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Job Openings at the Community Music Center, Portland Parks & Recreation


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) seeks qualified instructors in the following positions starting October 2023:

At the Community Music Center (SE 33rd & Francis):

  • Music Skills Instructor for youth group classes
  • Woodwind Instructor for youth individual lessons
  • Strings Instructor (violin/viola) for youth individual lessons
  • Inclusive Music Therapy Instructor for youth or adults

In East Portland Outreach Locations*:

  • Multi-Instrumentalists Instructor for youth lessons (any area of strings, winds, brass, guitar, piano)
  • Music Technology/Production Instructor for youth
  • Group Guitar and Ukulele Instructor for youth or adults
  • Strings Instructors for youth individual lessons
  • Choir Instructor for youth or adults 
  • String Ensemble Instructor for adults 
  • Band Instructor for adults 

Shifts are generally weekdays during afterschool times, and depend on programs and enrollment. Wages are $30-35 per hour** to start, depending on education, training, and experience.

The positions are part-time/seasonal and require knowledge, and experience in, skill in teaching multiple ages and experience levels, excellent communication skills, and ability to be punctual, dependable, and work as part of a team.

Job duties include developing lesson plans & curriculum related to area of assignment based upon overall program objectives & guidelines; preparing materials for instructing lessons; monitoring participation & evaluating student progress; and consultations with students and/or parents/guardians as needed.

To apply, use this link: and apply for the Specialized Arts Instructor position specifying the Community Music Center as the location. IMPORTANT: be sure to read all the details in the online application form. Applications received by June 11, 2023 will be eligible for interview June 20-23, 2023. 

For more information about the Community Music Center, see 

* Involves work with partner groups at satellite locations for underserved communities and at-risk youth and teens, such as the Center Powered by ( at SE 162nd & Stark.

**Wages were recently raised to these levels and will be in effect July 1; the application form was posted prior to the new wage approval so it still contains the older, outdated rates.