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.


Associate, Institutional Giving

Position Summary:

The Institutional Giving Associate reports to the Director of Institutional Giving, providing high-level support with proposal writing, grant reporting, prospect research and briefings, and stewardship. He/she helps maintain strong working relationships with the League’s diverse group of foundation, corporate, and government donors. The position will work closely with the Director to ensure annual institutional giving goals are met.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain calendar of proposal and report deadlines and ensure timely submission to funders
  • Acknowledge all institutional gifts received and ensure grant contracts are completed and submitted
  • Assist and prepare letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other correspondence for submission to corporate, foundation, and government funders
  • Maintain corporate, foundation, and government donor and prospect records
  • Research prospective corporate and foundation donors and prepare profiles
  • Assist in preparation of institutional giving briefs, agendas, and background 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.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree and one to two years of experience in development required, preferably with a non-profit arts organization. Knowledge of music preferred. Candidate must have strong writing and editing skills as well as 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, board, donors, and prospects. Great comfort level working on computers, databases, and Microsoft Excel and Word.

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.

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and a writing sample to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Associate, Institutional Giving” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Program Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator provides a full range of administrative support for the League’s Learning and Leadership Development activities, including seminars, its National Conference, online learning, grant and artistic programs. The position reports to the Vice President of Leadership & Development and the Director of Learning Programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as administrative support for all programs and grants activities.
  • Respond to League member inquiries, providing information as it relates to LLD.
  • Collect and analyze program data to be used for fundraising, marketing and archival purposes. Update information in database and prepare reports, as requested.
  • Support constituency-related activities.
  • Provide production assistance for all department activities, ranging from seminars and conferences to online learning.
  • Act as a key liaison for all program/seminar attendees as it relates to logistics.
  • Track program expenditures.
  • Provide administrative support for both the Vice President and Director of the department, including scheduling, travel arrangements, expense tracking, and project support.
  • Assist with the research and development of new initiatives and programs.
  • 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: 

BA and a minimum of two years work experience with an arts organization required.  Musical knowledge, particularly about orchestras, strongly preferred.  High level of proficiency in Excel, Word databases (CRM), and webinar platforms. 

Candidate should be a self-starter who can multi-task and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail; excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact professionally on the phone, by email and in person with all levels of members, staff, and the general public.  Ability to travel in the U.S.  

Please send cover letter and resume to:

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Development Assistant

Position Summary:

The Development Assistant, working with the VP for Development and the development department, is responsible for gift entry and acknowledgement, donor listings, and donor communication for programs and events.  The Development Assistant will also work with the development department on donor cultivation and stewardship activities. 

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 NetForum database 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 CEO, 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

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 required, as well as demonstrated flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact professionally on the phone, by email and in person, with all levels of staff, board and donors.  High level of accuracy, including the ability to proof one’s own work.  Great comfort level working on computers, databases, and Microsoft Excel and Word; Interest in the arts/music preferred. 

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.


Associate Director of Patron Information

Position Summary:

The Member Services Department is not only the gateway for the League of American Orchestras' membership; it is the primary information source for member and patron financial and programmatic activities.  The Associate Director of Member and Patron Information is responsible for the efficient operation of the League’s database and the business practices required to support it. S/he is charged with ensuring that this information is accurate, current, and responsive to the needs of its key internal stakeholders: the finance, development and Learning and Leadership Development departments. The Associate Director works with senior staff and the Director of Marketing to design member engagement strategies that s/he implements to enhance the League’s value-proposition to its members. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Member Relations and supervises a staff of three.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as League’s representative with CRM provider: identify and resolve technical issues, remain current about upgrades and new modules, communicate League concerns.
  • Lead implementation of upgrades and/or new modules.
  • Maintain library of queries and reports for use by all League staff, identifying information gaps: build and/or join tables to expand data reports.
  • Train staff to use reports and queries, utilizing these materials as examples to expand staff capacity to expand upon them for ad hoc questions and reports.
  • Devise and implement strategies to utilize new system features that will streamline and improve business practices and internal capacity.
  • Ensure the accuracy of all records in the database through the design, implementation and practice of standardized procedures, including reconciliation support with the finance department.
  • Establish and maintain monthly schedules for membership renewals, annual fund and pledge payment reminders, and special appeals.
  • Working in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and members of the senior management team, develop and implement metrics and initiatives to expand member usage of service and track progress.
  • Supervise all aspects of customer support, including member mailboxes, online help desk, and League 360 discussion groups.
  • Oversee generation of information and analyses of programs, events, and online learning.
  • 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 or greater, with minimum of 5 years experience in database management and prior supervisory experience. Strong knowledge of SQL, relational databases required. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Candidate should possess strong work ethic, service mentality, and solid interpersonal skills, whether by phone, by email or in person, with all levels of staff, members and donors and the general public. Knowledge of Avectra/ NetFORUM a significant plus. Interest in the arts/music preferred, but not required.


