The Director of Education and Community Engagement will be responsible for the development and implementation of Minnesota Orchestra education and engagement programs. The Director will implement the goal of using music as a catalyst to enrich our community by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together, creating meaningful individual and group connections to the Minnesota Orchestra and inspiring exploration, growth and learning for all ages through engagements in Orchestra Hall and beyond.
The Director will oversee the department that creates and manages programs such as Young People’s Concerts, Family Concerts, OH+ (Orchestra Hall Plus), Symphonic Adventures, Fantasy Camp, Sensory Friendly experiences, health and wellness initiatives and Common Chords.
MAJOR JOB DUTIES:
Oversee strategy, planning and execution for all education and community engagement programs, including digital learning. Ensure programs are tied to Strategic Plan objectives, using evaluation and best practices to guide planning.
Establish and sustain relationships with an increasing number of school districts and community partners.
Strategically identify, build and sustain musical partnerships and collaborative programs with organizations such as MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Music Educators Association, local youth orchestras, the University of Minnesota, other arts organizations and educational institutions.
Develop and maintain close working relationships with Minnesota Orchestra musicians in planning and implementing programming objectives.
Serve as liaison to FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra and Young People’s Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) regarding programming for students.
Collaborate with Development staff on strategizing around fundraising opportunities for department initiatives.
Work with the Vice President of Orchestra Administration and other staff to intentionally design and manage the Rosemary and David Good Fellowship.
Actively participate in the work of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Develop and oversee department budgets including concert budgets for department programs.
Serve as staff liaison to the Education and Community Engagement Board Committee.
Effectively supervise, mentor and evaluate department colleagues to achieve department and organizational goals.
Represent the Minnesota Orchestra in the community as public speaker and advocate for the Orchestra, symphonic music and music education.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in Music Education or related field.
3+ years of experience in artistic programming.
Demonstrated history of education program planning and evaluation.
Experience managing and supervising a team.
Familiarity with music education curriculum design.
Strong written communication skills, public speaking ability, and enthusiasm for music education and engagement.
Must be able to work independently and handle multiple projects at a time.
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Outlook, and familiarity with databases.
Must be able to speak and write English proficiently.
Must be able to use a keyboard.
Must be able to occasionally travel with the Minnesota Orchestra, and individually: local, national and international travel required.
The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The Minnesota Orchestra embraces its commitment to equal opportunity for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.
This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Minnesota Orchestra
The Minnesota Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the state and one of America’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its second century, the Orchestra continues a tradition of world-renowned artistic excellence, adventurous programming, and a visionary commitment to building the orchestra of tomorrow, under the musical direction of Osmo Vanska.