The Philharmonic Society of Orange County seeks a Vice President of Education and Community Engagement to provide leadership for its nationally recognized Youth Music Programs and for its educational and engagement programs for college students and lifelong learners. The Youth Music Programs are school-based and free of charge and reached 162,000 K-12 students in Orange County during the 2016-17 academic year, 64% of them from Title I schools. They employ professional teaching artists, musicians, and student performers and are supported by the work of 700+ volunteers from the Philharmonic Committees, the volunteer and fundraising auxiliary for our Youth Music Programs. The Philharmonic Society seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to ensure that our programs serve the maximum number of people possible, are of the highest quality, and reflect the latest thinking related to curriculum development and audience engagement.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, with a major in music education, education, and/or music preferred
Experience working in arts education, in a non-profit and/or school environment
Experience working with volunteers; strong people skills
Effective oral and written communication skills; effective ambassador and advocate for the arts
Commitment to strategies that foster diversity and inclusion in the arts
Strong leadership, management, and relationship-building skills
Fluency in Microsoft Office
Full responsibility for all the youth and adult education programs of the Philharmonic Society, including planning and implementation
Ensure that programs adhere to current curricular standards; develop and update programs as appropriate
Work collaboratively with district level VAPA coordinators, Orange County Department of Education, and Orange County Music and Art Administrators to ensure optimal program delivery and performance
Create and manage annual budget, in partnership with Philharmonic Committees leadership
Engage musicians and teaching artists as required
Identify and secure appropriate venues for programs; work with stakeholders on concert production
Create or supervise the creation of teaching materials and teaching CDs
Attend youth concerts as manager, working volunteer duties if needed
Work with The Committees and outside organizations on arts advocacy
Keep current on local and national music education programming by other organizations
Report on education activities to The Committees leadership, including meeting with executive board, board of directors and finance committee monthly
Work with volunteer chairmen of youth programs and concerts to produce programs
Select appropriate dates and locations
Produce enrollment materials, reports and labels for youth programs
Evaluate youth programs annually
Work with Director of Volunteer Services to obtain venue, volunteer, and auto insurance, coordinate meetings, and volunteer needs
Represent the education department of the Philharmonic Society at meetings of Committees, and with community organizations, county-wide educational institutions, and education groups
Write grant applications to support the Philharmonic Society’s education programs; administer grants, including maintaining and updating a schedule of grantors and submitting reports and payment requests
Other duties as assigned
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience with benefits including health and dental. Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
In 1954, a group of music lovers formed an orchestra with the intent to make, enjoy, and spread the love of classical music. Now, more than 60 years later, the orchestra has evolved into the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, no longer an orchestra but strictly a music presenter—and no less dedicated to its original mission.
As Orange County’s third oldest arts organization and... first music organization, the Philharmonic Society has evolved and grown with the community’s changing landscape, due in large part to South Coast Plaza’s role as the cultural and commercial heart of the county.
Each season, the Philharmonic Society presents the world's greatest symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists, and for the last decade has presented these performances at the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and soprano Renée Fleming. The Philharmonic Society also presents concerts at other venues in Orange County, including the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Musco Center for the Arts, and Soka Performing Arts Center.
The Philharmonic Society's nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs, one of the most extensive music education programs of its kind in the country, are offered free of charge to schools, students and parents, and each year reach more than 160,000 students from kindergarten through high school.
The Committees of the Philharmonic Society are the Society's principal fund raising and volunteer force. More than 70,000 hours of in-kind service are provided each year by the 800 volunteer members in implementing and evaluating the music education programs. The Committees also present a wide variety of fundraising events, including the Philharmonic House of Design and the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®.
The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages.