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Associate Director, Learning

Website Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

The Associate Director, Learning is an accomplished leader with 5+ years’ experience in nonprofit management and arts education, with experience in program development, staff management, financial oversight, concert planning, and implementation of organizational systems. Reporting to the Vice President, Learning, the Associate Director is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the Learning Department, as well as overseeing the creation and implementation of programs related to ‘Learning’, including but not be limited to concerts for families and students at Walt Disney Concert Hall; professional development workshops for music educators, programs for young composers; and pre- and post-concert lecture series.

The Associate Director works collaboratively with the Vice President, Learning and the Director, YOLA to contribute to the development of long-term strategies for the Learning Department ensuring that the department’s workflows are efficient and productive. They have a key role in managing administrative staff and keeping the department informed and trained in changes to organizational procedures. The Associate Director develops strategic plans for streamlining workflows, analyzing the Learning Department digital platforms, and looking for ways to improve reporting and assessing the success of new operational initiatives.

The Associate Director must effectively manage and collaborate with multiple complex partnerships that involve internal staff and stakeholders, as well as external partners and stakeholders, including but not limited to artistic planning, learning and community programs staff, LA Phil musicians, teaching artists, guest artists, music educators, community partners, school district and public officials with key responsibility for the following:

Position Elements:


  • Collaborate with the Vice President, Learning, the Director, YOLA, and other key staff to implement strategic objectives and the daily operations of the Learning department
  • Develop policies that ensure effective and efficient interaction between administrative and site staff, and other personnel, promoting and adjusting these policies as needed
  • Organize and research the operational tools and infrastructure of the department to ensure workflows are streamlined
  • Support the Learning Team with refined program budget templates and processes, supporting the creation of budgets for Learning projects and annual programming, and providing regular financial analysis and appropriate reporting
  • Collaborate with the finance department to ensure deadlines and workflows are consistent with finance requirements
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements with Learning department vendors
  • Lead systems integration and data management operations, reporting, and development for the full Learning department,
  • Create language and communications about Learning programs for internal and external communications and marketing

Manage the departmental calendar as it pertains to workflows, staffing support and aligning the calendar to functional department needs for effective operations


  • Lead the development and implementation of the annual YOLA National Symposium, collaborating with YOLA staff and faculty on the content creation
  • Provide oversight on the creation and implementation of annual Learning programs, including:
    Facilitating the vision and aesthetics of the LA Phil through its concerts for students and families
    Guiding the development of prep materials and activities surrounding education concerts and events
    Setting the tone and goals for young composer training programs and adult educationCollaboration/Strategy:
  • Support the development of key near and long-term strategic priorities for the Learning Department, in collaboration with the Vice President, Learning and Director, YOLA
  • Collaborate with the Learning team in building approaches to project planning
  • Identify program areas within Learning to connect, share, and leverage resourcesStaff Oversight:
  • Hire and train administrative Learning staff
  • Manage 1 full time staff and several part-time staff, including leading the hiring, review, and termination processes when necessary
  • Identify staff strengths and match them with appropriate program areas and projects
  • Build annual workflow plans with Learning operational staff, providing monthly updates and adjustments
  • Motivate staff through creative assignments and delegation

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
  • Knowledge of orchestral music, ability to read scores, and experience working with orchestras
  • Strong understanding of orchestral repertoire, beginning instrumental curriculum, and youth development practices
  • Strong operational and organizational skills, and experience working with departmental systems infrastructure and reorganization
  • 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, present publicly, and provide professional and appropriate business level written information
  • 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
  • Knowledge of state or national learning standards a plus
  • Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability

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