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Open Administrative Positions

How to Apply to The Philadelphia Orchestra Association 

The Philadelphia Orchestra accepts resumes via e-mail, U.S. mail, and fax and keeps them on file for up to one year. If your application meets the qualifications for a position, the Orchestra's Human Resources Office will forward your resume to the hiring manager. In addition, you may be considered for any position for which you are qualified.

Due to the significant volume of resumes received, we regret that we cannot update you about the status of your employment application. A Human Resources representative will contact qualified candidates for an interview.

At the time of the interview, you will be asked to complete an employment application.

Three ways to apply: 

If you would like to be considered for a position please send a cover letter and resume to:

  1. humanresources@philorch.org
  2. Mail to:
    The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
    Attn: Human Resources 
    One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA | 19107
  3. Or fax to 215.875.7678

Indicate the position(s) desired in the subject heading of your e-mail and attach a cover letter and resume. Remember to include your name, address and telephone number on the front page of your resume. We also ask that you please mention how you were referred to us (website, newspaper ad, Orchestra employee). Please send only one copy of your cover letter and resume.

Resume Tips: 

The preferred method of application is via e-mail using a Microsoft Word format.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. 
The following administrative positions are open:

Part-time Driver – Contract/Hourly

Department: Artistic Planning
Reports to:
Artistic Coordinator
Status: Contractor, non-exempt, hourly


This position is an hourly, part-time, contract based position and the Driver will be responsible for providing ground transportation needs for Music Director, guest artists and select POA staff.  The Driver will interact with guest artists, and handle artists’ backstage needs.  The Driver will also manage the backstage artistic supplies, as well as the maintenance of POA vehicles.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide ground transportation for artists and select POA staff to/from airport, train stations, hotels, rehearsals, concerts and special events as assigned.
  2. Prepare arrival packets for all artists and deliver to artists’ hotel upon their arrival.
  3. Attend to artists’ backstage needs, such as getting meals and refreshments, managing dry cleaning of concert attire, and running errands as requested.
  4. Order and maintain supplies for Artistic office and backstage dressing rooms.
  5. Arrange for post-concert dinners and hospitality at local attractions.
  6. Participate in rehearsal and concert duty rotation and perform duties including but not limited to: preparing dressing rooms, managing artist tickets, maintaining backstage list, keeping detailed concert duty notes, driving artists, and fulfilling guest artist rider, as appropriate.
  7. Manage use of POA vehicle and keep maintenance current.
  8. Other duties as assigned.


A minimum of two years related experience required   A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record is required.


  1. Strong interpersonal skills and discretion to with the ability to work with high-profile artists and personalities in a calm and professional manner.
  2. Ability to retain confidential information.
  3. Collaborative and open attitude toward co-workers.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The employee is required to perform duties and attend events during evening and weekend hours in addition to the regular office hours. The employee is required to have a current valid driver’s license and will be operating a company vehicle. Generally work is performed in an office environment or performing arts venue.


To Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to

Mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn:  Human Resources
One South Broad Street, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Manager, External Relations

Department: Development
Reports to: Vice President for Development


The Manager of External Relations will create and implement a comprehensive and proactive stewardship and donor communications program to maximize recognition for all donors, to fulfill reporting obligations and to provide communication materials to support development activity.  The Manager directs the acknowledgment process for all donors, creates personalized correspondence as appropriate and creates and implements stewardship plans for major benefactors and endowment donors, serving as a personal steward to a portfolio of donors. 

The Manager of External Relations has direct involvement with patrons and donors at concerts and at Development events and will manage occasional special events for donors, handling the logistics and providing staff support at these events. This position also serves as the liaison to Marketing, Public Relations, Artistic, and Finance on stewardship and donor communications. 

