Title: Director, Collaborative Learning
Department: Collaborative Learning
Reports to: Vice President, Artistic Planning
Supervisor to: Manager of Learning and Wellness; Manager of Collaboration and Access
The Director, Collaborative Learning serves as a lead member of community-based programs and educational collaborations of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Director will be the primary contact for Musicians, Board and external partners in advancing the HEAR initiative. These programs launched in April 2016, focusing on Health and Wellness, music Education, providing Access to music and Research-based measurements have garnered the POA national recognition as a leader in this area. The HEAR program has a solid foundation of financial and community support. Current programs have received an infusion of new funding to support their current model as cornerstones for a five-year strategic outlook.
With the Vice President, Artistic Planning, this position will embrace and advance the goals of a newly formed education platform and serve as an external ambassador for the Orchestra’s community initiatives. The Director will expand upon an existing five-year plan and envision and help implement new external programs fostering collaboration within the vast music ecosystem of Philadelphia – inclusive of public schools, social service entities, public officials, conservatories, amateur musicians, student and community orchestras, and other academic and cultural institutions.
This position will participate in executive planning sessions for educational and community content as well as cultivate key funding support for these programs through donor relations and assisting in grant applications. The Director will identify key opportunities for performances of the Orchestra in the community as well as ways to bring new audiences to Kimmel Center performances. This work will carry forward to residency work at summer partners and on tour.
Develop vision, strategy, and design for Collaborative Learning initiatives in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Oversee implementation of program portfolio and measure its impact.
Serve as primary external contact and relationship manager for schools, community organizations, social service providers, educational programs, public officials and other key academic, cultural and community partners.
Act askeycollaborator with the Musician’s Education Committee and liaison to the Board Education Committee.
Convene conversations with potential collaborators and community partners. Identify partner organizations to oversee and administer elements of existing and future Orchestra educational programs.
Lead and advocate for music education & community building initiatives. Develop and manage relationships with schools and teachers in the greater Philadelphia region, particularly the School District of Philadelphia.
Cultivate new donors to Collaborative Learning initiatives and assist indevelopmentof grant materials in partnership with the Development Department.
Establish a local, national, and global leadership presence for Collaborative Learning initiatives.
Maintain contacts at a national level in the area of music education, remaining informed on the latest research and trends in music education.
Direct and consolidate neighborhood concert conversations on venues, civicengagementand concert formats.
Work with summer residency partners to augment the Orchestra’s educational presence outside Philadelphia.
Participate in planning for tours and residency activities that increase the educational reach of the Orchestra outside Philadelphia.
Manage budget and endowment funds relating to Collaborative Learning and education. Reconcile budgets and programs with existing Endowment funding, corporate grants or individual contributions. Monitor balance of funding versus expenses and make recommendations to executive team on consolidation or re-directing of resources.
Responsible for departmental budget and long-range financial planning of collaborative learning programs.
Collaborate with Development office onpreparationof grant proposals and endowment fund utilization. Assist in preparing reporting information to foundations, corporations, government entities and individual donors.
Together with the Artistic Planning staff, advise on the concept of content of the Family, School and Sound-All-Around programs. Concert programming will be the responsibility of the VP for Artistic Planning and the Artistic Administrator.
Represent The Philadelphia Orchestra at various programs, concerts, conferences, and other public events in a positive, approachable manner.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required; M.A. degree (or higher) in Music or Music Education preferred, plus a minimum of five to ten years of arts administration or social services experience; or an equivalent combination of education/training and experience.. Experience creating community events and working with orchestral musicians is also highly preferred. Knowledge of classical music is preferred, and a passion for arts education and lifelong learning required.
Superior knowledge of music education systems and paradigms at orchestras, social programs and community organizations.
Superior interpersonal skill in developing relationships and fostering an atmosphere of creativity,collaborationand experimentation.
Knowledge of K-12 educational systems, national and state arts standards, and roles of teaching artists in schools.
Superior written communication skills, including but not limited to generating new content, proofreading, and editing
Superior verbal communication skills, including but not limited to diplomacy and sensitivity in communication with many different constituencies.
Management experience in overseeing and motivating a passionate team of employees.
Attention to detail, accuracy, adherence to deadlines, and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced, multi-tasking office environment.
Ability to track financial expenditures.
Strong project management skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft products, including a high level of efficiency in Excel, is essential.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to travel to and attend meetings, events, schools, and programs during daytime, evening, and weekend hours. The employee will also be expected to attend community-based meetings and networking opportunities during business hours, and during evening and weekend hours.