Artistic Director

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Artistic Director




Artistic Director

Job Details

Position Type: Part-time/25 hours per week.

Hybrid schedule: in-office & remote.

*No health insurance or life insurance.

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 18, 2022.

ROAM seeks to have employees that reflect the broad diversity of those that we serve. 


Roots of American Music (ROAM) is seeking a mission-minded colleague to join us as a part-time (25 hours per week) Artistic Director.


Roots of American Music (ROAM) provides arts education, musical performances, and playing opportunities for audiences and musicians of all ages, means, and abilities while supporting the preservation of American music and its roots. The Artistic Director position leads the artistic and program efforts of ROAM while hiring and managing teaching artists and creating and implementing programs. This position is critical to ROAM’s ability to expand its presence in the community and increase its array of programs. The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director and is assisted by a part-time Program Manager.


  • Forward-thinking strategic vision.
  • Experience in creating and implementing music programs for a wide range of ages and abilities.
  • Experience in the management of a music education program that includes hiring and managing teaching artists.
  • Ability to work with Executive Director to create and manage program budgets.
  • Ability to represent the interests of the teaching artists, artistic/programming areas of ROAM, as well as the Artistic Director’s own vision for the organization in a persuasive and articulate manner.
  • Strong professional network in the musical arts community.
  • Experience in proposal writing for program grants (preferred, but not required).
  • Musical performance proficiency.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Interpersonal Skills

  • Leadership skills.
  • Positive, professional attitude in the execution of the responsibilities of the position.
  • Multitasking without losing focus.
  • Negotiation skills with the ability to compromise.

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint.
  • Meeting software experience: Zoom, Teams.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (preferably a lesson plan or music education curriculum).

To apply: please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably a sample lesson plan or music education curriculum) to Jason Meyers, Executive Director –

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 18, 2022.


No phone calls, please.

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About Roots of American Music (ROAM)

ROAM was created in 1999 to provide arts programming to the community using traditional American music to connect students to our past. Today, ROAM educates students, adults with disabilities, and seniors about the roots of American music: gospel, blues, jazz, early rock, and gives them an outlet to experience and perform that music together. ROAM’s programs use traditional American music to help individuals of all ages and backgrounds meet wider goals in education or personal development. Literacy, math, science, self-determination, tolerance, and music enrichment are some of the themes ROAM teaching artists incorporate into music workshops and residencies.


Roots of American Music (ROAM) is an equal opportunity employer. We care for our business by ensuring that all our decisions regarding the employment relationship, including the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, are in accordance with our principles of equal opportunity.

As a matter of ROAM policy we affirm that we respect and honor all people and we will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, military and veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.