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Program Manager of YOLA at LACHSA
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is currently seeking a:

Program Manager of YOLA at LACHSA

Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's mission is to perform, present, and promote music in its varied forms at the highest level of excellence to a diverse and large audience, both at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is dedicated to continuing its pre-eminent status in the music world of the 21st century. 

Position Summary: 

Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s initiative to establish youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles, with YOLA at LACHSA marking YOLA’s third youth orchestra endeavor.  Through YOLA, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. As a member of the LA Phil Education Department, reporting directly to the Associate Director of Social Innovation, the Program Manager will lead all aspects of the operation and future development of the YOLA at LACHSA site, including oversight of a team of part-time faculty of teaching artist and a part-time Program Coordinator.

Position Elements:

The Program Manager of YOLA at LACHSA must effectively manage multiple complex relationships that involve both internal staff and stakeholders including, but not limited to: parents, community partners, third party service providers, surrounding school districts and public officials.  The Program Manager will guide curricular, programmatic and staff development, and support the positive staff, students and family culture of our YOLA @ LACHSA community. As a member of the LA Phil Education Department, the Program Manager will also lead and assist special YOLA and Education Department projects as assigned. 

Key responsibilities include the following: 

  • Managing the design, implementation, growth and documentation of the youth orchestra program.

  • Designing support structures for program parents and families, including workshops and community social events - in collaboration with site staff and other YOLA stakeholders

  • Managing evaluation, assessment, documentation and reporting of YOLA at LACHSA initiative, including strategy-level recommendations for improvement

  • Managing on-going student recruitment efforts for the YOLA @ LACHSA site

  • Managing and maintaining a student database tracking attendance and program involvement in collaboration with the Program Coordinator

  • Overseeing student probation efforts, proactively leading important and sometimes difficult communication with families in need or crisis.

  • Leading and assisting Education Department and cross-site YOLA projects as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Thorough understanding diverse progressive music education pedagogies, the culture of youth orchestras and/or community music schools, and the philosophy of El Sistema

  • Demonstrable experience working with music teachers and students

  • Experience working in community settings with a track record of achieving shared goals and successful program execution with multiple stakeholders and agendas

  • Experience in collaborative program development and design, coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media

  • Strong knowledge of orchestral music and the orchestral field, with orchestral training and experience preferred

  • Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment

  • Strong computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work in a small open workplace environment

  • Knowledge of state and/or national music learning standards

  • Experience working within an orchestra or similar not-for-profit arts organization preferred

  • Spanish proficiency preferred but not required

  • Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability

  • Knowledge of Los Angeles County preferred but not required


Deadline: 07-31-2017

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