Director of Music Education

Washington D.C.
Mar 15, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
Education, Nonprofit
Full Time

The Director of Music Education at the Kennedy Center leads the vision, planning, and implementation of an education strategy for all music programs including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, Chamber, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electronica, etc... As a member of the Education Programs and Productions team this individual contributes to season planning, designing innovative education approaches, and to cross-disciplinary collaborations. The Director is a regular liaison and co-planner with both Kennedy Center resident companies and artists as well as visiting artists and ensembles.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

40%...Strategic planning, oversight, and implementation of all educational programming in music based on KC programming as well as national trends, innovation, and research on music education best practices

20%...Collaborating across the Center, specifically with NSO and WNO and other music programmers, for alignment and cross-functional projects

10%...Tracking and measurement of reach and impact of programs to inform decision-making

10%...Managing nimble cross-functional team, including goal setting and regular meetings

10%...Managing budget, contracts, grants, and procurement items as applicable

10%...Contributes to short-mid-long term strategic planning efforts, including comparison data from external programs


  • Undergraduate degree in music; advanced degree in music, education, or arts management
  • 5-10 years’ experience managing and administering music education programs (preferably experience in vocal and instrumental music, as well as contemporary genres
  • Strong working knowledge of a variety of music repertoire and child development

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Strong people skills to work with musicians, singers, performers, and volunteers
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize between projects happening concurrently
  • General computer literacy: proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.


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