Administrative Openings

Thank you for your interest in joining the NJSO team!

Available Positions:

Manager of Education & Community Engagement

Posting Date: August 21, 2014
Closing Date: September 10, 2014
Status: Full-time
Reports to: Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement (ECE)
Supervises: Assistant of ECE; NJSO CHAMPS Site Coordinator

The Manager of Education & Community Engagement is primarily responsible for the operations of two core education programs of the NJSO Academy: the NJSO Youth Orchestras and NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project), an El sistema-inspired program after-school music program. Both programs are based in Newark. Additionally, this position collaborates on other initiatives of the department which centrally involve the identification and nurturing of young musicians.


  • Manages, promotes and advances the NJSO Youth Orchestras

    • Serves as primary liaison among the conductors, coaches, students and parents

    • Manages staff and volunteers on operations for all rehearsals and concerts

    • Collaborates on the planning and implementation of program evaluation and assessment

    • Supports the conductors’ artistic planning process 

    • Collaborates on the planning and implementation of grassroots program promotion efforts at schools, community-based organizations, community schools of the arts, etc. in the Greater Newark area

    • Processes payroll for coaches and conductors

    • Assists with writing and preparing copy for print materials as well as direct mail pieces and online campaigns.

    • Spearheads program alumni initiatives

  • Manages, promotes and advances NJSO CHAMPS

    • Serves as project lead on program development and implementation

    • Supervises part-time Site Coordinator

    • Oversees coordination of logistics for all program activities

    • Acts as primary liaison for external evaluation team

    • Supports the Artistic Director’s artistic planning process 

  • Collaborates on the artistic planning of the NJSO school time and family concerts

  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in music performance, music education, and/or music therapy

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working in an arts organization or educational setting

  • Knowledge of symphonic and/or chamber music repertoire 

  • Passion for making classical music accessible to new and diverse audiences

  • Experience running El sistema-inspired programs a plus

  • 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

  • Ability to think creatively about marketing and sales, turn problems into opportunities and interact positively with others in a team-oriented environment

  • Must have working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office applications; experience with client relationship management databases a plus

  • Must enjoy working with youth, families and educators

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

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 NJ travel. 

To apply for this position, please submit via email or snail mail the following items by Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

  • Cover letter

  • Résumé

  • Names and contact information for three professional references

  • Salary requirements

If submitting your application via email, the SUBJECT line must contain the words “MANAGER OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SEARCH.”

Only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

Please direct all submissions to:
Thomas Gorman
Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th Floor
Newark, NJ  07102

The NJSO is an equal opportunity employer.