Music Program Director


Los Angeles, CA

TITLE: YOLA at HOLA and Music Program Director

DEPARTMENT: Performing Arts

REPORTS TO: HOLA Senior Director of Programs, LA Phil Social Innovation Associate Director

FLSA: Exempt

HOURS: Full Time - 40+ hours a week

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

POSITION SUMMARY: The YOLA at HOLA and Music Program Director provides leadership for the HOLA Music Department, collaborating with other HOLA departments and working in full partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program. The Director is responsible for supporting the vision for the HOLA Music Department and YOLA at HOLA, working in conjunction with the LA Phil and YOLA conductor to increase impact of the 1st - 12th grade Sistema- inspired music education program. The Director is responsible for supporting, inspiring and motivating a large team of faculty and staff in upholding HOLA’s and the LA Phil’s mission and create a nurturing environment in which teachers, students, and families thrive musically and socially.

Program Background

The HOLA Music Department serves hundreds of children through private lessons, rock band, jazz band, choir and orchestral instruction.

YOLA at HOLA is a full, cost-sharing partnership between Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and the LA Phil to provide youth from underserved communities with access to high-quality music education. Over the last twenty years, Heart of Los Angeles has become a home-away-from-home for countless numbers of inner-city youth. YOLA at HOLA is the second site of LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel’s signature program Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system focused on youth and community development through music education. Now entering its seventh year, YOLA at HOLA reaches hundreds of students with a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community. The instruments and the program are free to all participating students. YOLA at HOLA students come from the neighborhoods surrounding the HOLA community center, located in and around Lafayette Park, Los Angeles.

Since HOLA began over 25 years ago, the HOLA Music Studio Program has supported the musical development of neighborhood youth. Today, students have the opportunity to learn through the HOLA Jazz program and the HOLA Rock Program, which serves beginning to advanced young musicians with free, after-school music education.

A variety of collaborative music projects and exchanges in both programs are possible.

Position Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The YOLA at HOLA and Music Program Administrator must:

  •  Build teamwork and cooperation amongst your high-functioning management team which consists of the Director and two Music Managers.
  •  Work together to foster positive parental involvement and foster a healthy, “listening” environment for all that is consistent with HOLA's core values.
  •  Collaborate with program directors and staff across all HOLA departments
  •  In collaboration with LA Phil’s YOLA team, lead the development, growth, documentation, and evaluation of the HOLA Music Program:

o Collaborate with LA Phil staff in the implementation of the artistic vision, while leading

the youth development vision in line with HOLA's mission and core valueso Facilitate a comprehensive student recruitment strategyo Support the HOLA Development team and Executive Administrator in efforts to raise

funds to support the expansion of the Music Program● Collaborate with HOLA’s Licensed Clinical Social Worker and support staff to coordinate

additional mental health and family support services as needed.o Oversee student intervention efforts, making important calls to families in need or crisis,

or where problems exist● Manage a large team of teaching artists, academic tutors and administrative staff using a

collaborative leadership model to:o Recruit and hire faculty to fulfill the program visiono Facilitate the program class scheduling logisticso Facilitate and provide direct support for teaching artist and academic tutors, including

curricular development, supporting a healthy classroom culture and providing

professional development opportunitieso Build a high functioning YOLA at HOLA management team in order to better support

parents and students along with essential program logistics, including student data management, master calendar, instrument and supply inventory oversight, and attendance tracking

o Facilitate weekly faculty meetings to encourage effective collaborationo Oversee process for faculty classroom observations and annual reviews which will

provide regular feedback, including direct evaluation of youth development and social


  •  Effectively manage and develop multiple complex partnerships that involve internal staff and stakeholders, as well as external partners and stakeholders including but not limited to: The LA Phil, The Longy School of Music of Bard College, The Promise Zone, community partners, parents, surrounding school district and public officials.
  •  Facilitate the evaluation, assessment, and documentation of the Music Department staff and faculty
  •  Participate in weekly HOLA staff meetings with HOLA Administrators and Administration.
  •  Participate in YOLA Cross-Site meetings with directors and administration from the LA Phil and other YOLA partner sites Requirements:
  • Thorough understanding of the culture of arts education, youth orchestras and/or community music schools, and after-school music programs
  •  Strong background and professional experience in youth and community development
  •  Experience working in community settings with a track record of achieving shared goals and successful program execution with multiple stakeholders and agendas
  •  Experience in collaborative program design and development coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media
  •  Knowledge of and interest in diverse musical styles, including orchestral music
  •  Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  •  Strong desktop computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills
  •  Ability to work with diverse personalities and populations
  •  Knowledge of youth or child development preferred
  •  Spanish proficiency preferred
  •  Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability is required Competencies
    •  Involving Others- Engaging others for input, contribution, and shared responsibility for a variety of outcomes
    •  Critical Thinking- Analytically and logically evaluate information
    •  Decision Making- Selecting optimal courses of action in a timely manner
    •  Self-Management- Demonstrating personal organizational skills, self-discipline, responsibility, and dependability
    •  Informing- Proactively obtaining and sharing information in a timely manner
    •  Oral Communication- Engaging effectively in dialogue
    •  Cultural Proficiency- Modeling communications and interactions that respect and include all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions, and cultures
    •  Writing- Communicating effectively in writing

●  Relationship Building- Establishing and maintaining rapport and productive relationships

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