Founded in 1916 by the legendary musicians and music educators David and Clara Mannes, Mannes Prep is a vital provider of pre-collegiate music education programs for students ages 4-18. Mannes Prep serves young artists at all levels, from beginners through advanced students aspiring toward collegiate study in music. Mannes Prep is an arm of the College of Performing Arts (CoPA) at The New School, a comprehensive university in New York City, comprised of ﬁve degree-granting colleges, including Parsons School of Design.
Mannes Prep is now poised for a visionary redesign of its programs that will include the incorporation of styles, genres, and art forms beyond classical music in order to serve a broader community and more fully integrate Prep with CoPA, as well as other programs of The New School. The Director of Mannes Prep will be a gifted administrator with experience leading and developing pre-collegiate and/or collegiate performing arts education programs. The successful candidate will be a strong collaborator who can work in partnership with the leadership of CoPA to develop and execute a broad and progressive vision for the future of Mannes Prep. They will be nimble, adaptable, a close listener and good learner, and will approach their work with passion and excitement while inspiring colleagues to do the same. The Director of Mannes Prep is responsible for the overall administration of the program, overseeing recruitment, enrollment, curriculum, faculty, and stafﬁng. They provide leadership, vision, and direction to the Mannes Prep community of students and their families and the nearly 100 unionized part-time faculty members, a small number of whom also teach in CoPA’s college programs.
The Director reports to the Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts and is a member of the CoPA Deans Council.