Little Roots Program Coordinator

317 Main Community Music Center - South Portland, Maine

Job Category: Teaching Artist

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Part Time

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

About Our Organization

About 317 Main Community Music Center

Our Mission: 317 Main encourages creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. 317 Main Community Music Center brings the power of music to people of all ages and abilities from across southern and mid-coast Maine. 317 Main was founded in 2004 on the idea that music can engage, vitalize, and strengthen human connections in our communities. At our studios and at partner locations in southern Maine, we provide music education for more than 500 people per week through one-on-one music lessons, group classes, jam sessions, ensembles, workshops, and summer camps. Our Community Partnership Program brings music to an even larger population of all ages who otherwise may not have access. 

Job Summary

317 Main’s Little Roots program is an important part of the 317 Main curriculum and continuum. We are looking for an experienced and energetic early childhood education professional to lead, administer, coordinate, and participate in the continued growth and development of 317 Main’s Little Roots program.

317 Main’s Little Roots Program Coordinator will report to the Director of Music Education and will work closely with the Little Roots teaching artists, administrative staff, and the 317 Main community to create, oversee, manage, and support implementation of an annual program plan for the Little Roots early childhood (ages 0-6) music education programs and services at 317 Main.

317 Main’s Little Roots curriculum combines music-making with movement, encouraging young children to feel the music in their bodies as they learn fundamental creative skills. Little Roots programs are distinctive, relevant, and consistent with 317’s friendly, fun, and accessible mission-based priorities. This welcoming approach is combined with a curricular foundation that, in a group setting, teaches children (and family members) to: sing comfortably; experience rhythm physically; and develop a dynamic and emotional relationship with the communicative power of music.

Current Little Roots group class offerings include Little Roots Family (all ages with caregivers), Ready, Set, Grow! (3 & 4 yr olds), Little Roots Ukulele, Little Roots Fiddle, and Little Roots Piano classes (5 & 6 yr olds). Classes are currently offered Monday-Friday with plans to expand into Saturday and possibly into communities beyond our home base in Yarmouth.

Responsibilities

1. To deliver, evaluate, and continue to develop a curriculum that is relevant, compelling, and consistent with the 317 Main approach to music education which:

  • combines fun with quality music education
  • attracts and retains families with children ages birth to 6 years old
  • connects to the established program continuum beyond age 6
  • has systems in place which measure the quality, consistency, and value of all the programs and services offered and allows for continuous improvement

2. To administer the program which includes:

  • hiring, mentoring, coordinating training, and evaluating Little Roots teaching artists/programs
  • developing annual program plan for Little Roots working with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop an annual marketing & communications plan for the Little Roots program
  • communicating with parents and teaching artists about Little Roots program offerings
  • planning and implementing special programs and events designed to promote the Little Roots brand to the greater community
  • developing and maintaining an annual budget for equipment, supplies, meetings, and training sessions, and work with the Business/Finance Director to make necessary purchases, and
  • being the ambassador of the Little Roots music to the community

The 317 Main Little Roots Coordinator is required to teach at least 1 Little Roots group class per session as the lead Little Roots Teaching Artist. (compensated separately at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates. A separate application is NOT required).

Job Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications

  • Must have passion, dedication, and experience in the field of early childhood music education
  • Must be personally engaging, friendly and want to work in a fast-paced community-oriented environment
  • Must have experience and be comfortable working with children, parents, teaching artists, and administrative staff
  • Must possess strong administrative skills and have experience developing and overseeing the implementation of program plans, including management of staff
  • Must be able to work as a team player in support of an organizational mission
  • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills
  • Must possess some instrumental and vocal skills
  • Must be willing to be an active partner in 317 Main's equity and inclusion work 
  • Must have experience and be comfortable working with diverse groups of children, parents, teaching artists, and administrative staff

Requirements

  • Degree in Early Childhood preferred, K-5 or comparable experience considered 
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience in an early childhood education setting, K-5 or comparable experience considered 
  • Certification/experience in Kodály, Orff, and/or First Steps in Music a plus
  • Ability to commute to 317 Main’s facility in Yarmouth.
  • Ability to lift and move instruments and other classroom materials up to 20lbs
  • Upper body mobility for teaching and demonstration

Additional Details

Schedule:

The Little Roots Coordinator schedule includes weekdays (Monday-Friday) and (depending on preferred teaching schedule) may include Saturdays, as well as an occasional evening for events or other staff functions. This position is in-person and not remote. Weekly administrative work hours are negotiable.

Other Information

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Range $20,000-$26,000 annually plus benefits (includes both administrative and teaching responsibilities)

Benefits: As a 20-hour/week employee (plus additional teaching hours), the Little Roots Coordinator is eligible to participate in 317 Main’s Health Insurance Benefits; after one year, eligibility in 317 Main’s Retirement Program; discounted lesson tuition for employee and immediate family.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

317 Main is committed to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. 317 Main's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We encourage people of diverse identities to apply.

How to Apply

To Apply:

To apply, please email your current resume with a cover letter to apply@317main.org. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to: encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096, ATTN:  Little Roots Coordinator Search.

Application deadline: June 15, 2021 or until position is filled.