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Program Director, Private Music Instruction

Performing Arts Building

Reed College is seeking a Program Director, Private Music Instruction. The program director is responsible for planning, scheduling, evaluating and improving the Private Music Instruction program. This position hires and monitors the work of the private music instructors, jazz ensemble director, orchestra director, and chamber music coaches hired on contract each semester. The person in this position also does concert production and manages the practice suite. This role reports to the Music Department Chair and the Dean of the Faculty.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a part-time, exempt role with an annual salary of $48,750. 

Who You Are

  • You enjoy working with, and are adept at maintaining effective working relationships with, diverse groups of people.
  • You are experienced at producing concerts and musical events.
  • You are creative and demonstrate innovation.
  • You have a professional, effective communication style coupled with active listening skills.
  • You are a team player, both in a department and the community, and you can work independently. 
  • You are able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • You have experience managing a program budget and developing short and long-range plans to meet department needs.
  • You have exceptional organizational skills including planning, monitoring and evaluating programs.
  • You cultivate and present an inclusive environment for performances.
  • You possess an expansive vision of what music performance can be.
  • You have experience as a music instructor and performer, and demonstrate experience managing instructional music programs.
  • You have broad knowledge of music and musical performance across different styles and genres.

What You’ll Do

  • Oversee the private music program for Reed College including: hiring music instructors, registering, advising and assigning appropriate teachers to those students taking lessons.
  • Consults with the Financial Aid Office to determine which students are eligible for music scholarships; awards and distributes scholarship money; ensures the guidelines established as priorities by the Music Department are met.
  • Oversees and coordinates logistics of the Reed Orchestra, jazz ensemble, and chamber music programs, along with assisting the directors with audition, enrollment, and grading processes.
  • Produces the music department’s series of 10–15 public “Friday at 4” concerts per year featuring student performances and presentations
  • Oversees the inventory (approx. $1,000,000) of musical equipment to include orchestral and non-orchestral instruments; manages instrument maintenance, storage and distribution of instruments. 
  • Oversees the suite of practice rooms and coordinates the use of teaching studios in the building; establish usage policies.
  • Develops and monitors the private instruction budgets; makes appropriate requests for sustaining the program and for developing and improving facilities and equipment.
  • Maintains regular office hours for music instructors and students, advising and counseling both on a scheduled and drop in basis.
  • Attends departmental meetings; serves on other faculty and/or staff committees; works in close cooperation with other college departments and with outside agencies for the development and enhancement of the musical program.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.


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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.