Program Associate, Youth Learning and Leadership

Status: Full-time, Exempt, reporting to Executive Director

Hybrid in office, In person with students

Midori & Friends engages PreK-12 grade students with little or no access to the arts in transformative music education programs at over 50 NYC school and community partner sites. What began in 1992 as world-renowned violinist Midori’s vision to bring exceptional music to NYC students, Midori & Friends become a music education leader embraced by a community of thousands. The organization has reached over 300,000 young people in our history, and yet the impact of our story lies with each individual child. These programs include:


Play to Learn: High quality instrumental and choral instruction for students in grades K-12 in historically underserved neighborhoods.

Celebrate! Music: Expands the musical horizons of students in grades K-12 by introducing them to different cultures and music genres through live performances and classroom workshops.

NextGen Musician: Artistic development/leadership/advocacy program for teens.



Utilizing innovative approaches to learning and education, the Youth Learning and Leadership Program Associate (YLLPA) helps schools, students, teachers, and our community enrich their lives through meaningful educational and personal connections inspired through music education. This position focuses on making music programs accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds and helping them feel welcomed and intrigued to learn more when exposed to new artistic experiences and ideas. The YLLPA manages the education portfolio and provides direction and support for departmental initiatives relating to the strategic alignment of music education programs through the lens of the Midori & Friends mission. This role also leads and manages interdepartmental workflow required for the successful achievement of programs, and continually works to identify and cultivate new opportunities for the strategic development of education revenue streams and relationships.


Strategic Goals:

Lead, oversee and develop programs that align with strategic plans and initiatives for the advancement of music education and Midori & Friends’ role in education. The primary focus of this role will be on the NextGen Musician program.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Oversee all aspects of the NextGen Teen Leadership program.
  • Contact and consistently follow up with schools to plan a program proposal based on budget and interest based on Play to Learn and Celebrate! Music program options.
  • Ability to manage a workflow through project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and closing in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Rigorous attention to detail, logistics.
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills – listening, receiving, clarifying, consolidating, and conveying relevant information to all members of the team.
  • Experience creating and managing a departmental budget and forecasting.
  • Experience with school boards, schools, and educational institutions.
  • Experience with strategic agreements and contracts.
  • Experience working with Teens is a plus.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in art-related field.
  • Established relationships and experience with teaching artists.
  • Experience in the field of creative youth development.


What we offer:


On top of the excitement of working with a team of committed professionals at one of New York’s premier arts education organizations, Midori & Friends offers a competitive salary and a wide range of benefits:


  • A collaborative, engaging and values driven work environment
  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • A comprehensive health and dental benefits package including matching 403b retirement plan.
  • A positive working culture, keeping employee health and wellness a priority with generous paid time off policies and an annual lifestyle allowance.
  • A dynamic role that will have you engaging with the arts and communities throughout New York City.



If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please forward

your resume and cover letter in confidence to Please state “Youth Learning and Leadership” in the subject line. No applications will be accepted without a cover letter. No phone calls, please. Closing date: October 30, 2021.


Midori & Friends is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Midori & Friends are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, employment status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.


The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities with regard to this position. Actual duties may require performance of other jobs related tasks, in addition to those presented in the description. If you have any specific questions to ask in relation to the role, please send them to the email address above and a member of our team will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.