Jobs and Volunteer opportunities


Community Engagement Manager (part-time)

Through relationship building and interpersonal engagement, the Community Engagement Manager (“CEM”) drives recruitment for NMS programs. Armed with a thorough knowledge of the “what” and the “why” of NMS broad range of offerings, the CEM builds awareness and enthusiasm for the school’s programs across Greater New Haven. The CEM’s tactics include research, meetings with schools, businesses and civic organizations, networking at community events and coordinating onsite tours. The Community Engagement Manager leads the Parent Engagement Committee. The CEM also coordinates community performances for NMS student and faculty performers.

Success Measure: Substantially increased enrollment in NMS programs.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Outstanding interpersonal and influence skills;
  • Love of working with people and motivating them to take action;
  • Experience working with or managing volunteers;
  • Efficient and able to see projects through to successful completion;
  • Independent self-starter capable of working effectively with minimal supervision;
  • A collaborative approach and a sense of humor;
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and to manage multiple projects and timelines;
  • A love of the arts, and a commitment to the NMS mission;
  • Flexible schedule; occasional nights and weekends;
  • Background in the arts, education, and/or sales preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Through interpersonal engagement and relationship building, generate a measurable increase in enrollment for NMS programs.
  • Understand and effectively convey the “why” as well as the “what” of NMS programs;
  • Effectively tailor approach for various individuals and groups based on their age, background, artistic interest, etc.
  • Plan and conduct outreach efforts to schools, businesses and other organizations in the Greater New Haven region through meetings, tours and phone calls;
  • Distribute collateral and make personal connections at local businesses and other organizations;
  • Identify and attend networking events through local Chambers of Commerce and other groups
  • Attend – or organize volunteer efforts to attend – community events, such as fairs, festivals and concerts, as a representative of NMS;
  • Coordinate community performances for NMS student and faculty performers to promote community awareness of NMS;
  • Track outreach activity and demonstrate impact of outreach efforts;
  • Provide feedback to NMS management regarding school programs, policies and communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Grantwriter (contractual, part-time)

Neighborhood Music School, a community arts school located in downtown New Haven, is currently seeking a part-time contractual Grantwriter to assist with grant preparation, submission, tracking and reporting for government, corporate and foundation funders. This position reports to the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and works collaboratively with the Director of Programs and other staff to develop funding proposals.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare letters of intent, grant proposals; narrative sections of government funding applications and funder reports.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of available funding opportunities, develop both new and existing relationships and conduct prospect research.
  • Oversee master grants calendar, track grant deadlines and maintain development electronic and paper files.
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of the work of Neighborhood Music School and its mission and programs.


  • B.A. or B.S. required
  • Minimum of three years of successful grantwriting experience in a nonprofit environment, with a proven record of securing grants from varied sources
  • Outstanding research, writing, editing and oral communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Outstanding time management and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Proficiency in the use of standard foundation research and online submission tools
  • Familiarity with local and regional non-profit funders preferred

Send resume and writing samples to Crystal Neuhauser, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, at


Administrative help

Help NMS staff with administrative duties, including answering phones and sitting at the front desk, as well as with occasional organizational projects such as filing paperwork, archiving photographs and conducting research.

NMS Ambassadors

NMS Ambassadors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable representatives of NMS who help out at community, as well as in-house, events, including festivals, concerts and fundraisers. Ambassadors help facilitate these events, as well as act as liaisons to the school by promoting our programming, answering questions and distributing promotional materials. Ambassadors must be committed to NMS’s mission, and training is required.

Events help

These integral volunteers help set up before, and clean up after NMS recitals, concerts and other in-house events. Light physical work – such as lifting chairs and setting up portable tables – is required.

While these are our primary needs, other volunteer opportunities come up from time to time. If you have a special skill or expertise, don’t hesitate to let us know!

Contact if interested in volunteering.

Teaching Positions

We are always on the lookout for talented and dedicated instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers to join our exceptional faculty! If you are passionate about teaching, please send your CV/resume, along with a cover letter detailing your teaching interests and expertise to Tell us what you value, and why you feel you might be a good fit for NMS. We look forward to hearing from you!