Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School - Employment


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Director of Development

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School is seeking a Director of Development to join a dynamic leadership team in defining the Arts organization of the 21st Century, prioritizing artistry and education, and furthering the values of quality, access, diversity and collaboration.


The Director of Development will create and implement a strategic fundraising plan, leading a team responsible for raising $2 million for the annual fund and $1 million+ in special campaigns.

The successful candidate will cherish relationship building, thrive in an environment where fundraising is encouraged, appreciated and collaborative with leadership, be able to balance multiple priorities, and be focused on strategies that deliver contributed revenue.

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Accounting Assistant

Non-Exempt, 30 hours per week

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School seeks an experienced accountant as Accounting Assistant. Established in 1944, the non-profit has redefined the arts organization of the 21st Century, combining the finest regional orchestra in the nation with the most comprehensive education and community engagement programs of any professional orchestra, including one of the largest community music schools in the United States.


The Accounting Assistant reports to the Director of Finance and performs regular accounting functions that are key to our success. All clerical accounting and bookkeeping duties follow detailed and established procedures and protocols. Advice and leadership are available from the Director of Finance, the leadership team and colleagues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites

  • Enter invoices and payables into accounting software and investigate discrepancies.
  • Obtain appropriate approval of accounts payable invoices.
  • Enter deposits daily and sort and process daily mail.
  • Create journal entries. Prepare monthly account analysis for various balance sheet accounts.
  • Reconcile Development receipts to ensure appropriate classifications.
  • Maintain and update Inventory Log.
  • Other related projects as requested by the Director of Finance and/or Executive Director.


  • Associate’s Degree or more in Accounting.
  • Minimum two years’ accounting experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, accounting software, ADP’s Workforce Now application, and standard bookkeeping practices for non-profits.


  • Attention to detail, adherence to deadlines and ability to prioritize.
  • Fast learner and team player with excellent verbal communication.
  • Genuine commitment to Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s mission to enrich and transform Rhode Island and its region through great performances and music education.
  • Able to keep sensitive financial data confidential.

Work Conditions and Environment

  • Office environment and dress typical for a workplace with frequent customer service interaction.
  • Manual dexterity needed to operate computer keyboard, mouse, calculator and similar machines.

To Apply: Email your resume with cover letter to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

RIPO&MS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to cultural diversity and equity. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and women. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, protected veteran status, or marital status.

Teaching Artist (violist or violinist)

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School seeks a teaching artist (violist or violinist) to join the Victoria’s Dream Project, an afterschool string-music education initiative at the Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket, RI. This position also has room to grow a full studio at our Community Music School in East Providence, R.I.

As a teaching artist within the Victoria’s Dream Project, you would facilitate the music education experience of 45 students who play either violin or viola (broken down into small classes of 8-9 and a small ensemble that is co-led by you and the lead teacher); prepare students for several community outreach events and music performances throughout the year; work closely with other Victoria’s Dream Project staff to develop curriculum; and participate in Professional Development and develop best teaching practice. You would coordinate and collaborate with our Community Partnerships Manager (a licensed Music Educator), our lead teacher, and faculty and staff within Agnes Little Elementary School.

The Victoria’s Dream Project is a comprehensive music program that provides free string instrument instruction (violin and viola) and afterschool care, instruments, community-engagement activities, and a pathway to our music school for the students at the Agnes Little Elementary School, an anchor in the working community of Pawtucket, RI. The RIPO&MS believes the VDP will help to promote community actualization in our music school and at Agnes Little Elementary by expanding opportunities for students and their families through instrumental instruction.

Commitment: ~7-8 hours on site each week from October – June. Teaching artists are paid for prep time, field trips, performances, professional development, and other teaching expectations. Option to also build private studio at the RI Philharmonic Music School.

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