Jobs: Music Clubhouse Director

“We offer a sense of community and a consistency that is often not found in their home and school lives. Sometimes it’s not even about the music – we’re there for them every day, whether it’s a good day or a bad day.” ~Rick, Music Clubhouse Director

 

Do you believe in the power of music to change lives?

Are you a contemporary musician with a passion for helping underserved youth?

We want to hear from you!

 


Qualified Music Clubhouse Director Candidates:

  • Believe in using music as a vehicle for Youth Development
  • Are practicing contemporary artists
  • Are multi-instrumentalists who knows their way around the studio with Logic or ProTools
  • Are entrepreneurial and want to put a unique stamp on creating a best-in-class music program for underserved youth

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The mission of the Music Clubhouse is to provide youth (ages 10-18) with opportunities for character development and increased self-confidence by learning how to play, perform, compose, and record music.

The Music Clubhouse is one of a variety of programs that our Youth Development partners provide to underserved youth in the community.  The key goal of the Music Clubhouse program is to use music as a vehicle for developing academic skills and character development, ultimately building self-confidence and self-esteem.  The successful candidate will be both an effective leader of the Music Clubhouse program AND a key member of our partner’s Youth Development Organization staff.

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial musician with a proven track record in youth development programs in an urban setting.  S/he will have demonstrated experience as a youth development professional and a proven ability to relate to a culturally diverse group of teens and pre-teens as an instructor and mentor.  Successful candidates will also be able to independently manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, high-performance environment and possess the following traits: a hard worker, knows how to motivate others as well as themselves, willing to do more than what is required of them, a solid team player, creative, reliable, flexible, highly organized, productive, detail-oriented, goal-oriented, able to prioritize, and have a good sense of humor.

Position

The Music Clubhouse Director is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  The expected schedule is 12:00 – 8:00pm, Monday – Friday (occasional weekday mornings/weekends required).

Job summary

The Music Clubhouse Director is the key leader (together with Executive Director/Program manager) to create and implement Music Clubhouse program activities with clearly-defined, realistic, and measurable outcomes. S/he will be responsible for managing the day-to-day program logistics of the Music Clubhouse, including but not limited to: managing part-time staff, managing program budget, complete grant reporting, develop strategic community partnerships/outreach and managing the daily Music Clubhouse activities.  Typical Music Clubhouse activities include Open Studio time, scheduled workshops/lessons, performance opportunities, and building/facilitating mentoring relationships with teen participants to engage in/with rhythm section instruments, ensembles, and music production with an emphasis on music technology.

Primary job responsibilities

The Music Clubhouse Director will be expected to work with multiple stakeholders and existing/new initiatives, including, but not limited to:

  • Manage the completion of grant-required reporting documents and reporting to multiple stakeholders
  • Supervise a small staff of Music mentors/instructors/volunteers – Plan and lead weekly music program staff meeting
  • Responsible for engaging youth participants during drop-in “Open Studio” programming including:
    • Manage the Music Clubhouse sign-in database and orientation process
    • Manage participant behavior and proper use of equipment by maintaining and upholding organizational values and procedures
    • Provide informal learning opportunities on rhythm section instruments and music technology
  • Responsible for scheduling and instructing weekly group workshops including:
    • Lead a weekly schedule of music instructional activities with small groups of youth, many with no previous musical experience.
    • Help participants gain proficiency on their instrument utilizing contemporary music, ensembles/bands, and regular performance opportunities
  • Responsible for utilizing music technology including:
    • Encourage youth music productions and songwriting projects to teach youth how to use music production software/DAW’s (including iPads), and recording techniques. Through project-based learning, participants will learn beat making, songwriting, recording/editing/mixing, and music production
  • Responsible for creating and implementing regular performance/showcase opportunities including:
    • Scheduling performance preparation activities coaching youth to perform with confidence
    • Developing regular monthly open mic nights, Album release parties and other signature events.
  • Responsible for Mentoring youth participants
    • Develop/coordinate in outreach efforts for the Music Clubhouse program
    • Identify a core group of teens to serve as Music Clubhouse “Youth Leaders” (Members will receive advanced music and leadership training and serve as mentors to younger youth and peers).

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a music-related major or Music Therapy is preferred. Master’s degree a plus
  • Will consider candidates without a Bachelor’s Degree based on related experience in advanced musical knowledge, rhythm section instrument proficiency and music production techniques
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred for some locations

Experience

  • Minimum 2 years professional experience working with inner-city urban teens and development of Youth Development programming in an urban setting
  • 3-5 years of developing and implementing programs for teenagers
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • Project management experience a plus
  • Must be able to play at least two instruments (guitar/bass, drum set, vocals, or piano) at an intermediate level.
  • Minimum 4 years professional experience in digital composition, production, post production (mastering), and/or beat making with strengths in industry standard DAW’s including iPads
  • Experience in Microsoft Office programs required

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understand the commitment to the organization’s mission and values.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills and can effectively communicate/relate with teens
  • Flexible and creative self-starter – demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial and work through obstacles.
  • Team oriented – ability to cultivate relationships and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting recording spaces and software.
  • An advanced and proven understanding of music performance theory and pedagogy
  • General knowledge of the music business/industry, including digital/social media. 
  • Advanced and proven understanding of music production process and recording DAW’s/Technology.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, set priorities, and coordinate well with others.
  • Have experience facilitating and/or leading groups particularly in an ensemble setting
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize music technology and computers (including mobile device technology).
  • Advanced intercultural awareness and experience working in multicultural environments.
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of teens and pre-teens as an instructor and mentor
  • Can manage and complete multiple tasks/projects successfully, and possess the ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written.
  • Relevant experience in social services
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20lbs.

Other Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Senior Management.
  • Responsible for evening and weekend building coverage as scheduled.
  • Attendance and active participation in organization-wide meetings, programs, and events.
  • Assist the organization (as needed) in the audio/visual needs for organization programs, initiatives and/or events.
  • Perform other assignments as designated by Senior Management in order to facilitate the most effective service to members, program participants, and the community.
  • Attendance and participation in Music & Youth Initiative programs, special events, professional development, and reporting.

Interested candidates must be authorized to work legally in the United States. Hourly wage is commensurate with experience.

We will review all submissions and contact individuals selected to continue in the search process. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a YouTube sample of a self-produced musical piece or performance to info@musicandyouth.org

Ready to take the next step?  

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a YouTube sample of a self-produced musical piece or performance to info@musicandyouth.org

We look forward to exploring this opportunity with you!


More About Music & Youth

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More About the Hiring Process

Music & Youth Initiative partners with leading Youth Development Organizations in Boston, Atlanta, and Fort Worth, to create and support Music Clubhouses.

Our Youth Development Partners run the Music Clubhouses and make the hiring decisions for Clubhouse Directors. When they have job openings, Music & Youth supports them by referring candidates.

We will ensure that qualified candidates are referred to these organizations for consideration. If there are no current openings, we will add resumes of qualified candidates to a waitlist.

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a YouTube sample of a self-produced musical piece or performance to info@musicandyouth.org