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An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, age, or veteran status. 



THERE is one administrative POSITION open at this time

Director of Learning & Community Impact



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Administrative Positions



Director of Learning & Community Impact

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time Employee/Exempt
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SUPERVISES: L&CI Programs Coordinator
COMPENSATION: $65,000 plus benefits 


This Director-Level position is responsible for galvanizing, developing, overseeing, and leading the Portland Symphony’s learning and education programs, and Equity Diversity Inclusion and community impact initiatives. This role effectively collaborates with musicians, staff, and trustees; builds meaningful partnerships with and relationships with organizations, leaders, and schools across the state; and approaches all levels of work through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion to promote learning through music, meeting needs, and resulting in a positive and enriching impact for our community.   

The ideal individual will be a big-picture strategic thinker; an experienced, empathetic, motivated individual with the ability to oversee and manage multiple initiatives at once; one who possesses the ability to plan near and far-term in service of the organization’s mission, vision, goals, and core values. The role requires strong project management and problem-solving skills, excellent and clear communication, and enjoys building relationships and leading collaboratively. We seek an organized worker who efficiently and skillfully manages details.  A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is expected.


  • 5+ years prior work experience in orchestras/music/music education or related field  
  • Extensive experience with program administration including development, implementation, and evaluation  
  • Experience with Equity Diversity Inclusion training, and leadership   
  • Experience working directly with community, social, civic, arts, and educational organizations  
  • Strong leadership and partnership-building skills are required; compassionate and facilitative   
  • Passion for music education, orchestral music, and knowledge of symphonic repertoire  
  • Culturally responsive supervisory experience  
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community  
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in many stages at once, thriving in a fast-paced environment  
  • Collaborative and effective team player, with the ability to anticipate internal and external stakeholder needs  
  • Department budget creation and accountability 
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required  
  • Digital literacy and facility with online programs and apps  
  • English fluency required. Fluency in other languages a plus 
  • Ability to work varied hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays (accommodations can be made for holidays according to one’s individual beliefs) 
  • Smartphone available to support Microsoft office and PSO Phone apps     
  • Possession of a valid drivers’ license, vehicle, and clean driving record 

Physical demands/work environment

  • Hybrid office work (Tuesdays + Thursdays required in-office), presence at community events across the state, PSO concerts  
  • Work is primarily conducted indoors, except for fundraising events which may be outside.   
  • Noise level is moderate to low, unless in a concert setting with larger audiences/ensembles  
  • Ability to reach, push, pull, bend, stoop, or stand as necessary. Will occasionally lift office products and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.  

    Due to the nature of this position and our business, background checks will be conducted as a condition of employment.  


To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Director of Learning & Community Impact. Applications are due by March 7, 2023.   


The Portland Symphony Orchestra requires staff members to be fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including any CDC-recommended booster shots. The Portland Symphony agrees to comply with the applicable Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance regarding mandatory employer vaccination programs under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  

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