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:

Vice President, Development
Director, Knowledge Center
Manager, Knowledge Center


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.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.lllsearches.com/career-opportunity/league-of-american-orchestras-vice-president-development


Director, Knowledge Center

The League’s Knowledge Center maintains the most comprehensive, longstanding orchestra dataset in the United States. Its mission is to harness the power of data and field intelligence, for the benefit of member orchestras and their work in communities across the country. Its services form a crucial part of the League’s value proposition to its members, and include the following:

  • An Inquiries Service, offering bespoke data analysis to members, academics and the press, on topics ranging from orchestra management salary levels and average marketing spend, to governance issues and recruitment practices. 
  • Annual member benchmarking reports, including financial / operational and salary reports.
  • Annual, data-driven advocacy reports, including youth orchestra and education / community engagement reports.
  • The annual Orchestra Facts study into the financial health of the orchestra field. 
  • Occasional research studies on topics of strategic significance to the field (recent examples including studies on the racial / ethnic diversity of orchestra musicians, and new models for the orchestra subscription model). 
  • Field intelligence to support the League’s own advocacy, communications and professional development activities. 

Position Summary:

The Director, Knowledge Center reports to the VP, Knowledge Center and manages one direct report.  S/he is charged with ensuring a consistently high quality of service within the department, applying and improving on Knowledge Center policies, procedures, practices and technology systems. 

The advent of the League’s new Strategic Plan, combined with substantial investment in new technology infrastructures, presents the opportunity for the right individual to make a significant difference within the League and the orchestra field.       

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Service management:  Steward incoming Inquiries and verify manager’s draft responses, to ensure a high quality of response. Oversee annual survey schedule. Recommend and implement agreed process improvements to Inquiries service and annual survey schedule. Ensure high standards of customer service across the department’s work.
  • Technology:  Support the department’s adoption of new knowledge management and customer relationship management technologies, including the establishment of new policies and procedures for data migration and warehousing.  Design and refine online content, survey instruments and reporting tools. 
  • Knowledge transfer:  Work with Learning and Leadership Development team, to create new learning opportunities for members, based on new survey reports and research publications. Work with Communications and Advocacy teams, to create interpretative materials and adopt new data visualization tools that enhance the dissemination of new knowledge to League members and the wider field.    
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact tracking:  Report regularly on the department’s performance and the impact of its work. Propose service improvements.
  • Project management:  Plan, manage and monitor projects. Oversee the work of research and technology consultants, as required. Lead consultations with the field as required. 
  • Strategy and planning:  Recommend systems / process improvements to ensure that the field's critical knowledge and information needs are understood, and that League members derive maximum possible value from the department's work. Gather and share current understanding of best practices in the research, data and associations fields. Contribute to annual planning and review processes.
  • Human resource development:  Manage one direct report, ensuring alignment between individual and departmental work plans, and ensuring high standards of data accuracy and customer service in his / her work. Create professional development opportunities for department staff, aligned with staff work plans. Identify and fulfill internship opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with members of all League departments.   
  • Undertake 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.

Experience / Knowledge / Skills:

5+ years’ of professional experience is anticipated, including experience managing direct reports and multiple, complex projects. 

Candidates should bring proven analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities, coupled with strong attention to detail. Experience of working with knowledge management systems, multiple databases and / or challenging data sets is an advantage. Advanced Excel and database manipulation skills are also required, alongside the capacity to interrogate and accurately critique statistics and / or non-profit financial data. 

The ideal candidate will be looking for an opportunity to apply these capabilities to a strategic position with the capacity to effect organizational change.  S/he will demonstrate a collaborative, strategic mindset, together with an appetite for adopting innovative new data technologies to meet the needs of a changing field as outlined in the League’s Strategic Plan.    

A knowledge of the orchestra and non-profit fields is beneficial, but not required.

Anticipated Start Date:

Early June 2016. 

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Karen Yair, VP, Knowledge Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above. 


