The Director of Education and Community Engagement is responsible for the creation, implementation, management and evaluation of educational and community engagement programs designed to increase the public value of the TSO beyond concert attendees. This is an opportunity for the Director to help shape a long-term strategy, to forge essential partnerships, and build broad-based support for the Symphony among educational and civic institutions.
S/he supervises the Education Manager, three Composition Instructors, and a team of event-based volunteers. Additionally, the successful Director will draw upon the resources of the orchestra (musicians, artistic staff, music director and composer-in-residence) in expanding the educational and community engagement, fundraising and strategic goals of the TSO.
Founded in 1928, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is the first professional symphony in the southwest and the longest, continuously performing arts organization in Arizona. The TSO’s mission is to engage, educate and transform diverse audiences throughout Southern Arizona with live musical experiences of the highest quality. Under the inspired leadership of music director, José Luis Gomez, the TSO has seen an artistic resurgence with performances of imaginative repertoire including by Latin-American composers and performers. Strategically, the TSO is committed to engaging the rapidly growing Hispanic population of Tucson and Pima County, currently over 40%.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is also nationally renowned for its educational offerings. Started over 70 years ago, they now engage 35,000 annually in one or more of TSO’s seven unique programs, including the award-winning ‘Young Composers Project’ in its 29th year.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. TSO’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment during employment.
Our patrons and audiences come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for the performing arts, you will find a home at TSO.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the TSO has been a safe refuge. The TSO follows the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pima County Health Department. As of August 2, 2021, the administrative staff will return to working full-time from the Symphony Center offices. Candidates are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to hire.
Prior to submitting your application package for this position, please review it carefully for accuracy. TSO does verify academic credentials and references for its candidates, and frequently conducts background checks including work history before finalizing an offer.