The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO and The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music center offer a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.dso.org.
The Community Engagement Manager develops, administers and evaluates initiatives and performance opportunities intended to bring DSO musicians into the community and fulfill the DSO’s ambition to be a community-supporting orchestra. S/he builds relationships and creates partnerships with communities, organization, funders and venues with the purpose of fostering collaborations that expand the impact of the DSO. S/he coordinates musicians, programs, repertoire, contracts, logistics, budgeting, and production elements. The Community Engagement Manager serves as an advocate and decision maker for the transformative role the DSO seeks to play in the community and in the field.
Builds relationships with a wide variety of organizations, performance venues, and key partners in communities representing diversity of ethnicity, economy, age, and other cultural factors, with the goals of community impact and building the DSO’s base of support.
Plans and implements community performances by DSO Musicians in groups of all sizes and in a wide variety of settings, with the constant goal of simultaneously achieving community impact and artistic excellence while maintaining necessary work conditions. This includes standard operational aspects such as site visits, venue contracts, logistics, and other production needs, as well as artistic elements such as identifying appropriate ensembles and assisting with programming choices.
Works closely with Education staff to build programs that connect meaningfully to diverse populations and support music education in the community.
Maintains and develops partnerships that fund the work of DSO musicians in the community and bring broader sustainability to the entire organization.
In conjunction with the Community Engagement Coordinator, manages individual musician participation in community work, tracks hours and payments to orchestra members, and works to ensure a variety of meaningful performance and community engagement opportunities.
Works closely with the patron team to develop strategies, programs and events that generate increased support of the orchestra and its work in the community.
Manages daily communications across departments to ensure relevant staff have necessary information about community engagement activities.
Assists librarians with obtaining and preparing music.
Serves as Manager on Duty for performances as needed, including some full orchestral Neighborhood Concert Series programs.
Works closely with and supports the work of the entire Community and Learning team.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
Dynamic self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit who can think strategically and with imagination
Passionate about creating positive change in communities through creative artistic experiences
Commitment to fostering a positive work environment and being a team leader who challenges and inspires colleagues
Action-oriented, decisive, quick study with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act
Motivated to connect with a wide variety of community leaders and build relationships that lead to increased community impact
A positive attitude and the ability to provide superior customer service
Sensitive to the needs of individuals and utilizes strong interpersonal skills to pursue the best outcomes in all relationships
Responds to challenges with tenacity, integrity and patience
Works closely with: DSO Musicians, Community Partners, and Staff and leadership in many DSO departments including Artistic, Education, Advancement, Audience Development, Personnel, Communications, Stage Crew, Front of House and Security.
Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Strong communication, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills a must
Incredible attention to detail and demonstrated ability to take multifaceted projects from concept to completion
Familiarity with classical music and symphony orchestras
Minimum of 3-5 years related professional experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Ability to operate in a PC network environment and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite software
Ability to work nights and weekends
College or Conservatory degree or advanced degree in Music, Arts Administration, or a closely related field
Familiarity with symphonic and chamber repertoire
Professional experience in classical music operations or production
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience
The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 seas...on. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information please visit www.dso.org.
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