Vice President, Knowledge Center

The League of American Orchestras seeks an accomplished, imaginative, energetic individual to lead its efforts to meet the evolving knowledge and information needs of America’s orchestras.

Position Summary

The League’s Knowledge Center functions as the primary generator of information and knowledge for members and as a means of helping them make informed, fact-based decisions. The Vice President, Knowledge Center is charged with identifying and prioritizing the field’s knowledge and information needs; building and sustaining alliances with members and the research community; and creating learning and diffusion strategies that will help members understand and respond to current and future challenges. S/he ensures that technology systems facilitate effective information management and provide members with easy access and analytical tools.

The Vice President reports to the President and CEO; works closely with Chief Operating Officer, and the Vice Presidents for Learning and Leadership Development, Government Affairs, and Strategic Communications. The Vice President serves as a member of the senior staff Executive Council where each member is an intellectual thought partner collaborating on institutional planning. The Vice President supervises a department that includes a director, data analyst and data assistant. The Vice President staffs the Board committee for the Knowledge Center.

Examples of recent research undertaken by the League’s Knowledge Center include:

  • Fearless Journeys, A Study of Innovation in Five American Orchestras
  • Audience Demographic Review -  an analysis of recent classical music audience participation data undertaken in partnership with McKinsey and Company
  • Electronic Media Report – a baseline report commissioned by the League to establish current state of electronic media activity in orchestras, by Joe Kluger and Michael Bronson
  • Orchestra Pension Plans – the nature, scope, and risks associated with orchestra pension plans, commissioned by the League and undertaken by Segal Associates
  • The AFM Pension Plan – an analysis of the AFM pension plan, risks and options; commissioned by the League and undertaken by Mercer Consulting
  • Orchestra Facts 2003-2012 – A longitudinal study of orchestra finances, operations and community impact undertaken in partnership with The Urban Institute (in progress)
  • The Future of the Subscription Model a research study in partnership with Oliver Wyman asking what is driving the decline in subscription sales and what audience engagement strategies could replace or improve the subscription model (in progress)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and implement strategies to generate information that will help orchestras respond to current and emerging challenges
  • Oversee development of new knowledge that encourages innovation in the field
  • Encourage partnerships with research entities to undertake research and analysis
  • Ensure that knowledge and information resources remain up to date and relevant such as annual field surveys of financial, operating, salary and repertoire data)
  • Determine what technologies are required for effective knowledge management
  • Work closely with VP for Learning and Leadership Development to align member learning and knowledge needs and execute diffusion strategies
  • Serve as liaison to the research community
  • Other duties as assigned

(The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.)

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a goal oriented, high level strategic thinker, able to envision success, design and execute appropriate strategies amidst a rapidly changing landscape and demonstrate discipline and rigor in the assessment of progress on targets and goals.  S/he will be able to collaborate with League members and other stakeholders, listening to their concerns, building effective relationships and translating that into action.  S/he must be able to establish effective partnerships, possess strong project management skills for work with partners, and lead a staff team.

Advanced degree in business, management, or the social sciences and knowledge of the non- profit performing arts all highly desirable.  Experience initiating and leading research efforts is essential. Candidate must also possess the technical knowledge and skills associated with this work and a clear understanding of how technology can be used to provide members with greater access to information.

Compensation

Competitive salary and benefits.

For Consideration

Applicants should e-mail Aja Stephens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line VP Knowledge Center).


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.

Position Summary:

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

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

Primary Relationships:

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.

To apply, please submit an application including a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Vice President, Strategic Communications” in the subject line.


The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.