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Youth Orchestra Manager

Position Overview:

The Youth Orchestra Manager 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 Youth Orchestra Manager 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
  • Act as the primary coordinator for RSO’s Come & Play event
  • 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

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
  • A document providing brief answers to the following questions:
  • Who are some key resources for student recruitment, and how will you use these relationships to attract new students and fill instrumentation gaps?
  • What strategies will you use to build a sense of community and camaraderie within the youth orchestra program?
  • Application review begins January 2, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission only.
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon background check.

Please submit materials to education@richmondsymphony.com