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Site Manager, Sistema Ravinia Austin Nucleo

  • Full Time
  • North

Website Ravinia Festival Association / Reach Teach Play Program / Sistema Ravinia

Company Description
Ravinia, North America’s oldest music festival, nestled in the Chicago suburbs, presents over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of the nation’s finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Through its Reach Teach Play education programs, Ravinia brings music to over 85,000 people in Chicago area schools and communities. Our portfolio of programs is designed to foster diverse audience involvement and provide access to the highest quality music education and live music experiences to those with the fewest resources.

Job Description
The Site Manager oversees a visionary, social-change-through-music orchestra training program that provides access and excellence for students in underrepresented Chicago communities and schools based on El Sistema Guiding Principles.  They are responsible for the daily programming and operations for Sistema Ravinia’s program sites – Catalyst Circle Rock and George Rogers Clark – located in Chicago’s Austin community. The Site Manager has high organizational, artistic, and community development standards.  They are flexible to the demands of a developing program. They are able to unite the needs of students, families, and instructors to implement a successful program. The Site Manager is responsible for managing a rigorous and student-driven curriculum that is focused on musical and social excellence; holistically serving each child. Reporting to the Reach Teach Play Senior Associate Director, the Site Manager is part of the Sistema Ravinia leadership team that collaboratively creates and implements innovative programmatic design, content, schedules, and repertoire. The Site Manager is the main contact for participants, instructors, and community partners. This is a full-time, year-round position with benefits. Ravinia is very supportive of the local Austin community. We encourage residents from Austin and the surrounding communities to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage year-round program planning
  • Oversee day-to-day program operations and logistics
  • Cultivate relationships with school administration
  • Cultivate relationships with participating families
  • Oversee program staff
  • Ensure clear communication of program goals, expectations, schedules, and needs to stakeholders
  • Cultivate an environment of fun, joy, and friendship in an atmosphere of positivity and aspiration

Program Planning and Operations

  • Ensure processes for efficient and effective operations
  • Develop yearly program calendars
  • Create a weekly schedule
  • Manage instrument purchase and repair needs and oversee inventory of music and supplies
  • Oversee event details for concerts, meetings, registrations, receptions and trips
  • Implement program goals within an ascribed budget

Curriculum, Instructors and Students

  • Collaborate with conductors, instructors and students to create innovative curriculum content
  • Manage student recruitment, enrollment and retention
  • Maintain student and family data and records
  • Recruit and onboard instructors that represent diversity and excellence
  • Oversee instruction at each school
  • Manage yearly student assessment project to evaluate program effectiveness
  • Collaborate with colleagues and partners to provide Professional Development opportunities for instructors

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to facilitate positive interaction and collaboration with educators, parents, and students from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to initiate and manage multiple tasks

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with three to four years related work experience preferred
  • Strong background in music education and arts administration
  • Experience managing social-change youth programs or El Sistema inspired programs
  • Knowledge of the El Sistema music education model
  • Passion for youth music education

Additional Information
Work Environment

  • Working daily at school locations in the Austin Community (with occasional meetings at Ravinia)
  • Availability to work weekends and evenings for concerts and special events
  • Interaction with young students, parents and administrators where the safety of the students is paramount
  • Collaborative work environment where decision making regarding artistic and pedagogic direction comes from Sistema Ravinia administrators, conductors, instructors, and students

Ravinia is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating and fostering an inclusive environment for all employees. The more diverse we are, the better we can serve our community and our mission.

About Sistema Ravinia Austin Nucleo

Sistema Ravinia is an intensive orchestral music education program that provides daily music training for students in two schools in Chicago’s Austin community.  Participating students meet daily throughout the year at their nucleo (program site) and are taught in sectionals and full orchestra. Shaped by the philosophy of the noted El Sistema model, Ravinia has embraced the notion of transforming groups of children into communities of musicians who in turn transform their communities.  Students receive mentorship from teachers and administrators that make them feel loved and valued as an asset to their nucleo community.

Sistema Ravinia launched in 2012 and Circle Rock was the first school to join the initiative.  In 2019, Sistema Ravinia expanded to add a second school, GR Clark, to the Austin nucleo.  Students from Circle Rock focus on band instruments and students from GR Clark learn string instruments.  When in-person, students meet at their individual schools three days per week and join together on the fourth day at Circle Rock to practice as a full symphony orchestra.  Circle Rock recently completed their state of the art Kehrein Center for the Arts which will serve as the home for the Sistema Ravinia Austin nucleo orchestras.

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