Reporting to: President and Artistic Director
Supervisor to: Director of Volunteer and Education Services, Orange County Youth Symphony General Manager,
Salary: This is an exempt position, salary commensurate with qualifications
Benefits: Medical and Dental insurance, 403(b) contribution plan available.
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County seeks an experienced Music Education professional who will raise the profile of our many educational programs, educational performances, and area outreach. The Society is seeking a forward thinking thought leader who will help cultivate relationships, expand
opportunities, and deepen the connection with our Orange County community by sparking curiosity through programming and focused communication, and by providing opportunities for connection to people of all ages and abilities through live music.
• Full responsibility for all the youth and adult education programs of the Philharmonic Society, including planning and implementation
o Seek new opportunities and design appropriate programs to expand educational offerings
o In consultation with Senior staff, expand community engagement in targeted demographics consistent with the overall vision of the Society
o Oversee, manage and evaluate existing education programs and community engagement activities to inform program improvements and support related fundraising initiatives
o Ensure that programs adhere to current curricularstandards; develop and update programs as appropriate
o Plan, create, manage, reconcile and demonstrate accountability for education and community engagement components of the Society budget and resources
o Work collaboratively with district level VAPA coordinators, Orange County Department of Education, and Orange County Music and Art Administrators to ensure optimal program delivery and performance
o Ensure the timely and effective communication of all details of education programs and community engagement activities to appropriate Society staff and community and cultural partners for execution by production, marketing, development and partnership personnel
o Work with the Marketing and Development Departments to build programs that effectively support sponsor and donor relationships and maximize earned income (where applicable) and visibility in Orange County and the surrounding communities
o In consultation with the Marketing Department, communicate and promote, to defined target markets, the education and community engagement programs
o Work in conjunction with and cultivate school, performing arts and civic and cultural partnerships to establish on-going productive relationships and capitalize on combined partnerships, shared resources, cross promotion and creative programming
• Serve as primary education and community engagement representative of the Society.
• Identify education trends that may present new opportunities for the Society; recommend a course of action that takes this information into account
• Develop survey and assessment tools to measure the outcomes of education and community engagement programs
• Stay abreast of local and national education policies and maintain relationship with school administration and teaching personnel
• Keep current on local and national music education programming by other organizations
• Oversee and evaluate the work of the Director of Volunteer Services and Education.
The Director of Volunteer and Education Services administrates all Committees’ supported music education programs including Concerts for 2nd, 5th and 6th Graders, Music Mobile, CA Journeys, Musicians on Campus, Ensembles on Tour, High School Orchestra Festival, Strike Up the Band, and special education programs.
With the Director of Volunteer and Education Services:
o Work with volunteer chairmen of youth programs and concerts to produce programs
o Select appropriate dates and locations for youth programs
o Produce enrollment materials, reports and labels for youth programs
o Evaluate youth programs annually
o Engage musicians and teaching artists as required
o Identify and secure appropriate venues for programs; work with stakeholders on concert production
o Create or supervise the creation of curriculum related teacher resources
o Attend youth concerts as manager, working volunteer duties if needed
o Work with The Committees and outside organizations on arts advocacy
o Oversee volunteer communications and appreciation
• Oversee and guide the direction of the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony:
o Work with volunteer chairperson of OCYS to ensure long term planning remains current
o Collaborate with OCYS Music Director on season repertoire, season planning, budgeting, and future plans.
o Supervise OCYS General Manager to ensure smooth operation of day-to-day operations, weekly rehearsals, and season performances.
o Coordinate master classes and coachings with PSOC engaged soloists and orchestras.
o Oversee budget planning and implementation.
o Attend rehearsals as necessary.
o Attend all OCYS Season Concerts.
o Along with Marketing Department, oversee and ensure the production and accuracy of all OCYS assets for recruitment, enrollment materials, and concert programs.
• Create and manage annual department budget, working with President and Artistic Director, Philharmonic Committees leadership, and Orange County Youth Symphony leadership
• Attend monthly meetings with The Committees leadership
• Attend Executive Board, Board of Directors and Finance Committee meetings to discuss education activities
• Bachelor’s Degree in music education or arts administration required; Master’s Degree or other advanced training in music education or arts administration preferred
• Minimum of 5 years of experience working as an in-school music educator or working in the performing arts required; preference will be given to candidates with successful experience of 5 years or more administering education programs for a professional orchestra or performing arts organization
• Understanding or familiarity with education and curriculum standards
• Experience managing or supervising a team; ability to effectively work with others as a contributing partner
• Effective and efficient written and oral communications skills
• Thorough understanding of music education, music education research, local education and performing arts initiatives
• Knowledge of symphonic repertoire and instrumentation preferred
• Stellar organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to schedule priorities to maximize efficiency and institutional goals
• Must be able to work effectively with artists, musicians, staff, community leaders and volunteers
• Must be able to work under pressure and with a broad spectrum of personalities, exhibit patience and understanding and be confident in reaching and implementing decisions
• Ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment as a team member with a positive, helpful attitude in developing creative response and solutions to needs and issues
• Ability to work independently and use independent judgment while keeping supervisor informed of work activity and issues
• Proficiency in developing surveys and other assessment instruments for program evaluations and outcomes measurement
• Multi-tasking skills and ability to balance a sense of urgency and low priorities without displaying panic are essential
Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: HR@philharmonicsociety.org
Please include in the subject line of your email: VPEDUCATION
Please submit materials in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format