Program Director Job Announcement

March 31, 2021

 Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

Program Director Job Announcement

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and creative Program Director to oversee the delivery of the Center’s strategic programs for children, teens, and adults. The Program Director – a proven self-motivated self-starter – will develop and implement the Center’s diverse programming; create and steward internal systems and structures; and monitor, evaluate, and report on the success of the Center’s programming. Reporting to the Center’s Executive Director, the Program Director will work with multiple constituents, and will play a key role in ensuring overall organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

About the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music 

Located in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (the Center) uses music as the focal point of a holistic strategy to build a healthy community and to deliver a broad range of services to underserved children, youth, and musicians from neighborhoods battling poverty and social injustice. The Center is a safe and supportive environment where children and youth develop musically, academically, and socially; where local musicians perform, record and develop professionally; and where the community gathers. The Center also serves as a community resource and a catalyst for cultural preservation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively support the development of new programming and the expansion of existing programming at the Center.
  • Ensure that all team members are working in alignment with the goals outlined in the Center's strategic plan; ensure that team members who are responsible for the plan's implementation are fully supported, and adhering to the timelines proposed.
  • Work with the Executive Director to establish and monitor budgets for each of the Center's programs.
  • Develop and maintain dashboards and internal reporting mechanisms that enable the Center to track progress toward programmatic goals.
  • Manage data collection on all active programming for comprehensive progress reports to funding partners, the Board of Directors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership and direction for administrative staff as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Oversee program-related evening and weekend events at the Center, as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to prepare for meetings of the Center's Board of Directors.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of trends in music, music education, and the opportunities that come with new technologies.
  • Maintain meaningful connections to community work in and around New Orleans' Ninth Ward.


  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, with an ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Understanding of and skill at working with various technological platforms.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Ability to manage, multi-task and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Comfort in interacting with a wide range of constituents, including high profile celebrities, public officials, high-net worth donors and other executives, as well as musicians, Center partners, and other members of the local community.
  • Ability to maintain good judgment and discretion in handling issues inherent to the Executive Director's work.
  • Willingness to be flexible and 'step outside' of formal roles to get the work done when needed.
  • A commitment to collaborating with and supporting others.
  • A commitment to the Center's mission.


  • At least 5-7 years of work experience supporting project management
  • Bachelor's degree

Interested applicants should email the following materials to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references

Incomplete application packages will not be considered.  No calls, please.


The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is an equal opportunity employer. There is no discrimination with regard to hiring, assignments, promotions or other conditions of staff employment because of race, creed, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual preference or a disability not pertinent to the assigned job.