Jobs Available at the League

Thank you for your interest in a career opportunity with the League of American Orchestras. These are the positions available at the League:

Development Assistant

Major Gifts Officer

Manager, Programs

Director, Programs


 

 Development Assistant

Position Summary:

The Development Assistant reports to the Annual Fund Manager and is responsible for providing high level administrative support for the Vice President for Development and members of the League’s development team. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Acknowledge all individual and institutional gifts received
  • Prepare pledge reminders and monthly contributed income reports
  • Assist with annual fund mailings, including mail and email merges
  • Manage donor information in Raisers Edge and generate reports and queries as requested
  • Maintain donor lists for Symphony Magazine and other purposes
  • Provide research support for prospective individual and institutional donors for annual and campaign support
  • Provide scheduling support and background materials for VP of Development and other staff for donor meetings
  • Assist with management and preparation of materials for the Development Committee of the Board
  • Manage invitation and RSVP lists for development events as needed
  • Work collaboratively with members of all departments.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

BA required, and prior experience providing support in a non-profit environment.  Demonstrated willingness and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.  High proficiency in Raisers Edge, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact and communicate professionally with staff, board and donors.

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Development Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

 The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Major Gifts Officer

Position Summary:

The Major Gift Officer reports to the Vice President for Development and is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and growing major gift donors to the League.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Vice President of Development to develop personalized cultivation and solicitation plans and relationship management strategies for donor portfolio. 
  • Identify, qualify and manage a portfolio of 75-100 major donors and prospects.  Major gift is defined as $2,500 or more.
  • Spend 75% of time visiting with existing and newly identified major /planned donor prospects.
  • Partner with major donors, including board members, individuals and other League advocates to identify new prospects for the League’s donor pipeline.
  • Develop communication tools and solicitation materials that help donors and advocates understand the value of the League’s important work. 
  • Provide timely, written reports regarding the outcome of cultivation and solicitation actions; and track activity in Raisers Edge.

Qualifications:

Must be an action-oriented, highly energetic professional with the following attributes:  a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts; creative thinker, who is skilled at inspiring, influencing and engaging people; collegial, collaborative and self-confident, with a passion for the League’s mission.

Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of development/fundraising experience, including individual giving.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of donor/database management; proficiency in Raisers Edge required.
  • Solid computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work with high impact board members, donors, prospects and senior staff.

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Manager, Programs

Position Summary: 

The Manager, Programs reports to the Director, Programs (Yoo-Jin Hong), and is part of the nine-person Knowledge, Learning and Leadership team. S/he works with staff across all departments to craft compelling and impactful learning content and experiences.

The Manager, Programs manages and produces content for flagship professional development programs and learning events including the League’s national conference, its year-long coaching program, the Emerging Leaders Program, and its annual immersion course for the next generation of orchestra leaders, Essentials of Orchestra Management.  She also works direct with League member orchestras, convening and facilitating member working groups and task forces, and connecting members with programs and resources through our online forums. 

As the League seeks to broaden and deepen its impact in the field through online and blended learning, the Manager, Programs has the opportunity to work within and help to shape an evolving learning landscape for League member orchestras. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead content production for learning experiences ranging from Conference sessions, seminars and webinars, to ten day residential courses:  refine learning objectives, liaise with speakers and facilitators, produce supporting materials, draft promotional text etc.
  • Identify and implement improvements to these programs. 
  • Liaise with operations and administrative staff, to support smooth operational and financial delivery of these programs. 
  • Liaise with Development staff, to ensure that grant maker requirements are met, and to assist in the preparation of grant proposals and reports.   
  • Liaise with Communications staff, to ensure the maximum possible participation in - and impact of – League learning and professional development opportunities. 
  • Convene and staff member working groups and task forces:  develop meeting agendas, suggest speakers and facilitate meetings.
  • Connect League members with League knowledge, learning and leadership programs and resources, through our online forums. 
  • Supervise and coach interns.
  • Maintain and apply awareness of trends and key issues in professional development and digital learning. 
  • Work collaboratively with staff in all departments. 

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 assigned.

Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have 2+ years’ experience in non-profit program management, and a proven track record in successful program delivery and administration.  S/he will have proven strengths in project management and team working, coupled with the ability to balance multiple programmatic and organizational demands.      

Candidates will be equipped strong writing / critical thinking skills and the ability to expand on a brief.   S/he also display the range of communication skills needed in order to liaise effectively with high level faculty and speakers, as well as with member orchestras. 

Candidates may have a particular interest in professional development, and / or in relevant content areas such as governance practice, development, marketing, diversity, equity and inclusion, capitalization, artistic vibrancy, and social justice.

Candidates should demonstrate initiative, a goal orientation, and the ability to exercise sound judgment in solving problems.  Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

Salary:  Please contact Karen Yair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for an informal discussion.

Recruitment Process:  Please email your resume and a cover letter stating salary expectations to Karen Yair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please also include up to three writing samples.  Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above. 

Recruitment Timetable: 

  • First round interviews (by video call or at our NYC offices):  August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 28th.
  • Second round interviews (at our NYC offices):  September 1st, 5th, 6th

Anticipated Start Date:  October 2017.                   

Job Location:  League offices, Manhattan, with some flexibility for remote work, in time.

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Director, Programs

Position Summary: 

The Director, Programs reports to the Vice President of Knowledge, Learning and Leadership (Karen Yair), and is part of the nine-person Knowledge, Learning and Leadership team. S/he leads the delivery of flagship professional development programs and learning events, including the annual residential course for the next generation of orchestra leaders, Essentials of Orchestra Management. 

The Director, Programs works closely with distinguished faculty in management and the arts, to present this type of dynamic learning opportunity for orchestra staff, boards and volunteers.  In addition, s/he collaborates with national music organizations to deliver a portfolio of annual partnership programs, focusing on professional development for composers, conductors and orchestra musicians. 

As the League seeks to broaden and deepen its impact in the field through online and blended learning, the Director, Programs has an unprecedented opportunity: success in this position will be reflected not only in the impact of current programs, but also in the reimagining of those programs suited to new modes of online and peer-based learning.    

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, plan, oversee and evaluate professional development opportunities ranging from one-off workshops to ten-day courses:  define learning objectives, identify and brief speakers, review and revise curricula in collaboration with course faculty. 
  • Take a lead role in identifying and implementing improvements to these programs, and in developing new programs and services. 
  • Develop the League’s expertise in online and blended learning, contributing to a planned program of research and development and taking forward its recommendations. 
  • Maintain and apply awareness of trends and key issues in professional development and online learning. 
  • Convene member working groups and task forces, convening in-person meetings of orchestra trustees, musicians, conductors and artistic administrators at the League’s National Conference:  develop meeting agendas, suggest speakers and facilitate meetings.
  • Contribute to team and organizational planning, connecting program delivery and development to overall strategic objectives. 
  • Lead grant management activities for relevant programs, ensuring that conditions of funding are met and that appropriate impact measures are collected and reported.  Contribute to grant proposals and reports, and liaise direct with major funders when required. 
  • Manage program budgets.   
  • Work collaboratively with staff in all departments. 
  • Supervise and coach one direct report (Manager, Programs).

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 assigned.

Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years ‘progressive experience in non-profit program management, and a proven track record in successful program development, delivery and administration.  S/he will have proven strengths in problem solving and in strategic and analytical thinking, applied to program delivery and development.  Their capacity for innovation will be coupled with sound judgment and decision-making capabilities. 

Candidates will be equipped with the necessary expertise in learning and leadership development, to act as a specialist advisor to senior managers.   They may also have a specialist interest in relevant content areas such as governance practice, development, marketing, diversity, equity and inclusion, capitalization, artistic vibrancy, and social justice. 

Candidates should display exemplary project management and people management capabilities, coupled with the ability to balance multiple programmatic and organizational demands.  Their work history should demonstrate their initiative and team orientation, as well as their excellent communication an interpersonal skills.  A proven ability to build and develop multi-organization partnerships is also advantageous.  

Salary:  Please contact Karen Yair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for an informal discussion.

Recruitment Process:  Please email your resume and a cover letter stating salary expectations to Karen Yair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please also include up to three writing samples.  Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above. 

Recruitment Timetable: 

  • First round interviews (by video call or at our NYC offices):  August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 28th.
  • Second round interviews (at our NYC offices):  September 1st, 5th, 6th

Anticipated Start Date:  October 2017.                      

Job Location:  League offices, Manhattan, with some flexibility for remote work, in time. 

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