teaching at Powers Music School


Why work at Powers?

It’s easy to jump right in and get to know our small but passionate team here at Powers. Our staff members are creative and innovative (most of us have our own music projects too), always eager to learn and share ideas, and dedicated to improving our students’ and families’ experience as much as we can. When you join us, your thoughts are encouraged and valued, and you’ll be part of a hard-working team committed to solving problems and making our community better and stronger.

Director of Philanthropy

Position: The Director of Philanthropy passionately articulates Powers Music School’s mission to a diverse and growing constituency. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director is an integral member of the School’s leadership team. Primarily overseeing constituent engagement, cultivation and stewardship, the Director will build lasting relationships amongst the school’s various constituencies. While this position will require proven aptitude in a variety of capacities (writing, data management/analysis, and events), we are primarily seeking a candidate with strengths and experience with individual giving, including major gifts.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  1. In collaboration with faculty, staff and board, work to create and nurture enriching and sustained relationships with parents, students, alumni and other community members
  2. Along with the Executive Director and Director of Education and Community Programs, be a visible presence at school events
  3. In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Director, create vibrant and compelling annual and project-specific campaigns that communicate the value and impacts of supporting Powers
  4. Identify, engage, and cultivate individuals with the capacity for major gifts
  5. Steward current donors with timely and consistent communications, events and opportunities to engage with Powers faculty, students and programs
  6. Manage all aspects of the school donor database, Bloomerang, including accurate recording of gifts, generating reports that inform strategic decision-making, and utilizing DonorSearch functionality to guide research
  7. Assist the Executive Director with identifying corporate and foundation grant opportunities, managing submission deadlines and, when needed, writing proposal or report copy

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum 2 years experience in non-profit development is required; a background in music is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Bloomerang (or other CRM platform) is required. The successful candidate will be outgoing, organized, creative, patient, detail oriented, a team player, and demonstrated success working with diverse constituents.

HOURS: This is a full-time exempt position, 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend hours. An exemplary candidate with limited hours to commit could be considered for a 28-30 hour per week position with full benefits.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Powers offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes health and dental insurance premium sharing, non-matching 403b retirement account, 14 paid holidays, 15 earned vacation days, and 10 earned sick days.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Executive Director, Gavin Farrell at gfarrell@powersmusic.org.


Why teach at Powers?

Here you can meet, talk, and build relationships with some of the area’s most respected music educators and teaching artists. You’ll work for, and with, an organization that values creativity, compassion, and commitment. You’ll meet students wherever they are in their journey and guide them towards their goals in a way that makes sense for them – it’s truly a collaborative and rewarding teaching experience. You’ll also have opportunities to further connect with and impact the Powers community (and beyond!) through summer day programs, workshops, faculty committees, and more.

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Music Director/Conductor, Powers Youth Orchestra (PYO)

POSITION: Powers Music School seeks an experienced conductor and educator with superior musical, administrative and interpersonal skills to lead and cultivate its premiere large ensemble. We seek a conductor who shares our vision of providing an exceptional environment for students to learn standard orchestral repertoire while building the musical, communicative, and social skills that are vital for performing with others. Comprised of approximately 25 students from Belmont and surrounding communities, the orchestra is augmented by two training orchestras, chamber ensembles, and the full range of curricular offerings at Powers.

DUTIES: Reporting to the Director of Education and Community Programs, the Music Director conducts weekly rehearsals from 3:00-5:00 pm each Saturday; Prepares the group for annual concerts in December and May, Holds auditions 3-4 days per year – currently in early June; works with the Directors of Powers’ String Orchestra and chamber program on concerts, audition scheduling, ensemble policies; Attends the school’s annual faculty meeting in September; Attends the annual piano concerto competition in February.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred in orchestral conducting, music education, or music performance; three years professional conducting experience, preferably some working with youth in an educational setting. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of appropriate orchestral repertoire for young musicians and demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques.

START: June 2020

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

Powers Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

Piano Instructor (Part-Time)

POSITION: Powers Music School seeks to fill one or more piano teacher positions beginning Summer or Fall 2020. Preference will be given to those with experience teaching younger children or jazz/contemporary idioms. The current piano department is comprised of thirteen faculty members who teach private lessons, group classes, and chamber music.


  • Teach private lessons.
  • Teach group classes based on department need.
  • Attend annual faculty meeting and open house.
  • Explore opportunities for enrollment growth.


  • Master’s degree in performance, pedagogy or equivalent work experience.
  • Documented successful teaching experience.
  • Effective communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues.

START: Summer or Fall 2020

COMPENSATION: Based on experience and qualifications.

Powers Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

To apply for any open faculty position:

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references by email to dacsadi@powersmusic.org or by mail to:

Dr. Daniel Acsadi
Director of Education & Community Programs
Powers Music School
PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478