W.O. Smith Music School provides music instruction to more than 500 low-income children annually, utilizing an army of volunteer teaching artists.  Please note that the school does not employ teaching artists. If interested in becoming one of our volunteer teaching artists, please visit our volunteer page.

Program Director

 Job Summary

W.O. Smith Music School is seeking a Program Director who thrives in a collaborative, creative, mission-focused organization. The Program Director is the primary administrator of the school’s music education programs including the registration and scheduling of all students in private instruction as well as classes and ensembles. The position will also be responsible for the recruitment, registration, orientation, and scheduling of a volunteer faculty of more than 200 teaching artists and recruiting new volunteers as needed. The Program Director plays a central role in the lives of low-income students and their families in a nurturing, creative, and empathetic environment.


The Program Director will be responsible for management of W.O. Smith’s education programs working in tandem with the Music Education Director to set the academic calendar and to create all course listings and descriptions for catalogs, website, and all other promotional materials; developing and planning workshops and masterclasses; coordinating and managing student performances; faculty supervision, including performance evaluations and the recruitment of new teaching artists; identifying and implementing professional development opportunities for faculty; assisting the Executive Director and Finance Committee in the creation of program budgets; creation, promotion, and execution of W.O. Smith outreach programs that take place at the school and throughout the greater Nashville area; and overseeing the growth of school enrollment.

The Program Director will also work with the Executive Director to seek grant funding opportunities where/when needed. The Program Director serves as an important liaison within the organization and in the community.

Key competencies include the following: 

• A capacity for leadership and the ability to interact with volunteers, students and their families, staff, alumni, board of directors, and benefactors

• Supportive of the work of others, collegial, with an optimistic orientation. Assertive without being offensive

• Strong administrative and organizational skills. Self-motivated, reliable, able to juggle multiple projects at once

• Experience as a music educator or performer with the ability to understand pedagogical issues and knowledge of and comfort in discussing music education a plus

• Strong verbal and written communication skills and charismatic presentation skills

• Computer proficiency with an intermediate understanding of database management and typical office applications.

• Comfortable in a multi-task environment with frequent interruptions and deadlines and occasionally a high degree of pressure; Must be able to work flexible hours when needed

• Commitment to equity and inclusion

 Qualifications and Experience

 • Bachelor’s degree or minor in a music related field (education, performance, composition, music business, arts administration, etc.) or an unrelated Bachelor’s degree with a strong music background

• Experience in the non-profit sector, community arts education or creative youth development a plus

• Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) is preferred

• The successful candidate should have a passion for music as a tool for community and social justice as well as enthusiasm for W.O. Smith’s vision to transform lives through music

 How to Apply

To be considered for the position, please email the items below in one PDF-formatted file with your name as the filename to:  jonahr@wosmith.org.  Please include “Program Director” as the email subject.

1) A résumé no longer than two pages outlining your educational and professional experience

2) A cover letter no longer than two pages including the following information: your interest in the position, the organization, and why you are excited to support the mission of W.O. Smith Music School.

3) Please include a single page containing the following:

1. Where you found the position listed

2. The date you are available to start

3. Contact information for three references.  (References will not be contacted without your permission)

W.O. Smith Music School respects, values, and welcomes diversity in our workplace. We welcome candidates of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions.  W.O. Smith Music School is an equal opportunity employer.

Application deadline is May 3, 2019.  Employment will begin at a mutually agreeable date.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range is $40k to 50K.  W.O. Smith Music School offers benefits that include medical insurance, paid time off, and a 401k retirement plan with match by the employer, and is a really fun and rewarding place to work.