EMPLOYMENT

To apply for any of our current job opportunities, please e-mail the requested documents to working@tbms.org with the job title written in the subject line. TBMS must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy. Qualified candidates only please. No calls. No agencies. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Turtle Bay Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Job Opportunities

Operations Manager
Preschool Director
Director of Education
Piano Faculty Member
Orff-Schulwerk Teaching Position
Marketing and Communications Intern
Volunteer Opportunities


Operations Manager

STATUS: Full-Time Salaried
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental and Vision
HOURS: 40 hours per week, including some evenings and/or weekends

About Turtle Bay Music School
Turtle Bay Music School (or TBMS) is one of the oldest community music schools in the United
States, and is a proud founding member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.
Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the
highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them.

Reaching more than 5,000 New Yorkers each year, TBMS believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, ability or
    economic status.
  • Music education should be made available to all school-aged children.
  • Community service is integral to TBMS as a way for the School to share its mission and
    values with the people of New York.
  • TBMS is committed to creating a wide range of opportunities for our dedicated and
    talented faculty to pursue continued excellence as educators and performers.

The Role of the Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is the lead operations officer and the front of house face of the organization. They are responsible for the coordination, execution, and evaluation of all day-to-day operations at the School. The Operations Manager ensures that all aspects of the facility and day to day operations run smoothly, and that equipment, information, and other resources are readily available to all TBMS community members.

Key Responsibilities

Specifically, the Operations Manager will:

    • Act as first point of contact for all who reach out to TBMS and for the subsequent
      internal communications
    • Interact with families and students as they arrive, directing their inquiries and processing
      transactions
    • Schedule front desk coverage and oversee and supervise front desk personnel (1.2 FTE)
    • Manage building rentals including Concert Hall, the Gallery and studios
    • Oversee facility maintenance, repairs and weekly set up and breakdown. Supervise building maintenance personnel (1 FTE)
    • Maintain school room schedule, Google calendar, studio rentals spreadsheet.
    • Set up yearly and as-needed piano tuning schedule and repairs.
    • Order and maintain office supplies, building supplies, and equipment.
    • Be the point person for TBMS emergencies.
    • Obtain a Fire & Emergency Drill Conductor certification, maintaining TBMS’ fire
      manual, log and codes. Ensure all building licenses and certificates are up to date.
    • Work occasional evening and/or weekend hours to support special school events.

Qualifications

    • A demonstrated commitment to music making and/or the arts.
    • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years experience
    • Ability to look for solutions, self-start and be a dynamic part of the Turtle Bay Music
      School team.
    • Flexibility; adept at adapting to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions
      require.
    • A cooperative attitude; a talent for leading by example, motivating and empowering
      others to work together to reach common goals.
    • High “emotional IQ”; self-aware, able to manage emotions, and skilled at handling a
      wide variety of working relationships.
    • High energy, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic.
    • Attention to detail in all aspects of the job.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Understanding of and experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite are required.
    • Spanish language skills preferred but not required.

Compensation and Reporting

The Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director, and works full time (40 hours/week).
Salary is commensurate with experience and full health and dental benefits are provided, as well
as generous paid vacation time.

To Apply

Please send a resume as well as a letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications
for the position. Electronic PDF submissions are required. Please send to: working@tbms.org
Attention: Operations Manager Search. No calls, please.

Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Preschool Director

TBMS is excited to announce an opening for a dynamic individual to serve as the founding Director of a new music-centered preschool with the long term capacity for 58 children, opening in Fall 2019.

Founded in 1925, TBMS is a community music school whose mission is to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all who seek them. Our programs serve over 5,000 New Yorkers of all ages annually through our in-house lessons, classes and community outreach programs.

TBMS is in the final phase of relocating to a new, fully accessible location that features 5 purpose built preschool classrooms. TBMS is excited to expand its current early childhood offerings to bring 93 years of the highest quality music education experience to the preschool classroom.

TBMS is looking for a high-energy individual with the ability to vision and execute a start-up venture. TBMS’s Preschool Director will design and oversee a curriculum that inspires children to live expressive and communicative lives while laying the foundation for a life-long love of music.

The Director serves as the primary ambassador of the preschool to the internal community and beyond. They are responsible for maintaining a cohesive educational vision, developing and promoting a warm and welcoming culture, and ensuring full enrollment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is deeply committed to early childhood education seeking to work community based environment.

Primary responsibilities 2018-19

  • Prepare the program to meet all requirements for licensures from the Department of Health Bureau of Child Care, and Article 47, NYC Fire Department and the New York City Building Department
  • Work with the TBMS senior leadership team to articulate a statement of purpose which articulates the philosophy of the preschool and supports an effective marketing strategy and enrollment process
  • Design a class structure to meet the demands of the market and surrounding neighborhood
  • Build a dedicated and energetic teaching team ready for a September 2019 opening
  • Liaise with the TBMS program team to design a general curriculum with a strong music integration
  • Establish a presence during morning check in of our early childhood programs to build relationships with prospective families and students
  • Assist with the development of existing and new feeder programs

