Music Program Manager

Date Posted: 7/22/2022
Last Date to Apply: 8/5/2022

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education  [email protected]

Job details

The Music Program Manager is responsible for operational excellence in the execution and delivery of Music-based programming at Rainey. They serve as the direct supervisor to program coordinators and teaching artists, who work directly with students, and are the first line of support to troubleshoot issues that coordinators/teaching artists have with students or partners. They also are responsible for ensuring program curriculum and evaluation methods are aligned with Rainey Institute’s mission and vision, and that strategic measures and goals are implemented consistently. They will work with the Director of Arts Education to ensure smooth and successful day-to-day operations of onsite programming at Rainey, as well as Music programs delivered by Rainey throughout the community. They manage program budgets and help to coordinate the annual calendar, performances, and other activities related to the organization as a whole.

Rainey Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization which facilitates positive growth for over 2,700 Greater Cleveland youth through education and engagement in visual and performing arts. We recognize potential in all its forms and embrace children with no arts background just as readily as those with perfect pitch. Rainey Institute has served as a community anchor in Cleveland’s historic Hough neighborhood for more than a century with one facility in Hough and one in the process of being built in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. To learn more about Rainey, please visit or our Facebook page @RaineyInstitute.


  • Responsible for the ongoing design, development, analysis, and implementation of Music program curriculum and evaluation methods.
  • Manages Teaching Artists and Assistants and their execution of Music programming, as well as their relationships with students, community partners, and schools.
  • Coordinates all aspects of Rainey Music programs including staffing and supervision of teaching faculty, space and supplies, the use/purchase of equipment/materials, and annual program schedules.
  • Oversees the coordination of performances in collaboration with the Director of Arts Education and Arts Education team.
  • Assists Rainey’s Development Office in the identification of potential investors, the development, tracking and reporting for grants.
  • Teaches Music classes at a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • Actively involved in the identification, selection, on-boarding, development, monitoring, and evaluation of Music Program Coordinators, Teaching Artists, and Assistants.
  • Assists in training staff in curriculum development, presentation skills and relationship management, assuring that they are providing high quality services to our students, partners, and schools.
  • Oversees and participates in administrative and logistical activities to support program operations.
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Arts Education and other members of the Arts Education team to develop plans and strategies that effectively and efficiently serve the organization and mission.


The Music Program Manager will oversee the following programs:

El [email protected] (Orchestral Music/After School) Program

El [email protected]’s mastery-based orchestral instruction makes music fun while inspiring focus and teamwork. Our young musicians study violin, viola, cello, or double bass through 90 minutes of daily orchestra classes. Instruments are provided. Professional musicians and classically-trained teaching artists provide instruction and students perform monthly concerts for friends, family and the community. El [email protected] is currently offered at Rainey’s arts center in Hough, at Village-Prep Willard School, and Mayfair Elementary School.

RYSE Saturday Ensemble

RYSE unites and engages middle-school musicians from throughout Greater Cleveland in a pre-professional ensemble and immersive learning experience. Participation in RYSE combines intensive music education, youth-centered civic engagement, and community performance opportunities to develop both high-level musicians and inspiring community leaders. Participation in the RYSE Ensemble is open to 5th – 8th grade students from Greater Cleveland.

Private Lessons

Rainey offers instrument-specific private lessons to youth and adults in our community. Lessons are offered year round and are scheduled, based on the availability of instructors and individual family/student schedules.


Education, Training and/or Experience:

  • Formal education/training/certification in Music (pedagogy; performance) – Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 3+ years experience in a management role, overseeing direct reports.
  • Experience working with children ages 2 through 18 yrs. old.
  • Proficient in Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite programs.
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours including weekends and evenings.
  • Organized; detail-oriented; strong time management and planning skills.
  • Skilled collaborator.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Excellent communicator both orally and written.
  • Comfortable self-starting assigned projects.
  • Confident and eager to engage with clients.

Personal Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and detailed oriented.
  • Excellent and diligent work ethic.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and project timelines.
  • Ability to perform work duties in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality of information.

$45,000 – $50,000 a year – Full-time

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education  [email protected]

Rainey Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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