Conservatory Lab Charter School

2120 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124

Date Posted:
February 06, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of El Sistema


Conservatory Lab Charter School seeks a Director of El Sistema who is passionate about the El Sistema model, hands-on learning, and teaching and learning in symphony with colleagues.

We seek a Director who is skilled with developing, implementing, documenting, evaluating, and disseminating an international model of music-infused education. The El Sistema Director is committed to building a program that has local, national, and international impact and influence for improving outcomes for young people. The Director can balance community-oriented and school demands with the needs to work externally to promote the model more broadly.This is a senior level management and leadership position that reports to the CLCS principal and Chief Operating Officer


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with other leaders at CLCS, sets the vision, mission, and goals for El Sistema;

  • Collaborates with CLCS leadership team to implement schoolwide structures and routines;

  • Development of a K-8 curriculum for El Sistema Program that aligns with the mission of the school;

  • Work with other administrators to holistically weave El Sistema into the culture of all areas of the school;

  • Ensure that the El Sistema music standards are rigorous, measurable, and achievable;

  • Lead weekly professional learning for El Sistema staff;

  • Differentiate coaching for El Sistema teachers who have varying levels of experience with students;

  • Develop and implement proven procedures for the evaluation of the El Sistema Program;

  • Create and lead activities that are aligned with El Sistema and Expeditionary Learning;

  • Work collaboratively to inspire El Sistema staff to set high expectations for the community;

  • Recruit, hire, nurture, retain, and evaluate high quality staff;

  • Model and coach El Sistema staff on best practices including classroom management, collaboration, and differentiation for student learning;

  • Collaborate with CASto insure strategic planning to develop and disseminate best practices on a national and international scale;

  • Model best practices around student management in alignment with school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline;

  • Coordinate schedules, transportation, and other logistics around performances and music activities;

  • Work to develop partnerships with community-based arts and music organizations;

  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues;

  • Collaborate with other administrators and teachers to promote school-wide activities and concerts; and

  • Participate in other duties as assigned.


  • Music certification

  • Master’s in Education (preferably music)

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Experience leading and working in urban schools

How To Apply:
Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to

Apply by:
March 30, 2019
About this Organization:

Conservatory Lab Conservatory Lab Charter School empowers a diverse range of children as scholars, artists, and leaders through a unique and rigorous academic and music education. We enrich the larger community through performance, service, and collaboration. As a laboratory school, we develop and disseminate innovative educational approaches that positively impact children in other schools and programs.