Rock & Pop Academy Department Head

Founded in 1912, The Cleveland Music School Settlement (dba The Music Settlement) provides music and arts programming to students of all ages and backgrounds in a way that promotes creativity, self-confidence and artistic expression.

Our Mission: To welcome all to our music and arts community to learn, create, inspire and heal.
Our Vision: To unlock the potential in everyone.

Primary purpose: the Rock & Pop Academy Department Head advances and supports the mission of The Music Settlement (TMS) through the following actions:

Classification: Part Time

Reports to: Chair, Center for Music

  • Expand, with your faculty, the Rock & Pop Academy (R&PA) through enrollment growth at both the University Circle and Ohio City campuses
  • Maintain visibility in the community through student and faculty performances
  • Serve as a liaison between the RPA Faculty and The Music Settlement administration
  • Seek collaborative alliances with other organizations, as appropriate and aligned with TMS’ mission and the Center for Music’s programming
  • Hold R&PA department meetings as needed
  • Attend the All Organizational Meeting and CFM Department Head, and CFM Faculty meetings held by Chair for The Center For Music
  • Respond to TMS e-mails and requests from the HR and finance Departments

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Expand the RPA through enrollment growth. (Growth goal to be determined with Chair as part of annual goals)
    • Assist in marketing and recruiting for the R&PA
    • Maintain a private teaching studio to deliver guitar, bass, keyboard lessons in rock, pop, country, jazz, and other popular music styles.
    • Coach all RPA student band sessions each week; prepare for the weekly sessions ahead of time
    • Recruit students from TMS private studios and outside of TMS.

  • Maintain visibility in the community through performances.(Minimum performances to be determined with Chair as part of annual goals)
    • Schedule and coordinate two departmental concerts per year, either on-site or at the BOP STOP or another rock/pop venue
    • Work with Chair to schedule and coordinate two masterclasses/workshops per year, either on site or at the BOP STOP/other venue. These classes can be geared for students or faculty, in addition to other area teachers/students as well
    • Assist the Center for Music in coordinating performers from the R&PA for Holiday Circle Fest, Arts on Magnolia, and other events as requested. Communicate all information and scheduling to your respective faculty and performers
    • Assist the Center for Music in coordinating performers from the R&PA for other events, as needed
    • Work with CFM Administrators and the Marketing Department to have access to necessary promotional materials/collateral/banners/signage to display at all TMS public performances
  • Serve as a liaison between the R&PA and The Music Settlement administration.
    • Work with CFM Administrators to schedule scholarship auditions for the R&PA
    • Communicate information about our scholarship auditions to R&PA faculty and other music teachers in the community
    • Provide input on budget needs for your department
    • Work with TMS leadership to help foster a collegial atmosphere and encourage TMS faculty to act as ambassadors for the organization

Educational requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in music (or related field) required, Master’s preferred.

To Apply: Apply online at by filling out the online form for R&PA and uploading cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook
  • Proficiency with other computer programs, including our registration software
  • Ability to work and complete goals with little or no supervision
  • Professional appearance and pleasant demeanor
  • Detail oriented and excellent follow up skills

The Rock & Pop Academy Department Head must personally adhere to all established personnel policies and practices of The Music Settlement. As a member of the administrative staff, this individual must encourage a respectful, healthy, and productive work environment for all employees, volunteers, customers, and clients.

The Music Settlement is an equal opportunity employer and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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Please send a cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good fit to join our team, along with your resume. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

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