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Summer Program Assistant

Piano Technician


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 human.resources@curtis.edu with “Summer Program Staff” in the subject line, no later than Wednesday, March 15, 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: 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

Information about Curtis facilities can be found at: http://www.curtis.edu/about-curtis/facilities/

To Apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to human.resources@curtis.edu. Position open until filled. 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.

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