Boston Symphony Orchestra

Human Resources - MCC301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
October 30, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Program Director, Youth and Family Initiatives


 This position is responsible for management and oversight of the BSO’s youth-centered initiatives, including the ongoing development of Days in the Arts.


· Management and oversight of Days in the Arts (DARTS) program planning and implementation including recruiting, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of seven arts and administrative faculty members, twenty-four junior counselors and twenty-four community teachers. Arrange housing, food service, transportation, security, maintenance, IT support, supplies and other campus infrastructure for program operations. Oversee the application and recruitment process for participating communities, conducting orientation sessions for parents and participants, Counselors-in-Training and community teachers. Organize programs with partner cultural organizations, developing curriculum and program schedule for classes, workshops and excursions, and overall evaluation and assessment of the program. Manage the day-to-day operations during the Tanglewood season. Serve as the liaison to the BSO Development Department for all fundraising efforts around the DARTS program.

· In collaboration with departmental colleagues, support the development and implementation of the new BSO in Residence program. Participate in weekly departmental planning meetings around residency implementation across program areas; identify opportunities outside of BSOIR that will enhance the program experience. Guide the advocacy and integration of DARTS participation within residency communities.

· Drive curriculum development in support of the BSO Youth and Family Concert Series, including High School Open Rehearsals. Work with appropriate BSO departments (Event Services, Marketing, Facilities) to coordinate support before and during the concert/event periods and leading operational oversight of logistical details for the series.

· In partnership with other BSO staff and external partners, implement additional education and community engagement programs as they are developed over time, responding directly to community need and advancing departmental and organizational mission. Promote beneficial connections and collaborative programs with school districts and other arts and community organizations.

· Coordinate ongoing evaluation for the programs listed above.


Six plus years of background in an education, K-12 or community engagement setting with significant experience in program development and management. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills required, and direct experience working with varied constituencies is necessary. Proven ability to set long term strategy and design plans to meet targeted goals and outcomes. Self-starter with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work calmly under pressure. Team player with poise and sense of humor, a passion for Education and Community Engagement work, and an affinity for direct work with education and community constituents. Bachelors Degree, (advanced degree preferred) in education, music/music education, or arts administration.

This position requires relocation to Tanglewood for summer program.

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November 30, 2018
About this Organization:
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., was founded in 1881 and is comprised of major sub-organizations including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Pops, Esplanade Pops, and the Chamber Players.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs in historic Symphony Hall from October through May under the direction of Maestro Andris Nelsons. The Boston Pops Orchestra, under conductor Keith Lockhart, performs in Symphony Hall during May and June in addition to, annual series Holiday Pops concerts in December. In July and August the orchestra performs at Tanglewood, its summer home in the magnificent Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The administrative offices of the BSO employ approximately 175 people.