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Santa Barbara Symphony seeking
Director of Education and Community Engagement


The Santa Barbara Symphony in Santa Barbara, CA is seeking a dynamic and experienced education and community engagement professional.



The Director of Education and Community Engagement is a key member of the leadership team, promoting the mission of the Santa Barbara Symphony to provide indispensable music education to the Santa Barbara Community.

Managing a team of teachers, volunteers, and administrative staff, this professional will lead and inspire the education team to have an impact in the Santa Barbara region through a suite of education programs, community engagement initiatives, and partnerships. This individual provides the oversight and administration of the Music Education Center, including Music Van, Concerts for Young People, Elementary School Programs, and Symphony’s suite of Youth Ensembles.

The successful candidate has a passion for growing and sustaining the community through education and engagement programs and skills in cultivating and maintaining productive relationships with donors, local and national partners, board, and staff. Experience with music-based creative youth development programs and youth symphony are highly desired. Must be able to work as part of a team.

The culture of the Santa Barbara Symphony is one in which team members are empowered to work independently and collaboratively while being accountable and results-oriented. You will work with a team of highly functioning professionals who work independently and collaboratively with the staff, Executive Director, Board and volunteers.



Program Oversight:

  • Oversight and coordination of Music Education Center activities, concerts, timelines, budget, financials, grants, committees, library, marketing, contracts, hiring and supervising instructors and mentors; supervise volunteers.
  • Additional oversight of community engagement, music van, and the design and implementation of Concerts for Young People
  • Administer Music Education Center policies, contracts, auditions, scholarship awards




  • Work with the Development department in meeting with donors and foundations
  • Work with the Development and Marketing Department in the creation and execution of fundraising activities and marketing materials


Long Term Planning and Community Leadership:


  • Work with the Executive Director regarding strategic planning, fulfilling and meeting the education program goals, long range planning and budget projections
  • Work with community members and school district personnel to determine effective long term collaborations that utilize financial resources effectively
  • Recruit and maintain relationships with volunteers supporting the education programs.
  • Leads the education and community engagement department





  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing education and community engagement programs
  • Proven experience with music-based creative youth development programs and/or youth symphony, preferably both
  • Strong understanding of interpersonal dynamics
  • Superb written, verbal, management, and organizational skills
  • Experience with developing and managing budgets
  • Skilled in working with teaching artists, volunteers, arts administrators, local and national partners, and the public
  • Experience with public school districts strongly preferred
  • Computer skills, knowledge of social media, training on Tessitura preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree a plus 



One of most beautiful cities in California, Santa Barbara has the arts and culture of a big city with the hospitality and charm of a small, coastal town. Beyond the city’s picture-perfect scenery, Santa Barbara is a haven for classical music lovers, hosting several performing arts venues, a symphony orchestra, and many non-profit classical musical groups. The art galleries, world-class museums, and historic theaters create a thriving arts scene in downtown Santa Barbara, ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. 


To apply to this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to Kevin A. Marvin, Executive Director at kmarvin@thesymphony.org . Please specify you’re applying to the Education and Community Engagement position for the Santa Barbara Symphony.



Auditions for the 19-20 season are complete.  Please check back in the late Spring for future audition dates.

Questions? Please contact ryansbso@gmail.com

An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the Santa Barbara Symphony Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, age or Veteran status.