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
Position Summary: The Director, Programs reports to the Vice President of Knowledge, Learning and Leadership (Karen Yair), and is part of the nine-person Knowledge, Learning and Leadership team. S/he leads the delivery of flagship professional development programs and learning events, including the annual residential course for the next generation of orchestra leaders, Essentials of Orchestra Management.
The Director, Programs works closely with distinguished faculty in management and the arts, to present this type of dynamic learning opportunity for orchestra staff, boards and volunteers. In addition, s/he collaborates with national music organizations to deliver a portfolio of annual partnership programs, focusing on professional development for composers, conductors and orchestra musicians.
As the League seeks to broaden and deepen its impact in the field through online and blended learning, the Director, Programs has an unprecedented opportunity: success in this position will be reflected not only in the impact of current programs, but also in the reimagining of those programs suited to new modes of online and peer-based learning.
Design, plan, oversee and evaluate professional development opportunities ranging from one-off workshops to ten-day courses: define learning objectives, identify and brief speakers,review and revise curricula in collaboration with course faculty.
Take a lead role in identifying and implementing improvements to these programs, and in developing new programs and services.
Develop the League’s expertise in online and blended learning, contributing to a planned program of research and development and taking forward its recommendations.
Maintain and apply awareness of trends and key issues in professional development and online learning.
Convene member working groups and task forces, convening in-person meetings of orchestra trustees, musicians, conductors and artistic administrators at the League’s National Conference: develop meeting agendas, suggest speakers and facilitate meetings.
Contribute to team and organizational planning, connecting program delivery anddevelopment to overall strategic objectives.
Lead grant management activities for relevant programs, ensuring that conditions of funding are met and that appropriate impact measures are collected and reported.Contribute to grant proposals and reports, and liaise direct with major funders when required.
Manage program budgets.
Work collaboratively with staff in all departments.
Supervise and coach one direct report (Manager, Programs).
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 5+ years ‘progressive experience in non-profit program management, and a proven track record in successful program development, delivery and administration. S/he will have proven strengths in problem solving and in strategic and analytical thinking, applied to program delivery and development. Their capacity for innovation will be coupled with sound judgment and decision-making capabilities.
Candidates will be equipped with the necessary expertise in learning and leadership development, to act as a specialist advisor to senior managers. They may also have a specialist interest in relevant content areas such as governance practice, development, marketing, diversity, equity and inclusion, capitalization, artistic vibrancy, and social justice.
Candidates should display exemplary project management and people management capabilities, coupled with the ability to balance multiple programmatic and organizational demands. Their work history should demonstrate their initiative and team orientation, as well as their excellent communication an interpersonal skills. A proven ability to build and develop multi-organization partnerships is also advantageous.
Salary: Please contact Karen Yair (email@example.com) for an informal discussion.
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.