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Head of Campuses / Levine Music

  • , District of Columbia
  • TypePaid
  • TermFull time
  • CategoryAdministration
  • Post DateAug 08, 2017

Founded in 1976 in memory of Selma M. Levine, a prominent Washington attorney and an amateur musician, Levine Music (originally the Levine School of Music) has been the preeminent center for music education in the Washington, DC metro region for over 40 years. Levine provides a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music.  Levine’s distinguished faculty offers a broad and
well-rounded curriculum that provides a strong musical foundation for students of different ages, abilities, and interests.  Levine strives to make music education available to everyone who wants to study and enjoy music, regardless of age, ability, or financial means and is grounded in its foundational pillars of Education, Performance, and Community.

Levine is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is an All-Steinway community music school. Levine is also certified by the National Guild for Community Arts Education as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education.

Levine moved into its permanent home (Sallie Mae Hall) in 1997, at the former Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution in Northwest Washington. This 35,000 square foot facility in Northwest DC underwent a $6M renovation following its purchase in 1992 and is comprised of 30 teaching studios and rooms; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Library and Information Center; the Jane Lang Recital Hall, a 150-seat flexible performance space; and the James L. Kunen Theater, which contains the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Recording Center.

A period of tremendous growth followed Levine’s establishing its main campus, and additional campuses were established in the late 90’s in Southeast Washington, Kensington, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia. Levine’s Maryland campus relocated to the Music Center at Strathmore in 2005, joining a partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Strathmore, Washington Performing Arts, National Philharmonic, CityDance Ensemble, and Montgomery Classic Youth Orchestras. Levine became the primary education provider for the arts center. An additional campus in Silver Spring, Maryland was established in the fall of 2016.

In May 2005, Levine moved its Southeast campus from the Village of Parklands Shopping Center in Anacostia to the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC), a $35 million state-of- the-art community center. In addition to housing Levine, THEARC is home to branches of the Children’s Hospital Wellness Clinic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Covenant House, Washington Ballet, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Parklands Community Center, Trinity University, and Washington Middle School for Girls, all of which are committed to serving disadvantaged children and at-risk youth.

Levine Music is governed by a 37-member Board of Trustees. Peter Jablow is President & CEO and leads an administrative staff of 36. Levine employees 170 faculty members who teach in a variety of concentrations, including: piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar, chamber music, early childhood music, jazz, rock, composition, music theory, music therapy, musical theatre, and Suzuki methods.

The Opportunity

The Head of Campuses (HOC) is a new senior-level leadership position responsible for overseeing the school-wide customer service operations, management of all Levine campuses, and will assist the CEO with new campus development. The HOC is also the lead point of contact for all prospective and existing students at Levine’s main campus in Northwest DC, and oversees the movement of prospective and current students through the enrollment and re-enrollment processes at all Levine campuses. This new position, designated in Levine’s strategic plan, is an ideal role for a leader who can manage a multiple location environment and excels at customer service, project management, and creating and managing new processes.

The Position

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Head of Campuses (HOC) oversees the consistency and quality of service provided by Levine’s five campuses and additional campuses as they develop. As a member of the senior management team, the HOC leads and supervises all Levine Campus Managers and support staff. S/he will chair the Enrollment Team that oversees the enrollment process at all Levine campuses.

As the manager of Levine’s Northwest DC main campus, the HOC serves as the lead point of contact for all prospective and existing Levine NW students and families. S/he will build strong relationships with the NW campus faculty, staff, students, and parents. S/he will lead the enrollment process for Levine NW, with a dual focus on student retention and growth.

The HOC will work closely with the senior management in the areas of Education, Student Services, and Operations & Services to ensure the relationships with students and families are reflective of Levine’s core values. S/he will work in close collaboration with the other campus managers so that the faculty/student/parent experience at each campus is a positive one.

As a member of both Levine’s Executive and Education team, the HOC will participate in school-wide strategic planning efforts. S/he will work directly with the CEO to identify new campus opportunities, and, if successful, will lead the efforts to expand to new campuses or affiliate locations.

The Head of Campuses will strive to ensure the smooth operation of all Levine campuses and will value clear communication in an effort to mitigate conflict or misunderstandings.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager of facilities and people with at least ten years’ successful experience in management and/or operations, preferably with a not-for-profit organization. Experience in music education, either in teaching or administration, is strongly preferred; a passion for music and music education is required.

S/he will bring an excitement to the new role at Levine Music and will have the maturity and sensitivity to collaborate with others as they review existing systems and develop new facility/staff management strategies. The successful candidate will be an effective manager with experience leading internal teams and working with colleagues in senior management positions to achieve a common goal. S/he will be both a strategic thinker and effective implementer, with a focus on detail.

The successful candidate will have a track record of success in building relationships with a focus on customer service. S/he will have experience working with a broad range of people and personalities. Experience managing faculty is preferred; the ability to interface easily and warmly with students (age two through adult) and parents is required.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse constituency. S/he will effectively interface internally with staff and faculty and externally with business and civic leaders.

S/he will be an enthusiastic self-starter and an effective listener. The successful candidate will value the role a community music school plays in the lives of students, families, and the broader community. S/he will have a healthy sense of humor and value clear communication. S/he will embrace a work schedule that may include some evening and weekend commitments. Standard computer skills are required; experience with Salesforce CRM and online enrollment software is preferred. A BM or BA degree in a related field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please send a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications with resume, salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred.  All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Please send materials to:

Levine Music – Head of Campuses
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007

MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only

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