Director of Education and Community Engagement

  • One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN
  • Full-time

Company Description

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony has established an international profile with its innovative programming and steadily expanding discography. Founded in 1946, the 85-member orchestra is today the largest performing arts nonprofit in the state of Tennessee. With 140 performances annually, the Symphony’s concert schedule encompasses a diverse mix of classical, pops, jazz and family programs, along with extensive community outreach efforts.

Job Description

  • In consultation with the appropriate staff, volunteers, community and cultural partners, 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 Association
  • Oversee, manage and evaluate existing education programs and community engagement activities to inform program improvements and support related fundraising initiatives
  • Plan, create, manage, reconcile and demonstrate accountability for education and community engagement components of the Association budget and resources
  • Manage and submit all necessary payroll for all applicable educational programs
  • Ensure the timely and effective communication of all details of education programs and community engagement activities to appropriate Association 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 Middle Tennessee and the surrounding communities
  • In consultation with the Marketing Department, communicate and promote, to defined target markets, the education and community engagement programs
  • 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 Association.
  • Identify education trends that may present new opportunities for the Association; recommend a course of action that takes this information into account
  • Develop survey and assessment tools to measure the outcomes of education and community engagement programs
  • Stay abreast of local and national education policies and maintain relationship with school administration and teaching personnel
  • Work with the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director of Operations to develop annual concert season calendar
  • Oversee the on-going development of technological initiatives of education and community engagement including, but not limited to and associated audio and/or video projects
  • Participate in committees as assigned, including but not limited to Education, MLK and Strategic Planning, and work to review, monitor and address issues brought forth during such meetings
  • Adhere to all rules and regulations set forth in Collective Bargaining Agreement  


  • 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 3 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
  • 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
  • Stellar organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to schedule priorities to maximize efficiency and institutional goals
  • 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
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to balance a sense of urgency and low priorities without displaying panic are essential

Additional Information


The Nashville Symphony maintains a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment within the Nashville Symphony will be influenced in any manner by race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age (0-40), religion, creed or disability or any other basis prohibited by law. If an employee feels that he/she has been discriminated against for any reason, the employee is to immediately report this information to the Director of Human Resources.