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Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Philharmonic

Last Updated: 6/01/21

Job Description

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony Orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Each season, the Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies. It also reaches audiences with its streaming platform, NYPhil+, other digital recordings, international broadcasts on television, radio, and online, and varied education programs. The organization recently announced acceleration of the renovation of David Geffen Hall, which will re-open to the public in the fall of 2022 with state-of-the art acoustics and inviting spaces. Concurrently, the New York Philharmonic is undertaking critical work to utilize its resources to amplify the voices and work of community collaborators through its dialogue and programming.

The New York Philharmonic has also recently embarked on a comprehensive multi-year, consultant-led DE&I initiative, “Project 2022,” with Accordant Advisors and seeks to hire a Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This position will assume the role as Project Leader and is critical to ensuring Project 2022 successfully reaches its milestones in developing and maintaining strategies to bring about meaningful structural change and ensure every voice is heard. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, this newly created position is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and will work closely with the President & CEO, Executive Director, Orchestra Committee, and Project 2022 team to effectively lead and manage all aspects of the Philharmonic’s DE&I efforts across the organization.

The ideal candidate is a confident and highly-organized team member with outstanding interpersonal skills and an innate ability to collaborate with cross-functional staff and the Orchestra, at all levels of the organization. Essential skills include the ability to excel as a project manager and change agent in a fast-paced environment, be a self-starter, work autonomously, use independent judgement, and maintain a high level of professionalism.

  • Partner with external consultants and project team to establish a cadence of change through phase gated implementation of Project 2022, with the goal of building a DE&I function from the ground floor that is sustainable, impactful and tangible.

  • Manage effort to define goals and targets, identify relevant metrics, implement assessment mechanisms for accountability, address issues with stakeholder groups, and communicate progress at regular intervals.

  • As the senior-level ambassador for DE&I, advocate strategic collaboration between departments and SMT to identify and implement innovative programs and initiatives that will bolster a culture of inclusivity across the organization.

  • Analyze staff recruiting processes and recommend strategies to achieve DE&I objectives and promote a robust talent pipeline.

  • Work with Orchestra Committee to strengthen policies and practices to ensure that the Orchestra is best-in-class in the areas of equitable recruitment, professional development, succession planning, learning and development, performance management and employee engagement.

  • Establish benchmarking practices commonly utilized by peer Orchestras, local area institutions and industry associations.

  • Develop and support continuous improvement culture management initiatives to ensure the ecosystem is in place to sustain gains realized during Project 2022.

  • Identify training, development and coaching needs for the organization that include improving engagement with all stakeholders and providing framework to SMT for implementation.

  • Serve as a visible DE&I advocate in strengthening the organization’s community commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity to achieve more diverse representation (e.g., staff, Orchestra, audience, patrons, donors, and community partnerships) through data, accountability, culture and brand.

  • Develop and maintain national, regional and local relationships with diversity and inclusion professionals and stakeholders, to ensure an impactful implementation of the DE&I initiatives within the organization.

  • Collaborate with the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, to identify initiatives that earn funding from national, local community and government foundations, contributing to revenue goals with special attention to DE&I, Education, and Community Engagement goals.

  • Help identify and foster partnerships with business and community leaders to explore potential synergies to broaden support and enhance the organization’s visibility as an exceptional model of DE&I excellence.

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree a plus

  • Demonstrated success in project management, including scoping, planning, organization, execution, completion and final reporting

  • Human resources and/or personnel management experience preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the organization and among all stakeholders

  • A proven change-agent with the ability to translate strategy into action and outcomes

  • Comfortable with presenting information to senior and Board level management

  • Relationship-oriented with a passion for energizing people around a mission

  • Flexibility to listen, learn, adapt and facilitate DE&I initiatives including, but not limited to, recruiting, strategic planning, education programs, donor involvement, community engagement, artistic planning, audience development, marketing, communications and fundraising

  • Strong interpersonal, consensus-building and teamwork skills; collaborative approach to working with others across multiple functions

  • Confident working inclusively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people with different perspectives and levels of DE&I understanding

  • Creative and strategic thinker who is proficient at problem solving

  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential topics with a high degree of professionalism

  • Leads by example, with high emotional intelligence

  • A bridge-builder and able working productively across lines of difference using constructive strategies and techniques when required

  • Confident, engaging and resilient; comfortable having difficult and courageous conversations

The New York Philharmonic offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, generous vacation and sick days, 403(B) plan match, commuter benefits, and more.

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New City, New York, United States