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Associate Director, Early Childhood Programs & Instruction

Swallow Hill Music Association

Full Time
Posted May 25, 2021

Job Title:   Associate Director, Early Childhood Programs & Instruction

Department:  Community Outreach        Reports to:   Director of Development and Community Outreach

Compensation:  $45K – $55K
Classification:  Full-time Exempt, with medical, dental, vision, 401K, vacation and sick time


About Swallow Hill:

For more than 40 years, Swallow Hill has presented and promoted concerts, offered music lessons, and provided music education in under-resourced communities. Based in Denver, we offer a unique suite of services:

  • Live Performances: We produce live and live-streamed concerts, virtual open stage events and hootenannies. Musical genres produced on our stages include Americana and roots, as well as singer-songwriters, world music, family friendly, rock, bluegrass, classical, country, jazz, blues and spoken word.
  • Acoustic Music Lessons: We’re the country’s second largest acoustic music school, providing in-person and online private lessons and classes. Our 40 teachers, all professional musicians, teach in an experiential style and specialize in stringed instruments, percussion, piano and voice.   We teach all age groups, and our students range from beginners to accomplished musicians who are honing their skills.  The wide variety of genres we teach include: Americana and roots, as well as bluegrass, folk, world music, jazz, blues, rock, country and pop.
  • Community Outreach: Because we’re passionate about making music accessible, we offer music education and experiences in under-resourced communities. Our programming includes Little Swallows ECE music education for preschoolers, workshops and interactive performances in K-12 schools and music therapy for our aging population, veterans and people living with developmental or mental health challenges.


Job Summary:

The Associate Director, Early Childhood Programs and Instruction is responsible for the implementation and program evaluation of Swallow Hill’s early childhood program – Little Swallows.   Little Swallows is an early childhood music program for 3- and 4-year-old students that introduces students to the joy of music by providing weekly lessons for students utilizing the Colorado Content Standards for music education.  The program is fee-based for resourced schools and underwritten for under-resourced schools.  The Associate Director will be a key member of the team facilitating growth in educational and community outreach programming.   Specific responsibilities include the tactical execution and achievement of Little Swallows programmatic goals, coaching and supporting Swallow Hill’s instructors, and up to 10 hours per week teaching Little Swallows classes.



Program Management

  • Hiring, recruiting and onboarding new instructors.
  • Working closely with partner schools to meet the needs of students.
  • Collecting and evaluating assessment and tracking student participation data.
  • Visiting schools and observing lessons.
  • Assisting the Director of Development & Community Outreach with reports and communications with philanthropic partners supporting Little Swallows.
  • Working with the Swallow Hill’s School Director to ensure appropriate staffing for Outreach programs.

Instructional Coaching 

  • Coaching Little Swallows teachers – providing ideas and support for general music lessons, song and activity ideas, tips and strategies for general classroom management, ideas for incorporating visuals and movement, etc.
  • Observing and providing feedback to instructors utilizing formalized evaluation tools.
  • Developing and managing professional development opportunities to support Swallow Hill’s early childhood instructors.
  • Ensuring compliance with all Swallow Hill hiring requirements (as it relates to community outreach programming, including completion of background checks, and ensuring staff are meeting professional standards).


  • Providing quality early childhood musical instruction to students through weekly lessons.
  • Using Swallow Hill’s curriculum, develop comprehensive lesson plans for the school year.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Values diversity and contributes to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, sales and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to navigate complex relationships, anticipating where challenges may arise and addressing them proactively
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and/or related software.
  • Comfortable utilizing remote meeting & video conferencing technology such as Zoom.


Education and Experience:

  • Experience teaching music and/or early childhood classes in public or private settings


Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


EEO Statement

Swallow Hill provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Swallow Hill complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply for this positions, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Tiffany Grady, Director of Development and Community Outreach, at tiffany@swallowhillmusic.org.  No phone calls, please.

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