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.


Marketing and Communications

Marketing Coordinator – provides project management and administrative support, assists with marketing operations and projects as assigned by the Sr. Director of Marketing and the Marketing Manager. This individual is expected to work independently on special projects according to agreed-upon timelines and special requests. This is a part-time (20-24 hours per week) opportunity and a great position for a college student or candidate new to Marketing.

Position Scope:

Provides support for marketing projects including, but not limited to, preparing budget spreadsheets and budget planning, assisting in implementation of media plans, assisting in the production of publications, maintaining archival files, pulling database lists. A sampling of the essential duties includes:

  • Work with the Artistic Department to research upcoming guest artists.
  • Assist in the creation, delivery, optimization and maintenance of marketing materials.
  • Coordinate and execute a common-sense archiving protocol for marketing and materials.
  • Produce large print program notes and assist as needed in printing and folding advertising flyers and other inserts to the program.
  • Proof program book, ads, brochures and other collateral as needed.
  • Assist with ongoing promotions with partners.
  • Update website pages as needed.

Education and Experience (abbreviated):

  • Some college required, degree preferred.
  • Experience working for a not-for-profit or marketing and public relations experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs required.
  • Knowledge of Tessitura database software preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of Google Analytics, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop preferred.

E-mail Human Resources at hr@sandiegosymphony.org for a complete job description.

Ticket Service Associate – works with the public to facilitate ticket sales for the San Diego Symphony this summer. Provides exceptional customer service by answering telephone, window and email inquiries from the public regarding ticketing and general information. Serves as the first point of contact for patrons needing assistance with seating options, pricing, subscriptions and more.

Must be able to quickly learn new software programs and must be able to successfully multi-task. Tessitura and Formstack experience is a plus.

The seasonal employment term for this position is May through September 2019. 

For more information please contact us at hr@sandiegosymphony.org.

Operations and Facilities

Senior Technician, Facilities – position completes maintenance scheduling, tracking, work orders, training, compliance, equipment maintenance and tasks with attention to quality, safety and timeliness. Responsible for the successful planning and execution of the maintenance program. Oversees all activities or projects that require scheduling and maintaining of Copley Symphony Hall, summer venue and warehouses.

Required Knowledge and Skills – Responsibilities for managing facility maintenance to include the following (sampling):

  • Prioritize all requests from internal staff and vendors.
  • Determine best method to assign and schedule crew or vendors.
  • Provide systems and operational research to increase efficiency in all aspects of building maintenance and operational programs.
  • Develop, implement and manage internal “SOP” as needed or required to effectively delegate maintenance program tasks.
  • Oversee facilities maintenance crew in a safety conscious manner and provide training with a clear understanding of tasks, timeline, scope and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Mentor crew members to increase skill and knowledge. Oversee the troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of all building systems and finishes, keeping energy efficiency at the highest level in accordance with schedules.
  • Coordinate work orders, repairs, inspections and compliance as needed or required.
  • Follow written, oral, electronic instructions and successfully meet time commitments at the highest quality of service to the organization.
  • Develop or obtain scope of work, material list, bids, vendor proposals, purchase order approvals.
  • Manage timeline and costs for projects and maintenance programs.

Education, Experience and Abilities:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completion of an approved, accredited course in carpentry, electricity, HVAC or plumbing required.
  • Demonstrated competency in one or more of the following areas: HVAC, electricity, fire systems, plumbing and carpentry required.
  • 8+ years facilities maintenance operations experience required.
  • Current driver’s license and ability to drive company vehicles/equipment as required.
  • Ability to direct multiple crew members.
  • Knowledge of MS Office programs, esp. Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and computerized maintenance management software system required.
  • Available to work weekends, evenings, nights, overtime and holidays.

Candidates must be available to work nights, weekends, and overtime as required for concert, event and rehearsal coverage. Regular, predictable attendance required as well as evening and weekend work shifts.

Submit resume to hr@sandiegosymphony.org or email for a complete job description.


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