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Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Irvine, California, United States (on-site)
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Position: Vice President of Education and Community Engagement

Reporting to: President and Artistic Director

Supervisor to: Manager of Volunteer and Education Services, Orange County Youth Symphony General Manager, Education and Engagement Operations Manager, Education Associate

Salary: This is an exempt position, 40 hours/week. Salary commensurate with qualifications

Benefits: Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance (including Dependent coverage contribution). 403(b) contribution plan available.

Location: Irvine, California

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County seeks an experienced Music Education professional who will raise the profile of our many educational programs, educational performances, and local engagement.  The Philharmonic Society is seeking a forward thinking thought leader who will help cultivate relationships, expand opportunities, and deepen the connection with our Orange County community by sparking curiosity through programming and focused communication, and by providing opportunities for connection to people of all ages and abilities through live music.

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is one of the country’s most prestigious presenting organizations, dedicated to bringing the world’s most celebrated symphony orchestras and international artists to the region. We provide free music education programs that reach more than 100,000 students each year throughout the county and surrounding areas. Our programs include the annual Laguna Beach Music Festival, the Orange County Youth Symphony, and various concerts and educational and community engagement events.

The Committees of the Philharmonic Society are the organization’s volunteer force and one of its principal fundraising sources. More than 70,000 hours of in-kind service are provided each year by 500 volunteer members in implementing and evaluating the Philharmonic Society’s youth music education programs completely free of charge to the community.

Founded in 1970, the Orange County Youth Symphony & String Ensemble (OCYS/E) is the official youth orchestra of Orange County, and integrated with the Philharmonic Society in the 2017-18 season. Our diverse roster represents student musicians from nearly 50 high school and college programs from all over Orange County. The musicians of OCYS/E have exciting opportunities to engage with some of classical music’s most celebrated artists through master classes with Philharmonic Society artists, along with open rehearsals and enriching experiences attending Philharmonic Society concerts throughout each season. 

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.


  • Full responsibility for all youth and adult education and engagement programs of the Philharmonic Society, including planning and implementation
  • Seek new opportunities and design appropriate programs to expand educational offerings
  • In consultation with Senior staff, expand community engagement in targeted demographics consistent with the overall vision of the Philharmonic Society
  • Oversee, manage and evaluate existing education programs and community engagement activities to inform program improvements and support related fundraising initiatives
  • Ensure that programs adhere to current curricular standards; develop and update programs as appropriate
  • Plan, create, manage, reconcile and demonstrate accountability for education and community engagement components of the Society budget and resources
  • 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
  • Ensure the timely and effective communication of all details of education programs and community engagement activities to appropriate Philharmonic Society staff and community and cultural partners for execution by production, marketing, development and partnership personnel
  • Work with the Marketing and Development Departments to build programs that effectively support sponsor and donor relationships and maximize earned income (where applicable) and visibility in Orange County and the surrounding communities
  • In consultation with the Marketing Department, communicate and promote education and community engagement programs to defined target markets
  • Work in conjunction with and cultivate school, performing arts, and civic and cultural partnerships to establish on-going productive relationships and capitalize on combined partnerships, shared resources, cross promotion and creative programming
  • Serve as primary education and community engagement representative of the Philharmonic Society.
  • Identify education trends that may present new opportunities for the Philharmonic Society; recommend a course of action that takes this information into account
  • Develop survey and assessment tools to measure the outcomes and impact of education and community engagement programs
  • Stay informed of local and national education policies and maintain relationships with school administration and teaching personnel 
  • Keep current on local and national music education programming by other organizations
  • Oversee and evaluate the work of the Education and Engagement Department:

The Education and Engagement team administrates all Committees’ supported music education programs including Concerts for 2nd, 5th and 6th Grade, Music Mobile, California Journeys, Musicians on Campus, Ensembles on Tour, High School Orchestra Festival, Strike Up the Band, and special education programs.

With the Manager of Volunteer and Education Services:

  • Work with volunteer chairmen of youth programs and concerts to produce programs
    • Select appropriate dates and locations for youth programs
    • Produce enrollment materials, reports and labels for youth programs
    • Evaluate youth programs annually
    • 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 curriculum related teacher resources and audience engagement materials
    • Attend youth concerts as manager, working volunteer duties if needed
    • Work with The Committees and outside organizations on arts advocacy
    • Oversee volunteer communications and appreciation
  • Oversee and guide the direction of the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony:
  • Work with volunteer chairperson of OCYS/E to ensure long term planning remains current
  • Collaborate with OCYS/E Music Director on season repertoire, season planning, budgeting, and future plans.
  • Supervise OCYS/E General Manager to ensure smooth operation of day-to-day operations, weekly rehearsals, and season performances.
  • Coordinate master classes and coachings with Philharmonic Society engaged soloists and orchestras.
  • Oversee budget planning and implementation.
  • Attend rehearsals as necessary.
  • Attend all OCYS/E Season Concerts.
  • Along with Marketing Department, oversee and ensure the production and accuracy of all OCYS/E assets for recruitment, enrollment materials, and concert programs.

Duties Continued:

  • Create and manage annual department budget, working with President and Artistic Director, The Committees leadership, and Orange County Youth Symphony leadership
  • Attend monthly meetings with The Committees leadership
  • Attend Board of Directors and Executive Board meetings to discuss education activities
  • Represent the Education Department of the Philharmonic Society at meetings of The Committees, and with community organizations, county-wide educational institutions, and education groups
  • In consultation with Development team and Grant Writer, provide supporting information for the Philharmonic Society’s education programs in order to administer
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in music education or arts administration required; Master’s Degree or other advanced training in music education or arts administration preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working as an in-school music educator or working in the performing arts required; preference will be given to candidates with successful experience of 5 years or more administering education programs for a professional orchestra or performing arts organization
  • Understanding or familiarity with education and curriculum standards
  • Experience managing or supervising a team; ability to effectively work with others as a contributing partner
  • Effective and efficient written and oral communications skills
  • Thorough understanding of music education, music education research, local education and performing arts initiatives
  • Knowledge of symphonic repertoire and instrumentation preferred
  • Must be able to work effectively with artists, musicians, staff, community leaders and volunteers
  • Must be able to work under pressure and with a broad spectrum of personalities, exhibit patience and understanding and be confident in reaching and implementing decisions
  • Ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment as a team member with a positive, helpful attitude in developing creative response and solutions to needs and issues
  • Ability to work independently and use independent judgment while keeping supervisor informed of work activity and issues
  • Proficiency in developing surveys and other assessment instruments for program evaluations and outcomes measurement

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, and writing by hand
  • Routine sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, kneeling
  • Occasional lifting/carrying of loads weighing up to 30 pounds

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform essential functions of his or her job.

Special Requirements

  • Candidates must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered.


Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Attn: Human Resources, 1124 Main Street, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92614


Job Information

  • Job ID: 67969565
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Irvine, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Philharmonic Society of Orange County
  • Position Title: Vice President of Education and Community Engagement
  • Job Function: Education Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Salary: $115,000.00 - $125,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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