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Program Manager of General Music and Digital Music Programs

Summary: The Manager of General Music and Digital Music Programs is responsible for the development, oversight and evaluation of Changing Worlds General Music Programs (for PreK-5 grades) and Songwriting/Music Programs (elective experience for 6th – 12th graders) that are delivered in schools in the Chicagoland area. In this position, the manager will ensure that these school programs and related performance activities are aligned with the mission and strategic objectives of the organization.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who welcomes collaboration and thinking creatively with thought partners that are comprised of educators, peer staff members and teaching artists who will deliver the programs in the schools (virtually and in-person). This position reports to the Program Director.

Position Description and Key Responsibilities:

Lead program development with new and existing school partners, participate in recruitment efforts; serve as first point of contact for schools interested in the general music programs and songwriting & production programs, including individuals interested in joining the Changing Worlds Teaching Artist cadre.

Work in collaboration with other Program Managers to support the programs that are contracted to receive Changing Worlds services as needed. This will include developing new programs in after school settings and/or expanding the number in-school programs as scheduling and time permits.

Collect documentation from all the General Music and Songwriting & Production Instructors and where applicable, their students’ in-progress work /performances to document the creative processes of the class.

Collect and maintain student media release forms to support photos/videos of student participants.

Conduct Check-in meetings with teaching artists regarding their needs for in-class resources and progression of their instructional approach.

Maintain accurate equipment inventory and make need-based recommendations to the Program Director as to the purchase of new, up-to-date equipment and software that best supports the program.

Perform regular in-class observations (virtual and live) of teaching artists to gauge the success of their instructional style and engagement of the students in the program.

Conduct quarterly group conversations that engage the General Music and Songwriting & Production teaching artists to discuss curriculum design, connections to music history and cultural genres, as well as instructional innovation for the program.

Oversee the updating of the curriculum annually and the materials needed for the General Music classes for PreK – 2nd grade, and Songwriting & Production classes for 6th – 8th grade.

Builds relationships with school and community partners, teaching artists and other stakeholders to facilitate implementation of greater school and family engagement programs.

Along with the Manager of Evaluation, ensure up-to-date information and documentation of school programs under his/her management including school participation in collecting data for pre-/post evaluation and supporting the authentic assessment practices.

Develops and provides professional development experiences for CW teaching artists with support and collaboration from other members on the program team.

Works in collaboration with the Director of Programs to ensure that there is an ongoing funding base to support all forms of the music programming by contributing knowledge and expertise to the development team’s fundraising efforts in a timely and consistent manner.

Ensure that all program communication is aligned with Changing Worlds communication goals, guidelines and style guides.

Aware of current developments in community schools, cultural education and arts integration research and practices through participation in events, workshops and through subscriptions to relevant literature.

Provides monthly reports to Program Director and Executive Director on school programs and family engagement goals, challenges and next steps.

Understand National and Illinois State Socio-Emotional and Music Standards of Learning Adolescent

We are looking for the following specific competencies to enact the curriculum for General Music and Digital Music composition:

Have experience creating and teaching age-appropriate lessons in music theory and notation, singing and foundational elements of music (example: rhythm, pitch, melody, etc.)

Knowledge Music History, culturally specific music genres including non-western instrumentation and song

Ability to play a portable instrument (example: guitar/ukulele/keyboard) with some proficiency to model teaching strategies for educators and artists

Can explain and present basic musical instruments (example: how to play them, and their cultural history)

To meet the instructional practices for Songwriting and Production Program, the candidate should have experience in:

Audio Engineering and Production (such as equipment set-up, mic placement, signal flow, beat making, techniques of music recording history)

Knowledge of Audio Production Software (GarageBand, Sound Trap, Band Lab)

Know the fundamentals of Songwriting (such as Lyric analysis, song forms and history of the development of song as part of the cultures to be studied)

Position is available immediately for the selected candidate. Interested job seekers should send a letter of interest with a resume that outlines relevant job experience to .

Please include a current email and phone number where you can be reached in mid- November.


Candidate must have at least three years of experience coordinating K-12 school programs or comparable experience in a community music setting

Teaching Artist experience in Chicago Public Schools is a plus

Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education is required. An advanced degree in one or more of these areas is preferred

Ability to work in a team-oriented office environment (virtual and in-person) and diverse community environments (virtual and in-person)

A demonstrated commitment to high quality arts education, culturally responsive teaching and a student-centered approach to educational practices is a must

Willingness and ability to travel between program sites to fulfill the role effectively and efficiently

Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills to support program development with educators and artists who teach in Changing Worlds programs

Strong oral and written communication skills

Conversant in Spanish is not required, but considered a plus

A commitment to the mission of Changing Worlds (

Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office) and programs that support the administrative tasks

Salary commensurate with experience


Dental insurance

Medical insurance

Vision insurance

Retirement plan

Paid Time off (vacation, sick, holidays & floating holidays)

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago