This position is an opportunity to join the RSO at a time of increased focus and activity in community programming. Utilizing a mobile, outdoor performing space, the Richmond Symphony seeks to significantly broaden its reach to communities throughout the Greater Richmond Region. The Community Partnerships Manager is a people-loving, passionate, self-motivated and detail-oriented person who is energized by working collaboratively and building shared vision for the accessibility of symphonic music; he/she is responsible for identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships among arts, education and community-based organizations in support of RSO’s community programming and education work. The Community Partnerships Manager will work cross-departmentally with key staff members to develop a partnership model that builds engagement and sustainability for local and touring performances. This is a full-time exempt, benefits-eligible position reporting to the Director of Education and Community Engagement.
In coordination with key staff members, develop a sustainable model for community concerts and successful partnership practices
Identify, establish and cultivate strategic community partnerships in order to advance RSO’s mission
Actively and responsibly manage daily activities supporting community engagement programs utilizing the mobile stage, and support local and touring performances as assigned (Come & Play, LolliPops, run-outs, contracted concerts, Youth Orchestra, etc):
Establish project goals and benchmarks in consultation with staff and community partners
Develop an effective communications strategy to encourage cross-departmental collaboration and shared ownership
Serve as liaison between RSO and concert presenters, providing production and logistical support when appropriate
Work with staff and community partners to create a resource inventory (marketing, individual and corporate support, volunteers, etc)
Assist with data collection for grant applications and reporting as requested
Recruit, organize and manage planning committees and event volunteers
Assist with tracking audience information, budgeting, expense reports and evaluation
Seek out, attend and participate in community meetings; develop and maintain a network of positive relationships with community members and utilize these relationships to promote RSO’s position as a vital community asset
Develop and maintain a database of community contacts
Bachelor’s degree required
3-5+ years experience in community organizing/community partnerships; experience in arts administration preferred
Enthusiasm and appreciation for symphonic music
Strong administrative 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 and database skills and be able to work some nights and weekends.
Applicants must submit:
Resume, cover letter and 2 professional references
A document providing brief answers to the following questions:
Your first project is to manage a community concert in a local park, a first performance for RSO in this part of Richmond. The goals for the event are to build a strong sense of community through music and to increase the visibility of RSO while creating an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.
How would you define and measure success? How would you ensure that the project is successful?
How would you stay organized? How would you ensure that event details were communicated across departments?
What strategies would you utilize to ensure community buy-in and a large audience for the concert?
Additional Salary Information: Application review begins June 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission only.Any offer of employment is contingent upon background check.
We change lives through the power of our music.
The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities.
Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmon...d Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.