Essential Functions:

  1. Develop and implement standards, procedures, and tools that enable and encourage best practices and consistency in acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting across all fundraising program areas and develop creative and imaginative methods to show appreciation to donors.
  2. Perform regular audit of stewardship and donor communication efforts to ensure highest quality and timeliness of stewardship for all donors.
  3. Responsible for the management of donor stewardship involving the President/CEO, the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Vice Presidents and Vice President.
  4. In collaboration with gift officers, create personalized stewardship plans for major donors to the POA, working closely with Development officers, President/CEO, and Chairman of the Board.
  5. Work in collaboration with the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to provide consistent engagement and quarterly/annual reporting to various major Foundation donors.
  6. Serve as a personal steward to a portfolio of Board of Directors and high-end donors.
  7. Lead strategy discussions and recommend and coordinate next actions for stewardship of and communication with donors, working closely with gift officers and manager of major gifts.
  8. Attend Meetings of the Board of Directors to write the minutes of each meeting.    
  9. Responsible for the stewardship of endowment donors, including serving as a point person to Finance, preparing impact reports, and finding opportunities for engagement including stewardship events.
  10. Oversee the creation and production of department-wide donor communications, examples include: remarks for events for President/CEO, Music Director, and other Orchestra leaders, personalized solicitation materials and Annual Fund letters appeals.
  11. Create a repository of donor stories and testimonials to use in publications to help reinforce the impact of philanthropy at the POA, working closely with gift officers and key volunteers.    
  12. Partner with Marketing and Communications to maximize donor recognition opportunities in various publications, and facilitate changes regarding development initiatives on the Orchestra’s web site and other platforms.
  13. Serve as point person for all Development Department lists, articles, and ads in Playbill and other publications.
  14. Support Development staff to plan and implement various cultivation and stewardship events.
  15. Collaborate with Development Services, Finance, and IT on systems and tools that ensure best practices in stewardship and donor communications.
  16. Maintain accurate records and information on prospects and donors in the central files and Tessitura.


College degree with a minimum of five to seven years of development experience required. Experience in communications and writing, event planning and project management is desirable. Fundraising expertise is essential; knowledge of orchestral music a plus. Writing samples will be required.


  1. Exceptional communication skills including writing experience for the full-range of development activities.
  2. Ability to communicate information about the Philadelphia Orchestra and appreciation for support with passion and enthusiasm.
  3. Ability to work collaboratively across entire POA, internally and externally.
  4. Good decision-making skills, excellent listener and communicator, willingness to search out answers.
  5. Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to major gift fundraising.
  6. High degree of organization and attention to detail. 
  7. Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects.
  8. Ability to manage a multitude of tasks. 
  9. Ability to work with confidential information. 
  10. Advanced skills in MS Office, with a strong proficiency in Excel, and development software.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to attend meetings/events during evening and weekend hours. 

To Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to

Mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn:  Human Resources
One South Broad Street, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Send Cover Letter and Resume to:

Libby Roberts                                                
Vice President                                       
617-262-1102 x225                                     


The Opportunity:
Lois L. Lindauer Searches is pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA) on its search for the position of Vice President of Development.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is the best known domestic and international cultural ambassador of the city - from Asia to the Mann Center or from Vail to Saratoga Springs.  Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, the Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.  The Orchestra is focused on inspiring the future while transforming its rich tradition of achievement, and seeks to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge - and exceed - that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.  

This is a new era for the Philadelphia Orchestra.  The new Vice President of Development will make an extraordinary impact on this Orchestra and will help write its future. 

The President and CEO Allison Vulgamore is a change agent, and she is seeking inspired partners who bring new ideas to fruition.  The hallmark of her style is to tackle fundamental industry issues, and she believes everyone can be an influencer in think tank environments designed to solve critical topics.  Through her leadership, the culture of the entire Orchestra is fast-paced and constantly focused on creating an exhilarating future. 

Staff and Board leadership have built an offstage organizational capacity that reflects the extraordinary talent onstage.  They have redefined and reimagined the way they perform, creating a new vision for this legacy organization and actively engaging new and unusual partners from all around the Philadelphia region.  The Orchestra is producing more unique music experiences than ever in its history.  Most importantly, the Orchestra is blessed with a community that is deeply engaged in the sustainable success of the institution and eager to support this iconic point of Philadelphia pride. 

The successful Vice President must be quick witted, highly self-confident and motivated to undertake a unique journey.  If you have drive and a passion for orchestral music and the performing arts, this could be the career move for you.  You will have a seat at the table with extraordinary access and influence to take the POA to new heights.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has implemented a series of strategies to retain and grow audiences, and to expand their fan base locally, nationally and internationally. Collaborations are central to expanding the breadth and depth of performances to the surprise and delight of patrons.  The Orchestra’s diverse array of creative and artistic partners the last three seasons include a host of internationally acclaimed soloists and an innovative roster of conductors, aspiring young composers and our own stellar musicians.  The Orchestra also remains loyal to patrons who enjoy more traditional concert formats by continuing to feature the works from the canon of western classical music.

Multidisciplinary presentations have proven to be tremendously popular with local audiences, and beyond multi-facetted artistic engagement, the Orchestra is focused on creating various points of contact and interaction with the wider community.  New initiatives such as the Orchestra’s PlayINs (where amateur musicians perform side by side with Orchestra musicians), and last fall’s free Pop-Up Concert (where the Orchestra surprised Philadelphia by opening the doors to the Kimmel Center for a concert that filled the hall to capacity) are generating incredible excitement in the community.  Recently, to thank Philadelphians for this type of grassroots support, the Orchestra curated six free community events over four days that took musicians into new and unexpected locations: a Sound All Around Concert (for toddlers and their families) at the Parkway Central Library; a Side-By-Side Rehearsal with Tune Up Philly and youth orchestras; a SingIN for hundreds of voices at Verizon Hall; a Side-by-Side Rehearsal with the Lower Merion Symphony; a Lunch Time Concert at the Comcast Center; and finally, a Free Neighborhood Concert at the Navy Yard.  This significant commitment to an offstage presence for the Orchestra in its communities is expanding its presence and introducing thousands of new friends to the Fabulous Philadelphians. 

To welcome the next generation of patrons, the Orchestra has firmly embraced social media and is routinely interacting with hundreds of thousands of people around the world via its YouTube Channel, Facebook, Twitter and email.  Over 1M people viewed the Orchestra’s YouTube video of a Pop-Up Concert on a plane stranded on the airport runway in Beijing in 2013 and over 200,000 virtual audience members watched a live webcast of a recent concert in Shanghai.  The Orchestra’s website garners over 100,000 unique views monthly during the peak season.

Today, the excitement generated by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra’s extremely gifted musicians has resulted in a 7% increase in attendance and 21% increase in ticket revenue in FY14 compared with FY13.  A full third of the Orchestra’s subscription concerts played to sold-out houses last year.

Enthusiastic audiences are translating into generous donors - the FY2014 total budget for contributed revenue including the Annual Fund, Transformation Fund, Special Gifts and Strategic Initiatives is $20M.  The average gift from all Individuals (excluding Board) is currently showing a 27% increase over last year’s average gift.  For only the second time in its history, the Board of Directors has surpassed the
$2M mark for the Board Annual Fund (the first time this occurred was in FY13). Donors of $100,000 and above have increased from five in FY11 to 20 this fiscal year.

Demonstrating a deep and abiding commitment to the highest levels of artistic excellence, the Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 114 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles Dutoit, who served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2012.  Under such extraordinary guidance, the Philadelphia Orchestra has served as an unwavering standard of excellence in the world of classical music - and it continues to do so today. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eighth music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has a highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm that is paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming.  With Yannick leading the ensemble, both on the podium and in shaping programming, the Orchestra is experiencing a musical golden age.  Its houses are full and it has great momentum. 

Under Yannick’s leadership the Orchestra has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, transcribed by its own Leopold Stokowski.  The Orchestra is also on the radio with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM that reach 25,000 listeners per week and has partnered with Drexel University to develop LiveNote, a smartphone app that will be unveiled to audiences in the 2014-15 season.  This app provides novice and experienced listeners alike the opportunity to learn more about the music while listening to a live performance.  Slides automatically advance with the music, pointing out key highlights, engaging details, and images relating to the composition.  The Orchestra is committed to creating these types of audience experiences that are intriguing and distinctive.

Philadelphia is home, and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with patrons who support the diverse winter season offerings at the Kimmel Center but also with those who enjoy the Orchestra’s other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn’s Landing, and other cultural, park, civic and learning venues.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is also a frequent partner, committed to collaborations with cultural and community organizations on a regional and national level.  Since Orchestra President/CEO Allison Vulgamore’s arrival in 2010, the Orchestra has launched new partnerships with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Live Arts (Fringe Festival), Philadanco, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Ridge Theater Company, and stage director James Alexander, among others.  This season, the Orchestra joined forces with Opera Philadelphia for a sold-out co-production of Strauss’ Salome, and next season, it will expand community partnerships through a ground-breaking performance of Bernstein’s MASS. 

