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:


Consultant for Diversity Project

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Vice President, Development

Position Summary:

The Vice President, Development, a direct report of the President and CEO and member of the senior leadership team, will oversee the planning, implementation, and management of all League fundraising programs. The successful candidate will lead a team of five development professionals. The Vice President also serves as the League's point person on the discipline of fundraising for the orchestra field, convening, collaborating with, and supporting development leaders of orchestras across the country.

The Vice President works closely with Board members, League donors, and orchestra leaders nationwide.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership to all League development initiatives to reach established goals.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to increase individual giving.
  • Work closely with the President and CEO and the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors to cultivate, recruit, and retain new board members and support management of institutional governance.
  • Manage the development program, preparing and meeting revenue and expense budgets, setting and achieving goals and objectives, preparing clear and accurate reporting and analysis, and recruiting and motivating high-performing staff members.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to ensure accurate financial projections, tracking, and reporting of contributed revenue.
  • Develop and nurture strong and productive relationships with development professionals in member orchestras.
  • Support and strengthen board member participation in fundraising activity.
  • Convene and support development leaders of member orchestras to share best practices and strengthen overall fundraising in the orchestra field.
  • Contribute development-related content for mid-year and annual conferences.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and all senior team members to align fundraising priorities with annual and long-term strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Participate as a senior team member in a broad range of institutional planning and leadership.

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.

Qualifications and Qualities:

  • A positive, results-oriented, and passionate desire to work intensively to advance all League goals and priorities, and build community, through outstanding engagement and fundraising activities.
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing and implementing best practices in philanthropy, including the formation of major strategic priorities, and management of key functional areas in development.
  • A deep and demonstrated appreciation for the power and value of the arts and especially of orchestral music, and a determination to enhance the lives of individuals and society through the arts.
  • Ability and desire to serve as a passionate advocate for the League and for orchestral music.
  • Confidence in working with senior administrative and board officers as well as leading philanthropists.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, lasting relationships between an institution and its member constituents.
  • Proven ability to attract and secure major gifts from individuals and other sources.
  • Ability to identify and capitalize on strategic opportunities. Capacity to conceptualize and execute visionary initiatives to enhance short and long-term financial strength of the League and its members.
  • Experience with planning and successful implementation of major campaigns and work with campaign counsel and leadership.
  • Hands-on, hard-working, proactive, results-oriented leadership: Leads by action, example and impact.
  • Outstanding ability to influence and motivate others; recruits outstanding colleagues and empowers them to get results; has high expectations and is energized by achievement.
  • Organizational skills: Uses systems to engage stakeholders, develop philanthropy, build community, manage process, produce results, evaluate outcomes, and create a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to act creatively and opportunistically to put strategy in action. Able to work independently and also make strong contributions to colleagues and the team as a whole.
  • Precision and facility with language; the great judgment needed for effective high-stakes communications; strong writing, editing, and speaking skills.
  • The ability to create effective, targeted messaging to drive engagement and fundraising results.
  • Ability to provide advice, as needed, and to serve as a strategic thought partner to the President and CEO.
  • Demonstrated leadership in working under pressure to implement effective time-sensitive cultivation and solicitation strategies.

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Director of Programs

Position Summary:

The Director of Programs reports to the Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development and is charged with content development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development programs; facilitation of member working groups and task forces; and grant making activity. S/he works with distinguished faculty in management and the arts to present dynamic learning opportunities for orchestra staff, board members, musicians, conductors and volunteers. The Director of Programs also plays a key role in the distribution of grants to drive innovation and effective practices across the field.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan, execute and evaluate professional development programs, including seminars and distance learning. Content ranges from community engagement to governance practice, development, marketing, diversity, capitalization, artistic vibrancy, and more.
  • Support the League's National Conference, sharing responsibility for content development, production and evaluation.
  • Coordinate with external evaluators to measure quality and impact of League programming.
  • Facilitate activities of member working groups and task forces, helping develop meeting agendas, suggesting speakers, etc.
  • Manage grant making activities, including proposal review, panel activities, report tracking and analysis, and evaluation.
  • Work with Development staff to prepare funding requests and reports.
  • Provide support for the Board Learning and Leadership Development Committee.
  • Work collaboratively with members of all departments.
  • Other duties 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 assigned.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess a Masters degree in Arts Management, Education or a related field, with 5-7 years progressive program management experience. Some performing arts management experience is preferable, particularly orchestras.

Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and have solid computer skills. Candidate should possess strong work ethic, service mentality, and excellent interpersonal skills, whether by phone, by email or in person, with all levels of staff, members, donors, and the general public.

S/he should embrace the challenges of 21st century and be goal oriented and innovative; foster leadership traits; have the ability to leverage technology; and execute at a high level.

Familiarity with major theories of leadership practice and modes of adult learning is desired. 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.

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Manager of Major Gifts

Position Summary:

The Manager of Major Gifts reports to the Vice President of Development and manages a portfolio of donors with giving levels from $1,000+. S/he is responsible for supporting the overall effort of the development department and achieving established annual goals. The position includes all aspects of work involved with meeting that target, including research, solicitation, stewardship, and renewal.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Donor Acquisition and Renewal: work strategically with development team and board members to identify, solicit, and cultivate current donors at the $1,000+ and new prospects for major gifts.
  • Donor Stewardship: devise stewardship plans and engage in active personal follow-up
  • Board Committee support: serve as staff assistant for assigned board committees, including scheduling meetings, creating agendas and other materials, and taking minutes.
  • In conjunction with the VP of Development, work with the CEO on the management of his portfolio of major donors and prospects, including but not limited to scheduling, strategy, correspondence and follow-up.
  • Events: work closely with senior management to create and support all aspects of cultivation events around the country as well as annual conference events, including planning in collaboration with Board members and other event hosts, execution and follow-up.
  • Conference: provide donor services prior to and during Conference.
  • Work collaboratively with members of all departments.
  • Other duties 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.

Qualifications: 

BA and three to five years of experience in development required; interest in the arts and knowledge of music preferred. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact professionally on the phone, by email and in person with all levels of donors, board members, staff, and the general public. Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail as well as strategic thinking ability. Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong work ethic and service mentality. High level of competence with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Raisers Edge.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

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The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.