The League of American Orchestras (americanorchestras.org) leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Its diverse membership of nearly 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments
The Manager, Programs reports to the Director, Programs (Yoo-Jin Hong), and is part of the nine-person Knowledge, Learning and Leadership team. S/he manages and produces content for flagship professional development programs and learning events including the League’s national conference, its year-long coaching program, the Emerging Leaders Program, and its annual immersion course for the next generation of orchestra leaders, Essentials of Orchestra Management.
The Manager, Programs works with staff across all departments to craft compelling and impactful learning content and experiences. As the League seeks to broaden and deepen its impact in the field through online and blended learning, the Manager, Programs has the opportunity to work within and help to shape an evolving learning landscape for League member orchestras.
Lead content production for learning experiences ranging from Conference sessions,seminars and webinars, to ten day residential courses: refine learning objectives, liaise with speakers and facilitators, produce supporting materials, draft promotional text etc.
Liaise with Communications staff to ensure the maximum possible participation in - and impact of – League learning and professional development opportunities.
Liaise with operations and administrative staff, to support smooth operational and financial delivery.
Identify and implement improvements to these programs.
Convene member working groups and task forces: develop meeting agendas, suggest speakers and facilitate meetings.
Supervise and coach interns working on relevant projects.
Support grant management and proposal activities for relevant programs, by providing relevant program information.
Maintain and apply awareness of trends and key issues in professional development and digital learning.
Work collaboratively with staff in all departments.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties assigned.
The ideal candidate will have 2+ years’ experience in non-profit program management, and a proven track record in successful program delivery and administration. S/he will have proven strengths in project management and team working, coupled with the ability to balance multiple programmatic and organizational demands.
Candidates will be equipped with the writing / critical thinking skills and ability to work to a brief, needed in order to draft seminar agenda, conference session descriptions, and learning outcomes. They will also display the communication skills needed in order to liaise effectively with high level faculty and speakers.
Candidates may have a particular interest in professional development, and / or in relevant content areas such as governance practice, development, marketing, diversity, equity and inclusion, capitalization, artistic vibrancy, and social justice.
Candidates should demonstrate initiative, a goal orientation, and the ability to exercise sound judgment in solving problems. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Recruitment Process: Please email your resume and a cover letter stating salary expectations to Karen Yair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include up to three writing samples. Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above.
Closing date for applications: August 21 st (8am EDT).
First round interviews (by video call or at our NYC offices): August 23 rd , 24 th , 25 th , 28 th .
Second round interviews (at our NYC offices): September 1 st , 5 th , 6 th .
Anticipated Start Date: October 2017.
Job Location: League offices, Manhattan, with some flexibility for remote work, in time..