Director of Education – Symphony Space – New York

With our Education Director retiring after three decades, Symphony Space is seeking a passionate advocate for
arts education to envision and lead the next phase of dynamic growth for our programs and reach, building on
an existing foundation of excellence.
Since 1980, Symphony Space has been providing high-quality arts education to Pre-K – 12 students and adult
learners in New York City and beyond, serving upwards of 16,000 students annually through three programs:
● Global Arts: Cultural Literacy and Heritage, which uses the performing and visual arts to bring world
cultures to life through engaged exploration of the art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Native America, and Latin
● All Write!, which introduces adult literacy and ESOL students to the beauty and power of the written word,
and gives voice to an often unseen and unheard population; and
● Thalia Kids Book Club Camp, which brings renowned authors and illustrators of books for young readers
together with their passionate audience in a day camp filled with book-related activities and field trips.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Director creates the vision and strategy for all educational
programming, and works in close collaboration with the Manager of Education Programs, the All Write! Director,
Camp Manager, and a team of approximately 40 Teaching Artists across disciplines.
As an ambassador of Symphony Space’s education mission, the Education Director forges strong ties with
partner organizations—the New York City Department of Education, private and public schools, adult education
sites, community centers, museums, and more—to advance program and sector goals.
With an eye toward deepening the reach and impact of the programs, the Director is responsible for ensuring
that content and implementation align with Symphony Space’s values and mission, and that our programs are
responsive to our times and the changing needs of the communities we serve.

● Design, implement, evaluate, and ensure the quality of all programs, revising as appropriate and
creating new models (both content and delivery) to best fulfill community needs and program goals
● Assess curricula, teaching practices, and educational materials of all programs, assuring that outcomes
align with organization values and mission as well as national, state, and city academic and arts
● Champion inclusion, equity, diversity, and access initiatives that serve the community and advance
Symphony Space goals
● Oversee Teaching Artist and administrative staff recruitment and evaluation
● Provide Teaching Artists with professional development and access to workshops and conferences that
feature best practices in the field
● Expand programmatic reach, access, and impact by building new partnerships and proactively cultivating
existing relationships
● Develop and oversee departmental policies, procedures, and budgets
● Advocate on behalf of Symphony Space’s Education Programs with all internal and external stakeholders
● Create and foster an environment where all students and community members feel welcomed, valued,
safe, and supported

This is a full-time position. We offer a benefits package that includes health insurance, life and longterm
disability insurance, flexible spending plan (FSA), annuity plan, and three weeks of vacation time.
Symphony Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please note that all Symphony Space staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume with “Director of Education” in the subject line to We look forward to receiving your application.