Auditions & Opportunities


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional, per-service orchestra performing approximately 125 services annually in the Orlando/Central Florida area. For questions about auditions, contact Kevin Brooks, Orchestra Personnel Manager.

Job Opening: Director of Development

July 26, 2016

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking an experienced fundraising professional for the position of Director of Development. Please send resumes, accompanied by a letter of interest and salary expectations electronically to Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Organization Profile: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (the “OPO” or “Orchestra”) promotes artistic excellence in symphonic music; provides a broad range of inspiring and creative musical experiences; fosters community collaboration, and, serves as a cultural leader among the region’s prominent arts organizations.

The Orchestra is looking for a dynamic fundraising professional to lead its development team. We are in the midst of a capital campaign to provide for the renovations of the Orchestra’s home, the iconic Plaza Live.

Position Purpose and Scope: Reporting to the Executive Director, The Director of Development is responsible for cultivating relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors to increase the organization’s financial resources through annual giving, capital and endowment campaigns, sponsorship, and grants. The Director works closely with the organization’s Board of Directors, board committees, peer senior staff, volunteers, and external partners to help achieve strategic goals.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Executive Director and Board in establishing appropriate goals for fundraising budgets and campaigns such as operations, endowment, capital, and planned giving.
  • Working closely with the Executive Director and Development Committee, plans, manages, implements and evaluates fundraising and development strategies to achieve goals
  • Partners with Board members and committees to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects
  • Reports regularly to the Executive Director and Board on the status of development efforts
  • Nurtures relationships with philanthropic organizations, individuals and business resources
  • Establishes a master fundraising calendar of important campaign dates; updates as needed
  • Develops sponsorship criteria and oversees sponsorship agreements
  • Acts as a liaison to special committees, the Friends of the Philharmonic organization, and staff involved in planning and executing fundraising benefits such as galas, receptions, and special events
  • Oversees the development and production of materials for campaigns and special events
  • Researches and manages the grant application process for federal, state, and local government agencies, private foundations and corporations
  • Prepares a scheduled of grant application deadlines; writes and/or guides staff in preparing timely grant applications
  • Monitors government actions related to the arts; reports on same to the Executive Director
  • Serves as an ambassador within the community; attends local and regional functions to promote the orchestra
  • Works with the Education Director and other staff to develop ways of attracting new donors
  • Handles Board meeting preparations and activities; assists in identifying potential volunteer leaders
  • Keeps current on trends and latest development practices
  • Supervises assigned staff
  • Performs other related duties as needed

Qualifications and Experience: The successful candidate will have a broad-based knowledge of development principles and best practices in philanthropy; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; a high level of integrity; and a passion for the mission of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The candidate will also be intellectually curious, self-motivated, detail-oriented, collaborative, adaptable, and innovative. A sense of humor will be invaluable.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline
  • Substantial experience in successful fundraising endeavors for non-profit organizations
  • Excellent organizational skills and strategic planning experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and superior oral communication and writing skills
  • Ability to be persuasive with all organization stakeholders and the community at large
  • Experience in planning and managing special events
  • Experience with Tessitura (or similar CRM system)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of and passion for live orchestral music a plus