Artistic Director

Project STEP - Boston, Massachusetts

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: August 20, 2019

Deadline: October 01, 2019

About Our Organization

Project STEP (String Training and Education Program, or STEP) was founded in 1982 to rectify the vast underrepresentation of certain racial and ethnic minorities in classical music. STEP’s mission is to address this imbalance by identifying talented young musicians from communities that are historically underrepresented in classical music and providing them with long‐term, rigorous music and string instrument instruction. Based at Symphony Hall, STEP provides programming for students in grades 1‐12 to develop strong musicianship and life skills through an intensive curriculum of lessons, classes, ensembles, performances, and enrichment opportunities. STEP provides instruments and individualized training for up to twelve years on violin, viola, cello, or bass, placing students with teachers in the area including members of our partner organizations the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory (NEC), and Boston University.

Job Summary

Project STEP seeks an experienced and visionary Artistic Director. The successful candidate serves as the key artistic leader of Project STEP. This position works closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement the artistic vision, while leading youth development in line with Project STEP’s mission and core values.    

This position is responsible for the planning and implementation of Project STEP’s string instrument curriculum for grades K-12 (FOCUS & Core programs). Both individual teaching artists and institutional partners teach our roster of classes.  Additionally this person is responsible for managing a strong performance calendar to include weekly recitals, workshops or master classes in addition to outside performances by the student musicians.

Responsibilities

Position Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Create, implement and evaluate curriculum, ensuring staff and independent contractors have a clear understanding of the vision and mission of Project STEP
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to students and their families in correlation to their musical development; topics ranging from summer music camp selection to the college audition process
  • Facilitate student progress reports and of end-of-year evaluations
  • Manage and organize all aspects of the student class and performance schedule
  • Manage a comprehensive student recruitment and retention strategy
  • Recruit and hire faculty, in collaboration with the ED, to fulfill the program vision
  • Review and approve faculty and teaching artist invoices
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with collaborating artists and community partners
  • Provide clear, consistent and efficient communication with program stakeholders and outside constituents
  • Serve as the Student Advocate for the BEAM initiative (bostonbeam.org)
  • Manage programming budget
  • Coordinate and design events and performances, including but not limited to the following duties:
    • Coordinate musicians, including students, accompanists and guest artists as applicable
    • Create and format written program
    • Work in collaboration with the ED to book event space and other vendors as needed

 

Position Requirements

  • Candidate is a string musician, preferably with a degree in music
  • Experience in designing youth programs focused on classical music coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects
  • Extensive knowledge of string repertoire
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and collaborating with teaching artists
  • Understanding of the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and ability to work with them to resolve differences
  • Experience working in community settings with a track record of achieving shared goals and successful program execution with multiple stakeholders and agendas
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly
  • Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  • Ability to think strategically, and to balance day-to-day operations with long-term planning
  • Ability to work most Saturdays, typically 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, September – May

Additional Information:

Supervisory Responsibility

This position will oversee teaching faculty and artists.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment; office space located in Symphony Hall.

Work Hours

Full-time, 40 hour work week. Flexible work-hours and location, however, the person in this position must be available to work onsite (Symphony Hall) most Saturdays, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, September - May. Occasional evening and Sunday hours as needed.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This person in this role frequently moves equipment weighing up to 25 pounds across the building(s) for various class and event needs.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

How to Apply

Compensation & Work Schedule:

  • Full-time position, 40 hours per week
  • $60,000-$70,000 annually

 

Benefits

  • Healthcare
  • Generous paid time off
  • Simple IRA
  • Flexible Work environment and schedule [with the exception of Saturdays, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sept - May]
  • Professional development, including an opportunity to travel domestically, typically once a year

 

How to apply: Position open until filled.

Project STEP is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color.

 

Please send both a cover letter and resume to Alyssa Lee, Executive Director either by:

Alyssa Lee, Executive Director

Project STEP, Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02115