Open Positions

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team see the way music changes lives on a daily basis. We’re growing and looking for great people who want to share that power of music with our exceptional students.

To apply, Please submit a cover letter and resume to
orchkids@bsomusic.org

No phone calls, please. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

TEACHING ARTIST POSITIONS

Are you an educator who is passionate about making a difference? Do you want to be part of vibrant community of musicians and teachers dedicated to creating transformative musical experiences for Baltimore City students? If so, apply to become part of the BSO OrchKids team!

POSITION: Strings Teaching Artist, 17’-18’ School Year
DEPARTMENT: OrchKids
REPORTS TO: OrchKids Manager of Teaching and Learning and Site Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time
HOURS:Late September 2017 – Late May 2018.
Monday – Thursday, 3:30 – 6 pm. 3-4 days/week

JOB SUMMARY:
The Strings Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches violin group classes to students in grades 2 -8. Working in small classes of 5-10 students, the Strings TA helps guide the musical development of the program’s violin players, as well as serves as a positive role model to students. The Strings TA also collaborates with other OrchKids faculty to provide input in the development of repertoire and curriculum goals.

REPSONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Teach either violin of cello classes of 5-10 students in grades 2 – 8.
  • Hold students to high musical standards, cultivating students’ individual and ensemble skills.
  • Work to develop social skills in students as reflected in the OrchKids mission.
  • Develop students’ music reading skills and basic music theory knowledge.
  • Collaborate with OrchKids teaching artist faculty to help refine curriculum goals and select appropriate repertoire.
  • Prepare and rehearse students for selected concerts and events.
  • Attend and assist in select concerts and off-campus performances.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and professional development workshops as required.
  • Maintain good lines of communication with OrchKids staff, Baltimore City Public Schools site teachers, and students’ family members.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

  • Experience teaching elementary music education.
  • Fine musicianship skills on violin, viola or cello.
  • Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy. Experience using Rolland, Suzuki and O’Connor methods highly preferred.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission.
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community.
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively.
  • High level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills.

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin is prohibited.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org. No phone calls. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.

POSITION: General Music Teaching Artist, 17’-18’ School Year
DEPARTMENT: OrchKids
REPORTS TO: OrchKids Manager of Teaching and Learning and Site Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time
HOURS: Mid-September 2017 – Late May 2018.
During school day hours (before 3 pm), Monday – Friday.

JOB SUMMARY:
The OrchKids General Music Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches general music classes to children in grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. Classes are taught during the school day at OrchKids school sites and introduce students to the fundamentals of music through singing, rhythm games, solfège, movement, and other engaging activities.

REPSONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Teach general music classes during the school day to classes of 15-30 students in grades Pre-K – 2.
  • Introduce students to the fundamentals of music through rhythm games, singing, movement activities, classroom instruments, etc.
  • Cultivate and maintain a positive classroom environment.
  • Prepare students for selected concerts and events.
  • Attend program performances, usually at the end of each semester, to lead class ensemble and/or assist students and staff.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and professional development workshops as required.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

  • Experience teaching early childhood music education.
  • Fine musicianship skills as a pianist and/or guitarist.
  • Training and experience teaching Gordon, Orff and/or Kodaly pedagogies.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission.
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community.
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively
  • High level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills.

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin is prohibited.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org. No phone calls. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.


Administrative Positions

POSITION: OrchKids Lead Site Coordinator, Bilingual
DEPARTMENT: OrchKids
REPORTS TO: Site Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Exempt

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY:
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s neediest neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programs to make a difference within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, and performance and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and services at no cost. Currently OrchKids works with six public schools in Baltimore City, serving more than 1,200 children from Pre-K through 11th grade.

