UPDATE: Application Deadline has been extended to Sunday March 5th!

Girls Rock Philly is hiring a Program Director!

Girls Rock Philly seeks a dynamic and task-oriented person to join the organization this Spring as the Program Director. GRP is a music and mentoring organization that empowers area girls, women, trans, and gender variant people through music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Using a multi-generational, peer mentoring model, GRP 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, GRP is excited to bring on a new Program Director to work in a co-director environment with our Operations Director and Community Organizing Director. The staff will collaborate in building a successful shared leadership work environment as co-directors of GIrls Rock Philly, with support from the Board of Directors.

Bringing an excitement for the mission of Girls Rock Philly, the Program Director will be primarily responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of GRP programs.  In this role, the Director will also coordinate program staff and volunteers and  build relationships with teaching artists across the city, with support from seasonal part-time coordinators.

This is a full-time year-round position. The Program Director’s daily schedule varies based on deadlines, programming, and priorities. Some night and weekend hours are required.

The Program Director’s responsibilities include:  

  • Program Management
    • Develop strategic direction for all GRP programs including areas of focus, success metrics and evaluation outcomes, guided by GRP’s current strategic plan
    • Implement and manage all GRP programs including Summer Camp, LRC and year-round programs (with support from co-directors, seasonal and program staff)
    • Work with staff, volunteers and youth to further develop GRP’s norm-critical pedagogy
    • Coordinate the hiring, evaluating, and supervising of program staff (including seasonal contractors), with support from co-directors
    • Coordinate the orientation and training of new program staff and work with co-directors to develop ongoing training and development opportunities for all staff
    • Coordinate creation and development of educational materials for participants
    • Create and monitor program budgets with Operations Director and Board Treasurer
    • Build and maintain relationships with caregivers of current and potential youth participants
    • Manage purchase, storage and upkeep of music equipment with support from seasonal gear coordinators
    • Build and maintain relationships with area schools and partner programs
  • Volunteers
    • Develop and manage a proficient and comprehensive plan for program-based volunteers that aligns with the overall mission and vision of GRP including recruitment, coordination and training.
    • Coordinate volunteers at GRP programs with support from seasonal volunteer coordinators and co-directors.
  • Development
    • Write program-specific grants and subsequent grant reports with support from the Board of Directors and Operations Director
  • Community Relations
    • Provide support and guidance to the CO director responsible for marketing and communication efforts, specifically in regards to GRP programs
    • Actively participate in Philadelphia’s widespread arts and education communities, attending conferences, receptions, workshops and events to strengthen GRP’s pedagogy and build relationships that support GRP’s programs.
    • Other organizational duties as assigned
  • Other
    • Participate in regular staff meetings and retreats as well as self and peer evaluations


Your qualifications and experience should include:

  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Strong experience in program and curriculum development
  • Music background in composition, performance and/or education
  • Knowledge of music equipment (primarily drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, turntables, and PAs)
  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills
  • Ability to communicate and work in diverse environments
  • Good people skills!
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and capable of meeting deadlines while juggling multiple projects
  • Excited by collaboration, but also confident working independently
  • Excellent project management skills, helping to both create and maintain projects, assign tasks when needed, update progress, and keep team members on track
  • Experience supervising/managing/evaluating others and their workloads
  • Grant writing experience is preferred, but at the least, comfort and ease with narrative writing
  • Budgeting experience is a plus


Physical requirements:

  • Some light to heavy lifting of musical equipment (up to 50lbs)


Strong interest in youth self-empowerment, gender justice, music education and cooperative learning is very encouraged. Due to working closely with minors, Federal and PA state criminal background clearances, as well as PA child abuse clearances, are required for this position

Salary is $40,000/year + health and dental insurance.

To apply:
Please send resume, cover letter and three references to hiring@girlsrockphilly.org
Deadline has been extended to Sunday March 5th!

Girls Rock Philly is an Equal Opportunity Employer.