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Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement
Status: New position; Full-time
Reports to: Vice President of Education & Community Engagement (ECE)
Direct reports: Senior Manager of ECE; Coordinator of ECE
The Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement will play a critical role in fostering the efficacy and growth of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s (NJSO’s) lauded music education and community engagement programs. To that end, this position will have primary responsibility for the following:
- Bolstering the statewide profile of and participation in ECE programs as key educational and community resources.
- Cultivating strategic music education partnerships that serve youth and adults, with the aim of expanding performance and coaching opportunities for NJSO musicians.
- Enhancing the capacity of the ECE Department to fulfill on its mission of promoting meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music.
- Expands the NJSO’s base of fee-for-service partnerships with schools and school districts to provide customized instrument coaching and related educational support services.
- Researches, plans and oversees new, fee-based music education offerings for youth and adults.
- Collaborates with inter-departmental team on the grassroots marketing and sales of the Family series, Concerts for Young People and the traveling chamber music program.
- Supervises the Senior Manager and Coordinator of ECE, and ensures close and strategic collaboration both within and across departments.
- Supports the identification and recruitment of young talent for the NJSO youth orchestra program.
- Collaborates with inter-departmental team on the artistic planning of the Family series and Concerts for Young People.
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree preferably in arts administration, music education or related field. Master’s degree a plus. Equivalent combination of education/training and experience also acceptable.
- Minimum 7 years’ administrative experience in an arts organization or K–12 educational setting, including supervision of staff.
- Demonstrated results in developing and administering music education programs
- Ability to think creatively, turn problems into opportunities and interact positively with others in a team-oriented environment.
- Passion for making classical music accessible to new and diverse audiences.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to flex public presentation style to reach diverse constituents.
- High level of organization and professionalism.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate win-win partnerships.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Must have working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office applications.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Frequently, the employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job during evening and weekend hours. Valid driver’s license and access to an automobile is necessary for extensive travel within New Jersey.
To apply for this position, please submit via email or snail mail the following items by Friday, December 13, 2013:
- Cover letter
- Names and contact information for three professional references
- Salary requirements
If submitting your application via email, the SUBJECT line must contain the words “ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ECE SEARCH.”
Only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Please direct all submissions to:
Marshell Jones Kumahor
Vice President of Education & Community Engagement
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
The Artistic Administrator, a senior staff position reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Music Director and President & CEO, maintains overall administrative responsibility for all areas of artistic planning. S/he oversees the identification, selection and negotiation of contracts for guest artists and other creative collaborators as well as the integration of classical, pops, education and special presentation activity into the NJSO’s total artistic plan.
The Artistic Administrator facilitates and manages programming meetings with the Music Director and a team of staff and musicians to design interesting and engaging programs that uphold the artistic integrity and excellence of the NJSO and have strong audience appeal, while meeting the revenue goals of the organization and operating within budget parameters. Advises the organization on use of technology and new media to engage, enhance and position the NJSO brand. Makes recommendations for stimulating new music and commissioning opportunities. Continues the NJSO’s commitment to community and to community organizations through existing partnerships and cultivation of new partners. Oversees Classical Conversations program as well as other audience engagement programs surrounding performances.
Minimum BA or BS, preferably with substantial studies in music and deep knowledge of symphonic repertoire and artists. Master’s degree or MBA preferred.
Strong contacts with artist managers and within orchestra industry.
Confident administrator who exudes passion for symphonic music, contagious enthusiasm for live orchestral performances, and understanding of the importance of community engagement.
Poised and well spoken; high degree of comfort in public speaking in a variety of settings and operating easily with a wide variety of personalities and communities.
High degree of initiative and ability to establish and work within deadlines, while maintaining budgets and addressing challenges in a creative manner.
Collaborator who thrives in a team environment and experienced manager who leads and develops staff.
Superior written communication skills and strong organizational skills combined with the ability to handle multiple tasks with agility, thoroughness, and good humor.
Please send a letter of interest and resume in PDF format to Susan Stucker, Chief Operating Officer, to the following email address by November 14 at 5 pm.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.
Violin Teaching Artist (3 positions)
Department: Education & Community Engagement
Reports To: Jeffrey Grogan, Program Artistic Director
Status: Part-time; approximately 10 hours/week
Start Date: September 23, 2013
End Date: June 7, 2013
Hourly Rate: $55.11/hour
Reporting to the program’s Artistic Director, the Violin Teaching Artist (Teaching Artist) is responsible for on-site instrumental instruction of an El Sistema-inspired after school program in partnership with the University Heights Charter School (UHCS) in Newark. The after school program consisting of small-group violin, viola and cello instruction and ensemble rehearsals will serve up to 50 beginner string students in grades 4–7 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4–6 pm. With approximately 30 weeks of instruction, the target program start date is Monday, September 30, and last date of instruction is Friday, May 9. Tentatively scheduled concert dates are December 8, 2013, May 11 and June 7, 2014, to be confirmed within first month of hire.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Subject to the policies and management directions established by the program’s Artistic Director, the duties of the Teaching Artist shall include, but not limited to:
- Collaborate with curriculum specialist and program staff to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy and culture inspired by ideals of El Sistema.
- Teach a beginner violin class of approximately 10 students.
- Teach beginner level music fundamentals to the same violin class, using concepts of singing, rhythm and body movement.
- Along with other Teaching Artists, team teach an ensemble class of up to 50 students.
- Working with the Artistic Director, assist with ensemble rehearsal, tune violins and play in rehearsals and performances.
- Participate in regular planning and debrief meetings.
- Participate in ongoing professional development workshops in effective classroom management, beginner-level instruction, lesson plan development, delivering an El Sistema-inspired program and related topics.
- Communicate and build rapport with parents and students in the class.
- Communicate with UHCS and NJSO artistic and administrative staff to ensure program delivery and success.
- Work with NJSO staff and outside professionals to implement, document and evaluate the program.
Qualifications and Special Requirements
- Demonstrate excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer.
- Bachelor’s degree in violin performance or music education required. Master’s degree in the same areas preferred.
- Strong interest in the El Sistema philosophy of social change through music.
- Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum; experience with music pedagogy (Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze and/or Suzuki) a plus.
- Passion for and experience in teaching young beginners to play violin.
- Experience in teaching musicianship preferred.
- Flexibility and creativity to adapt to curriculum goals and ability to work collaboratively.
- Strong classroom management skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Ability to work during program hours as well as additional hours for planning meetings, professional development and scheduled concerts.
- Interest and ability to be a role model to students and parents as a citizen, artist, teacher and scholar and to encourage students to develop holistically.
- Ability to work under frequent observation.
- Sense of humor a must!
Note: Teaching Artists will be paid at the specified hourly rate for instructional time, professional development, planning meetings, concerts and special events and other program-related activities, where attendance or participation is required. Teaching Artists are allowed up to five absences within the program period.
To apply for this position, please email cover letter, résumé and three professional references by September 11, 2013 to Shirley Chang, Manager of Education & Community Engagement, at email@example.com with the subject line “NJSO VIOLIN TEACHING ARTIST SEARCH.”
Teaching interviews/auditions will be held between September 16 and 20, 2013 in Newark.
Only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please.
The NJSO is an equal opportunity employer.