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 Institutional Advancement department is responsible for raising contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources to support the San Diego Symphony’s operations and its active capital campaign. Currently, the department generates $10-11M in operating support each year and will grow operational support each year. The Symphony is just entering the public phase of a capital campaign to raise $125M with $28M left to raise. The Major Gift Officer reports to the Director of Advancement, Planned Giving and Major Gifts and works closely with the Vice President, Institutional Advancement, the CEO and leadership volunteers. This position develops and implements strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects with the capacity of $15,000 and above; identifies new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and developing materials, creating marketing plans and organizing related programs/events; cultivates, stewards and solicits donor prospects; prepares and negotiates gift instruments ranging from simple to moderate complexity; works with the Vice President, Institutional Advancement to solicit the institution’s largest donors; and manages a portfolio of 80-100 donor prospects.

We are committed to a workplace in which everyone has equitable opportunities, support and experiences a sense of belonging. We are seeking a Major Gifts Officer who champions and demonstrates this commitment. Individuals of identities that are underrepresented in arts administration are especially encouraged to apply.

(Apply today by following this link.)

Key Responsibilities of the Major Gift Officer:

  • Manage a portfolio of 80-100 donors and prospects who give $15,000+ annually
  • Cultivate, solicit and secure five- and six-figure gifts for restricted and unrestricted purposes, including capital campaign solicitations
  • Key member of capital campaign strategy team
  • Identify and solicit new prospects
  • Develop and execute cultivation and solicitation plans
  • Develop and execute effective stewardship plans
  • Attend performances, programs, and events in support of the above
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of San Diego Symphony’s programming, funding priorities and strategic initiatives
  • Maintain accurate gift records, in accordance with department processes
  • Working Conditions: Office, indoor and outdoor event working conditions

Qualities For a Successful Candidate:

  • We seek an individual with prior experience in major gift solicitation, preferably with arts related fundraising experience and/or deep knowledge and passion for the arts.
  • The right candidate for this role will demonstrate integrity, possess high emotional intelligence and interpersonal savvy.
  • Candidate should be an outstanding communicator — including excellent writing and active listening skills.
  • Candidate should be highly collaborative, working well within a team of 11 full-time Advancement professionals.
  • The ability to handle confidential and proprietary information sensitively and discreetly is critical.
  • Successful candidates will have an interest in attending multiple performances each season and be knowledgeable or interested in learning about music.
  • Prior experience working with volunteers and/or board members is also helpful.

Required education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred, certifications in fundraising a plus
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility in fundraising
  • Must know Tessitura or other CRM system and ability to learn and operate
  • Must have a high degree of tact and diplomacy
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral
  • Understanding of industry best practices

Apply today by following this link or going to https://apply.workable.com/san-diego-symphony-orchestra-1/j/1511DC0E8E/.


Marketing and Communications

No openings at this time.



Operations and Facilities

The Front of House Representative position is a part-time role overseeing the concert experience and volunteer staff at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association’s events and performances held in Jacobs Music Center, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park and other venues where the San Diego Symphony performs.

Reporting to House Managers and the Director of Customer Experience, this position is responsible for ensuring that performance venues are a welcoming and vibrant space for audiences and that the volunteer program provides the breadth and depth of staff resources to meet the varied needs of the organization. Front of house staff is responsible for ensuring that venues comply with health, safety and ADA requirements and deliver a high-quality and responsive customer service experience at 150+ events annually. This position offers the opportunity to be an integral part of a team that provides an exceptional cultural experience in keeping with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association’s Tier 1 designation where exceptional service is paramount.

The San Diego Symphony is committed to a workplace in which every employee has equitable opportunities and support, and experiences a sense of belonging. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences are encouraged to apply.

(Apply today by following this link.)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Exemplify positive and engaging customer service characteristics in all interactions with patrons, artists, volunteers and fellow co-workers
  • Greet patrons attending events, assist with seating and quickly expedite issues with grace
  • Supervise large volunteer staff during events, providing on-site training and ensuring consistent service for patrons
  • Assist patrons with disabilities
  • Provide accurate information about an event or venue upon request, including directions within and outside of venues
  • Work with Security officers to maintain access control to performance areas and assist patrons at all security check points, including ticket scanning, line management and crowd control measures
  • Distribute event materials to patrons as needed
  • Notify supervisory staff and/or security staff of any emergency situations immediately as they occur


  • Proven customer service experience
  • Enthusiasm, with an engaging personality and exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiar with touchscreen smart phone devices and app navigation
  • Flexible availability is a must, including being able to work during matinee, evening and weekend performances
  • Ability to remain in one place (usually standing) for varying periods of time and work outdoors in varying weather conditions; such requirements to be performed either with or without reasonable accommodation

Apply today by following this link or going to https://apply.workable.com/san-diego-symphony-orchestra-1/j/BB64D25916/.


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