field is a plus).
  • Project Management Skills – Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects with a sense of urgency.
  • Understanding of relational database concepts and data management.
  • Strong analytical, troubleshooting and problem solving skills; intermediate/advanced Excel skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to accomplish responsibilities, achieve goals and manage projects to successful completion.
  • Ability to organize work, be proactive, take initiative, resolve problems, follow through and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner.
  • Possess a positive and productive attitude.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with the ability to work with both technical and non-technical users.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with Director of Innovation and Technology on status of projects and shifting priorities.

Ideal Attributes

  • A shared passion for Little Kids Rock’s mission, pedagogy and the unique value of arts education to serve underserved youth.
  • Enjoys working within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented culture.
  • Flexible – adaptable to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require.
  • Self-aware and skilled at building and maintaining professional relationships.
  • High energy, enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude.
  • Team player – collaborative, inspiring confidence, and maintaining a welcoming and approachable disposition.
  • Intellectual curiosity, tenacity, grit, humility.
  • A sense of fun, wonder and humor.
  • Personal drive and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves.
  • High emotional intelligence; communicates openly about issues and proactively develops solutions.
  • A desire to grow with the organization.
  • Matchless integrity and ethics.

Compensation and Benefits
Little Kids Rock is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture and mission. Salary is in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision, AFLAC) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include flexible work arrangements, professional development, fun staff events and reimbursements for music lessons and experiences.

Application Process
Please email cover letter (cover letter may be in the body of the email) and attached resume to techjobs@littlekidsrock.org with “Manager of  Salesforce Initiatives” in the subject line. In the email please tell us about the last Salesforce event or training you attended, what inspires you about the Salesforce platform and let us know what’s the most recent new Salesforce feature or application that you’ve implemented or learned about. Please also briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position. 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) and has an office in New York (near Penn Station). This position can be based out of either location. If based out of New York, will need to work the NJ office at least twice per week. Occasional travel outside NJ / NY will be required.

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


Events 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
Events are an important and primary source of raising funds and support for the organization. The Events Coordinator will be a critical member of the Little Kids Rock team and will help the Senior Manager of Events organize events from the ground up. As a member of the team, s/he will assist in event planning, fundraising, database management, and donor stewardship, within a fast-paced and fun environment. Additionally, the Events Coordinator should be excited to learn more about nonprofit events and the impact they have in growing an organization. S/he should be committed to growing within the organization and building a career in events.

The Events Coordinator will a part of the Development (fundraising) team. This is a full-time position.

Keys to Success

  • Open Communication – openly communicates with supervisors about workload, priorities, deadlines, progress, and challenges
  • Service Oriented / Culture Carrier – Strong customer service orientation. Able to support the needs of internal and external customers with diverse personalities / technical abilities across multiple functions with a positive attitude, patience, and empathy. Alignment with Little Kids Rock’s core values of the workplace.
  • Passionate about events and creating a lasting career in the events field.

Supervision Structure
Reports to Senior Manager of Events. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with logistics and planning of all Little Kids Rock produced events. Tasks include but are not limited to: identify potential in-kind goods or services, track invites and RSVPs, assist with fulfillment of sponsorship packages, assist in recruiting and training day of volunteers, and assist in developing event décor.
  • Responsible for data entry and management, creation, and compilation of all event support materials.
  • Provide high-level customer service to volunteers and event participants.
  • Process and catalog invoices using appropriate budget codes.
  • Support event planning and follow-up, such as picking up/delivering material to and from various locations, attending Little Kids Rock events, networking at donor events, facilitating delivery of auction items.
  • Maintains records, creates reports, tracks event issues, and resolutions.
  • Ensures special events are on appropriate internal and external calendars.
  • Assist, and eventually manage, external/third-party fundraisers by researching, soliciting, and supporting outside supporters.
  • Work with Senior Manager of Events and Program Team to assist with program-related and staff-related events such as National Board Meetings and Organizational Events.
  • Research, work with and recommend appropriate sites, venues, and vendors that will best support fundraising goals.
  • In conjunction with Senior Manager of Events and development staff, produce event-related materials to include timelines, programs, program scripts, floor plans/seating, production schedules, staffing assignments, etc.
  • Manage and maintain Little Kids Rock auction items: assist with donation solicitations, create packages, develop minimum bids and create bid sheets, acknowledge and recognize donors, track items, produce needed reports and paperwork, work with a volunteer committee.
  • Some event coverage will be required, and a flexible schedule is a requisite of the position.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ event experience.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrated attention to detail and a high level of discretion .
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Technical and analytical experience with a constituent database. Familiarity with Salesforce, or equivalent donor database, a huge plus.
  • Ability to attend to multiple priorities simultaneously, take initiative and carry out detailed follow-through.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and to work independently with initiative.
  • Professional telephone manner and willingness to communicate comfortably with individual, corporate and foundation supporters of Little Kids Rock.
  • A passion for music and education.
  • Adept at using Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events on an as needed basis.

Compensation and Benefits
Little Kids Rock is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture and mission. Salary is in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision, AFLAC) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include flexible work arrangements, professional development, fun staff events and reimbursements for music lessons and experiences. 

Application Process
Please send your cover email and attached resume to eventsjob@littlekidsrock.org with “Events Coordinator” in the subject line. In your cover letter please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and what you consider makes you a unique candidate for this position. Feel free to get creative to help your application stand out by including why you consider yourself a unique candidate for this position and one of your most fun or fulfilling projects you last worked on.

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). Occasional travel will be required.

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 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.

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