Strings Program Liaison - El Valor Community Center

Submitted by HRMerit on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:06pm


Merit School of Music is seeking a Strings Program Liaison to begin immediately. The Strings Program Liaison will provide on the ground support to Merit string teachers working in the Merit Music in Communities Program at El Valor Community Center (1951 W. 19th St., Chicago IL). The liaison will help to facilitate student recruitment, communication between faculty, parents and school administration, and other logistical aspects involved with running these programs. This position may be combined with the Strings Program Liaison position at Nobel Elementary School (4127 W. Hirsch St., Chicago IL).

Organization Overview

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 by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Reporting Relationship

The Strings Program Liaison reports to the Strings & Orchestra Program Director

Job Responsibilities

The Strings Program Liaison’s job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Facilitating student recruitment in collaboration with off-site administration and Merit staff/faculty
Distributing, collecting and maintaining student rosters and attendance
Oversee communication with parents of students
Facilitate communication between Merit faculty/staff and off-site administration
Oversee and maintain instrument inventory records
Facilitate student transportation needs as they relate to Merit-organized events
Secure chaperones for Merit-organized field trips
Other projects as assigned and as needed

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
Highly organized
Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally
Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and complete at a high level
Experience in a fast-paced administrative environment
Musical background is highly desirable but not required
Candidate must be bilingual in English and Spanish

Educational Requirements

High school diploma is required


Tuesdays from 4:30pm – 8:00pm


$15.00 per hour

Interested candidates should send résumé to:

No phone calls or faxes please.

For more information about Merit School of Music, please visit
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.

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