Employment Opportunities

Position:              Community Engagement Coordinator

Reports to:         Executive Director

Category:            Part-time


The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) broadens access to orchestral music and serves 16,000 children and adults through core educational programs, free outreach activities and workshops, concerts, and special performances. Led by Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, GTCYS serves more than 900 students ages 8-18 through eight academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. GTCYS presents 25 annual concerts to 11,000 audience members with performances at Orchestra Hall, The Ordway, and Ted Mann Concert Hall, and free community concerts at homeless shelters, schools, and care centers. GTCYS’ 16,000 alumni include leaders in every field who developed lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, and community engagement during their GTCYS experience. Dedicated to increasing access to music education, GTCYS will award $50,000 in need-based scholarships to students in 2015-16.  As a way to further increase access and serve the community, GTCYS plans to develop a new El Sistema-inspired music program for underserved students in St. Paul, and has acquired start-up funding to do so.


The new Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for leading the development of a new, highly accessible music instruction program for youth in the West Side community of St. Paul. Key responsibilities include building relationships, increasing GTCYS’ visibility in the community, plus planning and implementing a pilot program.  We are excited to add an experienced community organizer to our team to lead this long-term initiative with passion and creativity.


Community Engagement

  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders on the West Side
  • Manage partnership details
  • Create opportunities for community conversations and music-related activities to gather feedback, promote the value of music education, and raise awareness about GTCYS
  • Represent GTCYS as an ambassador at community events

Program Development

  • Working with the community and GTCYS’ artistic and administrative staffs, plan a new pilot program
  • Identify resources needed to launch the program and spearhead the budgeting process
  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of the pilot program, including logistics, teaching artist recruitment, transportation, instruments, and communication materials
  • Recruit program participants and implement steps to boost retention as the program evolves
  • Manage the program evaluation, assessment, and documentation and make recommendations for improvement and program expansion
  • Provide data and stories for fundraising and marketing purposes

Organizational Development

  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for community involvement by GTCYS’ Board of Directors and staff
  • Participate in GTCYS’ Access Task Force and other organizational meetings
  • Work across the organization to share information and maintain open communication with GTCYS’ Board, administrative staff, and artistic staff
  • Participate in GTCYS’ ongoing cultural competency initiatives


  • Minimum of three years of experience developing new community-based programs and managing projects
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience working in community settings and achieving shared goals with multiple partners
  • Successful track record of collaborative program development and implementation
  • Background in music education and familiarity with classical music strongly preferred
  • Ability to develop a network of relationships with diverse populations and personalities
  • Excellent writing and verbal presentation skills, and ability to serve as a passionate ambassador
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and ability to follow through and take independent initiative
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Desire to work collaboratively and persevere over the long term
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Access to reliable personal transportation for daily business travel 


Email a cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references to GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org by February 12. Position open until filled.

GTCYS is an equal opportunity employer. Community members from the West Side are strongly encouraged to apply.


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