Manager of Leadership Programs

Sphinx Overture - Detroit, Michigan

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $50000

Application Deadline: August 10, 2022

About Our Organization

The Sphinx Organization is a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Focused on increasing representation of Black and Latinx artists in classical music and recognizing excellence, Sphinx programs serve beginner students to seasoned classical music professionals, as well as cultural entrepreneurs and administrators.

Based in Detroit, Michigan, but with nationwide reach, Sphinx envisions a day where the classical music field looks like our communities: where every young person has the opportunity to express themselves and learn classical music; where audiences reflect the people we see on our streets; and where leadership—on stage and off—includes all deserving voices.

Job Summary

The Manager of Leadership Programs for the Sphinx Organization bears many integral responsibilities, including operations and logistical management of SphinxConnect (annual global convening) and other programs in the Leadership department, including but not limited to Sphinx MPower Artist Grants and Sphinx LEAD. Core responsibilities for this position include implementing the operational systems for these programs, with the aim of maximizing the impact, efficiency, and ultimate value of their offerings. 

Ideal candidates for the position thrive in a fast-paced environment and are passionate about organizing, producing, and operating programs.  They embrace technology, enjoy autonomy, and seek to build processes that offer the best possible experience for the participants of their programs. They are passionate about Sphinx’s mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and have an authentic commitment to Sphinx’s core values (passion, honesty, innovation, leadership, adaptability). 

Sphinx’s talented team of arts leaders operates in a ROWE environment: while Detroit is our hometown, our programming is national and we are flexible about a candidate’s geographic home base. This is a full-time, early- to mid-career opportunity which offers an excellent benefits package and a starting salary in the $50Ks.


Core Responsibilities


  • Plan and coordinate all logistical components of SphinxConnect, ensuring that the vision and impact of the flagship program are met.
  • Oversee a team of liaisons and production staff to produce the annual SphinxConnect convening. Coordinate and manage convening elements, including speakers, participants, scheduling, and production, and more.
  • Work with the President + Artistic Director and Sr. Director of Leadership to develop SphinxConnect programming, and build a planning infrastructure to ensure the impact of the convening.
  • Engage with and expand convening audience, both in-person and virtual.
  • Build a dynamic and inclusive experience for all involved.

MPower Artist Grant

  • Plan and coordinate all components of the MPower Artist Grant.
  • Ensure accessibility and impact of grant funds.

Sphinx LEAD

  • Support the LEAD program and LEADers in their professional development. This involves logistics and may include periodic travel throughout the year.

Job Qualifications & Requirements


  • Passion for classical music and arts administration
  • Strong commitment to the Sphinx community
  • An operation-oriented administrator, who creates and embraces processes
  • Ability to solve challenges creatively and efficiently
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, reliable follow-through and responsiveness
  • Enjoys managing multiple priorities while ensuring work is completed in a timely manner
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both in-person and virtually

How to Apply

Deadline to apply: August 10

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