Education Director

Overview of Intonation:

Intonation kids explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and forming their own rock bands. Offered in partnership with schools, park districts, and community organizations, our year-round classes make music accessible to 800+ children  annually by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city.

Position Summary:

The Education Director drives Intonation’s overall programmatic vision and is responsible for ensuring the high quality of our youth rock band programs. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Program and Special Projects Manager (PSPM), the EdD leads our team of passionate and talented rock band instructors in support of Intonation’s mission. This includes instructor hiring and training, curriculum design,  and the ongoing development and effective implementation of Intonation’s student, parent, and partner assessment systems (including data collection, analysis, and reporting).

I. Instructor Development- Hiring, Training, and Management

  • Hiring and Training - Recruit and hire candidates for regular and substitute instructor positions as needed to support the organization’s capacity for growth. Effectively train new hires in curricular structure, organizational philosophy, classroom management, and instructional strategies. Deliver and collect instructor HR documents in collaboration with Operations Associate (OA).

  • Evaluation - Implement and work to continuously improve system for ongoing instructor evaluation, both individual and team, as well as follow-up measures to refine performance or to terminate employment when needed.

  • Supervision - Make regular site visits each session to assess and evaluate teaching quality, identifying successes and challenges. Review weekly class lesson plans and provide feedback.

  • Support: Regular check-ins with instructors to celebrate successes and address classroom challenges; offer strategies for classroom management and  instructional approach in order to achieve desired student outcomes

  • Professional Development - Reasearch, organize and faciliatate ongoing professional development opportunities for Intonation instructors

II. Program and Partner Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Site Liaison Team - Manage and support the site liaison team in the implementation of student and parent assessment systems.

  • Student Assessment- Implement and continuously improve assessment and evaluation tools for all programs:

    • individual music skills assessment

    • group music skills (Band Performance Rubric)

    • social emotional learning outcomes (Student Surveys)

    • additional evaluation rubrics for each non-core rock band program

    • Analyze and report beginning and end of year data to instructors and provide strategies for addressing individual and group needs.

  • Partner Assessment - Ongoing development and implementation of rubric for evaluating new and existing partnerships on an annual basis

  • Parent Surveys and Feedback - Work with program team to administer parent surveys and focus groups as necessary

  • Program Assessment - Analyze data, report conclusions, and implement refinements for continual program improvement and effectiveness based on student, partner, and parent assessment results. Navigate our custom Salesforce platform to gather and interpret student and partner data.

  • Grant Support: Work with Development Manager and ED to align and report results to satisfy grant deliverables, write program narratives for grant applications and reporting, and meet with grantmakers as program team representative where needed

III. Curriculum Development

  • Develop and oversee curriculum for all programs

    • School year after school rock band,  intensive camps (summer & spring break), park district day camp programs, After School Matters, Intonation All Stars, Rock Blocks, Open Class, Open Studio, Level Up, Family Band Nights, etc.

  • Review and update instructor manual and Instructor Resource Website with policies and procedures, new teaching strategies, and skill share ideas based on classroom observations.

  • Create printed and online curriculum materials for use in the classroom (Instrument guides, chord charts, visual aids for songs, etc.)

IV.   Program Growth

  • Strategic Planning-Work with ED and PSPM to create program goals  and initiatives which align with the organization’s evolving strategic direction

  • Site Partner Growth and Retention:

    • Communicate outcomes data at the site level via printed year-end reports and in-person meetings with partners in consideration of continuing partnership and alignment of mutual goals

    • Meet with schools and community leaders to explore potential new partnerships

  • Institutional Partnerships-Act as main point of contact for all program elements of RFPs, program execution and reporting (narratives, program budgets, implementation plan, curriculum, data collection and reporting)

    • CPS-In-school and After-School

    • After-School Matters

    • Chicago Park District

    • DFSS

Skills & Qualifications: 

Requirements and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a former or current Chicago Public Schools music teacher or an experienced youth development professional with outstanding instruction and classroom management skills and a passion for pop and rock music curriculum.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education or equivalent performance/teaching experience

  • Illinois teaching certificate is a plus


  • 2+ years of experience teaching classroom music and/or group/private music lessons

  • Familiarity with Chicago Public Schools (neighborhood, charters, selective enrollment, etc.)

  • Experience managing and supervising a team

Leadership Skills and Commitment to Intonation’s mission: The Education Director has a vision to maintain and improve the quality of Intonation’s programs by continually developing and supporting our team of creative, passionate, and talented rock band instructors.
Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with a variety of personalities.
Strong Organizational Skills and Attention to Detail
Computer Proficiency: Google Drive, Microsoft Office (including Excel), experience with Salesforce a plus.
Data Analysis: Basic to intermediate data analysis skills related to student assessment and surveys.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Commensurate with Experience,  100% of Health Insurance, Paid Time Off

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: 

Interested Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to with "Education Director" in the subject line.  

No Phone Calls Please

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Sarah Morgan