JOB SUMMARY
The Site Coordinator plays an integral role in coordinating all aspects of the operational, logistical and administrative planning/implementation for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program. The Site Coordinator‘s primary responsibilities will be site based and the position requires facilitating a strong relationship between the OrchKids and school staff.  The Site Coordinator will also be responsible for sustaining the healthy function of the site and all site-based procedures with special attention to English-Spanish translation. This position will have frequent evening and weekend responsibilities.  This position is under the supervision of the Site Manager but also works collaboratively with other administrative staff from other OrchKids sites and the OrchKids Director of Operations.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

RUN DAILY PROGRAMMING

  • Ensure daily programming and events are executed in accordance with outlined schedule
  • Assist in planning daily programming room assignments and setup needs
  • Coordinate the setup and striking of equipment for daily programming
  • Support the logistical needs for in-school classes, including assisting with class pickup/drop off as needed, updating the calendar with schedule disruptions due to testing or field trips, and ensuring all supplies is set up and ready for use
  • Manage children during after-school programming, especially in large group settings (cafeteria, etc.) and transitions between classes (i.e., snack, bathrooms, lining up, hallways)
  • Coordinate the pickup and dismissal process during after-school programming, including keeping detailed records of attendance, late arrivals, early dismissals, and guardian pickup
  • Coordinate and oversee logistics for on-site concerts, and off-site field trips, special events, and performances, including event sheets for on-site events, chaperoning, creating/distributing/collecting forms such as permission slips, and distributing schedule information to administrative team and teachers as needed

COLLABORATIVE PLANNING

  • Work closely with the Site Manager to develop, refine, and implement all logistics of during and after-school programming
  • Work closely with Site Manager to make adjustments to schedule or room assignments as needed for special events or programming or needs of school staff
  • Offer artistic and logistical ideas for planning of all site based concerts and special enrichment activities

RECORD-KEEPING & COMMUNICATION

  • Maintain regular communication with Site Manager
  • Work closely with Program Assistants to complete all program tasks and keep program running according to schedule
  • Work closely with Site Manager to ensure effective communication is implemented with all community stakeholders (i.e., parents/guardians, school staff, community members, OrchKids teaching artists and staff) regarding schedules, student behavior, and events,
  • Create/distribute weekly informational flyers
  • Ensure that all archived documents for the site are well-maintained and well-organized
  • Implement and oversee student enrollment process at the beginning of the school year
  • Oversee and maintain record keeping of enrollment, attendance, class rosters, behavior, and family contact information on a daily basis, and distribute updated records to administrative team, teachers, and school staff as needed
  • Process time sheet submissions from site-based staff and forward to Site Manager for final approval
  • Assist in updating OrchKids site based master calendar, including OrchKids event information, teacher absences, and school site events such as field trips, testing schedules, closure, etc.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

  • Work closely with Site Manager to implement consistent behavior management system
  • Maintain detailed documentation of student behavior on weekly basis via online database and direction communication with Site Manager
  • Follow-up with students and families about attendance and behavior concerns, according to the OrchKids attendance and behavior policies.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all Spanish speaking family communication
  • Assist teachers during class time with behavior management and student office referrals

INVENTORY MAINTENANCE

  • Maintain clean and organized classroom and office environments
  • Work closely with Program Assistants and Operations Coordinator to maintain site instrument inventory, equipment, and supplies at site
  • Assist teachers in maintaining music library and student music folders, in particular, ensuring distribution of music for concerts, gigs and special events
  • Manage the loan process for student instruments, including maintaining records of taking instruments home, when instruments are not returned, or lost/damaged instruments
  • Assist Teaching Artists and students with instrument specific queries or repair issues in collaboration with Operations Coordinator
  • Assist in equipment transport, loading/unloading, and setup for concerts, guest artist performances, and special events at OrchKids school sites and concert venues
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to making a difference
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and staff to create a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to multi-task calmly and to handle emergencies effectively
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience creating content for mass communication (i.e. flyers, newsletters, etc.)
  • At least 2 years of experience working in a mentorship and/or education capacity, with elementary/middle school age children preferred
  • Experience managing and organizing large crowds of people (specifically school-age students)
  • Successful Experience assisting in the organization and implementation of small and large scale events or concerts
  • Ability to handle multiple interruptions and adjustments to priorities throughout the day
  • Strong commitment to the philosophy of social change through music
  • Ability to implement projects from conception to completion with minimal supervision
  • Extremely proficient in all Microsoft programs, and ability to learn other software programs as needed
  • Formal music training or some experience with music education
  • Ability to work nights and weekends, as required
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience; Bachelor of Music Education degree preferred
  • Ownership of a vehicle is highly preferred
  • Successful completion of a background check

