Senior Manager, Program Expansion

Music Will team


Music Will transforms lives by transforming music education, but it can only change the lives of the teachers and students that it reaches. The Senior Manager, Program Expansion will be responsible for informing and supporting program expansion in new and existing markets via ongoing data analysis, knowledge of regional music education practices and trends, and outreach and supportive follow-up to districts and music education organizations.
Reporting to the Director, Higher Learning, the Senior Manager, Program Expansion will join the Program team which also includes Program Operations and Teaching & Learning.
This person will have experience with data informed decision making and supporting teachers, schools and districts to optimally support students, which will be leveraged to ensure that Music Will maximizes impact through strategic decision making. This role requires a deep understanding of how schools and district arts departments function and the relationships between music education organizations, districts, and teachers to support program growth via upstream (teacher level) and downstream (district/state level) approaches.
This is an exciting opportunity for a data minded individual, experienced in building relationships, working in fast-paced environments, and versed in music education to help ensure that all students have access to music programs that are as diverse as they are.
  • Gather, prepare, and analyze current Music Will impact data to help inform and influence data-based decision making by department leadership team
  • Partner with the Development department to craft proposals and proposal deliverables aligned to program strategy
  • Manage communications and follow-up to build and maintain strong relationships with district arts administrators in partnership with Program Directors.
  • Monitor, research, document, and support advocacy for district adoption of Modern Band course codes
  • Oversee key aspects of professional development/workshop delivery that rely upon negotiation with district contacts
  • Oversee implementation of Music Will’s Fee For Service strategy. Collaborate with the CPO, CFO, and Marketing & Communications team to continuously improve structure, efficiency and communications related to the organization's fee for service offerings.
  • Support implementation of advocacy strategy related to Music Education Association conferences including annual planning, proposal submissions, and logistics
  • Collaborate with Director, Program Operations to support management of programmatic activity, deliverables and reporting for large impact grants
  • Provide programmatic support to Development on donor activations in various markets


Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. Music Will strives to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic.
The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.
Educator- and Community-Focused
Understands the culture, community and ecosystem of the K-12 education space in America. Has the ability to use their passion to galvanize and engage educators, students and parents to further Music Will’s mission.
Data-Centric Mentality
Ability to thrive in creating order out of random data across spreadsheets. Able to organize processes and move forward the visibility of critical information so that it is easier for the team to make data-driven decisions.
Ability to build strategic relationships that connect Music Will’s mission with external audiences, partners, teachers, music lovers and donors alike; Ability to work across lines of difference and build consensus both internally and externally. High level of emotional intelligence.
Displays original thinking and creativity. Meets challenges with resourcefulness. Takes smart, calculated risks. Explores and tests ideas and pivots where necessary. Generates suggestions for improving work. Develops innovative approaches and ideas.
Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task while demonstrating a thorough concern for all the areas involved, no matter how big or small.
Customer Service Oriented
Gains insight into customer requirements and identifies opportunities that benefit the customer and vested stakeholders. Builds and delivers solutions that meet and exceed customer expectations. Establishes and maintains effective customer and stakeholder relationships.
Required Skills and Experiences
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in arts education, program administration, or a related field
  • 1-3 years of experience supervising others
  • Solid grasp of data analysis, preparation, and reporting to inform and influence decisions
  • A demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) with internal and external stakeholders at various career levels
  • Proficient project manager with the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously within and across departments
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities, new opportunities, and constructive feedback
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Proficiency with database systems such as Salesforce
Preferred Skills and Experiences
  • Relevant certifications and/or degrees in music education
  • Experience working as an educator, or with educators is a plus
  • Salesforce experience
  • Music maker is a plus

How to apply

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Music Will

Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock) runs the largest nonprofit music program in the US public school system. Our teachers currently serve over 500,000 students in more than 600 cities and towns across the country. We believe that music education is a right, not a privilege, and it should reflect the cultures of the students it serves. That’s why, for two decades now, our programs have taught students such popular American genres as rock, pop, R&B, Latin, rap and country—alongside styles already taught in schools, such as classical and jazz. At first, some thought our approach “too revolutionary.” But many others saw its wisdom. Today, a national network of K-12 districts has adopted the Music Will program as their own. More than 70 colleges and universities now teach our approach to their music education majors. Several state departments of education have partnered with Music Will to grow music education in the schools they serve. Our mission of transforming lives by transforming music education has grown into a movement.

Job Details

Posted on Nov 7

Anywhere, USA

Remote OK

Full time


€90K - €106K