Jobs available at the League
Thank you for your interest in a career opportunity with the League of American Orchestras. These are the positions that are currently open.
Manager of Institutional Giving
The Manager of Institutional Giving reports to the Director of Institutional Giving and is responsible for securing unrestricted and restricted grants from corporate, foundation, and government sources to meet established annual goals. He/she will manage and maintain a diverse portfolio of grants, ranging from four-figure unrestricted foundation gifts to six-figure restricted government awards. The position will work closely with the Director to formulate annual institutional giving goals and strategize on approaches for new and renewing proposals.
- Write and prepare proposals, reports, acknowledgments, and other correspondence for submission to corporate, foundation, and government funders
- Manage and maintain calendar of proposal and report deadlines and ensure timely submission to funders
- Work closely with League program and finance staff to gather information needed for proposals and reports
- Identify and research prospective corporate and foundation donors
- Maintain corporate, foundation, and government donor and prospect records, in both database and paper files
- Assist in preparation of institutional giving briefs, agendas, and other materials for meetings with current and prospective corporate, foundation, and government donors
- Assist in cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective corporate, foundation, and government donors
- Work collaboratively with members of all departments
- Other duties and special projects as assigned
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.
Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in institutional development required; interest in the arts and knowledge of music preferred. Candidate must have strong writing and editing skills, demonstrated proposal writing experience, knowledge of budgeting for grant proposals, and the ability to handle multiple tasks under deadline pressure. Outstanding capacities for communication, personal presentation, organization, accuracy, follow-through, timeliness, consistency, and detail are essential. S/he must have ability to: demonstrate initiative within the responsibilities defined, work independently and as part of a team, and interact effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors, and prospects. Other abilities pertinent to the position include strong computer skills (Word, Excel, relational databases), as well as a strong work ethic and service mentality.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience and background. In addition to traditional holidays and vacation, the League provides employees with a strong benefits package including participatory group health, dental, and life insurance, and 403(b) retirement programs.
Vice President, Learning and Leadership Development
The League of American Orchestras seeks an accomplished, imaginative, and energetic Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development to grow and lead an array of activity to meet the learning and talent development needs of people working and volunteering in America’s orchestras.
As American orchestras lean into the dramatic changes of the 21st Century the Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development has a unique opportunity to help League members develop the leadership and organizational practices required for resilience, vibrancy and adaptive change. The Vice President will develop a strategy for achieving field wide impact and leverage resources through strategic partnerships and technology. The Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development is responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the results of a cohesive body of programs intended to equip orchestra professionals in all roles at entry, middle, and senior career stages with strategic, leadership, and tactical skills.
The Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development must:
- Lead the design and execution of the League’s National Conference, an annual three-day convening of approximately 1,000 orchestra workers
- Develop and organize the pre-Conference seminars; recruit faculty, develop curricula
- Lead the Emerging Leaders Program, a two-year leadership development program for seven early career orchestra professionals
- Oversee the design and implementation of Essentials of Orchestra Management, a ten-day annual career entry seminar.
- Lead the League’s Governance Center, a body of seminars, peer convenings, webinars, and other resources intended to improve governance performance of member orchestras.
- Manage the League’s Getty Community Investment Grants, a re-granting program to support innovative practice in community engagement and education.
- Develop and organize the Mid-Winter Managers Meetings and Seminars
- Organize the Bruno Walter National Conductor preview, a bi-annual showcase of early career conductors
- Manage Music Alive, the composer in residence program in partnership with New Music USA
- Oversee and provide guidance to the League’s Youth Orchestra Division and Volunteer Council
- Serve as Liaison to the Managers Advisory Group and convene as needed
- Facilitate the development of meaningful agendas for professional and board peer group meetings
- Partner with the League’s Knowledge Center to implement diffusion and learning opportunities
- Actively partner with the League’s development and marketing departments
- Anticipate emerging talent and learning issues faced by League members as well as new modes of adult learning.
- Modify or eliminate existing programs, and/or develop new programs in response to changing realities and new opportunities.
The Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development reports to the President and CEO; works closely with Chief Operating Officer, the Vice Presidents for Development, Advocacy, Strategic Communications, and the Directors of Marketing and Membership Development. The VP serves as a member of the senior staff Executive Council where each member is an intellectual thought partner who contributes to and collaborates on the institutional planning for the organization. The Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development staffs the Board committee on Learning and Leadership Development. The VP supervises a staff of four: two meetings managers, a director of Learning Programs, and a program coordinator.
Qualities and Qualifications:
The successful candidate is a senior leader who embodies and embraces the challenges of 21st century leadership: a lifelong learner, a network builder and systems thinker, is comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, can quickly adapt to changing circumstances; is reflective, goal and impact oriented and innovative. He/she possesses humility, is an active listener, seeks disconfirming information, inspires and empowers leadership traits in those around him/her, can leverage technology, and can execute at a high level. Experience in orchestras and/or the non-profit performing arts is highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree and eight to ten years as a leader in professional development, organizational development or a related field is desirable.
Familiarity with major theories of leadership practice and modes of adult learning are desired. Candidates should be able to leverage technology for new modes of learning, engagement, knowledge and network building. He/she will have the capacity to identify high quality faculty from inside and outside of orchestras, and to guide and empower faculty to deliver their best within the League context.
He/she will proactively create and maintain effective partnerships and engender a spirit of ownership among League members and other key stakeholders by creating opportunities for meaningful consultation in program design and assessment. He/she can work collaboratively across League departments as well as with relevant board committees. He/she will seek out opportunities to regularly engage with peers and other professionals within and beyond the arts sector, recognizing that some orchestra challenges may be better addressed at a cross sector level.
Vice President, Strategic Communications
The League of American Orchestras seeks an imaginative, experienced, and energetic Vice President of Strategic Communications to grow and lead a robust communications strategy for this $6 million nonprofit association working on behalf of
The Vice President for Strategic Communications has a unique opportunity to develop and advance dynamic strategies that 1) create national awareness of the significance and value of American orchestras and the music they perform, 2) support the communications interests of member orchestras and their public relations staff members, and 3) advance the communications objectives of the League and its programs.
The Vice President for Strategic Communications is responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of a comprehensive strategic communications program that enhances the public image of American orchestras and supports the activities and image of the League. The Vice President will develop clear, coherent messages, target key audiences and outlets, and leverage the intelligence and experience within orchestras in the formulation and execution of national strategy.
The Vice President for Strategic Communications must:
- Generate opportunities to convey field and League messages through multiple outlets and platforms to media, members, donors, influentials, the arts community and other stakeholders
- Actively engage, cultivate, and manage media relationships
- Ensure consistent communication of the League’s messages and images across the organization, and to all constituencies and stakeholders
- Field a high volume of media inquiries concerning both individual orchestras and industry wide trends and developments
- Implement protocols that ensure accuracy, sensitivity, and consultation with appropriate individuals in formulating responses
- Serve as liaison to the Public Relations professionals of member orchestras, facilitating the development of agendas for bi-annual meetings, ensuring ongoing communication, and responding to their needs
- Partner with the CEO in the development of his/her written and spoken communications, including regular columns in Symphony magazine, the Huffington Post, and numerous speaking engagements
- Supervise Symphony magazine and digital communications platforms to ensure alignment with League direction and relevance to member needs.
- Oversee all marketing, communications, and development materials and website for consistent alignment with League messages and images.
- Protect, promote and enhance the League brand
- Anticipate challenges and emerging issues faced by the League and its members. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
The Vice President for Strategic Communications reports to the President and CEO; works closely with the Vice Presidents for Development, Advocacy, and the Directors of Marketing and Membership Development. The VP serves as a member of the senior staff Executive Council where each member is an intellectual thought partner who contributes to and collaborates on the institutional planning for the organization. The Vice President for Strategic Communications together with the VP for Advocacy staffs the League board committee on Public Advocacy and Communications; and staffs the orchestra public relations professionals group. The VP supervises one staff publicist and three print and digital communications staff.
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The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.