The Manager of Community Engagement serves as the primary liaison between the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) and individuals and organizations in the surrounding community (K-12 schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers, etc.) to ensure that MIC is viewed as a trusted resource for families seeking musical education. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Develop and maintain strong external relationships to build community awareness and engagement, which includes regular communication and follow-up with music teachers, principals, education directors, executive directors and other relevant partners.
Plan and execute recruitment, educational and community events in collaboration with the Academic Team and ensure that all activities are coordinated with the annual recruitment plan. This role is directly responsible for managing events which include, but are not limited to the following.
MIC Programs in K-12 Schools
Musical Instrument Petting Zoos
Music for Life Program
Around Town Community Concerts
Campus Concerts and other Community Building Events
Community Service Performance
Interdisciplinary Collaborations with External Organizations
Develop collaborative working relationships with all internal MIC departments, particularly Academic Affairs, Marketing and Communications and Institutional Advancement.
Ideal Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will be a highly organized self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, with an appreciation for all music genres. The candidate will have a degree in Music or a related field, along with a professional background that includes significant experience creating and/or implementing music-related community engagement programs and activities. In addition, the candidate must have the flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed. She or he will take direction from a supervisor then independently build relationships, exhibiting flexibility and creativity in the process.
Qualifications/Required: Bachelor’s degree in Music or related field
Qualifications/Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Music or related field and 3-5 years’ experience in the following areas:
Creating and implementing music-related community engagement programs and activities
Event planning for music-related events
Demonstrated ability to establish and lead successful collaborations with partners in community, social, civic, artistic and/or educational organizations
Proven experience creating, planning and implementing new programs and initiatives
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as an active, supportive team player
General knowledge and deep appreciation of classical and other music genres
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent verbal, written and collaboration skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Proactive, entrepreneurial spirit
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as required
Other Desired Qualities:
Flexible and adaptive style
Positive spirit and energy
Good sense of humor
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are market competitive and offered commensurate with experience. Local candidates only, or candidates who will relocate themselves. There is no paid relocation for this position.
The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education, striving to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering excellent musical instruction built upon the strength of ...its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. For more information, please visit www.musicinst.org.org or call 847.905.1500.