Global Ambassador:
Through performances, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and the United States.  Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China in 1973, the historic connection with the People’s Republic of China has been reinvigorated under Vulgamore’s leadership with the signing of a long-term partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the launch of residency programs.

In the spring of 2014 the Orchestra reached over 1,000,000 viewers from a single concert when its Shanghai performance was broadcast around the world via live internet streaming and then through delayed broadcast; this was the first western classical musical performance to be streamed within and outside of China by a Chinese entity. 

Next year, the Orchestra will perform in the music capitals of Europe, including Berlin, Paris and London.  The ensemble annually performs at Carnegie Hall while also enjoying a three-week residency in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a strong partnership with the Washington Performing Arts in Washington, DC and the Bravo!Vail festival in Colorado.

Commitment to Education:
The Orchestra continues its decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley.  Some examples are its concerts for families and school children; eZseatU, which allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of Orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee; free Neighborhood Concerts; and Pre-Concert Conversations before every subscription concert.  Musician-led initiatives, including its popular PlayINs for Woodwind, Harp, Brass, and Double Bass following successful events last season for Cello and Violin, underscore the important role of Orchestra musicians in nurturing young talent and a love of classical music among people and musicians of all ages.  Additionally, in an effort to more directly connect with the youth of Philadelphia, the Orchestra has implemented the Billy Joel School Concert Program, which improves access to the Orchestra’s School Concerts for underserved city schoolchildren and serves approximately 80 elementary and middle schools chosen from within the School District of Philadelphia.

The excitement is palpable when Philadelphians encounter the Orchestra in the concert hall, at a Neighborhood Concert, or during its popular PlayIns. The Philadelphia Orchestra is making dramatic progress bringing new ticket-buyers into the concert hall, engaging younger audience members, and rebuilding its philanthropic base. 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair:
Yannick Nézet-Séguin continues his inspired leadership as the eighth music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which began in the fall of 2012.  He has been heralded by critics and audiences alike, from the Orchestra’s home at the Kimmel Center to the Carnegie Hall stage.  The New York Times has called Yannick “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better.”

Yannick’s second season as music director builds on the momentum of his first, with fresh artistic initiatives.  Highlights in 2013-14 included a Philadelphia Commissions Micro-Festival, for which three leading international composers were commissioned to write solo works for three of the Orchestra’s principal players, all presented over one weekend.  The season ended with a unique, theatrically-staged presentation of Richard Strauss’s revolutionary opera Salome, the Orchestra’s first-ever
co-production with Opera Philadelphia and Yannick’s first operatic appearance with the Philadelphians. 

Yannick is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences in the concert hall, and by the community itself, and in return he takes great joy in getting to know his new city, noting how welcomed he felt from his very first moments in Philadelphia. His concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses, and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concert-goers through Post-Concert Conversations following his subscription concerts.  Outside the Kimmel Center he has led the Orchestra in powerful performances at the ensemble’s annual Martin Luther King Tribute Concert and worked with young musicians from the School District of Philadelphia’s All City Orchestra and with students at the Curtis Institute of Music.  He continues to make connections within Philadelphia’s diverse music community. 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation over the past decade.  Since 2008 he has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, and since 2000 artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain.  In addition he became the first ever mentor conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music’s conducting fellows program in the fall of 2013.  He has made wildly successful appearances with the world’s most revered ensembles—the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Berlin Staatskapelle, and all the major Canadian orchestras, among many others.  Throughout Europe and North America, Yannick’s appearances have left indelible marks on the international classical music scene, making him one of the most sought-after conductors in the world.

Widely recognized for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma, Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s talents extend beyond symphonic music into the world of opera and choral music.  His critically acclaimed performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (where he appears annually), Milan’s La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the historic Salzburg Festival demonstrate that he is an artist of remarkable versatility and depth. 

A native of Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at Montreal’s Conservatory of Music and continued his studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini; he also studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College.

Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore:
Allison Vulgamore is driven by her deep passion for the transformative power of orchestral music, and is known as a strategic and collaborative leader with a gift for navigating organizational challenges with grace.

