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Musical Arts Institute Job Listing

Operations Director (PT)

Organization Mission:

The Musical Arts Institute (MAI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, community-minded organization servicing more than 1,200 students on the south side of Chicago.  Primarily, MAI serves culturally and economically underserved students of color where access to high-quality music education is limited or nonexistent.


Organization’s Operation:

MAI provides intensive private and group training, after-school programming, performance presentations, and other special learning opportunities primarily for youth. The MAI Conservatory (on-site) and the Expanded Educational Division (off-site) operate with a 5-tier objective: 1) to equip students to meet and/or exceed Common Core standards for learning in music 2) to equip students to meet college readiness standards in music 3) to connect inner-city youth with industry mentors 4) to create an entry into the professional community and prepare students for sustainable professional careers in the arts and 5) to bring together the community through enriching musical experiences. These services are provided to the community and students for free or at reduced pricing. 

Position Description:  


Job Description 

Scheduling private music students and their private teachers. (use of our automated software application)

Collecting and logging tuition payments

School Communications (phone, text and email) liaison to parents and teaching staff.

Rapid Responsive to all emails, texts and phone calls, immediately, or within a 24 hours window

Customer Service Representative 

Assistance with quarterly and special events

On boarding and scheduling new students

Oversight of the physical site and its function.

Other duties as assigned


Operations Coordinator (PT)

Tuesday       3:00 – 7:00pm

Wednesday 3:00 – 7:00pm

Thursday      3:00 – 7:00pm

Saturdays     9:00– 3:30pm

90 Minute Staff Meeting Weekly

Musical Arts Institute

9244 S. Lafayette

Chicago, IL 60620



Degreed preferred, but not required.

Knowledge of music, instruments, and arts management is preferred, but not required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required.



Role and Responsibilities:

 Work closely with the Executive Director to manage the vendor relations

  • Serves as a member of the leadership team

  • Stay abreast of MAI program current and future program offerings, program expectations and data analytics

  • Engage within a range of issues addressed by MAI and work closely with MAI’s staff as it relates to operations. 

  • Build relationships to expand MAI’s parents and off site clients 

  • Provide an analysis of the organization’s strengths, threats and growth opportunities and take a lead role in facilitating music training on the south side.

  • Support, when necessary, and/or the take lead on organization-wide events and activities including annual fundraisers, press/media conferences, recruitment opportunities, festival/expo presentations, and other events as needed

  • Help establish and develop MAI Parent Association  

  • Develop relationships with organizational partners and explore collaborative opportunities with strategic allies involved with MAI

  • Participate in assigned MAI staff meetings


Training and Capacity Building

  • Be a key player on MAI’s administrative team to help shape strategy and long-term planning


Qualifications and Competencies: (Or Minimum Requirements)

  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, teamwork centered and comfortable in a fast-paced environment

  • Four years of experience working in nonprofit and/or educational sectors

  • Comfortable with basic Microsoft Programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required

  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills; experience and comfort in public speaking

  • Excellent leadership abilities and superior organizational skills;

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner

  • A car and a valid driver’s license are required.


Reporting Relationship

Reports Directly to Executive Director

What We Offer:

  • Negotiable salary

  • Flexible hours




Provide group music lessons and /or private instruction to students 

Work closely with school administrators and MAI Program Director to ensure program requirements are appropriately met. 

Maintain accurate records regarding student attendance, teaching schedule, and student assessments. 

Maintain regular communication and prompt responses to school administrators and MAI programming staff. 

Actively market MAI Conservatory Programming to generate interest, enthusiasm, and enrollments. 

Teaching artists are required to attend scheduled MAI staff meetings (Bi-monthly). 

Prepare students for and present at least one capstone recital per year. 


Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience is preferred but not required 

Current college students are welcome to apply 

Teaching experience is preferred but not required 

Ability to teach primary and elementary levels 

Ability and willingness to market MAI music programming 

Reasonably tech-savvy (must be able to navigate Google Suite, use an online conferencing tool like Zoom, comfortable with electronic communication, etc.) 

Experience in teaching a wide range of musical styles 

Teaching artists who are also currently active performers is strongly preferred. 

Available to work during academic school hours 


  • • Introducing children to various musical performers and styles. 

  • • Teach creating, performing, and listening skills. 

  • • Provide students with basic vocal instruction and teach them various fundamentals of musical instruments, including but not limited to percussion, brass, woodwinds, and string instruments. 

  • • Use hands-on activities to teach children pitch, rhythm, and music notation. 

  • • Evaluate student performances, prepare and grade assessments and prepare lesson plans. 

  • • Establishes and maintains good classroom management 

  • • Adapts materials and methods to the interest, needs, and abilities of groups and individual students. 

  • • Be on time and prepared to deliver instruction 


SALARY: $50 per hour 


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit an online application/resume through (Musical Arts Institute) including the following information: 

Provide a resume listing experience, training, and education 

Links to performance videos (if possible) 

This position also requires a full background check and fingerprinting as well as the completion Chicago Public Schools compliance review. 


Position Status: Part-Time


Anti- Discrimination Clause:

MAI is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, national origin or ancestry, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law

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