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Manager of Administration

Symphony Space is seeking a dynamic, organized, and systems-oriented person to join our team in the newly created position of Manager of Administration. The Manager of Administration will report jointly to the Executive Director and Managing Director and be responsible for three key areas: (1) human resources; (2) administration; and (3) office management.

The Manager of Administration plays a key role in the support of the executive team, partnering with the MD and ED in imparting Symphony Space’s ideals and goals to its staff of 42 full time employees and 60 seasonal or part time employees. The Manager will be the first point of contact for an array of people-related outreach, inquiries, and issues, and will be a vital resource for the organization. This role offers the ability to work autonomously and as an integral member of a team, contributing to and nurturing the organization’s culture.

Our ideal candidate is a proactive and forward-looking individual who has a love of the arts, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, impeccable judgment and discretion, human resources expertise across all areas, and a demonstrated ability to excel in a fast-paced, vibrant environment.

Essential Functions:

Recruiting, Hiring, and Retention

  • Own and manage all aspects of the HR function, including recruiting and retention, benefits & payroll, office environment, employee relations, people policies, performance reviews, training and development programs, staff engagement, and more
  • Partner with leadership to ensure our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is represented in the recruitment process
  • Participate in the onboarding/orientation process and employee offboarding/transition process
  • Supervise Internship Coordinator in the administration of a robust internship program
  • Maintain open, clear communication with all staff members

Payroll and Benefits

  • Guide and administer the annual open enrollment process
  • Oversee the administration of our 403(b), FSA, commuter, FMLA Leave, Paid Family Leave, disability, worker’s compensation, and unemployment benefits
  • Monitor employee eligibility for employment benefits (medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and flex spending)
  • Monitor payroll through ExponentHR

Administrative Support:

  • Manage highly complex calendar and communications for all Board and staff meetings, ensuring meeting needs are addressed in a timely manner with all prep documents ready and reviewed in advance
  • Provide support to ED and MD in areas such as scheduling and meeting coordination
  • Ensure the smooth running of the office and help to improve company procedures and day-to-day operations.
  • Assist in budget preparation, monitor expenses reports, reconcile receipts
  • Act as internal and external liaison for the Executive and Managing Directors
  • Handle day-to-day administrative tasks, i.e. analyzing credit card expenses, ordering office supplies, distributing AP, communicating with vendors, etc.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years administration or HR experience in a non-profit organization
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to interface with staff and external stake holders with tact and diplomacy
  • Facility with payroll/benefits software
  • Superb follow-through
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask at a high level
  • Desire to support the staff in the growth and development of their careers

Please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements with Manager of Administration in the subject line to [email protected] .

Teaching Artist - Music

Symphony Space’s Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & HeritageProgram honors diverse voices and experiences, builds a stronger and more unified community, and introduces thousands of children to world culture through experiential learning. All Write! our adult literacy program brings the power and beauty of literature and creative writing to adult learners across the City.

About the job

Symphony Space is seeking Music Teaching Artists with a background in arts integration, and working with students on the autism spectrum as part of a four-year federally funded grant program.


  • Thorough experience developing and implementing arts education residencies
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working with students with special needs
  • Experience teaching English Language Arts (ELA) and math through music
  • Experience with differentiated learning lesson planning and implementation
  • Experience coaching classroom teachers who are trying out music-related lessons
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Excellent speaking, listening, and writing skills
  • Familiarity with the NYSED Learning Standards and the Common Core.
  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Commit to all assigned sessions within the school year, including training, coaching and planning sessions
  • Develop and plan, with classroom teachers, a 7-session residency focused on teaching ELA through music, and a 7-session residency on teaching math through music
  • Create a replicable lesson plan for each workshop and each grade level
  • Provide administrative documentation as needed and abide by all deadlines

To Apply:

Please mail cover letter, resume, and sample lesson plan to Madeline Cohen, [email protected] with “Music TA” in the subject line. Potential candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.



  • Provide courteous customer assistance by greeting, directing, and escorting patrons to their seats, and answering questions.
  • Stuffing and distributing program
  • Light clean-up after shows.


  • Dependable
  • Neat
  • Interested in interacting with the general public.

Training is provided. Uniform to be worn on the job is long sleeve black shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Weekly schedule of 5 to 20 hours generally available, daytime and/or evening.

Starting wage: $13.00/hour.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Corinne Maikarfi, Head of House Management, at [email protected].