Manager, Knowledge Center

The League’s Knowledge Center maintains the most comprehensive, longstanding orchestra dataset in the United States.  Its mission is to harness the power of data and field intelligence, for the benefit of member orchestras and their work in communities across the country. Its services form a crucial part of the League’s value proposition to its members, and include the following:

  • An Inquiries Service, offering bespoke data analysis to members, academics and the press, on topics ranging from orchestra management salary levels and average marketing spend, to governance issues and recruitment practices. 
  • Annual member benchmarking reports, including financial / operational and salary reports.
  • Annual, data-driven advocacy reports, including youth orchestra and education / community engagement reports.
  • The annual Orchestra Facts study into the financial health of the orchestra field. 
  • Occasional research studies on topics of strategic significance to the field (recent examples including studies on the racial / ethnic diversity of orchestra musicians, and new models for the orchestra subscription model). 
  • Field intelligence to support the League’s own advocacy, communications and professional development activities.

Position Summary:

The Manager, Knowledge Center reports to the Director, Knowledge Center and manages occasional internships.  S/he is charged with delivering a first class service to League members. 

The advent of the League’s new Strategic Plan, combined with substantial investment in new technology infrastructures, presents the opportunity for the right individual to make a significant difference within the League and the orchestra field.      

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Member liaison:  Be the Knowledge Center’s primary contact point, clarifying Inquiries and following up on survey non-responses. Build ongoing relationships with members and others in the field.   
  • Data Collation and interpretation:  Identify information resources relevant to Inquiries. Pull relevant data from League databases and explain data limitations / caveats.  Draft data-driven responses to Inquiries. Maintain and fulfill annual schedule of data supplied to partner organizations. 
  • Survey administration and reporting:  Manage survey administrative and communications schedules. Identify data entry errors and outliers. Pull data and formulate survey reports. Maintain clean records of survey participants. Create new surveys within online survey platforms.     
  • Technology:  Support the department’s adoption of new knowledge management and customer relationship management technologies, including researching and testing new approaches. 
  • Knowledge management:  Ensure that department’s knowledge and information resources are current and fit for purposes. Audit, catalogue, archive and digitize historic data. Identify critical gaps in resources, and implement agreed upon strategies to address them. Gather and share current understanding of best practices in the research, data and associations fields. Maintain awareness of best practices in knowledge management, data protection and data hygiene.   
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact tracking:  Maintain and improve on systems for monitoring the department’s performance and communicating the impact of its work. 
  • Events:  Represent the League and raise awareness of Knowledge Center services at League conferences and other events. Manage conference speaker logistics.
  • Project management:  Plan, schedule, manage and monitor projects, as required. 
  • Strategy and planning:  Recommend systems / process improvements to ensure that the field's critical knowledge and information needs are understood, and that League members derive maximum possible value from the department's work. 
  • Human resource development:  Plan and oversee the work of interns. 
  • Cross-departmental working:  work collaboratively and proactively with members of all League departments. Plan and lead Knowledge Center orientation sessions for new League staff. 
  • Undertake 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.

Experience / Knowledge / Skills:

2+ years’ of professional experience is anticipated.

Candidates should bring proven data management skills, including strengths in Excel and database administration. The ability to identify data anomalies and explain data limitations to non-specialists is required. Significant experience of online survey design, administration and data collation is also expected. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential attributes, as well as the ability to schedule and manage multiple annual survey projects alongside ongoing Inquiries work. 

A desire to connect with and support League members is essential, and experience of working in customer-facing roles will be beneficial. Strong telephone and written (email) professional communication skills are required. 

The ideal candidate will rigorously maintain existing systems and processes, whilst seeking continual improvements for the benefit of League members and adapting readily to change.  S/he will be excited to work in a climate of organizational and field-wide change.  A knowledge of the orchestra and non-profit fields is beneficial, but not required.

Anticipated Start Date:

Late July / Early August 2016. 

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Karen Yair, VP, Knowledge Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your application materials must clearly demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills qualify you for the position as outlined above. 


The League of American Orchestras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.