SUMMARY: The Director of Education and Community Engagement is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, administration, and evaluation of all education and community engagement programs of the Oregon Symphony Association (OSA). The Director works collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders including musicians, staff, donors, educators, and other community members to ensure that education and engagement programming meets predetermined goals and criteria that support the mission of the OSA. The Director serves as the primary interface with community partners, building strong relationships with education and community leaders throughout the region.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION:
- Develops, administers, and implements ongoing education programs and community engagement initiatives, leveraging Symphony resources to serve learners of all ages while maximizing the off-stage impact of the OSA in the community at-large.
- In collaboration with appropriate external partners, develops and recommends comprehensive community-based programs which provide meaningful cultural connections with diverse audiences in public neighborhood and community venues.
- Monitors and evaluates existing programs and makes recommendations for the creation of new programs consistent with the OSA’s strategic direction, policies, budgets, and calendars.
- Oversees the Artist-in-Residence program, creating a three-year plan for each artist that connects their unique talents and personalities with appropriate partnerships in the community.
- Serves as liaison with Oregon Symphony Association in Salem (OSAS) Education subcommittee, works with Salem Advisory Committee on education initiatives.
- In coordination with local educators and school administrators, plans and administrates all student attendance and participation for annual Youth Concerts, Youth Concert Runouts, and LinkUp Concerts,
- Plans, implements, and coordinates all in-school education programs including coaching, master classes, and ensemble performances.
- Conceives and implements relevant programming in connection to concert activity (e.g. Prelude performances by school and community groups prior to concerts, pre-concert conversations, and school group rehearsal attendance).
- Oversees Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and Chorus Manager in advance of annual Gospel Christmas performances. Serves as liaison between the choir and the OSA.
- Takes a lead role in building strategic partnerships within the community. Maintains strong relationships with existing partners.
- Identifies and cultivates new partnerships that further the strategic and mission-centric initiatives of the OSA.
- Fosters and supports good working relationships with area classroom teachers, music instructors, school administrators, and colleagues in area arts organizations.
- Maintains good relationships with OSA musicians, pairing them with engagement opportunities that fit their talents and skill sets.
- Facilitates participation of musicians and volunteers in education and community engagement programs and initiatives.
- Oversees training of musician and volunteer docent presenters in the schools and community programs as requested.
- Collaborates with the VP for Programming and Associate Conductor providing input for Kids series, Youth Concerts, and LinkUp programming.
- Develops and reports on associated program budgets, monitoring program expenditures against those budgets.
- Consults and cooperates with the Development department to promote and seek funding for all education and community programs. Compiles and coordinates all information required for grant proposals, implementations, and reports.
- Works collaboratively with the Marketing and Design teams to develop collateral and identify opportunities to promote education and community engagement activities.
- Monitors program content and delivery to ensure offerings continually evolve to meet the needs of partners and the community. Makes recommendations for the improvement or discontinuation of selected programs; develops tools for ongoing evaluation.
- Oversees the development of materials used in teacher and musician training and student preparation for all education programs.
- Remains current with best education and community engagement practices by maintaining relationships with professional symphony orchestras across the country, the League of American Orchestra’s EDCE peer group, and local arts organizations.