The Conservatory Program Manager is responsible and accountable to the President & CEO and the Deputy Director for the administration and management of SDYS’ Conservatory Programs. With the Music Director and other artistic faculty, the Conservatory Program Manager is responsible for promoting high standards for all Conservatory Programs. S/he will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and be committed to our core values of inclusiveness, personal achievement, and community leadership. The Conservatory Program Manager collaborates and communicates with the Music Director, conductors, and administrative staff to fulfill these responsibilities:
Facilitate strategic design, planning, repertoire and ensemble progression, and evaluation of all Conservatory Programs in collaboration with SDYS leadership team.
Work with other program managers to ensure consistent alignment of curriculum, standards, offerings and evaluation across all programs.
Facilitate the collaborative development of standards-based, comprehensive multi-year plans and music curriculum with artistic faculty and leadership team.
Evaluate and revise audition requirements and rubrics with Music Director and conductors to accurately reflect program structure.
With the program team, build a sense of community in the conservatory program that engages parents and families to support student growth.
Supervise, lead, support, and assess formally and informally direct reports to ensure efficient program operations and effective communications with all students and families; lead conductors’ meetings. Collaborate with Music Director for support, artistic insights and observations related to faculty and programs.
Facilitate dialogue among conductors regarding supplemental programs such as sponsored lessons and student mentorship.
Manage and lead the annual registration, audition, and enrollment cycles.
Ensure all Conservatory program publications and communication with families are accurate and effective.
Set and manage Conservatory Program budget, including staffing and other budget line items with the Deputy Director.
Oversee fulfillment of SDYS program and grant commitments to partners and funders.
Liaise with other directors and program managers to ensure efficient internal operations and cross-program collaboration.
Collaborate with program and administrative staff on timelines and logistics, including rehearsals, concerts, auditions, competitions, outreach, and donor events.
Collaborate with artistic faculty and program staff on timely, clear communication with students and families
Evaluate and coordinate Conservatory Program performance activities and outreach opportunities with the Music Director and community partners when requested.
Mentor student leaders and students performing in the community.
Engage with private and school music teachers, university music departments, and other educators in San Diego County.
Recruit students to Conservatory Programs through teacher, school and partner relationships.
Function as primary SDYS administrative liaison with the Music Director for Rotary’s International Youth Symphony Committee and other summer program partnerships as developed.
Advocate for music education in schools and the community.
Other duties as assigned by the President and CEO / Deputy Director.
Significant knowledge of and experience with instrumental music required; classical music preferred.
3+ years of program management experience preferred.
College degree required; music emphasis preferred.
Ability to work well with families and staff; culturally sensitivity to diverse and underserved families.
Experience teaching diverse students.
Keen attention to detail and highly organized.
Strong communication skills.
Strong sense of integrity and collaboration.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to change.
Comfortable using Microsoft Word and Excel plus Google applications, and ability to quickly learn other programs and applications.
Typing speed of at least 50 wpm.
Some database experience preferred.
Second language skills in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, or Japanese are desirable.
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This position requires sitting at a desk or workstation, walking, standing, climbing stairs, hearing, speaking, being able to lift up to 25 lb. and able to drive to locations pertaining to organizational operations. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. This is a full-time position with work responsibilities on weekends and/or evenings according to the season calendar.
About San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS)’s mission is to instill excellence in the musical and personal development of students through rigorous and inspiring musical training experiences. The SDYS vision is to “Make Music Education Accessible and Affordable for All.” We know firsthand that educational, social, community, and personal transformations happen when music is taught collaboratively in pursuit of excellence.
We fulfill our mission and pursue our vision through our traditional youth symphony programming (Conservatory Programs), our neighborhood-centered programming (Community Programs), and collaborations with families, educators, researchers, philanthropists and policy makers.
SDYS is one of the nation’s largest and oldest youth orchestras in the United States. Founded in 1945, SDYS’ Conservatory Program serves approx. 600 students from age 7-25 each season in 12 orchestral and wind ensembles ranging from introductory to advanced levels. We combine intensive music learning with leadership development and community service. To make our Conservatory Program accessible, we provide tuition assistance, sponsored lessons and other support services to students f...rom families with financial need.
In 2008, SDYS’ Board of Directors adopted a vision to “Make Music Education Accessible and Affordable for All” to address the lack of in-school music education and its limited availability to low-income students. SDYS launched the Community Opus Project in 2010 to persuade school districts to provide in-school music to improve student achievement. Designed as a grassroots campaign, it also contained many of the principles of the El Sistema movement. The Community Opus Project resulted in the reinstatement of in-school music and arts education for all 30,000 K-6 students in Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), California’s largest K-6 system. SDYS continues to partner with CVESD to provide after-school music ensembles to 350 students from across the city as well as targeted programs serving academically underperforming students at risk of failure in school.
Other communities in San Diego County have also benefited from our Opus experience. SDYS has partnered with local schools, districts and nonprofits that primarily serve low-income neighborhoods, to create new or strengthen existing music programs. In addition, SDYS partners with UC San Diego researchers to track the impacts of music learning on student development and academic performance. The five-year SIMPHONY Study combined language, rhythm, and congnitive development measurements with brain imaging. SDYS’ newest study with UCSD and CVESD examines changes in attendance, test scores, and language acquisition following the restoration of arts education throughout the system.
A specific objective of our vision is to widely share our methods and experience with increasing access to music education. As SDYS continues to improve access locally, we have begun to assist communities across the United States. SDYS presents regularly at conferences and state legislative hearings, participates in webinars produced by the NEA, NAMM Foundation, and BoardSource. SDYS’ collaboration with CVESD has received local, state and national media coverage and is the subject of a UCTV STEAM Channel documentary.
SDYS’ future includes formalizing methods for sharing our knowledge and experience collaborating with school districts, undertaking new research focused on music as an academic and social intervention, preparing and licencing our custom student management database system as a new earned income source, and undertaking a campaign to create a new center for youth music education and performance in San Diego.
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