Somerville Public Schools
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E Somerville Community
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3280834 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 19, 2020 Starting Date: August 19, 2020

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR ANTICIPATED DIRECTOR OF EL SISTEMA - SOMERVILLE - Due to resignation - Pending budget approval El Sistema Inspired After School Program East Somerville Community School Job Goal: The El Sistema inspired after School Program is a partnership with Somerville Public Schools Music Department and supported by the City of Somerville, grants, and individual and corporate donors. The goal of the program is to provide exceptional instrumental and orchestral education in order to promote character development, positive citizenship and increased academic achievement. Applicants should have extensive experience with El Sistema and/or other intensive music instruction models, embrace and be committed to the East Somerville community, and ensure that the program celebrates the rich local culture. The director will be expected to demonstrate belief in the capacity of an El Sistema program to affect social change. The El Sistema Director will be responsible for the overall program management of the music program assuring close coordination between all music classes and ensembles, the Somerville Public School Music Department and the East Somerville Community School. Qualifications: • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher and performer • Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills • Computer skills including Google and Microsoft Office Applications, Noteflight music notation software, and Quickbooks experience preferred • Experience in working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds • Ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents and faculty • Bilingual in English and Spanish is recommended • Four-year undergraduate degree required, post-graduate degree in music education recommended • Massachusetts Music Educator’s License preferred • Previous administrative experience • Previous experience supervising faculty Responsibilities: • Oversee curriculum development for the program • Evaluate all El Sistema staff and teaching artists • Implement and maintain the use of demonstrated best practices, cultivate core values, ensure that instruction reflects the standards of El Sistema • Supervise, develop and distribute the schedules of all staff including the Administrative Assistant, music teachers, homework tutors, and volunteers • Student recruitment and appropriate placement of students from grades 2-8 according to skill level • Coordinate with ESCS Administration and establish regular communication • Attend School Year Orientation and onsite weekly meetings with afterschool program leaders and ESCS Administration • Manage student behavior and safety protocols that are consistent with East Somerville Community School policies. Coordinate and secure appropriate rehearsal and concert facilities in the school building and surrounding community • Design and publicize concert programs • Seek out opportunities for El Sistema ensembles to perform in Somerville and surrounding communities • Maintain relationships with instrument dealers including Johnson Strings and Needham Music & Dance • Maintain relationships with parents, community leaders, and Somerville Public Schools to recruit and retain students and manage appropriate growth of the program • Develop and maintain relationships with El Sistema partners and community stakeholders for program sustainment and growth • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan which will target foundations, major gifts, and a nation-wide campaign of individual support • Hold regular meetings with Parent Advisory Board and coordinate the Board’s role as an effective advocacy body • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and partners to establish a supporting 501c3 non-profit for El Sistema Somerville • Grant procurement and grant facilitation as well as necessary reports • Recruit, interview and hire candidates for music teaching artist positions and homework tutors • Promote El Sistema Somerville on social media: Facebook and SPS website • Work collaboratively with daytime strings teachers at ESCS and facilitate student participation in strings and band classes. • Work collaboratively with the Director of Music for Somerville Public Schools to ensure program goals are being realized. • Coordinate schedules and room assignments for all teachers and students on a weekly basis • Concert planning and preparation including: Publicity and promotion of 3 annual concerts (video, Facebook and SPS website), creating dress rehearsal schedules for all ensembles, coordinating and implementing technical support (lighting, sound, video projection) in collaboration with technical support staff at ESCS. • Create promotional videos to promote El Sistema concerts and events • Regularly update SPS website • Maintain and update instrument inventory • Maintain inventory of needed supplies and establish a system tracking instrument/equipment needs and repairs. Assure timely requests for orders in order to meet program requirements and annual schedule. • Effectively communicate progress of program with all stakeholders Terms of Employment: • 190-day work year schedule • August 19, 2020 - June 18, 2021 • 10am – 6pm Position Reports to: K-12 Supervisor of Music NOTE: • Applications are only accepted online through School Spring. • Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered. • Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: After school/Evening
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to E Somerville Community!

The East Somerville Community School (ESCS) is a diverse school in an ethnically rich neighborhood. ESCS lives its motto, "Every Student Can Succeed," by preparing students to achieve at high levels in their next stage of education, while applying the skills of life-long learning. The dedicated staff members provide regular education and special education services through a team approach, which combines high quality, challenging classroom instruction with academic support. ESCS offers the best qualities of a large school with a welcoming and respectful atmosphere that makes each student feel valued and part of a community.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

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    Contact Information
    Richard Saunders, Department Chair-Music
    81 Highland Avenue
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: 617 - 625 - 6600 Ext . 6143