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Emerita Colon

String Program Manager

Position & Organization Overview

Merit School of Music seeks a String Program Manager to start immediately. The String Program Manager is responsible for providing daily support to students, families and faculty in the Merit Music in Communities Program, the Instrumental and Vocal Music Program, Private Lesson Program, and the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. The String Program Manager provides day-to-day support for classes, assists in planning special events (concerts, competitions, etc.), and facilitates basic communication with parents and students.

Merit School of Music is committed to building a world in which historically underrepresented groups can attain access to quality music education. Simultaneously, Merit is continually working towards becoming an organization that is truly reflective of the demographics of the city and the students we serve.

Reporting Relationship

The String Program Manager reports to Strings and Orchestra Program Director.

Essential Duties

Responsibilities of the String Program Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Program Management – approx. 85%
  • Assist with and provide support to Merit’s string and orchestra programs
  • Assist Program Director with the student recommendation process and facilitate student’s progress through Merit’s program pathway
  • Assist Program Director with parent, teacher, student, and partner communications
  • General Program Team Expectations – approx. 15%
    • Assist with the planning and execution of Merit events and concerts as assigned

Personal Skills, Attributes, & Qualifications

  • Highly organized and proactive problem-solver
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and complete at a high level
  • Experience in a fast-paced administrative environment
  • Musical background with string instruments is required
  • Bilingual in Spanish is strongly preferred, bilingual in Mandarin preferred

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required


  • 25-30 hours per week
  • Schedule is flexible and may vary based on workload but will include Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings (3:00-7:30 p.m.) and some weekday mornings (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
  • At least 2 Saturdays (9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.) per month required September - May


Compensation for this position is $18.00 per hour

Interested candidates should send resume to: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists.

For more information about Merit School of Music, please visit contact the HR email listed above and

Merit School of Music is committed to enhancing the diversity of our musical community, recognizing that by providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for our students, we are preparing them for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. The Merit community recognizes that it has a responsibility for creating and sustaining a learning and working environment where difference is valued, and where equity and inclusion are practiced.

Contact Info:
Emerita Colon
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL