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11001 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106


Company Type: Nonprofit

Number of Employees: 235

% of Young Professional Employees: 32%

How would you describe your culture?

We are always striving for excellence, relevance, and connection with our community at The Cleveland Orchestra. Our employees, with their incredible talents, ideas, and abilities, are committed to making this happen; and we are committed to supporting their efforts with a work environment that values and recognizes their excellent work.

How would you describe your mission and what you do?

Employees at The Cleveland Orchestra are driven and passionate in delivering our mission of extraordinary music to the world, sharing the experience of music with children, and our full devotion to fully serving our hometown community in Northeast Ohio.

In what ways does your organization utilize community volunteers?

We actually have a Community Leadership Liaison on staff, who coordinates a number of volunteer opportunities and works closely with the volunteers. Volunteers make a huge contribution to our work (e.g. ushering at our concerts, administrative tasks in fundraising, assistance with donor events, advocacy efforts, etc.) at The Orchestra!

Describe some of the work your organization does and the programs or events you run?

Our Education & Community Engagement staff and musicians work closely with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to provide mentoring, regular music training, and instruments to the students. We also offer programs like the Lullaby Project, in which the Orchestra pairs a musician and a music therapist with new or expectant parents, and together they write a unique lullaby, one that reflects the personality of the child and the stories and sentiments of the parent, helping families to bond.

What type of opportunities do you have available? (volunteers, young professional group, associate board, board of directors)

We have a variety of opportunities for young professionals, including The Circle, which is a group of young professionals between the ages of 21-40. The Circle provides an opportunity to support The Orchestra and also network with other young professionals with similar interests.

What types of positions do you typically hire young professionals for?

Associate or management roles in all areas – Sales & Marketing, Communications, Digital Experience, IT, Finance, Philanthropy, Artistic, Education, Venues & Events, and Human Resources.

What qualities do you look for in a candidate?

Curiosity, passion for music and community, desire to improve the status quo, attention to detail, ability to effectively articulate ideas, collaborative, strong problem solver.

Do you have an internship program?

The Cleveland Orchestra offers our Key Intern Program. Sponsored by the Key Foundation, the Key Intern Program provides a paid internship opportunity for an African-American, Hispanic, Latino, or other ethnic minority college student who is interested in gaining hands-on experience in arts management. The internship offers the student a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in areas such as Development, Marketing, Communications, Education, Artistic Administration, and Concert Production. The internship may take place any time between January 1 and April 30 and requires a 7-8 week commitment, with approximately 10+ hours each week in a flexible schedule that accommodates the student’s studies. A flat stipend of $2,500 is provided, as well as complimentary tickets to Cleveland Orchestra performances (based on availability). The internship can often lead to additional work opportunities with The Orchestra.

Do you have any internal Young Professional groups?

We have established an Employee Engagement Committee which is largely composed of young professionals in the organization. This team meets monthly to provide feedback on work culture issues. Members rotate on and off the committee annually.

What types of employee training/development do you offer to help Young Professionals make an impact and grow?

Each year, our department heads plan training and development opportunities for their staff with the VP of Human Resources. These opportunities may be based on requests from staff members themselves or the VP of HR identifying needs for staff members (e.g. a new supervisor attending a series of managerial training).

How do you help your employees get involved in the community (i.e. volunteer program, service days, etc.)?

TCO has a long-standing Activities team that collaborates with the Education & Community Engagement department to identify needs in our CMSD partner schools ( e.g. toy drives, Adopt-A-Family, instrument donation, etc.).

How does your company help to promote diversity and inclusion among its workforce?

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee brings together people from a variety of backgrounds who are tasked to address specific areas of diversity. These groups are leading internal and external actions to support social mobility, gender balance, ethnic diversity, embracing disability, cognitive diversity, LGBTQ+ and wellness.

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid family leave
  • Office closed for holidays
  • Mother’s room
  • Remote work options
  • Corporate discounts
  • Retirement plan
  • Educational assistance

  • Bonuses/raises

  • Health & wellness stipend

  • Paid time off

  • Company events

  • Employee resource groups (ERGs)

  • Diversity & inclusion resources and/or training

  • Complimentary concert tickets for employee and guests

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