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The New School Assistant Director, Mannes Prep at Open Campus in New York, New York


Mannes Prep, the precollege academy for young musicians within Open Campus, seeks an experienced musician, educator, and administrator to serve as Assistant Director. The Assistant Director of Mannes Prep reports to the Assistant Dean and will collaborate with colleagues in Open Campus and Mannes College, a division of the College of Performing Arts, in coordinating and developing a wide range of music education offerings for the K-12 audience.

The work-week for the Assistant Director is Tuesday through Saturday during the school year, and Monday through Friday during summers; additionally, the position requires occasional evenings and extended weekend work.

  • Develop and implement all plans for performances, events, and related activities.
  • Design, develop, implement, and improve systems and processes within Mannes Prep in collaboration with Open Campus and institutional colleagues.
  • Oversee the daily administration of the Mannes Prep program.
  • Build course schedules and oversee registration processes.
  • Collaborate with Open Campus marketing staff to create a schedule of marketing outreach efforts and content of e-mailings and brochures.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of new courses, curricula, and programs in response to market interest and need.
  • Assist with the academic-year audition and teacher assignment process in alignment with UAW-ACT seniority rules and scheduling parameters.
  • Oversee the faculty evaluation process and assist in communicating professional development requirements when needed, in collaboration with the Assistant Dean and the Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at Open Campus.
  • Co-lead the Summer Intensives admissions process by evaluating all video auditions for admission.
  • Collaborate with faculty to organize student ensembles.
  • Communicate regularly scheduled details, events, and information with the Mannes Prep community, and serve as level of escalation to problem-solve directly with faculty, students and their parents.
  • Additional duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in music.
  • 3-5 years of arts administration and music education.
  • Thorough understanding of music pedagogy, orchestral and instrumental practice, and the K-12 music education landscape.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and database management.
  • Experience working with children and families, and the ability to cultivate a strong rapport with a broad range of young students, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience working in a multi-client setting in a fast-paced office environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in music.
  • Experience within the music pre-college environment.
  • Proficiency with Banner, MailChimp, Sibelius, Finale, and social media platforms.
  • Excellent project management skills.