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org.
No phone calls please. Relocation assistance is not provided. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION: Administrative Assistant Intern
DEPARTMENT: OrchKids
REPORTS TO: Executive Director and Director of Operations
CLASSIFICATION: Part Time, Stipend
HOURS: Weekday afternoons-frequent morning, evening and weekend commitments
DATES: July Summer program, September- May

Calling on passionate, energetic students who want to make a difference and join our team. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team see the way music changes lives on a daily basis. We’re growing and looking for some great interns who want to share the power of music with our exceptional Baltimore City students.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist primarily the Executive Director and Director of Operations with organizational and program administration
  • Be friendly and personable while managing heavy communications and calendar scheduling (requiring interaction with both internal and external executives and assistants, as well as consultants, clients, co-workers and the general public) to coordinate various complex meetings
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner
  • Lead short-term projects and initiatives as requested by the Executive Director
  • Respect the need for confidentiality and sensitivity of information
  • Have a proven ability to exercise good judgment in recognising the scope of authority
  • Assist the Executive Director with all other related assigned tasks
  • Assist other team members as delegated by the Executive Director
  • Work with the Executive Director to manage her calendar and schedule (board meetings, donor meetings, conferences, regional office visits)
  • Chase responses to requests and emails to/from the Executive Director
  • Ensure that key dates and events are highlighted to the Executive Director ahead of time
  • Ensure that birthdays and other significant events are kept in front of the Executive Director
  • Greet visitors graciously and in a professional manner, create a good personal image through a neat, clean, businesslike professional appearance and a positive, cheerful attitude
  • Answer phones in a pleasant, helpful and professional manner, direct all incoming calls to appropriate party promptly and efficiently, accurately recording messages and reliably passing messages to recipient in a timely manner
  • Type up meeting notes as requested

Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments
  • Ability to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people
  • Able to manage multiple projects and responsibilities at once; ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to be flexible and exercise sound judgment
  • Possesses time/organization/stress management skills
  • Strong commitment to OrchKids mission
  • A responsible attitude to all aspects of the work
  • Possesses cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Demonstrates solid work ethics
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint

HOW TO APPLY
Deadline is June 2017
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org.

POSITION: OrchKids Administrative Intern (Site-based)
DEPARTMENT: OrchKids
REPORTS TO: Site Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Contractual, September-May, July

JOB SUMMARY
OrchKids Interns will work with site-based staff to provide support in the operations of a large, music education after-school program. In addition to helping with daily programming and special events, Interns will have the opportunity to implement projects based on their interests and skill set, and participate in professional development sessions on a variety of topics throughout the year.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
The focus of intern work is flexible and dependent on skills and interest. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Build understanding of day to day program operation
  • Hone behavior management skills
    • Provide behavior management support during meals, classes, and transitions
    • Assist in tracking student behavior concerns
    • Participate in creation of student behavior support plans
    • Attend professional development seminars as provided by OrchKids or other recommended organizations
  • Develop hands-on understanding of event planning and logistics
    • Chaperone field trips and special events
    • Assist in distributing communication to the OrchKids community (students, parents, school staff, community partners, etc.)
    • Fulfill assignment during concerts as stagehand, child manager, media assistant, or other role as needed.
  • Increase experience with administrative leadership and teamwork
    • Attend site-based staff meetings and take notes for distribution to staff
    • Assist in translating English-Spanish documents, if possible
    • Maintain regular communication with Site Manager and Site Coordinator
  • Other learning goals and tasks

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students
  • Flexibility and open-mindedness in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with children and an interest in developing positive, restorative behavior management skills
  • Interest in music, music education, arts education, community building, and/or youth mentorship.
  • Successful completion of a background check

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org.
No phone calls please. Relocation assistance is not provided. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.