Program Manager for Educational Initiatives

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Full Time



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27 Garden Street
United States


The Program Manager for Educational Initiatives serves as the primary administrative support for Longy’s signature initiative, Sistema Side by Side, and its community engagement programs. This person is part of a team including the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Curriculum Development, the Artistic Directors of Longy’s Sistema Side by Side program, the Associate Director for Music Production, and the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs. This full-time, exempt position reports to the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Curriculum Development.

Description of Responsibilities:

Sistema Side by Side

  • Manage the administrative component of the program, work directly with the Artistic Directors of Sistema Side by Side, supporting the students and faculty, in bringing to fruition the annual Sistema Side by Side season, which currently includes three seminarios and performances throughout the academic year, including the annual gala, as well as a two-week summer academy in August.
  • Schedule and coordinate rehearsals and three annual concerts, in collaboration with the Side by Side Conductor and Associate Director for Music Production.
  • Serve as principal liaison to program faculty, El Sistema-inspired nucleo partners and participant families. Be the information hub.
  • Manage participant registration for annual seminarios and Summer Academy.
  • Coordinate Longy conservatory student participation (including teaching assistants) at all Side by Side rehearsals, with assistance from the Associate Director for Music Production and the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs.
  • Potential to teach in the program, based on experience and interest.
  • Work closely with Marketing to promote the program, recommending publicity and communication ideas.
  • Represent Longy to the El Sistema field at conferences, events, etc. along with Longy colleagues.

Community Engagement Initiatives

  • Work directly with Assistant Dean for Faculty and Curriculum Development on placement of students in Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Artist Program (TAP) sites, and spring term Pedagogy teaching practicum.
  • Track student placement, participation and attendance at all educational sites.
  • Track expenses for educational projects at Longy; create spread sheets itemizing use of funds.
  • Track and organize contacts for all community engagement (TAP, Teaching Assistantships, and Pedagogy sites) where student placements occur.
  • Visit school and community sites as Longy’s ambassador.
  • Respond to phone and email inquiries from partner sites about educational initiatives.
  • Work closely with IA and Communications to set up, when necessary, videography and documentation of programs in the Greater Boston and Cambridge School communities. Liaise with IA as needed to coordinate donor site visits.
  • Assist the Assistant Dean in sharing outstanding student achievements with President Zorn, IA and Communications for foundation proposal enhancement and school publicity.
  • Organize and produce year-end documentation of Longy student contributions to the community.
  • Provide administrative support for Teaching Artist Program faculty, such as room reservations, copying, and responding to inquiries.

For Teaching Assistantships (TA positions):

  • Assist in collating information for Teaching Assistants at the orientation meeting.
  • Assist in collating information for Assistantship sites for IA, donors and any visits.
  • Schedule site visits and meetings, working with a Field Representative. 
  • Distribute, collect and organize evaluations of all Teaching Assistants at the end of each semester.

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in academic and/or student life fields in the higher education context.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to maintain a professional and collegial demeanor at all times.
  • Strong writing, communications, project management skills and ability to manage stakeholder expectations.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and to think and act both analytically and strategically.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of ages: grade school and high school students, their parents, teachers, and conservatory students.
  • A warm, welcoming attitude and a customer service-focused work ethic.
  • Ability and interest in teaching music.
  • Understanding of orchestra operations a plus.
  • Must be available on evenings and weekends when Sistema Side by Side seminarios and performances are held.


Longy offers a competitive salary plus an Open Time Off Policy (OPTO) which includes a generous Family Medical Leave policy of 12 paid weeks. Longy also offers discounts on tuition at Longy, enrollment in Longy’s retirement plan, group health, vision and dental plans, life and long‐term disability insurance, flexible spending account, and qualified transportation programs.

About Longy

Longy School of Music of Bard College is at the forefront of graduate music education. Founded to offer an alternative to traditional conservatories, Longy continues to bring new and different perspectives on how to train and prepare modern musicians. Longy has made a name for itself by focusing on the social imperative: musicians, like all artists, must play a critical role in creating vibrant communities. This is carried out in signature programs to prepare students for the challenges of the musician of the 21st century.

Longy is a degree‐granting institution that serves undergraduate and graduate students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. Longy School of Music of Bard College values the diversity of its community.

Professional Level

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Minimum Education Required

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