Program Manager & Lead Instructor - Youth Community Strings

Reports To

Director of Education & Community Engagement


Education & Community Engagement (EdCE)


Full Time



Job Summary


The Richmond Symphony seeks an energetic and organized individual to serve as the Lead Instructor for an exciting new Youth Community Strings initiative.


Our objective is to serve the city of Richmond and its surrounding communities through the implementation of a Community Strings program, offering young students the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument at no cost. In addition to after-school music lessons, the program will provide students with a sense of inclusion, belonging, and community through music.


This exciting opportunity drives the symphonyís strategy to develop programming and educational initiatives that increase access and participation throughout the region and that utilize music to activate more community spaces and serve more residents.


The Program Manager & Lead Instructor is responsible for spearheading the initiative, designing the curriculum, recruiting students and families, teaching and supervising instruction, as well as the day-to-day administrative and logistical support to maintain and grow the program.


Education and Community Engagement staff work as a team, and the Program Manager & Lead Instructor will be inspired by working collaboratively and building this shared vision to support student achievement in the arts. They work closely with the Director of EdCE, the EdCE team, symphony staff and musicians..


The Richmond Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.




             Drive preliminary planning including site identification and selection, recruitment, and development of community relationships in alignment with the Richmond Symphony Strategy and in collaboration with EdCE staff

             Design and develop all aspects of the program, including, but not limited to:

             Develop beginning to intermediate strings and general music curriculum

             Create and implement lesson plans

             Teach classes and/or arrange for instructors as needed

             Attend to and maintain student instruments and supplies

             Manage program budget and expenses

             Contribute to development and marketing efforts

             Recruit students and represent the program to the community

             Correspond with parents/guardians, partnering schools, and local music educators

             Communicate effectively and proactively with Richmond Symphony staff and musicians, and community partners

             Assist with the production of other Richmond Symphony, Education, and Community Engagement programs as assigned




The successful candidate will be an accomplished teaching artist with a concentration on a bowed stringed instrument. They solve problems creatively, are detail-oriented and well-organized, and have a passion for music and empathy necessary to work with young children. Moreover, they are driven by the belief that music is for everyone.


The following qualifications are required:

             Proven track record of success working with children and parents in an educational setting

             Experience working effectively with students from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds

             Proven track record of effective time management, flexibility and strong organizational skills

             Flexibility to work independently, as a leader, and as a member of the team

             Ability to multi-task and meet simultaneous deadlines

             Ability to act with discretion in handling confidential conversations, correspondences and records

             Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

             Familiarity with basic office computer applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google docs, Google calendar


The following qualifications are desirable but not essential:

             Bachelorís (and Masterís) degree in music performance or music education

             Previous office administrative and/or managerial experience

             Familiarity with music software and music notation software



Environment, Benefits & Salary


                   Position will operate flexibly in a variety of environments including classroom spaces on site for the program, Richmond Symphony offices, and remotely as appropriate.

                   Attendance and participation at concerts, events and activities will be expected outside of normal office hours and on weekends

                   Full-time employees are eligible for company benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, telemedicine and vision benefits, flexible spending or health savings accounts, disability insurance, company holidays, sick and vacation time off, and a 403(b) plan. The Symphony will provide parking in a lot near the Dominion Energy Center.

                   Salary $45K annually

                   Flexible start date



How to apply

             Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and at least 2 professional references

             Application review continues until the position is filled

             Any offer of employment is contingent upon background check

             Please submit materials to education@richmondsymphony.com