Senior Manager, Program Expansion

***We are in the process of interviewing and are no longer taking applications.

Summary of the Opportunity 

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

Skills, Experiences, and Qualifications

About You 

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

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary range for this position is $89,760 – $105,600 per year. Music Will is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture, and mission. Salary is in accordance with Music Will’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include generous discretionary time off policy, flexible work arrangements and professional development.

Application Process

We are in the process of interviewing and are no longer taking applications.

Location and Travel

This is a full-time position, based remotely. Moderate travel will be required, including to org-wide events such as our annual Modern Band Summit each summer, to attend relevant industry conferences, to meet with stakeholders, and to observe Music Will professional development sessions (total across all categories is roughly 8-10 times annually).

Working at Music Will – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive, and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Music Will is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.