Southwest Florida Symphony Employment Opportunities

Education Director

Reporting Summary

Reports to: Executive Director


Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher; music education or music degree highly desired.

Experience: Minimum 3-5 years related experience, preferably senior level work in a nonprofit organization with a background in music education, curriculum development; has worked with youth.


  • Strong public relations experience
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management.
  • Ability to positively motivate and develop members, staff, and particularly volunteers and build consensus.
  • Knowledge and background in classical music.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Leadership ability. Familiarity with the music education community in Southwest Florida preferred, or familiarity with navigating public school music education bureaucracy; high level people skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with preparation and execution of budgets.
  • Knowledge of Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (SWFLSO) music and arts programs; provide website content; interface with education foundations and granting institutions; collaboration with other arts organizations
  • Visionary and innovative thinker.  
  • Tools/Equipment: Standard orchestra production equipment and office devices. Employee must have access to a personal vehicle and have a valid Florida driver’s license. Employee must be able to drive an equipment truck, if required.
  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be mobile, speak and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit for significant periods of time and reach with hands and arms as well as stand for significant periods of time. The ability to lift and/or move a minimum of 40 lbs. is required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. Regular attendance is required.
  • Interpersonal Skills and Relations: Maintain strong, positive and productive relationships both inside and outside of the organization.Salary/Compensation: Subject to Negotiation, Depending on Experience.Begin : OPENPosition Summary: 
  • Oversight and administration of all SWFLSO education and community outreach programs.
  • Work with Executive Director, Board of Trustees and Youth Orchestra Conductors and Coaches re: strategic planning, fulfilling education mission, performance planning, outreach goals, long range planning and budget projections.
  • Support the Development Director in meeting with education and outreach donors and foundations; participate in creating and executing fundraising activities and public relations with development staff and marketing staff for all education programs.
  • Collaborate with local arts and music organizations, schools, performers and facilities to enhance SWFLSO standing in the community as a leader in music education.
  • Administer education related policies, instructors, contract negotiations, volunteers, scholarships and orientation, for musicians and volunteers.
  • Administer Youth Orchestra education related policies including special programs as needed, works closely with staff including conductors and coaches, and parent volunteers.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer to develop and maintain the Youth Orchestra and Education annual budget.
  • Coordinate operational meetings for current educational programs and future planning.
  • Plan and implement all current and future educational programs and activities of the Southwest Florida Symphony in conjunction with the Education Committee, staying within the approved budget.
  • Create a schedule of educational activities for the year, coordinated with the SWFLSO master schedule.
  • Evaluate all educational programs annually.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Directors of Development and Marketing to promote the SWFLSO education programs.
  • Works Closely with the Symphony Society Scholarship and Education Committee as the Symphony liaison.
  • Attend all Education Committee meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Function # 1: Youth Orchestra (YO) Manager:

  • Create and submit an annual Youth Orchestra Program budget to the Executive Director and Finance Director.
  • Schedule YO rehearsals, concerts, and miscellaneous events, in cooperation with the Executive Director, Music Director, and Youth Orchestra conductors and coaches.
  • Procure space and equipment needed for all youth orchestra and ensemble activities.
  • Keep YO membership roster current.
  • Timely collection of YO member tuition and fees.
  • Communicate with youth orchestra families — distribute and maintain handbook, create and distribute schedules, and email updates.
  • Maintain and update the YO Facebook page in collaboration with marketing staff.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Development Director and Youth Orchestra Parents to coordinate fundraising efforts and solicit volunteers and donations.
  • Serve as an advocate for the Youth Orchestra within the community.
  • Coordinate coaches and services throughout the year.
  • Coordinate all aspects of annual auditions in cooperation with the Youth Orchestra conductors and coaches.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the annual Concerto Competition in cooperation with the Youth Orchestra conductor.
  • Write and distribute press releases promoting education and outreach initiatives in collaboration with marketing staff.
  • Coordinate music acquisition with the Librarian.
  • When applicable, is responsible for coordinating with all entities special performances by the YO.
  • Delegates and supervises education department volunteers and staff.

Function #2: Educational Programs, Community Engagement and Outreach and Strategic Planning:

Young People’s Concerts (YPC)

  • Hold position as the top managerial leader for YPC.
  • Schedule YPC Concerts in conjunction with the Executive Director, Music Director, Education Committee and Directors of Development and Marketing.
  • Coordinate reservations for all YPC Concerts in coordination with area school district music coordinators and individual public, private and charter schools; and home school groups.
  • Prepare and distribute teacher preparatory materials before YPC Concerts as decided by the Music Director and Education Committee.
  • Work closely with the Executive and Development Directors to secure all funding required for YPC.
  • Coordinate all production and travel requirements needed for YPC through Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and Lee County School District

Majors for Minors

  • Responsible for scheduling and coordinating in conjunction with public, private and charter school administrators.
  • Work with Personnel Manager to identify and coordinate all ensemble visits to schools.
  • Work closely with the Executive and Development Directors to secure all funding required for Ensembles in the Schools.
  • Work closely with students, teachers and paraprofessionals at school performances.


  • Work closely with the Development Director, Development Committee and Grant Writing Consultant to identify grants for education programs.
  • Responsible for writing grants for education programs.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

Other Duties as Assigned by the Executive Director

  • Bachelor’s
  • Required experience:
  • Arts education: 3 years