Community Program Coordinator

San Diego Youth Symphony

San Diego, CA

Job Title: Community Program Coordinator

Reports to: Community Opus Program Manager

Status: Full-time 40 hours/week, Non-Exempt


About this Position

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is seeking a full-time Community Program Coordinator to support SDYS’ community programs, including SDYS’ Community Opus Project in Chula Vista.  The ideal candidate will have proven organizational and planning skills, be able to engage students and families from various backgrounds, have experience as a music educator, and be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.  S/he will be committed to our core values of inclusiveness, personal achievement, and community leadership. This position is an excellent opportunity to provide logistical and community support to enrich lives through music education.


Position Responsibilities

The Community Program Coordinator is responsible for the following:

  • Operational planning and logistics for events

  • Planning and executing semi-annual collaboration camps

  • Database upkeep, report generation, and rosters

  • Supporting student registration, placement, and instrument selection

  • Teaching artist scheduling

  • Communication needs (e-newsletter, flyers, web updates, email, phone, etc.)

  • On-site support as SDYS liaison to teaching artists, students, families, and partners

  • Community collaboration, relationship building, and advocacy



We’re seeking candidates who excel in organization, spreadsheets, databases, planning, teaching, and relationships who thrive in a passionate, collaborative environment.  You should have or be:

  • Comfortable with a certain level of autonomy and willing to take initiative.
  • Ability and passion for working with young people and families from a variety of backgrounds.


  • Strong sense of integrity and collaboration.


  • A track record of managing multiple, competing deadlines.

  • Eager to learn and develop yourself and those around you.

  • Knowledge of and experience with instrumental music; in-school music teaching experience a plus.

  • Proficiency in Google and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Publisher, and Word.

  • Comfortable transporting items for rehearsals and events in a personal vehicle.

  • College degree required.

  • Bilingual (Spanish speaker) a plus.



This position requires sitting at a desk or workstation, walking, standing, climbing stairs,

hearing, speaking, being able to lift up to 25 lb. and able to drive to locations pertaining to

organizational operations.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required

to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required

employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.  This is a full-time position with

work responsibilities on weekends and/or evenings according to the season calendar.  We

will begin reviewing applications immediately; position is open until filled.  To apply, send an

email with a current resume and thoughtful cover letter to


About the San Diego Youth Symphony and Community Opus Project

SDYS’ mission is to instill excellence in the musical and personal development of students through rigorous and inspiring musical training experiences.  We do this through both our traditional youth symphony programming (Conservatory Programs) and our neighborhood- centered programming (Community Programs).  Our vision is to make music education accessible and affordable for all.


Utilizing el Sistema-inspired practices, SDYS partnered with the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), which went from having no employed credentialed arts teachers to now providing all 46 schools (and 30,000 students) with at least one arts class to every student every week.  In Chula Vista, SDYS directly supports eight after-school music programs led by a CVESD music teacher, in-school instrumental coaching in the classroom at 18 sites, professional development to CVESD music teachers, and advocates for quality music education in the Chula Vista community.

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