Founded in 1908 Settlement Music School, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest community schools of the arts in the United States serving children and adults of all ages at five branches in Pennsylvania located in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and its virtual branch, Settlement Music Online. Settlement provides over $2.6 million dollars each year in financial aid and scholarships to fully 60% of its students. Settlement’s reach is broad, and it continues the principles of its Founders, that there be no barriers to participating in music and arts education.

Program Manager

Settlement Music School – Mary Louise Curtis Branch
416 Queen St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Program Manager collaborates closely with the Dean and faculty and is involved in two primary areas of Settlement that both require the ability to develop programs as well as manage multiple administrative and organizational tasks.

Community Partnerships

The Manager works with a team of people at Settlement to continue to build upon an equitably inclusive arts ecosystem in our community partnerships. This starts with active listening and co-development of programs with our partners. The Manager helps drive new partnerships and develops existing ones. The Manager collaborates directly with administrators and faculty to ensure effective communication among all involved in a partnership.

Settlement Music Online

In May 2020, Settlement launched its online branch in response to our effort to create more equitable access to our programs. What started as a response to the pandemic has developed into an important branch of the School. The Manager is the primary contact for all students enrolled in Settlement Music Online (SMO) and is responsible for registration, account management, and working with families and faculty to create a strong virtual community.

The Program Manager reports to the Dean. The Manager will work primarily out of Settlement’s Central Office while also being required to visit partnerships on a weekly basis. A hybrid working situation is possible.

Specific responsibilities for this full-time position include:

  • Ensure implementation, evaluation, and financial management of community partnerships including bi-weekly payroll for faculty
  • Manage enrollment, registrations, payroll, the awarding of financial aid, and student billing and invoicing for Settlement Music Online
  • Work with Communications Department in the marketing of both community partnerships and SMO
  • Networking and collaborating with local organizations and community leaders as requested
  • Regularly research the local landscape to identify opportunities for community engagement

Knowledge, Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous experience in a professional office and/or customer service setting (at least three years)
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in any field; knowledge of music education and teaching experience preferred
  • Models in all actions Settlement’s shared value of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in music education
  • Thrives in a job that requires a very high level of organization
  • Strategic thinker who works collaboratively and manages multiple projects effectively
  • Strong verbal, listening, and written communication skills
  • Works in a self-directed manner and seeks supervisor guidance as needed
  • Develops strong working relationships with individuals inside and outside the institution and is an outstanding advocate of Settlement’s mission.

The Manager must have a car and be able to travel to programs while they are in session.

Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.
Send cover letter and resume by email only to: Karin Orenstein, Dean,

Settlement Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.