Community Music School of Springfield seeks a creative administrator to support the Heritage Music Institute Director in managing the Arnold Miller Heritage Music Institute at Community Music School of Springfield. The Arnold Miller Heritage Music Institute was founded for the purpose of empowering Black and Brown young people of the Springfield area with education about their heritage music traditions and expressive arts.

The Institute will offer instruction through Culture-bearer led heritage music ensembles, immersion in African Diasporic music-cultures through study abroad opportunities, interactive, interdisciplinary cultural seminars, individual instruction, and music business/arts administration internships.

The goal of the Institute is to address racial inequity in music and music education by raising cohorts of young Afro-descendant students, and students from other marginalized ethnic groups, as leaders in their heritage music forms as performers, music educators, arts administrators and music business professionals.


  • Support Heritage Music Institute Director in implementing all Heritage Institute activities
  • Coordinate weekly Heritage Music Institute workshops/classes held after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer
  • Foster relationships with students, families and communities in order to build trust and support students’ successful participation
  • Support Heritage Music Institute Director in managing recruitment campaigns in order to enroll and recruit participants through direct engagement with schools, churches, community organizations and other institutions central to student’s communities
  • Ensure continued student participation and access by coordinating reminders & transportation
  • Provide logistical support for internship placements and professional development activities
  • Work with Heritage Institute Director to conduct program evaluation and internship evaluation

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, detail-oriented, with the demonstrated ability to manage deadlines and multiple ongoing projects from start to finish
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; Ability to communicate compassionately and respectfully with people from a variety of races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Previous work experience in arts administration, youth development, and/or program management role
  • Higher education in arts-related field, music studies, anthropology, ethnomusicology, Africana studies, Latin American studies, sociology, social work, art history, arts administration, social work, community development, youth development, or other relevant fields
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity, which are foundational to CMSS’ mission
  • Familiarity with and comfort engaging in Springfield’s local community spaces.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and focus in a busy environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and share responsibility with colleagues
  • Comfort working with computers; proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google suite, and Adobe Acrobat (Graphic design skills a plus)
  • Punctuality and reliability

$20-25 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications.

This is a part time position with potential for expansion to full time.

Employee discounts, dental and vision insurance, professional development

To apply, please send your resume or CV to Sierra Simmons, Associate Director, at Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject of your email. If you have relevant experience or qualifications that are not explicit on your resume, please explain these in your email.