Since 2010 Vulgamore has guided the Orchestra through a radically changing cultural environment and financial landscape, committed to maintaining the artistic excellence of this world-renowned ensemble and its core principles.  An artistic visionary, she recognized the extraordinary promise of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and within her first six months successfully recruited him to be the next music director.  She also oversaw Charles Dutoit’s appointment as conductor laureate beginning in the 2012-13 season, affirming his 30-year relationship with the Orchestra.

Vulgamore has brought innovative thinking to the Orchestra and steered several important initiatives.  She has led a creative process that has changed the mix of repertoire and program offerings, bringing to Philadelphia “theater of a concert” presentations - the inclusion of dramatic multimedia and lighting effects and theatrical elements, all designed to enhance the live concert experience.  Under her leadership, in the 2012-13 season the Orchestra celebrated the centenary of the legendary Leopold Stokowski’s appointment as music director and his creative legacy of imaginative programming, new works, and the embrace of emerging technologies, which helped shape the Philadelphia Orchestra of today.  The Orchestra returned to the Academy of Music for a highly successful Stokowski Celebration in June 2012 and then mounted sold-out performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in March 2013 that showcased elements of the “theater of a concert” concept and brought hundreds of new listeners to the Orchestra.  In May 2014 that signature of innovation was on display when Yannick and the Orchestra brought the season to a close with Richard Strauss’s brilliant opera Salome.

Previously, Vulgamore served as President and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for more than 15 years.  The Atlanta Symphony’s achievements under her leadership included unprecedented fundraising, earned revenue expansion, and the establishment of an inclusive culture of communication and
cooperation among the diverse constituencies of the ASO organization. In 2000 Vulgamore and the ASO established the Creative Partnership, a groundbreaking leadership model that attracted Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles to Atlanta, sparking collaborations with today’s leading composers, orchestras, artists, and recording companies.  During her tenure, Vulgamore recognized the need to diversify the ASO’s revenue base.  In 2004, under her guidance, the ASO acquired SD&A Teleservices, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest provider of telemarketing and telefundraising services to cultural and cause-based nonprofits.  In 2008 Vulgamore also expanded the ASO’s reach in the community, overseeing the design, construction, and opening of North Atlanta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000 seat state-of-the-art venue.

Prior to her tenure in Atlanta, Vulgamore served in leadership roles with the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.  A trained musician and student of voice, she began her career in 1981 with the Philadelphia Orchestra following her graduation from the inaugural class of the American Symphony
Orchestra League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.  Today she is a leading mentor of the next generation of orchestra leadership.

Vulgamore’s record of achievement is reflected in her many professional honors and associations.  She joined the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 and is an honorary trustee of Oberlin College, having served on its Board for 12 years and from where she received her Bachelor of Music degree.  Within the orchestra field Vulgamore has chaired the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras and she continues to be a frequent contributor to seminars on artistic and strategic planning and governance culture.
In 2006 she was accepted into the A.W. Mellon Foundation’s Orchestra
Forum Executive Leadership Development Program, a selective two-year program developed in conjunction with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice at Virginia Tech.

Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement Matthew Loden:
In 2012, Mr. Loden became the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Philadelphia Orchestra. In this newly designed role, Mr. Loden is responsible for all contributed revenues, public relations and communication, Board development, governance and for sustaining key external relationships and coordinating strategic planning initiatives.  He is the primary liaison between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with oversight of lease terms, governance and patron services.  Mr. Loden serves as the Secretary of the Board and the Chief Restoration Fund Officer for the Academy of Music, where he supervises all Academy Board governance, staff, capital projects, Academy fundraising and the annual Academy of Music Concert and Ball.

Before moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Loden was Vice President and General Manager at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he led strategic efforts with board and staff to present an 8-week festival encompassing 350 concert events.  He oversaw a dynamic program that encompassed all of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s operations, education and outreach programming, institutional collaborations, ticket sales and house management, broadcast media distributions, housing, faculty negotiations, and orchestra placements.  He managed the production of a series of live Internet streaming performances on Medici.tv, events for the Dalai Lama and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, live opera simulcasts in Aspen’s Wagner Park, and helped implement new community partnerships with the Aspen Institute, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 

Prior to Aspen, Mr. Loden was the Director of Admissions for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, where he managed all aspects of undergraduate and graduate admissions.  Mr. Loden developed national and international student recruiting strategies, distributed all financial aid and merit scholarships, lectured and advised students on academic and career planning, and moderated a series of seminars exploring the symphonic profession.  He also developed and launched the first Shepherd School alumni group while capturing the highest music admissions yield among competing schools of music.

