Employment Opportunities


The San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts corporation, is currently accepting employment applications for the following open positions:


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Finance and Information Systems

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Institutional Advancement (Development)

Campaign Director – will serve as lead strategist of a $90 million Comprehensive Campaign and serve as a frontline fundraiser to secure major gift support for operations. The Campaign Director will oversee, develop and implement all strategies, materials, cultivation and solicitation for the Comprehensive Campaign and will work with the full Institutional Advancement team to ensure that all campaign activities are integrated into the institution-wide fundraising efforts for operations and endowment. The Campaign Director will work closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, major gifts officers, Chief Executive Officer, Board leadership and community volunteers to develop and streamline fundraising processes, messaging and solicitation training. Additionally, the Campaign Director will maintain a portfolio of major donors and prospects and will solicit support for operations and endowment, as well as for campaign-related projects.

Sampling of Required Knowledge:

  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in the fundraising field
  • Prior management experience
  • Strong major/principal gifts fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals
  • History of building diversified and effective development programs
  • Demonstrated success in supervising and inspiring leadership volunteers and staff
  • Bachelor's Degree required

Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume to hr@sandiegosymphony.org or email for a complete job description.


Advancement Officer; Major Gifts, Special Events and Stewardship – works as part of the fundraising team to ensure that the Advancement program reaches its Board-approved income goals; maintains a portfolio of major donors and prospects for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; oversees fundraising Special Event strategies and the Special Event team, particularly the underwriting, marketing and fundraising connected with events and the Symphony’s annual Opus gala; attends Symphony concerts; participates in planned giving campaign, including solicitation of donors in the portfolio; manages overall stewardship strategy for entire department, ensuring that programs are implemented to appropriately recognize and benefit all donors, underwriters and sponsors.

Required Education and Experience (sampling):

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum).
  • In-depth (3-5 years minimum) full-time experience in development.
  • In-depth experience managing a successful donor stewardship program.
  • Proven success in securing Major Gifts.
  • Hands-on experience producing special events and managing a special events team.
  • Successful implementation of proven fundraising strategies.
  • Proven analytical and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Strong organizational skills with the capacity to prioritize, meet deadlines, think and act proactively, and maintain progress on long-term objectives.
  • High degree of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Experience working with volunteers and donors.
  • Professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Ability to work autonomously or in a direct team effort.

Please submit your resume for consideration to hr@sandiegosymphony.org or email for a complete job description.


Special Events Coordinator – provides administrative support to the Special Events Manager and Institutional Advancement Department of the San Diego Symphony. The position will work closely with the team in performing administrative functions required for the smooth and exceptional execution of San Diego Symphony special events.

Required Education, Experience, and Qualifications (sampling):

  • 1-2 years experience in an event planning setting
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill responsibilities
  • Ability to navigate an outdoor venue with a mix of paved and unpaved surfaces
  • Strong organizational skills, focus, and follow-through
  • Highly professional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects to meet deadlines, with high attention to detail
  • Comfortable dealing with high level donors and talent in a professional manner
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and insurance as required by California laws
  • Interest in classical music and the arts preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume to hr@sandiegosymphony.org or email for a complete job description.


Marketing and Communications

No openings at this time.


Operations and Facilities

No openings at this time.


Note: Please see Auditions Page for any currently announced/scheduled San Diego Symphony Orchestra auditions!