ACO Seeks Director of Composer Advancement and Diversity

Reports To: President and CEO

Supervises: Composer Advancement and Diversity Intern

Position Type: Full-time, Exempt



The Director of Composer Advancement and Diversity is a key full-time staff position responsible for ensuring the successful realization of the American Composers Orchestra’s national composer advancement programs by planning and executing all program components from concept to completion, and supporting the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vision and actions. The DCAD also plays an essential role in the documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of ACO’s 40-year history of composer discovery and development, driving composer advancement and programming on the national level.


American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders. More information at

ACO’s composer advancement programs include:

  • EarShot Readings in NYC and in partnership with orchestras nationwide
  • CoLABoratory, which provides composers with opportunities to workshop and premiere adventurous new work
  • Commissions and Consortia, including the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program, a program of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with ACO

ACO supports composers whose work expands the definition of American orchestral music. Within ACO’s composer advancement programs, 79% of participants identify as BIPOC, 37% as female and 5% as nonbinary.

ACO provides a flexible work environment for team members. ACO’s team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members can work from our NYC office, or create a schedule that balances remote and in-office work. For this role, candidates can be based outside of NYC, provided that they are able to travel 6-10 times per season to facilitate on-site composer advancement programs with ACO and partner orchestras Accommodations are readily available for team members with disabilities and neurodivergent team members.


We strongly encourage applications from historically marginalized communities and backgrounds currently underrepresented in the orchestra field. We are seeking a creative, resilient, highly organized, and strategic thinker, capable of realizing boundary-breaking work from concept to completion. ACO’s staff is a small and dedicated team who share responsibilities and support each other’s roles. We offer opportunities for learning and growth, and encourage all team members to bring their full selves to our collective work with authenticity. As a mission-driven organization, we are seeking a team member who has a passion for new music, and shares our values of discovery, disruption, and diversity.



Program Design and Planning

  • In collaboration with the Artistic Director and President, manage the program design for national EarShot composer advancement programs, including EarShot Readings, CoLABoratory, commissioning consortia, and professional development programs
  • Design and manage eligibility requirements and calls for scores for all EarShot programs and the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program in collaboration with program partners
  • With the Artistic Director and President, recruit national partners for EarShot
  • Support the Artistic Director and President in artistic programming and planning
  • Serve on the Programs Committee, reporting on composer advancement initiatives to the ACO Board of Directors
  • Cultivate national and international opportunities for expansion of EarShot composer advancement programs
  • Represent the ACO at conferences, fairs, and other events as determined, taking a leadership role in national composer advancement
  • Cultivate strong professional development programs and ongoing support for alumni

Production and Program Administration

Supported by the Composer Advancement and Diversity Intern

  • Supervise and execute recruitment efforts, including promotion materials and planning, engagement of partners, and tracking of applicants
  • Manage score review, communications, contracts, and scheduling for national and NYC-based EarShot readings and commissioning consortia with national orchestra partners
  • Manage score review, orchestral partnerships, and conference convenings for the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program in partnership with the League of American Orchestras
  • Attend and lead on-site production for national EarShot readings; support the Operations and Production Manager on-site at EarShot NYC Readings
  • Manage production and logistics for digital professional development programs
  • Develop and manage project budgets for composer advancement programs, monitoring expenses in collaboration with the President and other program staff, planning ahead for and reporting any variances.

Program Documentation and Evaluation

  • Monitor and analyze the success of emerging composer programs and all online programming
  • Supervise the CAD intern in maintaining ACO’s composer database
  • Support the Development team by providing composer advancement project narratives and program data required for grant proposals, renewals, and reports

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Build and maintain ACO’s network of partners, advisors, and other contacts to ensure continued and increased recruitment of applicants representing BIPOC, gender-marginalized, and other underrepresented populations
  • Advise institutional partners on diversity initiatives and composer recruitment
  • In partnership with the President and all program staff, evaluate all programming and activities through an equity lens, set and evaluate progress towards DEI goals, and identify opportunities for board and staff training


  • College degree and/or advanced degree in music and/or arts management or equivalent work experience of 3-5 years in program management is required; experience with symphony orchestra administration and program management and knowledge of orchestral repertoire is preferred.
  • Experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, especially on an organizational and/or program level, is required.
  • Familiarity with the New Music scene is an asset.
  • Proficiency in MS Office is required; advanced familiarity with Excel and Powerpoint is an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to speak publicly as well as interact positively with team members, partner orchestra administrators, composers, artists, vendors, and the public.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, attention to detail, and a high degree of accuracy are essential.
  • Must be able to operate at the highest level of integrity, managing sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to think creatively, problem-solve in advance, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends during EarShot New Music Readings
  • Willing to travel 6-10 times a season for EarShot New Music Readings and other professional events.
  • Self-directed, with a strong work ethic and collaborative skills.



  • Expected salary range between $70,000-$80,000
  • Benefits include:
    • Health and vision coverage
    • Generous paid time off, including annual, personal, medical, and family leave
    • 403(b) plan (Roth and traditional) with employer matching
    • Flexible work environment
    • Visa sponsorship available (O-1, O-1B, others on a case-by-case basis)


Please visit to submit a cover letter and resume. We are seeking to fill this position immediately.

ACO is an equal opportunity employer. ACO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.