Mr. Loden has enjoyed a varied career within the classical music industry as both an accomplished musician and an arts administrator.  As a violinist, Mr. Loden performed regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the American Composers Orchestra, and he has been a principal player in the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  Mr. Loden has also performed with the Broadway productions of Cabaret, Once Upon a Mattress, High Society, and The Lion King.

Mr. Loden has performed and adjudicated competitions around the world, served as a music panelist for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, and lectured at Rice University and The College Board’s National Conference.  He is an advisor and mentor with the New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship program, and he has mentored the League of American Orchestra’s Management Fellows. 

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Mr. Loden earned a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. 

Advancement Overview and The Comprehensive Campaign:
The timing is right for the Orchestra to move forward with its plan to carry out a Comprehensive Campaign.  In 2011, the Philadelphia Orchestra charted a transformative five-year strategic plan in response to declining ticket sales and contributed income and unsustainable structural deficits.  The plan laid out an ambitious path for the Orchestra to resolve deficits, develop an enhanced Orchestra business model, and reengage audiences and donors with the music and musicians.  Extraordinary leadership gifts from the community were catalysts for building a Transformation Fund that seeded the plan’s strategic initiatives, raising close to $70M to date.

The Philadelphia Orchestra will soon launch a multi-year Comprehensive Campaign to sustain growth in annual giving and increase the Orchestra’s Endowment by at least $100M by the end of the campaign, which may extend beyond FY18. 

The Orchestra has restructured and expanded its development staff the last three years, increasing the department’s staffing level from 8 to 14 and growing contributed revenues by 24% since FY2013.  Today, building on its success, the Orchestra seeks to increase its capacity and results further, while enhancing organizational sustainability.

Position Overview - Senior Director of Principal Gifts:
The Senior Director of Principal Gifts reports to the Vice President of Development with a dotted line to the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  This Senior Director is the key institutional fundraiser who manages the relationships with POA’s most generous donors and prospects.  A primary responsibility will be engaging these individuals with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the President/CEO and the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  Important to his/her success will be collaborating with the Vice President of Development and the Senior Directors to develop sophisticated in-depth plans and analysis which drive strategies.  S/he will be the departmental bridge and tactician for the funding initiatives including those for the Comprehensive Campaign. 

Essential Functions:

Solicitation & Fundraising

  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for a select group of the Orchestra’s most generous donors and principal gift prospects. 
  • Build and manage a network of relationships with prospective donors involving Board and administrative leadership, with primary focus on optimizing the development activity of the Orchestra’s President/CEO and of the Chairman of the Board. 
  • Manage execution of next actions for the cultivation and solicitation, recognition and messaging for individual principal prospects and donors. Facilitate and coordinate communication with these prospects. Build engagement opportunities for these individuals.
  • Plan, manage, and direct the President/CEO’s calendar of development activities.
  • Facilitate principal prospect interaction with the President/CEO, Members of the Board, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Development.
  • Travel frequently with the President/CEO and Senior Administrators.
  • Prepare and/or assist with the strategy for and creation of written communications for donors from the President/CEO, Vice President of Development, and other senior administrators appropriate.
  • Manage individual portfolio of at least 50 major gift prospects.


  • With Campaign Director, provide vision for and lead creation of Comprehensive Campaign’s Case for Support.  This will include creating in-depth projections, timelines and prospect pool to support major endowment funding priorities. 
  • With Senior Director of Individual Giving, plan, initiate and track prospect activity.
  • With Senior Director of Development Services, prepare and distribute monthly fundraising results on prospect activity with financial targets, detailed analyses and projections for both internal and external distribution, as appropriate. 
  • With Management Team and Development Directors, identify high level prospects and determine strategies to promote engagement with the POA leadership and donors.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, with a minimum of 10 years related Development expertise.
  • Successful candidate must have proven effectiveness in a senior position with a major organization excelling in campaign, planning and management of major gifts activities.  
  • Knowledge of orchestral music a plus.



