The Education & Community Engagement Manager is a new full-time position created to support LexPhil’s robust music education and community program offerings throughout central Kentucky. The Education & Community Engagement Manager will create, plan, implement and evaluate all existing and new Lexington Philharmonic music education and community engagement programs, including LexPhil’s in-school programs and performances, youth programs, family programs, LexPhil in Your Neighborhood concerts, & virtual education opportunities.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Create, plan, implement and evaluate all existing and new Education & Community Engagement (EDCE) programs and strategies in collaboration with Lexington Philharmonic (LexPhil) staff and musicians, with input from community and cultural partners.
Assist General & Personnel Manager (GPM), Music Director (MD), & Executive Director (ED) in establishing appropriate EDCE goals and vision for LexPhil.
Embrace and work to implement Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA) values and recommendations in LexPhil’s EDCE programs, as guided by LexPhil’s IDEA Institutional Plan; part of LexPhil’s overall Strategic Plan.
Develop and maintain professional relationships with local & regional educators to develop, schedule and deliver music education programs in schools throughout central Kentucky.
Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with local education, arts, cultural and civic institutions to create partnerships for shared resources, creative programming, cross-promotion and shared philosophies.
Represent LexPhil’s EDCE efforts to the central Kentucky community.
Identify education and community engagement trends that may present new opportunities for LexPhil and recommend courses of action. Keep abreast of local and national EDCE policies, groundbreaking programs, and recent research on EDCE; maintain a collection of current resource materials.
In collaboration with GPM & Music Director (MD) develop annual EDCE concerts and activities, including but not limited to all in-school programs and performances, Sound Explorers! series for families, LexPhil in Your Neighborhood community concert series, & annual field trip Music Builds! Discovery Concert for students.
Develop relationships and negotiate contracts with venues for EDCE programs and activities.
In collaboration with GPM & MD create educational, participatory, and entertaining activities and resources for students & educators. Including but not limited to the creation of study guides and lesson plans for educators, audiences and partners and the writing of scripts for educational programs.
Work collaboratively with LexPhil musicians to develop their active participation, and support for our EDCE activities and identify opportunities to use their talents to create positive impact throughout the community.
Assist GPM to develop and manage the EDCE budget, including income and expense tracking and adjusting plans as necessary.
Coordinate communications regarding EDCE programs internally with appropriate LexPhil departments (Artistic, Marketing & Communications, and Development), and externally (artistic partners, venues, collaborators).
Attend civic and cultural events in the community; represent LexPhil by speaking at public events as requested.
Assist and collaborate with the Marketing & Development team to promote the EDCE programs and support fundraising.
Assist with developing and submitting grant applications and reports.
Report to the Board on progress of all education programs; provide other reports and public communications as requested.
Identify and engage volunteers needed for EDCE activities and programs.
Participate in staff meetings and other committee meetings as assigned.
Assist LexPhil staff with the implementation and execution of all LexPhil programs and activities, unless otherwise directed.
Adhere to all policies, procedures, and rules set forth in LexPhil Employee Handbook and the musicians Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This job scope is not intended to imply that these are the only dutiesto be performed by the individual in this position. Other job-related duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
Current LexPhil Education & Community Engagement Programs:
Sound Explorers! Concert series - Family concerts on Saturday mornings at venues throughout central Kentucky.
Music Builds Discovery! Concert - Annual school field trips concert for central Kentucky students.
LexPhil in Your Neighborhood - Ensemble performances featuring LexPhil musicians at accessible venues throughout central Kentucky.
In-School Teaching Artists
In-School Ensemble Concerts
Instrument Petting Zoo
Master Classes - Typically presented at local universities, featuring LexPhil guest artists.
Open Dress Rehearsals - Open rehearsal for invited students, educators & donors.
Pre-concert talks CONNECT virtual series
Staff Liaison/Representative for:
LexPhil Partner Schools
Education Interns LAN (Lexington Arts Network)
KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association)
Potential partners from community service, civic, and non-profit organizations in the region
Preferred: Minimum of 3 years of experience working in orchestral music, band, education, music education and/or the performing arts. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Effective, observant, and thoughtful written and oral communications skills.
Thorough understanding of music education, music education research, local education and performing arts education initiatives.
Knowledge and appreciation of symphonic & chamber repertoire, as well as other music genres beyond classical.
Stellar organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to schedule priorities to maximize efficiency and institutional goals.
Understanding and commitment to Inclusion, Equity, Diversity and Accessibility principles.
Must be able to work effectively and exhibit patience and understanding when working with artists, musicians, staff, community leaders and volunteers.
Ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities.
Ability to work independently and use independent judgment while keeping supervisor informed of work activity and issues.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents & budgets. Ability to create routine and complex reports and documents.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, GoogleDocs, and survey software or other assessment tools for program evaluation and outcomes measurement. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, is helpful but not required. Knowledge of basic audio & visual recording processes helpful but not required.
Ability to be on one's feet for extended periods of time;
Some evenings and weekends required.
Additional Salary Information: The Education & Community Engagement Manager is offered as a full-time employment position. Benefits offered include health, dental, and vision care plans; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parking; and ticket privileges to LexPhil events.
The Lexington Philharmonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions are based on organizational need, merit and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or
expression, age or disability. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect and care for employees and participants.
About Lexington Philharmonic
The Lexington Philharmonic (LexPhil) is a dynamic, evolving orchestra located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1961, LexPhil is central Kentucky’s largest professional music organization, serving a diverse population in central and eastern Kentucky. Each season, LexPhil presents over 150 concerts and educational programs advancing its core values of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility.
The Lexington Philharmonic believes in the transformative power of live orchestral music. It brings us together, opens our minds and lifts us to our best potential. Through its core values LexPhil will foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; educate current and future audiences and bring distinction to our community through the orchestra’s work.