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)

The Associate Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations works as part of the fundraising team to raise operating support as well as funding for capital projects and the endowment. The Associate Director carries a portfolio of approximately 50 foundations, corporate sponsors and public funding institutions with a fiscal year income goal. Grant writing is a critical responsibility of this position; the Associate Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations is expected to research, author, prepare and track all proposals, often managing many grants at once.

Key Responsibilities (sampling):

  • Foundation, Government, and Corporate Giving
    • Maintain and manage a portfolio comprised of foundations, corporations and public funders
    • Cultivate, solicit and steward existing and new institutional donors and their program officers and corporate, foundation and government representatives
    • Consult regularly with other departments to obtain the latest updates, statistics and narratives to create the most compelling information for funder solicitations and reports
  • Grant Writing
    • Manage the grant submission process, including collection and synthesis of data, completion of proposals, tracking, reporting and corresponding with foundation and corporate donors
    • Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications and supporting documents
    • Develop and maintain an annual schedule of proposals and reports, tracking outcomes and updating the calendar on an ongoing basis
    • Research and identify new grant prospects in order to build and manage a pipeline of prospective funders
    • Provide leadership for strategic planning around funding alignment
    • Coordinate with CFO & Controller to ensure consistent and accurate financial information is provided in proposals
  • Work with senior staff to ensure the overall institutional giving strategy aligns with institutional needs and strategic directions

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (sampling):

  • 5 years full-time experience in fundraising
  • In-depth experience researching and writing local, state and national foundation, corporate and government grants for the performing arts
  • Outstanding grammar and research skills are essential
  • Successful implementation of proven fundraising strategies
  • Experience working with volunteers and donors
  • Experience with Tessitura or other CRM systems (preferred)

Email hr@sandiegosymphony.org for a full job description; submit a cover letter and résumé to apply.


Marketing and Communications

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Operations and Facilities

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