Director of Education

About Play On Philly

Play On Philly (POP) is a non-profit organization that provides daily, after-school music instruction to over 300 K-12 students. We work in communities that historically have had little or no access to formal music education. 

The results of our work: we transform our students’ lives!

We are seeking a Director of Education to oversee execution of all programming, initiatives, and projects that impact student development, teacher training, community building and family support.

Job Description

In this role, you will partner closely with POP’s Executive Director and Senior Leadership Team to conceptualize, lead and implement POP’s Educational strategies and initiatives related to all student, family, and alumni programming. You will work to foster high engagement and a positive, collaborative culture with the Program Team, Board of Directors, and stakeholders. 

You will play a critical leadership role in shaping and measuring student outcomes, ensuring high-quality instruction across all program areas, maintaining healthy and supportive relationships with major program partners, and helping POP attract top teaching and administrative talent from across the region. 

To be effective, you should bring high energy, strong problem-solving skills, and adeptness at fostering productivity and high engagement among a group of diverse and talented individuals. This role requires significant independence, analytical skills, strong relationship-building skills, savvy people and project management experience, flexibility, agility, and discretion. 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Music Education, or a related field (Master’s preferred) 
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience coaching and supervising teachers/teaching artists
  • A minimum 3 years’ experience in a team leadership role 
  • Thorough understanding of a variety of educational pedagogies and their relation to child development
  • Experience in collaborative program design and development
  • Experience managing and developing program budgets
  • Experience working with culturally, racially and economically diverse student populations

A successful candidate:

  • Is able to work collaboratively on a team in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment and to demonstrate flexibility in meeting program needs as they occur
  • Has excellent time management and verbal and written communications skills
  • Has occasional evening and weekend availability
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

POP is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is actively trying to attract a wide pool of candidates. Discrimination against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information is both illegal and against our organization’s values. As part of our Commitment to Cultural Equity and Anti-Racism, POP is working to understand who is applying to our open positions. Your responses will help us to evaluate and improve our current practices. If you feel comfortable volunteering your demographic details strictly for informational purposes, you will be invited to respond to the optional section in the job application.

Our Community

POP is rooted in the community of Philadelphia. We welcome all applicants and invite our local community members to apply. We want to hear from you!

Cover letter and resumé required.

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