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Director of People and Culture

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Our network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students.

Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. Our students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.

The world of music expands through innovation. We ensure that music education does as well.

More than 500,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 850,000 students with highly-inclusive and culturally relevant music education. We aim to reach the 1,000,000th student in our history this year.

Position Overview

The Director of People and Culture will collaborate with all team members as the primary stakeholder of the lifecycle employee experience. You will develop, implement and maintain talent-related strategies and systems that make Little Kids Rock a high-performing, rewarding, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. Additionally, you will develop and support career growth, sustain a positive organizational culture, develop and manage talent sourcing and retention practices for the best people, facilitate employee performance and engagement, and oversee HR-related functions.

Responsibilities

You would be responsible for overseeing and developing professional growth and development, employee performance, organizational Culture and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB), HR operations, talent strategy, and talent acquisition.

These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with all departments to support the development and delivery of effective professional development programs that support employee performance and growth
  • Lead organizational culture building initiatives
  • Identify opportunities for job-related and career path learning and development for all staff
  • Facilitate the annual employee performance management cycle to include periodic reflections on performance goals and personal growth
  • Provide coaching, training, and other forms of support to both promote success and address underperformance throughout the workforce
  • Develop and manage an internship program to provide effective training opportunities for interns (with a focus on engaging local Little Kids Rock alumni), support for team members and a pipeline for team growth
  • Primary point person for team member questions, concerns and guidance on HR matters
  • Identify talent-related needs and develop key talent initiatives informed by best practices
  • Work with search partners and colleagues to develop and implement processes to evaluate candidates through interviews, demonstrations, work assignments, and other elements of a comprehensive selection process
  • Lead cross-functional internal teams to implement innovative talent initiatives and sustain them over time

Qualifications

  • At least eight years of progressive experience in a social enterprise, mission-driven corporation or nonprofit organization in a talent and culture operations position
  • Experience successfully helping define, create, and perpetuate a high-performing, rewarding, diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture
  • Excellent at providing timely feedback, managing conflict, and coaching through challenges
  • Experience working with remote employees
  • Comfortable developing and implementing new ways of working and managing change in a fast-paced environment
  • Deep knowledge of HR processes, including sourcing and retention, performance management, benefits administration, federal and state employment laws and regulations
  • Optimal discretion and sense of confidentiality, serving as a trusted advisor to leadership and employees
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision, but can also respond to critical immediate requests
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, HR systems, and database systems, preferably Salesforce
  • Must thrive in an innovative environment, show grace and positivity under pressure, and display a sense of fun, wonder and humor
  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a preference toward an advanced certificate or degree in a related field
  • An undeniable passion for the work of Little Kids Rock; music maker a plus!

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 unlimited vacation, flexible work arrangements, professional development, fun staff events and reimbursements for music lessons and experiences.

Application Procedure

Apply Here.

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. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do 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



Director of Technology

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Our network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students.

Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. Our students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.

The world of music expands through innovation. We ensure that music education does as well.

More than 500,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 850,000 students with highly-inclusive and culturally relevant music education. We aim to reach the 1,000,000th student in our history this year.

Position Overview

The Director of Technology is an outstanding opportunity for a motivated technology leader to assume a critical and innovative role at a highly respected national nonprofit. Managing our technology ecosystem, and collaborating with senior management, department leaders and stakeholders across all functional areas, the primary responsibilities are to set the vision, drive strategy, and effectively manage and advance Little Kids Rock’s technology capabilities to extend our impact. The Director of Technology will be responsible for optimizing our technology portfolio while evolving and instituting policies and procedures for Little Kids Rock’s technology systems and security.

The Director of Technology will add value by inspiring innovative thinking at Little Kids Rock and ensuring the technology infrastructure is built to be scalable, flexible, and efficient and supports day-to-day operations. They will also be responsible for ensuring the team effectively and efficiently identifies, develops, and implements new digital features. This position requires a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and customer-service oriented individual who can effectively manage both people and multiple projects at once. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic direction but will also enthusiastically roll-up their sleeves to provide support when needed. This full-time position, based at our headquarters in Verona, NJ, reports to the Chief Operating Officer and supervises the Senior Manager for Business Systems.

