Location:        El Sistema Lehigh Valley at Roosevelt Elementary Teaching Faculty


Reports to:     El Sistema Lehigh Valley Program Director


Hours:            Approximately 16 hours per week – 90 day probation period


Start Date:     ASAP


Pay:                hourly rate Depends on Experience


Inquiry:          Please send your resume and cover letter








Attn: Steven Liu

23 North Sixth Street

Allentown, PA 18101



El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics and arts within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.


El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) is an initiative of the Allentown Symphony Association (ASA), supported by the Allentown School District, to provide access to exceptional instrumental and orchestral education in order to promote youth development. Central to ESLV is the ASA’s plan to build, with community partners, youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout the Lehigh Valley.


Position Summary:

Responsible for leading beginning string pedagogy at the ESLV at Roosevelt. He or she will ensure the highest quality beginning string experience, create curriculum and pedagogy in collaboration with other music faculty and support each child holistically. He or she will support the ELSV philosophy and community and help facilitate community and family involvement.


Roosevelt is the first site of the ELSV program, inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that provides over one quarter million children with free musical instruments and music instruction. ESLV will serve approximately 80 first through third graders during the inaugural year. Roosevelt is a recognized community school in Allentown that has become a home-away-from-home for countless numbers of inner city youth. With ESLV, this vibrant community center will become a hub of intensive and joyful music making. Each participant will have a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community. Curriculum will include: full orchestra, smaller ensembles, early childhood music pedagogy, choir, music language and instrumental instruction.  Students will also benefit from Roosevelt’s exceptional academic support, and creative outlets.  The instruments and the program are free to all participating students as long as they uphold their contract to take care of the instrument, practice, and participate in ESLV music programming primarily between Monday and Friday. 



Essential Functions:


As an ESLV faculty member, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


- Collaborating with ESLV faculty to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy, and culture inspired by the ideals of El Sistema

- Teaching beginning string classes, group lessons

- Team teaching and running ensemble classes of 40-80

- Assisting with full orchestra rehearsal of 80 children; tuning strings, playing in the section

- Attending music pedagogy and professional development sessions

- Preparation and communication with teachers, program director, ASA staff, and parents




- Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer

- Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music and the missions of ESLV

- Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus

- Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy (Suzuki, etc.) with certification preferred

- Experience teaching beginning strings

- Experience leading and conducting ensembles

- Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum and pedagogy

- Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in underserved communities

- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

- Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher and citizen

- Ability to work under frequent observation

- Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus


An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Allentown Symphony Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, age or Veteran Status.    








Development Intern

ASA Student Intern


Development/ Fundraising

• Updating Master List – of local businesses and corporations

• Assist at special events or receptions

• Organize, update mailing lists for development

• Assist with follow up mailings, develop new contact information for potential sponsors

• Assist in the preparation of power point presentations

• Assist with donor follow-up, thank you letters, tracking, etc

• Assist with Annual Fund & Symphony Society mailings

• Track and maintain donor and any dedication details


Assist with Symphony Ball

• This work will include mailings, follow up with invitations, host Committee tables and seating and activities related to the evening of the event


Symphony Society

• Assist with preparing information for mailings to new Contacts

• Assist with follow up to potential Symphony Society members Grants

• Review organization sponsorships Research for individual donor lists Collate names of potential sponsorships for ASA

• Research for online fundraising pages

• Assist with Grant submissions (proofread, prepare supplemental materials, etc)

• Assist in maintaining grant folders

• Assist with mailings and grant supplemental material for mailings

• Assist in maintaining the grant schedule and grant report


General Activities Allentown Symphony Association General office phone that include answering telephone, copying, mailings, preparing handouts for meetings

• Assemble the season sponsor folders

• Provide assistance with set-up for any scheduled events

• Assist with filing Other related duties may occur


ESLV Intern

El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV)
ASA Student Intern Opportunities

Contact: Steven Liu, stllui@allentownsymphony.org

ESLV Audio Visual/Photography Intern
• Assist with the development of publicity/marketing materials, i.e., video and photography
• Attend some of the daily programming, special events, and performances
• Assist with editing video and photography for publicity/marketing materials

ESLV Administrative Intern
• Maintain and create spreadsheets o Instrument check-out lists
   o Student attendance
   o Student instrument lists
   o Budget & donation data
• General assistance at ESLV site (M-F 3:30-5:30, Daily attendance not required – flexible to accommodate intern availability)
   o Disciplinary support – students primarily between 1st and 6th grade
   o Set-up and/or break-down of classrooms
   o Assist and support guests artists/gaculty during visits
   o Assist with transitioning children
• Support family relations via the generation of notices and making phone calls – (Spanish literacy a plus, but not required)
• Assist with special events and/or performances
• Assist with identifying potential grant opportunities
• Assist with collating data of multiple indicators to evaluate program effectiveness

ESLV Instrumental or Choir Intern
• Assist primarily instructor with music classes at ESLV (M-F 3:30-5:30, Daily attendance not required – flexible to accommodate intern availability)
• Assist students with setting up & tuning instruments
• Assist with the instrument check-in/check-out process
• Assist with setting up and breaking down classroom space
• Opportunity to lead class with direct feedback from the ESLV teaching staff

ESLV Tutors
• Provide academic support for ESLV students 2 times a week (4 hours weekly, hours are between 3:3- and 5:30pm. Days of the week are TBD depending on tutor availability)
• Provide additional learning opportunities for students
• Distribute and correct student worksheets that are provided if the student has completed their homework
• Oversee silent sustained reading
• Assist and/or implement academic learning games

Other related duties may occur
Intern reports to Steven Thomas Lai Xiang Liu, Program Director of El Sistema Lehigh Valley


Marketing Intern

Marketing Assistant Intern

Reports to: Marketing Director
Contact: Lucy Bloise, lbloise@allentownsymphony.org
Primary Location: Support Team Office

Job purpose: The Marketing Assistant is a key link in implementing marketing strategies across the company, by providing materials, technology support, and logistics coordination, etc. on deadline to support the Marketing Director.

Applicants: The best candidates are detail-oriented, highly organized, deadline-focused and problem solvers. They value precision, clear and direct communications and getting things done.

Required Technical Skills: The Marketing Assistant should have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Knowing some basic graphic design software such as Publisher, In-Design is a plus, but not required. This position does not require graphic design skills.

Social Media: Ability to update Facebook page, twitter, blogs would be a great plus.

Branded Visual
• Providing assistance in terms of logistics to concerts and events.
• Assisting in writing and editing sales and marketing materials, which include press releases, articles, and collateral.
• Assist in proofreading.
• Research companies and organizations relating to upcoming shows and get email promotions out.
• Developing media packs to be distributed through the LV Arts Council.
• Assisting in promotional strategies.
• Set-up marketing collateral in the interior of Hall prior to concerts and events.
• Generating thank you letters, form letters for mailing mass program books to sponsors and other organizations.
• Scraping ads and articles from newspapers and magazines and occasional filing.
• If available, assist during concerts and performances with distributing marketing materials and assisting with other set-up duties as needed.
• Validating and fulfilling request for information and marketing, tracking mails and requests.

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