Jobs at Stamford Symphony

July 2020

Community Engagement & Education Manager

Position Title: Community Engagement & Education Manager
Reports to: President and CEO
Located: Fairfield County/Stamford, CT
Full time post: Salaried/Exempt
This is a newly created position for a talented, self-starter who wishes to be part of re-imagining how a regional symphony orchestra can make a real and lasting impression on its community. Under the leadership of newly appointed Music Director Michael Stern, the Stamford Symphony is ready to move to a new level of engagement and participation.

Broad Functions

Stamford Symphony seeks an experienced arts professional and educationalist to lead its community engagement and education work to ensure the institution may have meaningful and effective engagement with the Stamford and wider Fairfield County communities. Stamford Symphony is beginning a new chapter in addressing all its promotions and activities through the lens of greater equality, diversity and inclusion, (EDI). It seeks to deliver inspiring opportunities to new audiences of all ages.
With the Music Director, Orchestra members, and the Community Engagement & Education and EDI committees, the postholder will take the lead in planning and implementing the organization’s strategy that encourages patrons of all ages to participate in, and learn about, all the ways in which an orchestra can serve its community.
The Community Engagement & Education Manager will review, and if necessary amend, existing programs and collaborate on the development of age-appropriate programs and music curriculum that adhere to state and/or federal guidelines; work to develop relationships with schools and community partners, and support fundraising of related programming.
The Orchestra has a six-town strategy in Fairfield County and seeks to increase its footprint beyond Stamford, in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport.

Specific Duties

  • Assist the institution in renewing its communication with all interested parties in the County that serve young people and the wider community through arts and culture programs, paying special attention to the demographics. Ensure that the Orchestra is relevant and delivers what it is uniquely qualified to offer, and does not duplicate the work of others
  • Build dynamic and mutually beneficial partnerships with the Latinx and Black communities of Stamford
  • Develop a deeper and renewed relationship with the public and private school systems of the six towns
  • Administer existing student programs, these include: the Link Up program, MusiKids, in-school workshops, Masterclasses, Instrument Bootcamps
  • Explore the return/creation of Exploring the Orchestra, family concerts, instrument petting zoos, etc.
  • Develop and expand programs for the under-40 community, such as Symphony on Tap and #SymFUNySundays
  • Build on the existing Behind the Baton pre-concert talks with an adult education track for chamber music concerts, pro-am workshops, open rehearsals and opportunities for retirees
  • Expand the visibility of the Orchestra in the six towns by exploring a free summer series, outdoor concerts, chamber music, pop-up concerts and open rehearsals
  • Continue to build and develop existing partnerships with Project Music, InTempo, Young Artists Philharmonic, Concordia and Stamford Hospital
  • Support and assist fundraising for Education and Community Engagement programming by collaborating on funding requests and reports
  • Manage school and community partner engagements, including participant analysis, disability access needs, and executing paperwork
  • Interpret and effectively administer appropriate sections of the Symphony’s collective bargaining agreement
  • Liaise with the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the engagement of Symphony musicians within required deadlines and according to protocol
  • Work with Symphony marketing staff and vendors on marketing plans, collateral materials and related functions
  • Manage program evaluation and gather feedback from community partners
  • Facilitate meetings of the Community Engagement & Education and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committees in partnership with committee chairs
Perform other relevant duties and special projects as assigned.


  • This position requires at least 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in managing arts education and community engagement programs for a professional performing arts organization, preferably a Symphony orchestra. Familiarity with current trends in music education and curriculum, and be an exemplary communicator with the ability to work effectively with staff, musicians, teachers, and various community stakeholders
  • Working hours: office hours are 10:00am-5:00pm based at the downtown Stamford office but it is expected that the hours of this post will need to be flexible and will require evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in MS Office software
  • Use of a vehicle is required for this position
  • Ability to lift and move music stands and chairs as required


Salary: negotiable but will be competitive
Retirement plan: The Symphony will make an annual contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan in an amount equal to two percent (2%) of annual salary
Vacation: four weeks paid vacation is offered
The Symphony regrets it does not offer health care coverage
Resumes with covering letter and salary requirement may be sent to
For an informal conversation about this post please call:
Russell Jones
President and CEO