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Piano Technician

Summer Program Assistant

Summerfest Residential Coordinator

Title: Piano Technician
Reports to: Chief Piano Technician
Department: Piano Maintenance Workshop
Status: Exempt

Job Summary

The piano technician is a full-time position which reports to the chief piano technician. The successful candidate will assist in concert-level tuning, voicing, regulation, repair, and rebuilding to maintain performance, teaching studio, classroom, and practice room pianos both on the Curtis campus and at off-site venues. As Curtis is an all-Steinway school, candidates should have experience with installation and use of genuine Steinway parts and be familiar with Steinway geometry changes. Candidates should be adept at multi-tasking projects and have a flexible schedule to coincide with changes in rehearsals, teaching times, and a busy performance schedule throughout the year. Working closely with faculty, students, staff, guest artists, and members of the community, the successful candidate must have good communication skills and be able to help create and maintain a positive and professional demeanor. Applicants should ideally have earned their RPT status and be highly organized, self-motivated, efficient, and committed to accomplishing work with the highest standards. Curtis supports continuing education for this position.

Curtis Facilities

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To Apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Title: 2017 Summer Program Assistant (SPA)
Reports to: Manager of Summer Programs and Director of Residence Life
Status: Temporary, during Young Artist Summer Program (July 17 through August 5)

During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide musicians and music lovers opportunities to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. The Summerfest Office, in conjunction with the Director of Residence Life, is hiring Summer Program Assistants (SPAs) for the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP). SPAs live in the same suites as participants in Curtis’ Lenfest Hall and are responsible for mentoring and guidance, leading activities, ensuring their safety, and complying with program rules and regulations. This is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills, mentor young students, plan and implement social programming, and build effective working relationships during a fun and rewarding summer music program.

Compensation is $11.50/hour. SPAs receive on-campus housing (private room within a shared suite) in Lenfest Hall as part of his/her compensation. Meals are provided in Lenfest Hall’s Gould Dining Hall when summer programs are in session. Attendance is mandatory for the SPA training on May 8 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Curtis, Lenfest Hall.

The SPA role must be the highest priority while in the residence for the duration of employment. In addition, SPAs will be held to the highest standards of professionalism.

Employment Dates

  • May 8, 2017 Mandatory Training Workshop
  • July 14, 2017 SPA Move-in
  • July 15, 2017 Mandatory SPA Training
  • July 17, 2017 through August 5, 2017 Young Artist Summer Program
  • August 6, 2017 SPA Move-out

Essential Functions

  • Share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’ campus. Plan and implement social programming activities for participants. Chaperone and participate in scheduled afternoon, evening, and weekend activities.
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. Serve as a resource for program participants’ questions and needs.
  • Coordinate program check-in and help students move out after program.
  • Educate participants on program rules and reinforce their compliance.
  • Maintain accurate reporting when needed and other critical paperwork.
  • Fulfill on-call responsibilities and perform nightly curfew checks. Conduct occasional student floor meetings. Conduct health and safety inspections.
  • Attend scheduled daily staff meetings.
  • Perform administrative and office duties as needed. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Attention to detail, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, racial and/or religious background.
  • Impeccable customer-oriented skills.

Working Conditions / Physical Demands

This position works closely with Curtis Staff and Faculty and reports directly to the Manager of Summer Programs and Director of Residence Life. Positions are temporary and do not include benefits.

To Apply

Interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter and resume to with “Summer Program Staff” in the subject line, no later than Friday, March 24, 2017.

Students must be 18 years of age (or 17 with a high school diploma) and must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of Pennsylvania Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. EOE

Title: Summerfest Residential Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Residence Life
Status: Temporary, Non-Exempt

About Curtis Summerfest

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide young musicians and music lovers the opportunity to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis Summerfest offers programs that are produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and provides facility rentals for outside summer programs.

Job Summary

The Summerfest Residential Coordinator (SRC) reports to and assists the Director of Residence Life (DRL) with supervision and the well-being of Summerfest participants and Summer Programs Assistant (SPA) staff residing in Lenfest Hall during the summer months. The SRC stays in constant contact with the DRL while working with staff of up to 12 SPAs. SRC will be available, approachable, and accessible to residents and Summer Programs Assistant (SPA) team.

This is approximately a 3-month assignment (May – August) that includes a live-in portion. The demands of the live-in position are unique and challenging; the SRC is “on call” for 24 hours a day throughout the assignment. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to the evolving program needs.


  • Assist with on-site check-in and check-out of program participants.
  • Carry out administrative and office duties as needed.

Community Building

  • Monitor and assist SPA staff with implementing positive community living, respect and responsibility and facilitate the development of summer program participants.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of social programming activities for participants.
  • Clearly communicate, interpret and enforce policies to staff and students living in residence halls.
  • Chaperone and participate in scheduled afternoon, evening, and weekend activities.

Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management during participant programming

  • Provide leadership during crisis in the residence hall and in the campus community.
  • Understand, communicate and uphold all policies and procedures. Provide emergency assistance and coverage. Respond to all emergency situations in a calm, responsible, and professional manner. Learn and follow institutional and departmental guidelines regarding emergencies.
  • Diffuse and mediate residential conflicts and concerns.
  • Accompany participant to outside health services as needed.
  • Document all incidences in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Proactively communicate and provide educational interventions to minimize behavioral issues.

Professional Standards and Procedures

  • Act as a positive role model at all times (on and off campus) and maintain a high level of ethical standards. Maintain a professional attitude and manner while employed by the school. Monitor and maintain a professional online presence (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Know and abide by local, state, and federal laws.
  • Maintain confidentiality for sensitive and FERPA protected information.
  • Cooperative, considerate and tactful in dealing with participants, faculty, co-workers and the public. Gains confidence and trust of others and exhibits appropriate sensitivity to others.
  • Uses good judgment and follows up as needed. Anticipates and identifies problems and helps to bring about resolutions. Is open to or offers different solutions and determines what to handle independently and what to refer. Is accountable and takes responsibility for own decision and actions.

Required Qualifications

  • Be 21 years of age by December 2016.
  • Prior Residential Life and Housing or Student Affairs experience.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student and staff population.
  • Ability to foster the development of creative team-building activities within the residence halls.
  • Familiarity with common symptoms of mental, emotional, and physical illnesses. Ability to recognize and serve as a resource or referral agent.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and responsibilities. Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment. Propensity to work independently and interdependently within a team. Consistently meets deadlines and is able to juggle competing priorities without sacrificing quality/accuracy. Demonstrates commitment and can be trusted to follow through on commitments.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, administrative skills and interpersonal skills (i.e. counseling, group dynamics, general human relations, and sensitivity to others.).
  • Exhibit effective listening and mediation skills.
  • Experience in the adjudication of infractions of rules and regulations or other transferable experience in university or related setting.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products and ability to learn new systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One to three years of post-bachelor’s experience in student supervision, judicial affairs, orientation, student activities, residence hall or other equivalent working with students of varied ages.
  • Professional credentials in an area such as Student Personnel Administration, Counseling, Health Services, Education, First Aid or related field a plus.
  • Crisis intervention experience a plus.

To Apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references and rate requirements to: by Friday, March 31, 2017. Curtis offers a rate commensurate with experience. Position begins May 2017. EOE. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of Act 153 compliance and background check. URL: