Details at-a-glance:

  • On-site location, Montclair NJ
  • Full time plus concerts and events, exempt position
  • 4-year degree required; master’s degree in music education preferred


At the JAZZ HOUSE, we believe in jazz as an authentic and essential cultural expression to be celebrated through performance, education and advocacy. For twenty years we have been an instrument for change providing access, learning, career development and community building. We use jazz programming and the joy of playing creative music, advanced by master practitioners of the art form, as a gateway to student achievement on and off the bandstand, boosting students’ social and emotional learning, academic outcomes, improving life skills, and increasing civic engagement. We remove barriers that stand in the way of students’ participation in music and their resulting growth and joy. Every day we keep our promise to build community leaders and develop global citizens through America’s original art form of jazz.

As we expand our educational footprint of programming and performance, our department leadership is being restructured into two specific areas of focus. This co-directorship consists of a Director of Jazz Education + Performance to oversee jazz educational activities at the JAZZ HOUSE in Montclair, NJ and a Director of In-School Music Education + Programming to oversee access to high quality music education with an emphasis of jazz in largely under-resourced schools.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS welcomes the Director of In-School Music Education + Programming as a key leadership position that furthers our mission to provide the highest quality music education and authentic jazz learning in underserved classrooms and special programs that bridge the gaps in arts. The Director of In-School Programs will be an experienced jazz educator and arts administrator with significant relationship-building experience and a proven ability to lead the strategic and day-to-day management of all in-school programming in largely underserved public schools, oversees curriculum development, and manages partnerships and recruitment efforts in key schools and performance and community engagement initiatives. Chief in-school programs include: the JAZZ HOUSE Music Club residency program, the Give an Instrument Build a Musician Program, the JAZZ HOUSE Vocal Summit and Assembly Programs and Visiting Masterclass Series and special programs at the JAZZ HOUSE including CHiCA Power.

  • Department: Music + Education
  • Reporting: This position reports to the President + Founder
  • Direct Reports:
    • Associate Manager of In-School and Community Performances
    • Faculty, Teaching Assistants and Interns
    • Arts + Education Coordinator
  • Additional Arts + Education Team Members:
    • Artistic Director, 8x GRAMMY winner Christian McBride
    • Director of Jazz Education and Performance @ the JAZZ HOUSE
    • Associate Manager of Programming @ the JAZZ HOUSE

Key Areas of Oversight Required:

  • A proven arts administrator with significant relationship building experience and a proven ability to maintain and develop high quality programs within budget and within curriculum alignment to meet goals and provide best-in-class impact.
  • Oversee Jazz-in-Schools programming to provide evaluation and curriculum oversight and maintain student enrollment goals to develop and maintain a healthy program pipeline
  • Program oversight and evaluation, meeting recruitment and enrollment goals, goal-oriented and data analysis driven, strong budgeting and management skills, commitment to fostering local, regional, national and global partnerships in a professional manner
  • An experienced jazz educator with a commitment to enriching communities through the arts with significant experience in managing professional faculty and evaluation, and performance development
  • A dedicated practitioner of the art form of jazz with a passion and knowledge of jazz and its history, legacy and culture
  • Ability to facilitate access to the arts for all and to engage young people and adult learners
  • Ability to provide leadership in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple priorities and lead a committed jazz faculty
  • Desire to use technology and online learning as a positive tool to broaden reach and create new programming opportunities beyond the pandemic.

Programming Oversight in the Schools:

  • Pre-k through 12 Arts Education Standards: Oversee our in-school programming in underserved school districts to provide sequential learning and curriculum oversight and evaluation, and ensure programming meets core curriculum standards
  • Partnerships: Responsible for maintaining partnerships with school leadership and developing new partnership for program offerings
  • Faculty Supervision: Hire and manage all faculty staff from recruitment and orientation to curriculum oversight and evaluation
  • Manage the Team: Interview, supervise, and evaluate reporting staff, teaching artists, teaching assistants and interns. Work in tandem with other departments including operations, marketing and development
  • Curriculum and Program Development: Create and develop high-quality, scalable music education and enrichment programs with clear objectives and anticipated outcomes in accordance with national standards and best practices
  • Concerts and Musical Enrichment: Oversee and plan all concerts, special trips, community concerts. Produce and oversee all musical enrichment programming
  • Evaluation: Lead robust evaluation initiative to monitor and evaluate all JAZZ HOUSE KiDS in- school education programs. Prepare final reports, statistics, and analyses for funders and school partners
  • Furthering the Organizational Brand: Carry out the overarching educational goals and artistic vision of Founder + President Melissa Walker and Artistic Director Christian McBride
  • Recruitment: Maintain student enrollment goals for existing and new programs. Establish relationships with music educators, school administrators, national partners, and professional organizations, and maintain a schedule of visiting school programs to recruit students and adult learners for our programs
  • Special Programs: CHiCA Power
  • Evaluation: Determine program objectives and impact goals for all activities. Lead a robust observation and evaluation process to monitor and garner feedback and analyze data that informs us of the strength of our programs and meets funding reporting requirements

Qualifications: Skills, Knowledge & Expertise

  • Demonstrated ability to develop sequential music learning programs with corresponding curriculum for both beginner and advanced students, including facilitate online learning and use new technologies to achieve educational goals in a virtual environment
  • Proven record of fostering an engaged and excited jazz community of students, faculty, celebrated artists, alumni, donors and fans
  • Pre-K-12 arts training, curriculum development and knowledge of state standards is required
  • Demonstrated ability to develop sequential music learning programs with corresponding curriculum
  • Strong musicianship and professional performance experience a plus
  • Self-motivated, high energy, and team-oriented with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to anticipate programmatic needs, plan, organize, implement and direct programs while balancing multiple priorities effectively in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee staff, Strong relationship management skills and ability to handle difficult and/or sensitive situations
  • Interest in use of technology and digital learning as a positive tool to broaden reach and create new programming opportunities beyond the pandemic
  • Able to effectively engage in student outreach and recruitment
  • Impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail
  • • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • • Professional, nonjudgmental, compassionate demeanor with good listening skills
  • • Bachelor’s degree required in music (music performance, jazz performance, music education), education, or another related field; Master’s degree preferred and a minimum of four years of arts administrative experience
  • • Ability to play multiple instruments a plus and proficient to play jazz is required
  • • At least three years working in youth education, youth development, program management or other relevant fields
  • • Advanced knowledge of Mac OS, Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • • Familiarity with DAW software, Finale/Sibelius or other music notation software a plus
  • • Proficiency in Spanish would be a big plus

Personal Characteristics:

  • A passion for the mission of the JAZZ HOUSE and demonstrated commitment to advocatingfor cultural diversity
  • An innovative thinker that excels in a collaborative team setting
  • Desire to help people thrive while building a safe community for families, students, supporters and fans that celebrates diversity and fosters creativity and inclusion
  • Always be in pursuit for knowledge and able to work in an ever-changing environment
  • High degree of integrity, warmth, emotional intelligence, sense of humor, empathy, flexibility and maturity


JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has been swinging doors open for close to 20 years, and our emerging musicians are soloing and singing their way to greatness. We use America’s original musical art form to stimulate students’ creative self-expression, personal growth and collective engagement. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS does whatever it takes to build tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens through jazz and keep our promise to serve all students regardless of their financial circumstances.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let us know.


Qualified candidates passionate about JAZZ HOUSE Kids’ mission should email a cover letter and resume to EMPLOYMENT@JAZZHOUSEKIDS.ORG. No phone calls, please. Salary/benefits competitive with other similar sized community-based arts organizations.