zSharp is a nonprofit that hires music teachers to provide comprehensive, in-school music education to over 7,600 children in Bay Area elementary schools who would not otherwise be exposed to music in a formal setting. Our music classes are completely integrated into the school day, reinforcing other academic activities.

zSharp music teachers are embedded in one or two schools, teaching weekly music classes coordinated with the school’s regular teachers to ensure that music class reinforces other lesson plans. As such, zSharp music teachers are ready and able to serve as faculty members at their school(s) and interact with their colleagues accordingly.

We’re currently hiring for the following positions. Click on a job title to jump to its job description:

Executive Director


Since 2007, zSharp has provided high-quality music education to the most under-resourced elementary schools in the Bay Area. Our program is uniquely comprehensive, providing year-round music teachers that teach every grade—meaning that children experience music in a way that is deeply impactful, long-term, and engaging. Our curriculum ensures students meet and exceed national and state music education standards and is flexible enough to completely integrate with a school’s curriculum. Every week students master musical concepts and reinforce concepts learned in other academic classes.


The board is seeking a results-oriented leader with strong interpersonal skills, who has a dynamic and inclusive approach to leadership. The ideal candidate will have the ability to build external relationships and networks, inspire funders and partners, drive the continued success of zSharp’s current programs, and work with the board to identify new areas where the organization can have an impact.

The ideal candidate will also have a proven strategic planning and fundraising track record. The Executive Director will provide dynamic, and forward-thinking leadership, promoting the fulfillment of zSharp’s vision and mission. With the support of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee a talented staff of 5 and an annual budget of $350,000. Fundraising and funding source development, marketing and event planning, financial management, organizational development, board engagement, and staff management are all key areas the Executive Director will be expected to lead.


Development and Fundraising:

  • Forge new connections in philanthropic communities to enable successful fundraising activities, recommend and execute on new streams of revenue, and position zSharp as an attractive option for corporate sponsorship and individual giving opportunities
  • Deepen existing relationships with diverse funding sources, including foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government agencies
  • Successfully manage and support existing fundraising activities for increased growth
  • Effectively drive new revenue funding opportunities through a combination of approaches, such as traditional means and new fee for service options opportunities
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of external marketing communications, from web presence and social media channels to more traditional avenues external relations, in order to increase develop a stronger brand awareness
  • Maintain existing relationships and create new ones to garner new opportunities (in fundraising, partnerships, communications and program creation)
  • Effectively enlist Board members to support development efforts  

Strategic Planning & New Business:

  • Collaborate with the Board and staff to help design and manage a new 3-year strategic plan and develop a corresponding fundraising plan to support immediate and long-term strategic priorities
  • Cultivate new external relationships within communities and with organizations that may have an affinity for zSharp’s mission, such as other music-related organizations
  • Develop deeper relationships between zSharp and political and community leaders

Leadership & Management:

  • Serve as our chief fundraiser and be a compelling spokesperson for zSharp’s vision, strategy, and programming among the board, staff, donors, other key stakeholders
  • Ensure excellence across the organization, operationally and programmatically
  • Support and grow a strong Board of Directors
  • Maintain high standards of financial management and reporting
  • Recruit, lead, and retain a high-performing staff
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with principals, teachers, and school leaders at zSharp partner schools



  • 5+ years of experience in a senior management role, including staff management and budgetary accountability of $250k+
  • Proven track record as a fundraiser with ability to forge relationships with a wide diversity of funding and development sources
  • A track record of fostering collaboration and team building, mentoring and positive staff interactions in the workplace
  • Experience with public/private partnerships strongly preferred
  • Significant experience working with boards and board members through board service, professional roles or a combination

Qualities and Skills

  • Approachable, savvy, humble, warm, and has a genuine personality  
  • Strong commitment to the zSharp mission of providing comprehensive, in-school music education to underserved communities
  • Proven ability to develop and operationalize strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Accomplished communicator with strong verbal and written communications skills, at ease with a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong fundraising and development, marketing, public relations, and project management experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures


  • zSharp covers Kaiser Bronze Medical plan to all full time staff at no cost to the employees
  • We provide a flexible working schedule and remote location, though all of zSharp’s current programming is based in the East Bay
  • We give generous holiday, vacation, and sick time off.
  • We have a passionate, very dedicated, and extremely talented group of music teachers
  • We will provide you with a thoughtful onboarding experience
  • Best of all, you have the wonderful opportunity to build on our first 10 years as you shape and drive zSharp’s strategy, future growth, and impact!


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Search Committee at edzsharp@gmail.com.  Applications will be received on a rolling basis; however, we strongly encourage qualified applicants to apply by December 20, 2017 for the strongest consideration. Our expectation is to identify our next Executive Director by the end of February, 2018.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

zSharp provides high quality music teachers to Bay Area schools that would otherwise have no formal music education. Our comprehensive, in-school music program currently reaches over 4,000 low-income children in Richmond and Oakland. Our music classes are completely integrated into the school day and curriculum, complementing other academic activities. zSharp provides every child at these schools with at least one music class a week for the entire school year.

We are currently seeking passionate board members to join the zSharp team! As thought partners with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors provides guidance to the overall direction of zSharp and ensure the overall health and wellbeing of the organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Advocate to the greater community for zSharp’s mission, vision, and programs.Ensure the financial support of the organization and actively engage in fundraising activities, including personal financial contribution (recommended $1,000 give/get), solicitation of other individuals, and assisting with the solicitation of corporations and foundations.Identify local, regional, and national trends and best-practices for leadership development related to nonprofit and education fields.
  • Recruit new Board members as needed.

Time Commitment:

  • 5-10 hours per month, where applicable
  • Ongoing participation in one committee, as needed

Benefits and Rights:

  • Directly impacting the students that zSharp serves.
  • Extending your circle of contacts and developing new business opportunities.
  • Hands-on participation in helping zSharp achieve heightened levels of success.
  • Directly assist in advancing social / nonprofit sector leadership development.
  • Become more widely known to the larger communities of practitioners and consumers.
  • Official recognition online and at zSharp events.

To apply, please email a short letter of introduction to zSharp's Executive Director, Kim Kays at kkays (at) zsharp (dot) org


TK-6 General Music Teacher

zSharp makes music a part of every child’s education. We place high quality music teachers in Bay Area schools to provide comprehensive, in-school music education to thousands of children who would not otherwise be exposed to music in a formal setting.

We’re currently hiring Music Teachers for the 2017 - 2018 school year, primarily in Oakland and Richmond.

Applicants should possess a strong passion for bringing quality music education to diverse student populations. Music teachers will be embedded in one to two schools, teaching weekly music classes to grades ranging from TK-6. zSharp music teachers fully integrate into each of our partner schools and should be ready and able to serve as full members of each school’s learning community.  General Music Teachers do not need to have a teaching credential but should have some classroom experience and a passion for teaching!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach sequential weekly music classes (30 - 45 minutes)
  • Create standards-based lesson plans using zSharp benchmarks and resources
  • Collaborate monthly with Program Director and other zSharp staff on instructional practices, lesson planning, assessments, behavior management, etc.
  • Attend regular Professional Development sessions
  • Organize and present school-wide student performances (at least two concerts per year)

Required Qualifications:

  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for music education
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong classroom management and lesson planning skills
  • Knowledge of California and Common Core standards and ability to integrate into a curriculum
  • Experience in preparing students for concerts and performances
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Experience working with general music and choral classes
  • Ability to provide own transportation to site schools in Richmond and/or Oakland

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • California Credential
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English
  • At least 2 years of classroom teaching experience
  • Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Knowledge of Orff and Kodaly methods desirable, willingness to train for them as necessary
  • Knowledge of Responsive Classroom, restorative justice, and culturally responsive teaching practices


zSharp provides internal professional development, support, and training to all teachers through observations, coaching, and ongoing support. Our teachers have access to a community of fellow music educators as well as a vast resource library, scope and sequence, and curricular materials.

All teachers are W-2 employees. zSharp provides health insurance for full-time teachers, professional development stipends and performance bonuses, and a modest discretionary budget for purchasing additional instruments and supplies.

How to Apply:

Interested and highly qualified applicants should forward their resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Program Director, Sonya Harway - sharway (at) zsharp (dot) org.

Thank you for your interest!


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