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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The Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager will work closely with the Orchestra Personnel Manager in acting as a liaison between Orchestra Musicians and Administrative Staff and ensuring compliance with the Master Agreement. Responsibilities include managing national and local auditions, maintaining the orchestra’s payroll, seating charts, assignments and attendance records, hiring substitute and extra musicians, and acting as a resource for the musicians, while maintaining strict confidentiality with all personnel matters.

Essential duties (sampling)

  • Assist the Orchestra Personnel Manager in ensuring that all Symphony activities are executed in compliance with the Master Agreement and in resolving labor issues.
  • Serve as a liaison between musicians and the Music Director, guest artists and conductors, and administrative staff.

Requirements (sampling)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Business, or Arts Administration.
  • Must be familiar with orchestral repertoire and must be able to read music.
  • In-depth knowledge of negotiated contract agreements with musicians and the application of such in day-to-day operations is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of California Human Resources concepts including sick leave and leaves of absence.

Submit your resume for consideration at hr@sandiegosymphony.org for email for a complete job description.


Finance and Information Systems

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Senior Manager of Information Technology provides innovative oversight and leadership of all IT initiatives, including technology strategy, governance, standards and policies, and is responsible for establishing the San Diego Symphony’s Technology Roadmap while leading all aspects of the organization’s technology development, implementation, maintenance, security, disaster recovery and business continuity processes. The Sr. Manager of Information Technology will assess and manage departmental IT needs and develop IT budgets, recommend innovative IT solutions in support of business needs, and manage all activities including networks and telecommunications, desktop lifecycle, enterprise applications, cyber security, help desk and data center operations. This position is also responsible for overseeing the procurement, installation and maintenance of all computer hardware, software and technology necessary to keep business systems running properly.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (sampling):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or experience in a related field
  • Minimum seven years of professional work experience in Information Technology with a focus on Infrastructure. Minimum of 2 years in an IT leadership position.
  • Experience in the following technologies/products required:
    • MS Office 365, MS Office 2016
    • Switches, firewalls and Virtualization systems
    • Microsoft server and client operating systems, group policy, and deployment
  • Experience in the following technologies/products is preferred: Tessitura, TNEW and RAMP

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


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

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!