Senior Manager of Youth Orchestras

Richmond Symphony Orchestra - Richmond, Virginia

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: March 12, 2019

About Our Organization

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony (RSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, and is committed to providing outstanding and innovative concert experiences of symphonic music of all kinds.  The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the four orchestras of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. In 2015, the Richmond Symphony launched a community concert initiative which brings orchestral performances to neighborhoods under a large, outdoor mobile stage known as “The Big Tent.”  In May 2017, the League of American Orchestras and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation recognized the Richmond Symphony as a leader in community engagement and innovation in the orchestral field by selecting the Symphony as one of their 21 national Futures Fund orchestras. Committed to artistic excellence and education, the Richmond Symphony is a finalist to host the Menuhin Competition (known as “the Olympics of the violin”) in May, 2020.  Five years after the founding of the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program (YOP) was founded; YOP celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2017.

Job Summary

The Senior Manager of Youth Orchestras is an outgoing, passionate, self-motivated and detail-oriented person who is energized by supporting student achievement in the arts.  He/she is responsible for managing the Richmond Symphony’s Youth Orchestra Program (YOP), Orchestra Project summer camps, and supporting other programs and partnerships focusing on applied study. This position manages a team of parent and student volunteers, and works closely with staff, musicians and conductors in the daily operation of RSO’s education programs. The Richmond Symphony’s Sr. Manager of Youth Orchestras is a critical member of the education team and will influence YOP’s managed growth and program expansion. This is a full-time exempt, benefits-eligible position reporting to the Director of Education and Community Engagement.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively and responsibly manage the daily operation of the Youth Orchestra Program and Orchestra Project summer camps including:
    • Implement student recruitment, communication and retention plans to foster healthy program growth 
    • Produce all parent/student mailings and calendar updates; maintain websites & social media
    • Produce schedule, handbook, newsletter and all supporting materials for yearly YOP and camp activities
    • Attend and coordinate auditions and weekly rehearsals, working with parent representatives, student work study and volunteers
    • Support the administrative needs of the YOP conductors
    • Work with staff to secure coaches and other artistic support staff
    • Maintain positive and active relationships with alumni
  • Assist the Director of Education and Community Engagement in the management of school partnerships such as VIBE, Music Together and residencies
  • Develop strong partnerships with local music educators, supervisors and in-school music programs


  • Bachelor’s degree required; music or music education preferred  

  • 3+ years’ experience in educational setting and/or direct arts management experience preferred

  • Experience with out-of-school time programming helpful

  • Understanding of orchestra and/or band pedagogy and repertoire; enthusiasm for symphonic music

  • Strong administrative, technology and organizational skills

  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders including community members, educators, administrators, musicians and staff.

  • Must possess strong computer skills including database and be willing to work nights and weekends with advance notice 

How to Apply

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, long term disability, self-funded dental insurance, employer contribution to 403(b) account, and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

Applicants must submit:

  • Resume, cover letter and 2 professional references
  • Application review begins March 22, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission only.
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon background check. 

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