Manager of Community Engagement Programs
WFH Flexible Minneapolis
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Position Description

The Manager of Community Engagement Programs at the Minnesota Orchestra is an integral part of a dynamic and highly collaborative department with the mission to provide programs that inspire growth and connection. The position manages a suite of Education & Community Engagement Department programs and events, including community collaborations and pre-concert programming and partnerships. 

Minnesota Orchestra Values:

We believe every employee is essential to the success of the organization and critical to accomplishing our mission to enrich, inspire and serve our community. 

Our working relationships are based on respect for each other as individuals, confidence in one another, and a genuine desire to actively listen and collaborate with each other. 

We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization that honors and reflects our community. We use music to communicate and bridge cultures, seeking to create, develop and nurture connections that allow our organization to authentically contribute to making the Twin Cities a more equitable community. We are also committed to recognizing inequities in our organization, industry and community, and to advancing the change that must happen. We are prioritizing work to disrupt our own role in systemic racism through programming, anti-racist learning projects and other endeavors.

Position Responsibilities:  

Pre-Concert Programming: Planning and Management

  • Develop pre-concert programming in collaboration with the Director of Education and Community Engagement and Manager of Concert Enhancements and Concessions that engages with community partners, connects to concert themes, and highlights organizational initiatives.
  • Manage pre-concert programming logistics, collaborating across departments, and serving      as the main point of contact for community partners and program volunteers.      

Community Engagement Initiatives

  • Manage planning and implementation of unique collaborative concerts and artistic initiatives beyond Orchestra Hall working closely with musicians and community partners to develop specific programming elements.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Education & Community Engagement to develop strategies for building and maintaining relationships with community partners that are mutually beneficial and that center AMELIA* voices and perspectives (*AMELIA = African, Middle Eastern, Latin, Indigenous, Asian) 
  • Manage Community Engagement programs including Yoga at Orchestra Hall, Music & Mindfulness and Sensory-Friendly Concerts

Additional Education and Community Engagement Functions

  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in furthering strategic plan goals 
  • Engage Minnesota Orchestra musicians and partners for visits to school and community sites
  • Represent the Orchestra at Education and Community events, both at Orchestra Hall and community sites
  • Contribute your expertise as an active participant in Young People’s and Relaxed Family Concert programming meetings
  • Provide support for other special projects or programs as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in community engagement, community-based art-making, community organizing, or related activities 
  • An appreciation for classical music, and willingness to learn more about the art form 
  • Experience building relationships with organizations and individuals from all backgrounds
  • Training or other experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices 
  • Demonstrated commitment to employing anti-racist practices and principles
  • Self-motivated with ability to work both independently and collaboratively in fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to effectively present ideas to school and community partners, guest artists, colleagues, and audience members, including children, youth, and individuals from diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines with attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Music Education, Arts Administration or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analyzing data and program assessment
  • Experience or interest in wellness, and especially the intersection of music and wellness
  • Experience with concert programming
  • Experience using CRMs and survey tools
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply

Staff may elect to work in a hybrid environment; however, this position must be available to work in person for Education & Community Engagement Department rehearsals, concerts and other events including pre-concert programming which takes place during evening hours, weekends and holidays. 

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