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Education Manager

  • Full Time
  • Charleston
  • $35,000 - $42,000 / Year

West Virginia Symphony 

About the West Virginia Symphony 

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting  classical and pops concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 86th season, the WVSO is  a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts,  collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Take the lead in planning, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of the WVSO state-wide education  programs.  

  • Plan and implement all aspects of the Symphony’s education and outreach programs, including side by-sides, lecture-demonstrations, school concerts, adult education, fellowship, and volunteer programs. Assess the effectiveness of each activity. 
  • Use creativity and innovation to develop new programs that cultivate new community partnerships, incorporating current educational and technological initiatives. 
  • Keep updated records of all performance, educational, and community outreach activities presented  by the WVSO. 
  • Maintain and update education-related information on the WVSO’s main website and the  website. 

Support the work of everyone in the institution as an integral member of a small WVSO team.

  • In consultation with the Marketing Director, oversee traditional and social media marketing and ticketing for all educational programs, including brochures, newsletters, flyers, and advertisements as  necessary. 
  • In collaboration with the Development Director, review and provide information for grants relating to  current and future educational programming; identify and fulfill donor and grant maker funding requirements. 
  • Support the Education Committee Chair in developing meeting agendas and opportunities for committee members to understand and engage with WVSO’s education programs.

Act as the primary spokesperson for the Symphony in education matters. 

  • Work in conjunction with schools and other partners to develop all materials used in teacher training,  musician training, volunteer training, and student preparation for education programs.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with the local school district, community colleges,  and other educational/civic institutions.  

Program-specific needs 

  • String Partnership/Artist-In-Residence Program: a collaboration with Charleston public schools:  coordinate logistics with the Fine Arts Coordinator; manage staffing and hiring needs, scheduling,  recruitment concerts, and All-County strings concert, and provide administrative support to the  individual teachers in schools throughout the school year. 
  • Young People Concerts (YPC): work with Marketing Director to create promotional materials (logos,  postcards, etc.), ensure schools are notified of YPC programming in a timely manner, compile and  create educational materials for pre- or post-concert instruction by classroom teachers, create forms  for online registration and acknowledge incoming reservations, plan seating charts, arrange for  volunteers to usher students groups, determine eligibility of schools for transportation and ticket  assistance and collect necessary paperwork for reimbursement. 
  • Statewide school-based educational programming: schedule ShookStruck/STEAM-based ensemble performances and other small ensemble presentations, masterclasses with guest artists, field trip  opportunities to concerts, etc.  
  • WVSO Fellowship: coordinate with Marketing Director to write and distribute press releases to the  appropriate media sources; provide administrative and logistical support for application and audition  processes; work closely with selected Fellow(s) to provide an in-depth experience of the inner workings of the orchestra, guidance for research and score study of the repertoire the WVSO is performing, and  mentorship to further the Fellow’s music, academic and professional goals. 
  • WVSO Scholarship: coordinate with Marketing Director to write and distribute press releases to the  appropriate media sources; provide administrative and logistical support for application and audition  processes; schedule lessons for the selected Scholar with a symphony musician during runouts to  Parkersburg, WV. 
  • “Look Behind the Curtain…”: a program for college students: determine discussion topics and schedule  staff members and musicians for each session; send registration information to colleges and  universities; communicate ticketing needs for attendees to Marketing Director. 
  • Symphony Passport Program: design passport and related materials for youth; develop incentives for  encouraging passport usage; supply Passports to community partners (i.e. Public Library) for  distribution; notify Passport Holders of upcoming concert opportunities.


  • Attend all WVSO concerts 
  • Perform other duties as required 

Salary and Benefits 

This is a regular full-time, in-office, exempt position with required evening and weekend hours, reporting  directly to the President of the WVSO. The salary range is $35,000-$42,000. Benefits include health, vision and  dental insurance. Access to a 403b retirement plan is also available. 

To Apply 

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to [email protected]

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