Music Education Director


JOB TITLE: Music Education Director

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


SUPERVISES: Operations Coordinator (Youth Symphony Manager)
Music Education Assistant
Strings in the Schools Teachers
Youth Symphony Faculty  
Music Van Programs Coordinator
Interns and Volunteers

OVERVIEW: Music Education is a top priority of the San Luis Obispo Symphony as evidenced in its mission statement and annual budget. The Music Education Director assumes overall responsibility for the creation, implementation, and advocacy of all San Luis Obispo Symphony education programs and activities, including all performance-track programs (Youth Symphony, Strings in the Schools), all experience-track programs (Children’s Concerts, Free Dress Rehearsals), and all outreach programs (Musical Petting Zoo, Music Van, Music Among the Books, professional educational ensembles). 



  • Creates, implements and supervises all education programs, monitoring quality and appropriateness of content and delivery to over 16,000 people each year
  • Acts as an advocate and spokesperson for these programs
  • Develops, cultivates and maintains positive relationships and partnerships with schools, community organizations, and other arts and cultural organizations
  • Implements education of conductors, teachers and volunteers involved with delivery of programs
  • Gathers, maintains and provides narrative and statistical information on all San Luis Obispo Symphony educational programs for reports and proposals
  • Work closely with Development Director and Marketing for special event fundraising
  • Develops program study guides
  • Researches arts education trends and requirements
  • Writes Music Education related grants
  • Manages educational content for SLO Symphony website
  • Staffs the SLO Symphony Music Education Committee
  • Submit Payroll for all Music Education
  • Oversees Musical Instrument Rentals, Upkeep and Storage
  • Develops and monitors the operating budgets related to all educational program



Passion for music and young people is a must.  Successful candidates will be creative, flexible, energetic, and have experience in designing and implementing in-school arts-in-education programs.   A Bachelor’s or conservatory degree, as well as at least two years of managerial experience in an arts-in-education, public school or similar setting, is preferred.  Classical music knowledge and performance experience a plus.  Knowledge of and experience with current California school system arts education reform issues is also beneficial.

Strong management, planning, and problem-solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and experience with Windows OFFICE software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook), Salesforce, Event Ticketing are essential.  Candidate must work well in a quick-paced environment and maintain good humor with a wide range of personalities including classroom teachers, administrators, musicians, children, young adults, parents, community leaders, staff, donors and audience members.  Candidate must be able to pass California DOE fingerprinting and criminal background clearances.  Full time position requires several evening and weekend hours.  Must be able to lift 35 lbs.


SALARY RANGE:                    Salary commensurate with experience, based on 30 hours per week
BENEFITS:                             10 Paid Holidays; Health Insurance 

TO APPLY:                              Send Resume and Cover letter to Francie Levy, General Manager at