Director, Early Childhood Education

New England Conservatory - Boston, Massachusetts

Job Category: Programs

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $75000 - $90000

Application Deadline: March 03, 2023

About Our Organization

New England Conservatory, an independent not-for-profit institution, is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. With music students representing more than 40 countries, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training by 225 internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. It offers unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC's mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education delivers training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults.

NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. 

New England Conservatory (NEC) has determined that the highest possible rate of COVID-19 vaccination offers the best assurance of safeguarding the health of all members of our community. Therefore, NEC is requiring all employees to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 3, 2021. All newly hired employees at NEC must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Additionally, all members of the NEC community are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility. For more information, please contact NEC Human Resources.

Job Summary

JOB SUMMARY:

With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity, equity, and belonging in executing key responsibilities, the Director, Early Childhood Education leads, engages accomplished and dedicated faculty to deliver a musical curriculum of the highest quality to children in the Pre-K through early elementary school grades in Boston and surrounding areas.

A unique moment exists where New England Conservatory has the opportunity to invigorate the future of music, further access to early childhood musical education in and beyond Boston, and make an impact on humanity through Early Childhood program development in a new three-year pilot project. In coordination with city and community leadership who recognize the need for programming around this age range, the Director, Early Childhood Education works with the Director of the Preparatory School, as well as external partners and stakeholders, to develop and implement an expanded early childhood program within the Preparatory Division.

The Director, Early Childhood Education is a creative, dynamic, and experienced musician, educator, and administrator who oversees faculty, curriculum, recruitment, and fosters meaningful and inclusive lifelong musical engagement amongst young learners and their families. Working collaboratively with members of Preparatory staff, the Director, Early Childhood Education helps shape and lead artistic, academic, and educational outreach.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

In alignment with the Director of NEC Preparatory School, lead and manage all aspects of a grant-funded, early childhood pilot program including artistic, educational, and administrative functions, programming, policy, and operations—within the context of NEC’s strategic priorities and goals

Recruit and oversee faculty for early childhood programming, which may be on site at NEC or at satellite locations in the greater Boston community

Partner, alongside NEC colleagues, with early childhood leaders and learning centers in the Boston area for program creation and implementation

Partner with faculty to create, develop, and implement a diverse range of age-appropriate programs and curriculum that engage a wide range of young learners

Support students and their families to ensure the highest quality musical experience 

Collaborate with Office of Cultural Equity and Belonging to create a diverse and inclusive program and community

In coordination with the ED for Expanded Ed and Director of Prep,  partner with relevant colleagues and offices across the institution to drive enrollment, elevate brand, and expand awareness 

In coordination with the ED for Expanded Ed and Director of Prep,  partner with Office of Advancement and Engagement around fundraising, as well as parent and alumni engagement

Job Qualifications & Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced professional musician, educator, and administrator, with relevant education commensurate with the expectations of the position
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and teach an early education music education program with vision, excellence, and creativity 
  • Experience with Early Childhood methodology (e.g. Kodaly, Suzuki, Dalcroze, Orff, etc.)
  • Strong track record in teaching and/or working administratively in Pre-K and/or elementary environment
  • Demonstrated cultural competencies and commitment to advancing NEC's values of cultural equity and belonging 
  • Exceptional judgment, discretion, and integrity when working with students, faculty, and staff in an educational environment
  • Experience with grant-funded programs, including program development and reporting, preferred
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills, including nuanced interpersonal and management skills, capacity to steward institutional relationships, and ability to solve problems creatively
  • Strength in working collaboratively and communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Knowledge of Title IX and other compliance issues related to teaching minors
  • Demonstrated success in organizing and balancing multiple and concurrent projects
  • Relevant budgetary skills commensurate with the expectations of the position
  • Proficiency in additional languages a plus

Additional Details

BENEFITS:

Medical Plans

Dental

Vision

Retirement Savings Account

How to Apply

Application Link - New England Conservatory