Merit School of Music seeks a dynamic arts administrator for the role of Private Lesson Coordinator to begin no later than Friday, November 3rd. The Private Lesson Coordinator serves in a critical support role for Merit faculty, parents and students as both a member of the Program Staff and Student Services teams. The Private Lesson Coordinator oversees student placement, room bookings, payroll, and recital scheduling for Merit’s nearly 900 private lesson students and 60 faculty members. They also serve as an important linkage between families and Merit’s program leadership. The schedule is flexible but does require a minimum of 37.5 hours per week. Weekend availability preferred and some evenings required.
Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired over 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. The School’s broad-ranging comprehensive curriculum, extensive level of financial aid, sense of community and the standard of excellence set forth by the faculty and students are major components of its success.
Merit offers a multi-leveled, structured curriculum in a college preparatory environment. Programs take place at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop and at nearly 30 locations in neighborhoods across the City. Instruction is offered to approximately 5,000 students of all ages, from infants to adults, and from beginners to the Juilliard-bound by over 150 accomplished faculty members. Merit has an annual operating budget of $6 million, of which nearly half is supported by contributed revenue.
Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.
The Private Lesson Coordinator reports to the Dean & Vice President for Educational Affairs and works closely with the Associate Director of Student Services.
Responsibilities of Private Lesson Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
Serving as the primary contact for families and faculty with regards to scheduling, billing, monitoring student attendance, and financial aid awards
Assigning students to teachers based on availability and schedule compatibility
Collecting and preparing monthly payroll for Merit private lesson faculty
Carefully monitoring student account data and reconciling with Merit financial reports
Assist faculty with scheduling annual recitals and attend on behalf of the program staff
Collect and maintain accurate student records through ActiveNet database for all Merit students
Full-time, 37.5 hour per week
Flexible and dependent upon time of year, workload and availability
Weekend availability preferred
Some evenings required
Salaried Position starting from $35,000 annually
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Benefits include: Health, Dental, Long-term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Retirement Plan (after 1 year of employment), and Paid time off
Merit School of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.
The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
Great interpersonal and communication skills
The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and complete at a high level
Punctual, professional, and collegial nature
Significant experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel; experience with google drive and ActiveNet software not required but highly desirable
Bilingual in English/Spanish or Mandarin not required, but highly desirable
Bachelor’s degree required. Background in music education, performance and/or arts administration strongly preferred.