The Director of Education is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the North Carolina Symphony’s Education programs, ensuring excellent delivery within approved budget parameters and in alignment with the orchestra’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing the Orchestra’s relationships with strategically important community partners and for overseeing strategic initiatives. The incumbent works closely with Public School leadership to ensure school curriculum and NCS programs are aligned. The incumbent works closely with Philanthropy Department to ensure programming and funding opportunities are maximized.
Ensure the accurate scheduling of education concerts and their conformity to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Oversee production of support materials such as the Teacher Handbook and Student Workbook.
Oversee the Teacher Workshop and other similar initiatives.
Ensure that the North Carolina Symphony’s education concert programs are aligned with and exceed North Carolina state curriculum standards.
Oversee the production and execution of virtual education concert experiences.
ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMMING
Develop and ensure the superior delivery of all continuing education initiatives in collaboration with area colleges and universities.
Lead research, learning, planning and implementation phases of accessibility initiatives.
Serve as internal advocate for organization-wide adoption of accessibility initiatives.
RESIDENCIES AND PARTNERSHIPS
Oversee the planning and implementation of statewide residency activities.
Work with Communications and Philanthropy departments to maximize public relations and grant opportunities and reporting.
ENSEMBLES IN THE SCHOOLS AND MUSIC DISCOVERY
Collaborate with musicians to plan curriculum and programs.
Ensure the communication of these events to educational constituents.
Oversee the communication of open rehearsal opportunities to educational constituents.
Collaborate with Artistic Planning Manager to invite guest artists and NCS musicians to deliver master classes.
Communicate master class opportunities to educational constituents and oversee logistics management.
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
Plan and oversee the execution of annual Youth Concerto Competition and Music Educator Awards.
Oversee implementation of Ovations performances, including recruitment and scheduling of student performers and technical and audience needs.
Oversee scheduling and implementation of zoo events and ensure adequate volunteer support and instrument upkeep.
Develop and maintain annual expense budget and revenue projections for all education activities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Assign lead education staff duty at education events.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Music, Education or a related field. A minimum of 3 years’ Orchestra administrative experience required or equivalent combination of education and/or training and experience. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 1. Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, are essential. 2. Excellent clerical skills including strong Microsoft Office programs experience. 3. Familiarity with orchestral repertoire and ability to read music preferred. 4. Ability to maintain an engaging and positive attitude during high pressure situations. 5. Must be able to work as part of a team within the Artistic Operations department. 6. Must be available to work evenings and weekends for educational activities. 7. Excellent time management skills are required. 8. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office environment.
About North Carolina Symphony
The Organization: Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Its 180 concerts and events annually are greeted with enthusiasm by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties—in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony’s 66 full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
NCS’s state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Symphony’s service across the state includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, as well as the Summerfest series at its summer home, the outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Collaborating with performers that range from classical artists, to banjo players, to jazz bands, NCS brings some of the world’s greatest talents to North Carolina.
Committed to engaging students of all ages across North Carolina, NCS leads the most extensive education program of any U.S. orchestra. In alignment... with the curriculum set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Symphony provides training and resources for teachers, sends small ensembles into classrooms, and presents full-orchestra Education Concerts experienced by more than 52,000 4th and 5th graders each year. Music Discovery for preschoolers combines music with storytelling, and at the middle and high school levels, students have opportunities to work directly with NCS artists and perform for NCS audiences.
NCS is dedicated to giving voice to new art, and has presented 47 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In March 2017, NCS appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of four orchestras chosen for the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras—an honor that recognized the Symphony’s innovative community partnerships and creative programming that inspires increased interest in new music.
The first state-supported symphony in the country, NCS performs under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The Area: The Symphony’s home base of Raleigh is the state’s capital, located in the Piedmont (central) region of North Carolina. Raleigh is the largest city in a 3,500-square mile Metropolitan area known as the Triangle (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill) and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in America. Located within the area is Research Triangle Park, home to several corporate and regional headquarters: Fidelity investments, Duke Medicine, IBM, Red Hat, SAS, MetLife, Quintiles, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco, to name a few, all have large presences. New home construction is steady and there is a stable real estate market for existing homes. Compared to other markets, housing is surprisingly affordable.
The home of many creative and well-educated citizens, Raleigh has been lauded as a “Best City for Business and Careers” by Fortune magazine and a “Best Place to Live in America” by Money magazine. Other accolades include being named "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health, and one of "America's Coolest Towns" by GQ magazine. It provides its people and businesses with a world-class combination of economic vitality, low unemployment, tremendous educational opportunity, environmental quality, and exceptional quality of life. The park system offers a vast network of recreational greenway trails that connect neighborhoods.
Thirteen institutions of higher education provide affordable and premium education, opportunities for adult and extension classes and a well-educated citizenry of students, graduates and faculty.
The Triangle is also an area of tremendous resources where cultural and performing arts organizations thrive. Other major institutions include the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, Carolina Ballet, American Dance Festival, Ackland Art Museum, Nasher Art Museum, Marbles Kids Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium, and Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. There are film, music, dance and crafts festivals, local theater groups and touring Broadway show.
The Triangle is also a vital sports center. It is host to the NHL’s Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes, baseball’s Durham Bulls, and the sports programs of ACC members Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University.