Responsibilities

  • Partner and collaborate with Program, Development, and other leaders to set vision and strategy for using technology to promote best-in-class program delivery and sustainable scaling across the organization
  • Create a technology roadmap to best support the organization’s strategy and departmental priorities, including implementation plans for long-range and short term projects, and revise as business conditions change
  • Develop and implement an annual budget and business plans for digital initiatives
  • Partner with internal departments and with the Senior Manager of Business Systems to improve and evolve business processes, using Salesforce and other technologies
  • Working with the Senior Manager of Business Systems, foster, develop and manage all technology-related relationships, including managed IT
  • Foster efficient and effective cross-functional teamwork and result-oriented deliverables
  • Design and implement system enhancements and innovations – including teaching and learning resources to support a growing community of educators served by Little Kids Rock – based on organizational needs and best practices
  • Create, maintain, and enforce data integrity standards
  • Develop protocols for privileges and ownership within a complex organizational environment
  • Build and manage a data security strategy
  • Provide hands-on support when needed to ensure positive user experience and customer support

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of relevant experience with at least 5 in an IT Leadership role required
  • Strong understanding of CRM (Salesforce preferred) best practices and functionality; ability to assess the impact of new requirements on Salesforce and all upstream and downstream applications, systems, and processes
  • Documented ability to lead strategic initiatives, collaborate with leadership, and manage team execution against measurable goals and objectives
  • Proven track record of successful project management
  • Creative and analytical thinking with strong problem-solving skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize simultaneous requests, and proactively manage across the range of organizational relationships, including supervisory (direct reports), laterally (peers and colleagues), and upward (executive leadership)
  • Commitment to educational equity and Little Kids Rock’s mission

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 unlimited vacation, flexible work arrangements, professional development, fun staff events and reimbursements for music lessons and experiences.

Application Procedure

Apply Here.

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. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do 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

Events Intern

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Our network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students.

Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. Our students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.

The world of music expands through innovation. We ensure that music education does as well.

More than 500,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 850,000 students with highly-inclusive and culturally relevant music education. We aim to reach the 1,000,000th student in our history this year.

Position Overview

We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated intern interested in learning all about nonprofit events through hands-on experience from June – September 2020! The Events Intern will assist the Events team members with all facets of research, planning, and execution of nonprofit fundraising events.

Responsibilities

The Events Intern will:

  • Learn about timelines, budgets, marketing, logistics, and more for nonprofit fundraising events.
  • Have the opportunity to offer creative perspectives on existing Little Kids Rock events.
  • Conduct research on potential partners in major Little Kids Rock markets.
  • When appropriate, conduct research and recommend sites, venues, and vendors for Little Kids Rock fundraising events.
  • Assist the Events Team with various auction duties, such as identifying and soliciting auction items, assisting with auction item data, and gathering items when needed.
  • Create spreadsheets and documents organizing all data and information needed for each assignment.
  • Occasional events related administrative duties, such as creating and scheduling shipments for important items or documents, organizing, and more.
  • Be available to attend some New York City events.

Qualifications

The right match for this position will be ready to rock at a moment’s notice. Keys to success in this position include attention to detail, a high level of organization, and the ability to work in a team environment. Open communication with supervisors about learning goals, deadlines, progress, and challenges is a must. A positive and eager attitude, patience, empathy, and the desire to learn are essential.
Required skills and education:

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and research skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and to work independently with initiative.
  • A passion for music, education, and youth development, and the strong desire to spread awareness of the mission.
  • Comfortable with leading and taking charge in certain situations, and the willingness to grow into a strong leader.
  • Must be a self-starter, someone who is always willing to give their all, and perform tasks no matter how great or small.
  • Strong collaborative skills. Must show ability to cooperate and collaborate with other people and other departments.
  • The ability to learn and use new skills and systems quickly and effectively.
  • Adept at using Google Suite and Microsoft Office products.
  • Professional telephone manner and prior experience in an office setting highly desirable.
  • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events on an as needed basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure.

Schedule

Up to four days per week (25 hours/week) for a period of three months is preferred, beginning on Monday, June 1st, 2020, and ending on Friday, September 4th, 2020. Exact days and times will be established in harmony with the intern’s schedule. You will be asked to continue intern responsibilities from home during the week of July 13th – 17th, and possibly at other points throughout the internship.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a learning opportunity with a stipend of $300 per month.

Application Procedure

Please email a cover letter and resume to marrla@littlekidsrock.org. Please include “Events Internship” in the e-mail subject line. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org. No phone calls, please.

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. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do 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