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Director of Artistic Planning, Kaufman Music Center

Part-Time Program Coordinator, Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center

Director of Artistic Planning, Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center is one of New York City's most vibrant cultural organizations. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is home to: Merkin Hall: an epicenter for groundbreaking experiences; Lucy Moses School: NYC's largest community arts school - all ages and skill levels are welcome; Special Music School: NYC's only K-12 public school that teaches music as a core subject; Face the Music: our critically-acclaimed youth new music ensemble. Combined, these elements form a unique musical ecosystem that provides entry points and inspiration through music for thousands of people each year.

Kaufman Music Center seeks a Director of Artistic Planning. This new position is a member of the senior staff and reports to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for planning and implementing performance activities in line with Kaufman Music Center’s dual mission of presenting professional concerts and providing music education. The Director of Artistic Planning works to envision and develop programming in Merkin Hall and collaborates with curators. This position develops and oversees rental and production operations in all of the Center’s public-facing spaces. The incumbent works with stakeholders around the Center to plan and implement performance activities each year that reflect the values and initiatives of Kaufman Music Center. S/he will have the ability to articulate a vision and build and maintain key artist and artist management relationships.

The Director of Artistic Planning will be a resource in conversations related to development, marketing, and curricular initiatives, with an eye towards a unified identity throughout Kaufman Music Center. The incumbent collaborates with education, arts, and business organizations that expand the impact and scope of the Center. The Director of Artistic Planning will play a key role in helping to shape the future of Kaufman Music Center.


  • Seven to ten years of experience in music and administration
  • Experience as a musician, with at least one degree in music
  • A track record of success in budgeting and financial management
  • A working knowledge of music education practices
  • Ability to think strategically, and to balance day-to-day operations with long-term planning
  • Extensive experience working with production teams, artist booking procedures, contract administration and facilities management
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, collegiality

To Apply: Applicants should communicate through Please send CV, cover letter and salary requirement. Please place the following in the subject line of your email: Director of Artistic Planning. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Part Time Program Coordinator, Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center

Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers, and the country’s only youth program dedicated to studying and performing post-genre music by living composers. 

The Program Coordinator must be deeply committed to furthering music education and improving the lives of young people through contemporary and creative musical experiences. The ideal candidate would have a passion not only for music of all kinds, but also for understanding and improving the administrative routines upon which an arts education program depends. The candidate must have the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with students, parents, staff and collaborators. strong interpersonal skills and exceptional judgement under pressure are musts. The role also requires meticulous attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once, while flexibly prioritizing tasks to meet the demands of an exciting performance and rehearsal schedule. The Program Coordinator is one of Face the Music’s community leaders, working closely with the Director, Production Coordinator, and artistic staff to serve a 200-person creative community. Face the Music operates out of Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School, located in the Martin Luther King Educational Campus at 122 Amsterdam Avenue and the corner of W. 65th St. in Manhattan.

This is a part-time position for someone who wishes to align themselves with a premier New York City cultural institution (Kaufman Music Center) and explore the intricate world of arts administration, 21st century music education, new and experimental music, concert production, orchestra management, communications, and community organization. Working at Face the Music introduces the Program Coordinator to a wide network of creative collaborators.


  • Lead weekly communications to the Face the Music community about the upcoming and future rehearsal and performance calendar
  • Update and maintain an accurate rehearsal and performance calendar, as well as administrative and production notes for 15 ensembles and 10 annual performances
  • Oversee, maintain, and produce the paper and digital Music Library for rehearsals and performances
  • Register new and renewing students using FileMaker Pro and Airtable
  • Schedule or re-schedule additional rehearsals as needed
  • Serve as the main point-of-contact at rehearsals and concerts
  • Maintain the administrative cloud file system, registration and contact database
  • Archive digital media such as audio, video and photos


  • Sunday 9 hours on-site:  10am - 7pm
  • Monday 6 hours on-site:  11am - 5pm
  • Thursday 6 hours on-site:  11am - 5pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday:  approximately 6 hours of remote work, with scheduling flexibility (to be used responding to emails, keeping documents up to date, and following up on other tasks)

The Program Coordinator is responsible for attending and assisting Face the Music’s 10 major annual presentations. The day-of-show schedule is typically 10 hours long - 11:30am to 9:30 pm. Concerts would shift the Program Coordinator’s weekly schedule.


  • Excellent digital and verbal communication skills
  • Strong judgement and ability to problem solve under pressure
  • Passion for music and music education
  • Enjoys working with teenagers
  • An undergraduate degree with at minimum a minor in music
  • Experience working in a performance production-based environment, such as managing a band, ensemble, or orchestra
  • Working knowledge of cloud based productivity apps such as Google Apps, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, Slack, and Airtable
  • Ability to learn FileMaker Pro

This is a year-round position, aiming to be filled by August 2019. Interviews will be held during the second half of July.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please e-mail your resumé and cover letter to with “Program Coordinator, Face the Music” in the subject line.