Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement (Regular/Full-time)
Department: Education and Community Engagement
Reports To: Executive Director
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time
The Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to provide music education programs and experiences of the highest quality and impact for Atlanta’s citizens.
• Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; nights and weekends as required
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
1. Create and implement annual and long-term plans for fulfilling the Orchestra’s institutional goals through education and community engagement programs.
• Responsible for work being focused, well-coordinated and effective in meeting individual program goals, the Orchestra’s overall educational and institutional objectives, and the needs of the community.
• Develop a three-year plan that is detailed and refined on an annual basis to meet the evolving needs of the Orchestra and our customers/community.
• As part of the senior staff team, provide inspiring, coordinated and visionary leadership for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
• Ensure engagement of a maximum number of Orchestra members in education programs and ensure that their participation effectively utilizes the skills and talents of ASO musicians.
• Develop new initiatives and programs as well as shift, evolve, shape and if necessary sunset existing programs to ensure the Orchestra’s education activities are current and focused on serving the Atlanta metro area, state of Georgia, and beyond where applicable.
2. Direct and support the work of education/community team.
• Ensure each program or activity is well planned and executed and meets its interim and annual goals for artistry, impact, attendance, participation, program-related revenue and expenses.
• Evaluate each activity and ensure it provides strong value to those served and serves the overall goals of the institution.
• Ensure the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is perceived as the preeminent youth ensemble in the state of Georgia.
• Establish protocols and continue to refine the work of the Talent Development Program; complete evaluation and cast strategy for the Program’s future.
• Lead, evaluate and inspire the education/community team. Evaluate strengths and developmental needs and make changes as necessary.
• Work as a collaborator with other music organizations in Atlanta and surrounding areas and seek ways to convene music organizations, reward exceptional educators, and help build the overall quality, breadth, quality, and accessibility of music programs in the greater Atlanta area
• Maintain consistent strategic contact with school music and administrative leaders; serve as the institution’s chief public spokesperson and advocate for school music programs
• Effectively engage and manage volunteers
3. Where appropriate, seek and develop programming in collaboration with other community partners and with fellow Woodruff Arts Center divisions.
4. Engage with the board and other institutional leaders to ensure awareness, appreciation and support of the ASO’s education and community programs are maximized.
• Serve as liaison to and support the ASO’s Education Committee and any task forces that may be established that relate specifically to education and community engagement.
• Attend board and executive committee meetings as needed and requested by the Executive Director; provide regular updates and written reports.
• Ensure general awareness of the ASO’s education and community programs and of the quality of these programs.
5. Serve as a partner to the Artistic team leader, programming Education and Community programs as part of the institution’s overall artistic goals.
• Participate in artistic planning meetings to help determine the ASO’s future repertoire, programming, and use of the Orchestra’s time
• Ensure all education and community programs offer artistically challenging and satisfying performance opportunities to the musicians participating
• Ensure education activities coordinate with artistic programs; seek opportunities to cross-utilize guest artists, conductors, composers, and orchestra members for the benefit of elevating the educational opportunities offered by the ASO
6. Develop and implement strategic community engagement programs for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations and increasing their access to orchestra programs
7. Strengthen and expand the relationship between the Orchestra and communities that are currently not represented in the Orchestra’s audience/participant demographic.
8. Cooperate with and provide leadership among peers within the Woodruff Arts Center.
9. Position the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s education initiatives as a leader among the nation’s best and most innovative efforts.
The Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement supervises a staff that is responsible for the creation and execution of music education experiences that meet the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s mission, including but not limited to, Young People’s Concerts, Family Concerts, Master Classes, and other family and youth programs.
Responsibilities include the following:
• Create accurate and up-to-date position descriptions for all education staff.
• Create annual work plans and professional development plans for all education staff in keeping with overarching institutional goals.
• Hold formal, written evaluations of all education staff every six months.
• Make certain that employees are in appropriate positions and consult with the President for additional staffing needs.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
• 10 or more years of demonstrated success as an arts educator or arts administrator.
Skills and Abilities:
• Outstanding communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work with people of a wide variety of ages, abilities, cultural background, and musical knowledge.
• Demonstrated ability to motivate others and to provide successful leadership.
• Demonstrated organizational and supervisory ability.
• Evidence of ongoing professional development.
• Knowledge of and interest for live music performance and music/arts education.
• Ability to both lead and to follow in a team setting.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.