Oakland Symphony offers generous vacation/benefits packages. Oakland Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in staffing.
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: EDU001
Oakland Symphony strives to enrich the city’s cultural life by championing symphonic music performance and music education. It is a leading regional performing art organization that is nationally known for its inclusive programming and connection to the community. We seek an ESI Director who prioritizes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and is passionate about increasing the reach and impact of Oakland Symphony’s programming.
Through overseeing aspects of education programming & production, personnel, and community relations, the ESI Director is a community facing leader stewarding access to and engagement with Oakland Symphony and its Mission.
The successful candidate will cherish relationship-building, nurture an organizational culture of artistic innovation, balance multiple priorities, center racial equity, justice & inclusion, and focus on working collaboratively with artists, families, schools, and colleagues across the organization and community.
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: MUSE Coordinator Teaching Artists & Mentors
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with Executive Director for budgeting, planning, and managing the in-school and after- school Teaching Artist MUSE mentoring, Bridge program, Hall Pass Program, institutional equity building activities and external community engagement opportunities;
Serve as the point person with Oakland Unified School District and neighboring districts, social service and military partners, and community networks;
Work closely with key personnel to coordinate fundraising, production, marketing, finance, and other managerial and administrative undertakings as needed;
Track organizational education fact sheet, maintain a monthly newsletter and annual reports;
Plan and facilitate Teaching Artist Professional Development Sessions;
Support education related development for donor cultivation and grant writer activities with documents, schedules, budgets, success stories;
Participate in concert duty with the ability to work nights and weekends;
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director;
Oversee and lead direct reports.
Previous experience as an educator preferred; knowledge of music with an emphasis on instrumental music education a plus.
Community relations and organizing experience.
Superb written, verbal, management, and organizational skills.
Experience with managing budgets.
Experience working with volunteers.
Strong social and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to work some evenings and weekends for rehearsals, performances, and events.
Access to reliable transportation.
Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Flexible, focused, organized, and a hands-on doer.
Attention to detail, adherence to deadlines and ability to prioritize.
People person and team player.
Sense of humor.
Learner who seeks to improve personally and professionally.
The Oakland Symphony is celebrated as one of the most distinct regional orchestras in the country, serving a diverse population through its unique convergence of artistic excellence, community service, and education programs. Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1963 and has been providing world-class orchestral training to young musicians for over 50 years. Oakland Symphony Chorus is launching its 56th season of serving the community through vocal training and performance opportunities for all.
The Symphony, the Youth Orchestra, and the Chorus have the shared aim of making classical music accessible to all members of our community by presenting unique programs and attracting a wide-ranging, culturally diverse audience. We strive to bring together people who might otherwise never have met, to sit side-by-side and share a meaningful cultural experience.
In addition to presenting unconventional, approachable concerts, the Symphony invests heavily in education and outreach, working with schools and in the community to introduce people of all backgrounds to the joys of playing an instrument and experiencing classical performance.
Along with our education programs, ...we foster the future of classical music through partnerships with contemporary musicians and composers. Throughout the years, the Symphony has fostered collaborations with local arts organizations, from children’s choruses to jazz ensembles. The Oakland Symphony Chorus collaborates with a number of regional performing arts groups including Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, as well as regularly collaborating and performing with the Symphony and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Chorus serves as a premier resource for continuing education in the choral arts and holds open auditions throughout the year.