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Manager, YOLA National

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The Manager, YOLA National, reporting to the Director, YOLA, is responsible for implementing and supporting national initiatives of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) within the LA Phil’s Learning department. YOLA National is a collection of programs that amplify the work of not only the YOLA program but of hundreds of programs across the country. Its mission is to convene and gather thought leadership as well as talented young musicians all in one place for shared and collective impact.

The Manager, YOLA National implements and oversees all aspects of YOLA National programming, including but not limited to: YOLA National Festival, a summer intensive for young musicians; and YOLA National Symposium for teachers and leaders in the El Sistema field. This position works in collaboration with other Managers and staff across the Learning Department, as well as a National Faculty, and assigned duties may include support of broader department projects and initiatives.

Position Elements:


  • Develop, design, and implement YOLA National programs, including the summer intensive YOLA National Festival for young musicians, and YOLA National Symposium for music educators and administrators
  • Collaborate with other YOLA and Learning staff to develop programming and resources that supports both national and local YOLA initiatives
  • Support programming and operations for the Partners in Music Learning regranting initiative for national music and creative youth development organizations
  • Produce small and large-scale events related to YOLA National initiatives; assigning and supporting staff as needed

Operations & Management:

  • Assign appropriate teaching and support staff to projects, including creating processes for recruitment
  • Contract individuals and organizations with whom/which Learning Department works, such as performing artists, teaching artists, LA Phil musicians, vendors, schools, national organizations, youth orchestras, etc.
  • Manage teams and recruitment of seasonal employees during and outside of projects and events, including faculty and staff
  • Develop, manage, and maintain systems appropriate for project management of large-scale events such as schedules, databases/lists, production, and running orders
  • Create and maintain detailed documentation on projects for purposes of program assessment, the development of program standards of procedure, etc.
  • Manage and track departmental expenses related to National programs, contributing to annual budget development and quarterly forecasts
  • Process expense reports and invoices; work with Finance to pay individuals and organizations in a timely mannerCollaboration & Facilitation
  • Plan and facilitate effective meetings across the Learning department and with external partners, as it relates to YOLA National programming
  • Prepare and collaborate on communications such as PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, talking points, and information for web, social media, development, press, and marketing
  • Speak publicly on behalf of the LA Phil learning department and its programs as a presenter, guide, and/or as a host for events
  • Communicate effectively in written and verbal form with key internal and external colleagues
  • Collaborate with the Learning team in building approaches to project planning, and support organization-wide learning initiatives and related communications
  • Identify program areas within Learning to connect, share, and leverage resources nationallyRelationships:
    Reports To:
    Director, YOLA

    Coordinator, YOLA National (PTE)
    YOLA National Festival Faculty & Staff (PTE/Contract)
    Interacts With:
    Vice President, Learning
    Learning & YOLA staff
    Artistic Planning
    Public Relations
    Other LA Phil staff as needed

Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in arts administration or arts education, with a 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required
  • Preference for knowledge of orchestral music, ability to read scores, and experience working with orchestras
  • Strong understanding of creative youth development practices
  • Experience in collaborative program design and development, coupled with a successful record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects
  • Strong skills in people management and corralling teams
  • Attention to detail; highly organized; excellent self-time management
  • Professional proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  • Experience working with teaching artists, parents, and young musicians
  • Passion for and ability to work with diverse personalities and populations
  • Secondary language fluency preferred, specifically Spanish proficiency
  • Commitment to engage in and promote an environment supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Some travel, as well as evening and weekend availability

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