Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Education Coordinator

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Posted On: July 10
Location: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

Job Description:

The Organization

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.

Position Summary:

The Education Coordinator is an important member of the Community & Learning team at the DSO. Reporting to the Director of Education, the Education Coordinator works directly with schools, administrators, students, families, teaching faculty, administrative staff, orchestra musicians, funding partners, municipal leaders and community partners to provide a wide range of music education experiences. The major initiatives involved include enrichment programs, such as Partner Schools, Educational Concert Series, Classroom Edition Live, In-School Concerts, and Young People’s Family Concerts/Tiny Tots, and community-based training programs, such as the Detroit Pistons Bucket Band and Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble. The Education Coordinator will serve as a primary contact for many schools and student-serving organizations and will play a leading role in deepening these relationships. Increasing the participation of people from underrepresented communities is a goal of every member of the Community & Learning team and is at the core of the Education Coordinator’s purpose at the DSO.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Director of Education to manage aspects of Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcast, including marketing, attendance, in-school visits, and evaluation.
  • Develops and oversees the full scope of anticipation, engagement and response activities for the DSO’s Discovery initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing enrichment activities for Tiny Tots, YPFC performances, and other special events.
  • Coordinates in-school activities such as Partner Schools Program, Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble, Detroit Pistons Bucket Band, PNC Grow Up Great, In-School Concerts and other engagements as needed.
  • Assists in developing marketing collateral, and distributing communications to teachers and students for Educational Concert Series, educational outreach initiatives and in-school residencies
  • Assists in the management of the DSO Education Board Committee, Musician’s Education Committee and other committees as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred Skills:

Required Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Strong organization, communication, and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to musicians, staff, students, families, community members, and leaders in the field
  • Able to work some Saturdays and other non-traditional working hours
  • Ability to operate in a PC network environment and proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs and Google online app suite required Preferred Position Qualifications:
  • Degree and/or experience in music education or arts administration
  • Experience working in youth education/development
  • Experience working with diverse and underserved populations
  • Familiarity with Core Music Standards/National Standards for Music Education

Personal Attributes and Competencies:

  • Dynamic serf-starter with entrepreneurial spirit who can think strategically and with imagination
  • Passionate about improving peoples’ lives through music education and enrichment
  • Commitment to fostering a positive work environment
  • Action-oriented, decisive, quick study with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act
  • A positive attitude and the ability to provide superior customer service
  • Responds to challenges with tenacity, integrity and patience
  • Strategist that is motivated by deadlines and measurable outcome

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Education

Qualified candidates should submit a one-page resume and cover letter to jobs@dso.org.

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