Executive Director, DC Youth Orchestra Program
DC Youth Orchestra Program - Washington, DC

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The DC Youth Orchestra Program invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director, available in spring 2013.The Organizationwww.dcyop.orgThe DC Youth Orchestra Program is the largest music education and performance program for young people in the Washington Metropolitan area. More than 800 children participate in the program†s 10 ensembles and 115 classes, and they join 51,000 more who have come through the program since its inception over 50 years ago.With a mission to promote music for young people and achievement for life, the DC Youth Orchestra program embraces three mandates: to provide affordable, accessible, quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people in the DC area; to develop a youth orchestra capable of competing successfully at the national and international levels; and to instill in students the discipline and focus necessary to succeed academically as well as musically.The program celebrates inclusivity and accepts all who wish to participate, regardless of skill, experience, or ability to pay tuition. Students may enter the program at age four and a half. They advance with the guidance of a dedicated faculty and a rigorous jury exam system that allows them entrance to progressively more demanding program levels, including wind ensembles, chamber groups, and ultimately the DC Youth Orchestra. Program participants go on to work in a broad range of professions, including music.The DC Youth Orchestra was founded in 1960 by the DC Public Schools, a few music teachers, and a group of 60 students. The organization quickly caught the attention of the local community, and within a few years, the orchestra was accepting invitations to perform for White House audiences, national and regional music conferences, and at Carnegie Hall. In 1970, the DC Youth Orchestra embarked on its first international tour to Switzerland and returned to receive the DC Mayor†s Commendation for exceptional achievement and for bringing honor to the citizens and city of Washington, DC. In August, 2010, an alumni orchestra of more than 110 musicians celebrated the DC Youth Orchestra†s 50th anniversary at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The DC Youth Orchestra Program has an annual operating budget of about $700,000. There is an artistic staff of six conductors and over 30 part-time faculty, and an administrative staff of five. Jesus Manuel Berard is Music Director. The organization recently moved all classes, rehearsals, and offices to newly remodeled facilities at DC†s Eastern High School.The PositionThe Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the DC Youth Orchestra Program and ensures that the DCYOP fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for excellence in music education, financial stability, community engagement, and the enrichment of young lives through music.Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization†s management, including strategic planning, fund raising, marketing, public relations, promotion, production, operations, budgeting and financial management, communications, advocacy, and community partnerships. S/he oversees the development and implementation of artistic and educational policies that promote instrumental music education of the highest quality. The Executive Director is the organization†s chief fundraiser. S/he provides guidance and support to the fund-raising efforts of the Board. S/he establishes and maintains productive relationships with individuals, foundations, corporate sponsors, and government funders. The Executive Director provides impetus to the work of the Board. S/he helps identify and recruit board members to ensure continuity of leadership for the organization. S/he provides staff support to the Board and its committees, and ensures that the Board has the information it needs for decision making. S/he ensures effective communication among the organizations internal and external stakeholders and constituencies, including Board, staff, faculty, parents, students, alumni, donors, government officials, and community representatives.The Executive Director recruits, hires, motivates, supervises, evaluates, and provides leadership to a strong professional staff. S/he develops and maintains an environment that nurtures the talents of the young musicians who participate in the Program, and allows DCYOP conductors, coaches, and faculty to do their best work. The Executive Director is the chief spokesperson for DCYOP and the visible representative of the organization throughout the community. S/he ensures strong and effective relationships with the DC Board of Education and DC Government. S/he actively seeks out opportunities to raise the profile and visibility of the DC Youth Orchestra Program throughout the National Capital Region.