Responsibilities 2019-20 and beyond

  • Oversee all aspects of the preschool, including daily operations & administration, teacher hiring and training, and parent relations
  • Have ultimate responsibility for development and implementation of a robust recruitment strategy to expand applicant pool and raise the profile of the preschool
  • Establish a dynamic marketing plan to promote the program and establish an online presence
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Finance and Administration, develop a business plan that will provide a caring program for the children and produce a profitable operation, while meeting all required state and city licensing requirements
  • Support the teachers in creating a classroom curriculum that reflects the TBMS mission and educational philosophy and adheres to developmentally appropriate practice in Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Be present in all of the classrooms to build meaningful relationships with the children
  • Develop a Parent Committee to support the preschool in creating its own community and one that integrates with the larger organization as well as planning fundraising events for TBMS and a preschool tuition assistance program
  • Maintain positive connection with other preschool directors in the area, and the ECE community at large, to share resources and support
  • Serve as a member of the TBMS senior administration team and be an ambassador for the preschool and organization

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

Salary: Commensurate with previous Early Childhood experience, educational background, founding experience and recruitment record
Job Type: Part-time beginning summer 2018 converting to full-time by approx. September 2018
Experience: Supervisory: 2 plus years, Teaching: 2 plus years
Education: BA Early Childhood Education or related field required. Master’s in Early Childhood Education preferred, some musical background desired
License: NYS Teaching Certification for children under 6 years old. Solid working knowledge of Early Childhood Education and NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Article 47 of the NYC Health Code

Benefits

Health benefits; dental, medical, vision
Discounts for employee’s children on all our programs
Paid Holidays and school breaks

To Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and educational approach and philosophy along with your CV to TBMS’s Executive Director Lorna Jane Norris at lornajane@tbms.org.


Director of Education

STATUS: Full-Time Salaried
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental and Vision
HOURS: 40 hours per week, including some evenings and/or weekends
START DATE: October/November 2018

About Turtle Bay Music School
Founded in 1925, Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS) is one of the oldest community music schools in the United States, and is a founding member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education. Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. Reaching more than 5,000 New Yorkers each year, TBMS believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, race, ability, or economic status.
  • Music education should be made available to all school-aged children.
  • Community service is integral to TBMS as a way for the School to share its mission and
    values with the people of New York.
  • TBMS is committed to creating a wide range of opportunities for our dedicated and
    talented faculty to pursue continued excellence as educators and performers.

TBMS is in the final phase of relocating to a new, fully accessible facility in Mid-Town Manhattan. This relocation allows TBMS to expand and strengthen its tuition bearing programs as well as grow and deepen its impact through outreach and community based programs in senior centers, public schools and through the Saturday Music Project.

Scope of the Position

The Director of Education provides leadership and strategic direction for all in-house tuition bearing lessons and classes (with the exception of The Preschool at TBMS), as well as Community Partnerships and Outreach. They are responsible for maintaining a cohesive educational vision centered around access, inclusion and excellence. The Director of Education is a compassionate and driven leader with the experience to increase enrollment and improve student experience through effective management, program development, evaluation, and systems thinking.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Oversee TBMS’s education programs with the goal of offering a broad-based continuum to reflect the needs of students of all ages and abilities
    • Manage the program staff and teaching artists
    • Monitor and continually work to improve the systems processes that are necessary to support programming
    • Develop and monitor the program budget to meet strategic educational goals
    • Work with the registration and placement team to grow and monitor enrollment and track trends to inform future program development
    • Measure the success of our programs through evaluation best practices such as faculty and parent surveys and observing student outcomes
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director, plan and oversee professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
    • Explore and maintain educational strategic partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations to grow and expand our programmatic offerings
    • Liaise with the Marketing team to develop and execute a dynamic marketing strategy
    • Partner with the Director of Development in the production and implementation of business, foundation and government grant applications, and strategize to create giving opportunities in support of music education and community programs
    • Cultivates relationships with TBMS families, adult students, potential donors and with other stakeholders including the Board of Trustees
    • Embrace a responsibility for building and deepening a sense of community throughout all levels of the organization
    • Represent TBMS locally and nationally serving as an advocate for arts education

Position requirements and core competencies

    • A Masters degree in Music, Music Education, Arts/Non-profit Administration or comparable degree
    • At least 5 years leadership and or managerial experience in a non-profit arts organization, preferably music-based
    • At least 5 years experience as a music teacher
    • Proven track record of planning and overseeing budgets and growing programs
    • Team builder, strategic and systems thinker, public speaker, listener, communicator
    • Must have sense of humor and warm heart

Compensation and Reporting

The Director of Education reports to the Executive Director, and works full time (40 hours/week). Salary is commensurate with experience. Full health and dental benefits are provided, as well as generous paid vacation time.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Please send to: working@tbms.org Attention: Director of Education search. No calls, please.

Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Piano Faculty Member

STATUS:              Hourly
HOURS:               TBD; year-round weekly lessons    
REPORTS TO:     TBMS Student Services Manager


About Turtle Bay Music School

Turtle Bay Music School (or TBMS) is one of the oldest community music schools in the United States, and is a proud founding member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.  Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. The fundamental principle that unites TBMS’s programming is the belief that creativity is a vital means of bringing together a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Reaching more than 4,000 New Yorkers each year, Turtle Bay Music School is truly a haven—a space to share in the joy of music-making. Turtle Bay Music School believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, ability or economic status
  • Music education should be made available to all school-aged children
  • Community service is integral to TBMS as a way for the School to share its mission and values with the people of New York
  • TBMS is committed to creating a wide range of opportunities for our dedicated and talented faculty to pursue continued excellence as educators and performers

The ideal piano faculty candidate will have the following experience and credentials:

  • Significant experience working with students ages 5 and up (including adults!) teaching both private lessons and group classes.
  • BM required, MM preferred,  in piano, piano pedagogy, and/or music education
  • A sense of fun and humor, and a passion for the work of Turtle Bay Music School.
  • Flexible; adept at adapting to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

TBMS faculty members are asked to provide well-rounded quality musical instruction to students by:

  • Encouraging creativity, consistency in attendance, practice, progress and performance.
  • Tailoring teaching to the individual needs, abilities and goals of each student while teaching fundamental musical skills.
  • Inspiring students through your passion, talents and love for teaching which in turn will foster musical and personal growth.

We ask that TBMS faculty members:

  • Understand TBMS’s Mission and Policies and openly communicate questions to staff members.
  • Engage themselves and students in TBMS’s musical community to actively support its mission.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with parents and students in order to support their educational progress, maintain studio enrollment and ensure each student has an exceptional experience at TBMS.
  • Have knowledge of related TBMS programs and make recommendations that will stimulate and expand a student’s artistic education.

To Apply

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org. Please include TBMS Piano Faculty Position in the subject of your email. Only those being considered will be contacted.  No phone calls please. TBMS is an equal opportunity employer.


Orff-Schulwerk Teaching Position

Founded in 1925, Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. At TBMS, we believe music is an integral part of daily life and we offer classes for all ages and skill levels. Our community is inclusive, fun, and focused on meeting each student’s needs.

TBMS currently seeks a teaching artist to join our Orff-based P.S. Outreach Programs.

STATUS:             Part-Time, Hourly
SALARY:             $50 per class; no benefits or paid holidays
HOURS:             TBD – Following the Public School Calendar and the TBMS lessons calendar (late September through June)
REPORTS TO:   TBMS Community Programs Manager and Associate Director

Experience/Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will be asked to integrate creative movement, dance, song, vocal technique, listening, pitched and non-pitched percussion, ensemble playing, music literacy, recorder skills, solfege, and multicultural approaches.  Orff-Schulwerk training and experience teaching public school classes preferred.  Effective organization, communication (both written and verbal), and classroom management skills required.  Must be willing to inspire student and community enthusiasm and build programs at site level.

A Bachelors or Masters Degree in Music or Music Education, with an emphasis in elementary music education is preferred.  Flexibility, problem solving skills, and ability to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, community members and staff required.  Choral experience is a plus, but is not required. Desire to be a part of a collaborative and collegial faculty is a must.

 Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement lesson plans that meet the individual needs, interests, and abilities of students within the framework of TBMS Orff-based programming guidelines.
  • Institute clear objectives for all lessons, assignments, units and projects in accordance with curriculum goals.
  • Establish and maintain a positive classroom environment conducive to learning by managing appropriate student behavior.
  • Prescribe effective learning programs and initiate referrals to appropriate personnel when concerns arise.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with administration concerning students’ musical, social, and behavioral progress.
  • Accurate and regularly submitted attendance records with comments when applicable to track class success.
  • Plan for and supervise classroom aides, guests and volunteers.
  • Cooperate with staff and support personnel in assessing and evaluating programming.
  • Other duties as assigned

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org.  Please include in the subject line of the email “TBMS Orff-Schulwerk Position”. No phone calls, please. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Marketing and Communications Intern

Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS) strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them, regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic status.

TBMS is at an exciting period in its history. Having outlived its current space, the school will be moving to a brand-new home in September. The new, fully accessible location will give TBMS a vibrant on-street presence, new classrooms and studios, and a state-of-the-art auditorium.

TBMS is seeking a Marketing and Communications Intern to assist with the messaging and publicizing required of this historic event.

Responsibilities will include:

    • Create print ephemera related to TBMS classes, programs, and events for distribution in new neighborhood
    • Update a designated Progress Tracker page on our WordPress website with construction progress, news, events, and press related to the relocation
    • Help manage and optimize Google AdWords account
    • Help manage and organize all analytics data (Google Analytics, website, Facebook, etc.)
    • Publish social media content with the goal of increasing followers
    • Collect and distribute press clippings
    • Research publications and media channels to increase TBMS brand awareness
    • Assist with TBMS special events as needed

Qualifications:

    • Commitment of 10-15 hours per week
    • Enthusiastic team player
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong writing and proofreading skills
    • Experience in WordPress, Adobe Creative Cloud, and social networks is preferred
    • A major in advertising, marketing, communications, or design is preferred
    • Familiarity or a desire to learn about community arts preferred

This is a part-time, unpaid internship.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org, Attention: Marketing and Communications Intern. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome! Please contact info@tbms.org for information about volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Turtle Bay Music School.