Program Director Job Description

Girls Rock Detroit (GRD) seeks a dynamic and musical person to join the organization in 2019 as the new Program Director. GRD is a music and mentoring organization that empowers Detroit-area girls, women, trans and gender non-conforming people through summer music camp, music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Using a multi-generational, peer mentoring model, GRD provides music, arts, and media education in the form of instrument lessons, band creation, original songwriting, and workshops on topics such as media literacy, writing, self-defense, and confidence building.


This spring, GRD is excited to bring on the Program Director as we build our co-director leadership environment, in partnership with our planned Operations Director. The two directors will collaborate in building a successful shared leadership work environment as co-directors of Girls Rock Detroit, with support from the Board of Directors.


Bringing an excitement for the mission of Girls Rock Detroit, the Program Director will be primarily responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating GRD’s programming.  In this role, the Director will coordinate program staff and volunteers and build relationships with teaching artists across the city, with support from seasonal part-time coordinators.


This is a part-time year-round position, with the possibility for full-time work during the summer. The Program Director’s daily schedule varies based on deadlines, programming, and priorities. Some night and weekend hours are required.

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Excited by collaboration, but also confident working independently

  • Able to communicate and work in diverse, fast-paced, and occasionally loud and distracting environments

  • Experience in program and curriculum development

  • Music background in composition, performance and/or education

  • Experience supervising/managing/evaluating others and their workloads

  • Ability to ask for help

  • Reliable phone and internet access, including access to email

  • Reliable access to transportation

  • Able to lift musical equipment (up to 50 lbs)

  • Michigan state criminal background clearances are required for this position

Additional Desired Skills
  • Experience with grant application and management

  • Experience with event management and promotion

  • Experience with musical gear

  • Girls Rock Camp experience

  • Yearly technology stipend of $500, to be used as you see fit

  • Professional Development

    • Funded attendance at the annual GRCA conference

    • Pitch development training

    • Grant development training

    • Financial management training

    • Networking

    • Opportunity to learn (more) about social justice theory and praxis

  • Paid holidays: Thanksgiving weekend, Dec 23-Jan2, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day

  • Two weeks of paid vacation per year

  • 10 paid sick days per year

  • Ability to strongly influence the direction of the organization

  • Flexible schedule and ability to make your own schedule, though some evenings and weekends will be required.

  • Fun, interesting organization


The salary for this part-time position is $15600 - $19500, depending on summer hours.


Girls Rock Detroit is an Equal Opportunity and anti-racist employer, and works to create a diverse environment that reflects the background and experience of its participants.  Women, people of color, trans, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to by Jan 22, 2019.  In the cover letter, please describe in what way you have the required qualifications and experience, and if you have any additional skills.  Be prepared to provide references during the interview process.

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