CSO - Director of Community Engagement

Director of Community Engagement

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $70,000 - $75,000
Posted Date: 08/16/2023
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About the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), which also performs as the Cincinnati Pops, celebrated its 125th anniversary in the 2019-20 season. One of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles, the internationally acclaimed CSO attracts the best talent from around the world. The Orchestra is committed to being a place of experimentation.

Cincinnati’s own CSO commits to enhancing and expanding music education for the children of Greater Cincinnati and works to bring music education to as broad a public as possible in its many different forms. Education and outreach programs currently serve more than 80,000 individuals annually.


Director of Community Engagement

Job Description

The Director of Community Engagement fosters strong community partnerships and programs to address a wide range of shared community goals and needs in and around Cincinnati while developing raised community awareness and a stronger affinity for the Orchestra. Reporting to the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, the Director develops and supports the execution of programs that utilize CSO musicians and resources towards enhancing the vibrancy of Cincinnati neighborhoods, creating cross-cultural understanding, promoting diversity and inclusion, and highlighting existing community assets such as artists, organizations and venues through creative collaborations.

The Director’s goals are achieved through core programs, including the Brady Block Parties, CSO Neighborhood Connection residency, the Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC), Community Advisory Council (CAC), and Classical Roots.

The Director will also inform, research, and execute future opportunities that serve the Orchestra’s strategic priorities. This position is a key public-facing representative of the CSO and maintains relationships with various external constituents. The Director must be an effective project manager, organizer, communicator, and detail-oriented planner/administrator.



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a community engagement role; similar orchestra administration or arts-related community engagement preferred.
  • Knowledge of symphonic music, basic orchestra operations knowledge, and experience working with professional musicians preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage strong partnerships with community organizations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Experience advancing multiple projects and programs simultaneously by accurately and enthusiastically determining and managing workflow, timelines, and budgets.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required for community engagement programs and must have access to reliable transportation to a wide variety of work locations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Experience collaborating cross-departmentally to maximize program effectiveness.


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