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)

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.

Advancement Associate – a research and support position for Major Gifts program and general departmental projects, most of which will be directly related to prospect research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors contributing $1,000 or more to the annual fund.

Responsibilities (sampling):

  • Track Major Renewals
  • Manage the Prospect Pipeline
  • Prospect research
  • Major Donor Stewardship Program
  • Portfolio Management
  • Assistance with special events
  • Renewal and acquisition campaigns
  • Data Reports
  • Concert work and event attendance (requires evening and weekend hours)

Requirements (sampling):

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working in the fundraising department of a non-profit (preferred)
  • Basic knowledge of accounting nomenclature and principles
  • Strong writing, organization, and administrative skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies
  • Strong team player
  • Proficient in MS Office programs, especially Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellent customer service and professional communication skills

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


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!