Third Street Music School Settlement is the nation’s longest-running community music school, offering students of all ages and abilities the opportunity to become the best musicians, dancers, singers and composers that they can be. With a mission to provide access to high-quality music education to all people, no matter their financial situation, Third Street is a music school for everyone.
Third Street is much more than an educational institution. It is a true community in which students find a welcoming second home, learn to work in harmony, and form close, lasting friendships. Founded in 1894, Third Street today serves more than 5,000 students through the Music & Dance School, Third Street’s Preschool, and through its Third Street Partners program. Its total budget is $9.3M.
About Third Street Preschool
The mission of Third Street Preschool is to deepen young children’s curiosity about their world and to equip them with the tools to explore it. Preschoolers are encouraged to grow as creative thinkers and smart problem solvers, as risk takers with ever-changing interests, as imaginative playmates, and as caring classmates.
At capacity, nearly 125 children of diverse backgrounds learn about their world through play, the arts, nature and active, hands-on exploration. Third Street’s progressive program provides young children with a warm, responsive and exciting learning environment. Preschoolers grow as fast thinkers and doers, as classmates and friends, and as curious and adventurous learners.
Children at Third Street Preschool enjoy many artistic opportunities during their school experience. With Third Street Music School as its home, the preschool integrates music, visual art, movement, and instrument introductions within a hands-on, child-centered curriculum. Regular participation in the arts sparks children’s imaginations and informs their intellectual growth.
A virtual tour of the Preschool is available here.
Third Street Music School is seeking an energetic, warm, passionate educator and forward-thinking leader with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and communication skills to oversee the Third Street Preschool and Early Childhood Programs. The Preschool’s progressive philosophy respects both the individual learner and the community, serving as Third Street’s entry for hundreds of families as a critical foundation for Third Street’s ongoing programming and community. With approximately 78 students ranging from 18 months nearly five years, the Preschool is led by the Director, a small team of administrators and a faculty of 15 educators, with an operating budget of $1.2M. The Director is responsible for all facets of the daily operation of the school which includes working with faculty, students, families, finances, facilities, and the overall curriculum. The Preschool Director reports to the Chief Programs Officer of Third Street Music School, working closely with the Executive Director.
Serve as lead executive of the preschool, which includes visioning, strategy, implementation and being a hands-on 24/7 manager.
Deep focus and action on recruitment, retention, outreach and marketing to achieve increased enrollment and sustainable growth.
Create, build and maintain relationships with current and prospective families.
Recruit, retain and inspire and support teachers and staff to be the best possible educators and professionals.
Prioritize the value of DEI and work to bring in diverse teachers and families.
Oversee the curriculum, programming and atmosphere of the early childhood operations, ensuring a strong developmentally appropriate learning environment, while blending active engagement with music and art and the overall vision and mission of the Third Street Settlement
Actively work to recruit and retain students and families to pre-pandemic levels, effectively employing marketing and programmatic strategies, and articulating the preschool’s strengths and attributes to prospective families
Manage all aspects of staffing for the Preschool and early childhood program (Music To Grow On) including recruitment, supervision, coaching, mentoring and professional development for educators and the administrative team
Facilitation of proactive and consistent communication with parents, faculty, leadership and colleagues
Oversight of a $1.2M departmental budget
Participate and work collaboratively with the Third Street Settlement senior management team to foster intradepartmental cooperation and symbiosis
Create and maintain strong relationships with faculty, parents, parent committee, board and community partners
Serves as a mentor to teachers and staff, actively facilities professional development, and inspires staff to work cooperatively to build community
Excels at communicating with parents, board members and staff
Forms warm and caring relationships with preschool children, their parents and caregivers that honor the importance of all individuals to the community
Demonstrates an inclusive management philosophy and style that encourages creativity, collaboration, problem solving and diversity in perspective
Uses networking, marketing and community outreach effectively to promote programs and build enrollment
Actively participates in discussions surrounding best practice in Early Childhood Education and is capable of integrating the most successful strategies in developmentally appropriate learning
Ability to integrate public health guidelines into the operations of the school
Understands the far-reaching benefits of early music experiences and creates an environment where music and learning meet
Qualifications and Experiences
Demonstrated leadership experience in an early childhood setting
Collaborative and successful in cooperative working environments
Strong supervisory, management, and interpersonal skills
Empathetic and diplomatic leadership style
Willingness to work long hours, when necessary
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Can supervise the development and expansion of curriculum in early education with a focus on the arts
Understands the role of the preschool and works well within in the larger Third School Music School organization
Understanding of marketing and branding, as well as demonstrated expertise in implementing strategies to increase student enrollment and retention
Experience with building diverse classrooms and faculty
Deep understanding of the NYC public and private school ecosystem, including the placement process for students once they age out of preschool
Demonstrated early education classroom experience and progressive education philosophy
M. Ed in Early Childhood Education is preferred
This position description is based upon material provided by Third Street Music School Settlement, an equal opportunity employer.