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Manager, Social Innovation
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Los Angeles, CA

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:

The Manager, Social Innovation is the leader within the Education Department who will be responsible for the conception and creation of programs related to “social innovation.” These programs include, but may not be limited to: YOLA sites and related YOLA initiatives such as international residencies, YOLA residential camp, and research studies. It also encompasses Take a Stand, the national and international amplification of YOLA through conferences for students, teachers and leaders in the El Sistema field, and the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Manager, Social Innovation is responsible for building and overseeing the budget for all programs and projects in this area, connecting this area of the department with the performance and training area of Education, and for appropriately assigning 1.5 full time staff to implement projects within each program. Working collaboratively with the Director of Educational Initiatives and the Manager of Collaborative Learning to contribute to the development of long term strategies for the Education Department will be vital.

Position Elements:

The Manager, Social Innovation, under direction of the Director of Educational Initiatives, must effectively manage multiple complex partnerships that involve internal staff and stakeholders, as well as external partners and stakeholders including but not limited to: artistic planning and education and community programs staff, LA Phil and YOLA conductors, LA Phil musicians, teaching artists, guest artists, music educators, community partners, school district and public officials with key responsibility for the following:              

Program Creation and Development

  • Oversee the successful growth and implementation of the current three YOLA sites and the development of subsequent YOLA programs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with YOLA program partners and stakeholders
  • Create opportunities and systems to connect artistic and organizational resources of the LA Phil with the YOLA sites
  • Design artistic and socially-based collaborations for YOLA with outside artists and organizations to serve the needs of the YOLA programs, the LA Phil, YOLA partners, and project partners
  • Manage evaluation, assessment, and documentation of YOLA initiative and individual youth orchestras and providing timely updates, reports and recommendations for improvement
  • Develop and evolve new language and stories around YOLA for marketing and fundraising purposes
  • Develop and update partnership agreements and policies
  • Collaborate on the creation of annual Take a Stand convenings, including the National Take a Stand Festival
  • Work with Take a Stand partners to strengthen, streamline, and evaluate the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program in residence at YOLA at HOLA
  • Build and oversee YOLA and Take a Stand budgets, providing regular budget/financial analysis and appropriate reporting

Staff Oversight

  • Responsible for managing 1.5 full time staff, including leading the hiring, review, and termination processes when necessary
  • Identify staff strengths and match them with appropriate project areas of programs
  • Build annual workflow plans with staff and for staff with monthly updates and adjustments
  • Motivate staff in this structure through creative assignments and delegation
  • Manage the part time YOLA Conductor and deploy him or her appropriately across YOLA and Take a Stand programs
  • Collaborate effectively with site-based YOLA Program Directors on pedagogy and curriculum


  • Develop key near and long term strategic priorities for the Education Department with Director of Educational Initiatives and Manager, Collaborative Learning
  • Collaborate on staff team building approaches and project planning
  • Identify program areas within Education to connect, share, and leverage resources
  • Other duties as assigned which could include but are not limited to assisting Education staff as needed, supporting company-wide educational and community engagement initiatives & related communications, pre-concert and concert duty, etc.

Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in an arts organization working in the field of arts education with a 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required
  • Familiarity with different music education pedagogies and the culture of youth orchestras and/or community music schools in combination with 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 design and development 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
  • Experience in managing full time staff
  • Strong knowledge of orchestral music, ability to read scores, and experience working with orchestras
  • Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  • Strong desktop computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Passion for and ability to work with diverse personalities and populations
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a small open workplace environment
  • Knowledge of state or national learning standards a plus
  • Spanish proficiency preferred
  • Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability

How to apply:

To apply, you must write “Manager, Social Innovation – CA Arts Council” in the subject line of your email or written prominently on your faxed or mailed submission.  Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Attn: Human Resources
151 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
No phone calls please.
An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Deadline: 02-15-2016

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