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

No openings at this time.


Operations and Facilities

Come work for one of San Diego's largest arts organizations! The San Diego Symphony is looking to add dedicated Technicians to our hard-working Facilities Team. Technicians, under the direction of the Director of Facility Operations, will complete assignments, work orders, equipment maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and make maintenance recommendations at Copley Symphony Hall as well as The Shell. The current need is for both General Technicians and Lead Technicians (see below for required education and experience for each).

— High school or equivalent (Preferred)
— Facilities maintenance: 3 years (Preferred)
— Certification in refrigeration, HVAC, or plumbing (Preferred)


  • Equipment maintenance, repairs and troubleshooting of the Facilities department assets and equipment.
  • Diagnose malfunctions and defects in equipment.
  • Prioritize equipment requests from internal staff and vendors.
  • Determine best method to solve/schedule vendors in conjunction with requests within the maintenance program.
  • Work with management to provide systems and operational research for the development of increased efficiencies with all aspects of building maintenance and systems operational programs.
  • Oversee the troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of building systems keeping energy efficiency at the highest level in accordance with schedules.
  • Coordinate work orders, repairs, inspections and compliance as needed or required.

Required Knowledge and Skills (including but not limited to):

  • Understand the operations of commercial refrigeration systems.
  • Read blueprints and electrical and electronic schematics.
  • Grasp electrical and plumbing concepts, operate tools, gauges and other testing equipment for refrigeration systems.
  • Working knowledge and experience with refrigeration equipment, walk in coolers, product display cases, HVAC equipment and associated equipment with mechanical refrigeration, gas fixtures, water heaters and strong mechanical/electrical experience required. Ability to troubleshoot equipment and appliances.
  • HVAC background with CMMS systems knowledge preferred.
  • Demonstrate and have competency in one or more of the following areas: Refrigeration, HVAC, electricity, fire systems and plumbing.
  • Working knowledge and experience with kitchen equipment in conjunction with associated fire protection systems.

Education, Experience and Abilities:

  • Completion of an approved, accredited course in electricity, refrigeration, HVAC, or plumbing required for Lead Technician role.
  • 3+ years facilities maintenance operations experience required for General Technician role.
  • 8+ years facilities maintenance operations experience required for Lead Technician role.
  • All Facilities Technicians must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays, 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 full job description.


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