The New World Symphony (NWS), America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 31 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,150 alumni worldwide, 90% of whom are active musicians making a difference in the field of classical music. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their musical achievement and promise, as well as their passion for the future of classical music.

The New World Symphony is a state-of-the-art laboratory for generating new ideas about the way music is taught, presented, and experienced. The program is based on a unique fellowship that trains graduates of distinguished music schools for leadership roles in the field of classical music. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty.

Experimentation is at the heart of NWS’s institutional thinking. A number of educational and artistic prototypes have proven helpful to music schools and conservatories as well as professional orchestras. The New World Symphony raises $9M+ annually and is embarking on a major capital and endowment campaign.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are high priorities for the New World Symphony and are critical in the preparation of Fellows for leadership positions. NWS is proud to be a partner with colleague organizations in working towards a future for classical music that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. Artistic excellence, connection to audiences, engaging communities, and entrepreneurial activities are pillars of the experiential curriculum. The New World Symphony pursues its work in a Frank Gehry-designed campus that is uniquely suited to embrace the digital future, for education and for artistic expression. The New World Symphony and its campus, the New World Center, have become a cultural center of gravity, a place-maker in South Florida and an example for other cultural institutions who wish to gain relevance in impacting their communities.

For more information on NWS, please visit their website.

As a key member of the senior leadership team, the Senior Vice President of Institutional Culture & Inclusion (SVP) will collaborate, create and supervise a people development strategy and will consult regularly with the Artistic Director and the CEO. The SVP will build upon the current institutional Human Resource capabilities for Staff and Fellows. This work will be aligned with and complement the overall NWS strategy. The SVP will manage the process for staff acquisition, performance evaluation, rewards, learning, development and analytics. The ideal executive will aid the Provost in creating, promoting and protecting a vibrant and dynamic learning environment for the New World Symphony (NWS) Fellows, serving as an exceptional resource for non-artistic matters.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and overall excellence are all important priorities for NWS. The SVP will lead, collaborate and support institutional efforts with the goal of continuing to build a friendly and fun environment in which musical excellence, growth, common purpose and community thrive.

The successful Senior Vice President must be an effective listener and exceptional collaborator with the ability to engineer a meaningful and robust network of partnerships across the organization in order to achieve goals. More specifically, they will need to do the following:

Strategic Leadership/Human Resources:
• Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership team
• Develop and execute strategic vision for NWS’ Equity/Diversity/Inclusion and Human Resources initiatives
• Direct staff training programs
• Facilitate connections and collaboration between Staff, Fellows and Trustees
• Manage performance reviews and compensation management
• Manage relationship with NWS’ PEO provider including benefits programs and evaluating and recommending changes
• Oversee health and wellness programs
• Ensure policies and practices are current with accepted best-practices as well as state and federal laws relevant to policies and benefits
• Represent NWS at relevant conferences, symposia, and other gatherings and convenings
• Supervise Human Resources records management
• Flexible and available to engage in all other activities as required

While we will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal candidate would have the following qualifications/experience:
• A minimum of 10+ years of experience leading all aspects of Human Resources
• Bachelor’s degree (Human Resources Development, Organizational Development or related field preferred)
• SHRM Certification considered attractive and highly regarded
• Commitment to the NWS mission
• Blend of expertise in talent and change management, EDI, and Human Resources
• A commitment to and experience with EDI and its role in creating an inclusive environment
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and coaching skills to counsel a wide range of employees and Fellows; ability to interact sensitively with a variety of personalities
• Strong problem-solving skills
• Skilled at driving human capital strategies and delivering solutions in multi-cultural environments
• Commitment to NWS mission
• Creative thinking combined with a personable, organized, flexible, and detail-oriented approach
• Knowledge of and affinity for classical music will be considered an asset
• Flexible work hours, evenings and weekends required
• Competencies and Characteristics would include:
• Strong Human Resources Leadership Track-Record
• Strategic Orientation with a Proven Ability to Manage Daily Operations
• Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Leadership
• Planning and Execution
• Superb Listening Skills
• Cultural Competence
• Change Management Skills
• Emotional Intelligence Skills
• Impact and Influence/Diplomacy Skills
• Team Based and Collegial Management Style
• Project Management
• Relationship Builder
• Organizational Skills
• Collaborative Style
• Curiosity, Willingness to Learn
• Exceptional Communicator
• Passion for Music or other Art Forms
• Community Orientation and Multicultural Outlook
• Keen Understanding of Fellows, Staff and Board
• In-Depth Understanding of Recruiting Criteria
• Knowledge of Successful On-Boarding and Retention Strategies
• Values Driven Perspective
• Warm Sense of Humor
• Respectful of Others
• Ability to Engender Trust and Forge Relationships

Maureen Alphonse-Charles and Nadine Coleman of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

New World Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

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We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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