  • A seasoned Development professional with 10+ years of major gifts experience in a sophisticated environment and with the demonstrated ability to achieve or exceed annual goals for fundraising with experience working with senior leadership
  • Superior written and oral communication, negotiating, organizational, analytical and fundraising skills, including the ability to interpret financial information and manage data.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated in relating to Board, donors, volunteers, senior administrators and colleagues.
  • Experience in non-profit arts and culture organization strategic planning including developing fundraising plans.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across Development Department and entire POA.
  • High degree of organization and attention to detail.  
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects.
  • Ability to manage a multitude of tasks.  
  • Ability to work with confidential information.  
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet, word processing, and development software.
  • Able to participate in evening and weekend activities designed to support The Philadelphia Orchestra, and be an active participant in the life of the Philadelphia community. 

Working Conditions:

  • An office environment.  
  • The Senior Director will be required to attend concerts, meetings, events during the evenings and weekends.  

To learn more call Libby Roberts, Vice President, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, LLC, at 617-262-1102, or send cover letter and resume to lroberts@lllsearches.com.  All inquiries will be held in confidence.
Please note:   

  • When sending your resume for this position, kindly read it over for accuracy. 
  • LLLS verifies academic credentials for its finalist candidates, and our clients frequently conduct background checks prior to finalizing an offer. 

Manager of Relationship Marketing

Department: Marketing
Reports to: Director of Marketing


The Manager of Relationship Marketing oversees several critical elements of marketing and sales at The Philadelphia Orchestra. This includes the execution of tactics utilized on all marketing campaigns to generate highest level of audience satisfaction and revenue growth, defining and implementing patron relationship programs to achieve highest level of retention and the timely analysis of patron retention to identify priorities and high-level strategies for improving patron loyalty and driving overall increased revenue.   This position has a high level of interaction with the Ticket Philadelphia and Kimmel Center Box Office staff.   

The Manager of Relationship Marketing is accountable for the successful execution of marketing tactics, budget creation / management / reporting and administrative duties. This position will be responsible to meet deadlines as outlined in marketing plans, provide efficient management of budget and resources for completion of duties, and maintain positive working relations with colleagues.

This position will be measured with the timely execution and campaign results that successfully grow ticket revenues.  The time spent on the position responsibilities can be expected to be as follows:
Implementation: 55%
Planning, Analysis and Research: 30%
Administrative: 15%

Essential Functions:

  1. Work with the Director of Marketing on the execution of all tactics for subscription and single ticket sales across all sales channels and advertising mediums.
  2. In coordination with Director of Marketing, set annual patron retention goals for the institution and monitor progress against goals.
  3. Manage special promotional activities and programs that drive towards patron retention goals.
  4. Execute promotional activities to further the “off-stage” presence of the Orchestra through non-earned revenue generating community performance opportunities and track audience participation through all concert product offerings. 
  5. Track metrics of patron retention and provide regular progress towards outcomes.
  6. Contribute actively to the department budgeting process and cycle, particularly in the areas of patron loyalty and retention programs in collaboration with overall marketing department budget, with consistent monitoring and tracking above
  7. Support partner organizations and internal departments in interpreting results of current and future patron retention goals and addressing identified priorities
  8. Manage and respond to customer service issues and policies as needed and collaborate with Ticket Philadelphia regarding customer service initiatives
  9. Establish excellent and collaborative relationships across all partner organizations
  10. Attend concerts; represent the Marketing Department at concerts and events with an eye to increased patron retention activity.


Bachelor’s degree required, with a minimum of 3-5 years of arts marketing and advertising experience. Direct experience with a symphony orchestra and/or performing arts presenter highly preferred.  Proven experience in managing customer loyalty programs along with a proven track record of success in building programs and increasing overall customer satisfaction is required.  A working knowledge of classical music highly preferred.


  1. Thorough knowledge and understanding of advertising and marketing disciplines.
  2. Knowledge of and experience in orchestra industry and performing arts field.
  3. Success in creating and implementing customer loyalty programs 
  4. Knowledge of marketing systems and ticketing and subscription based sales.
  5. Excellent organizational skills and efficient time management.
  6. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present effectively internally and externally.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job during evening or weekend hours.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to

Mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn:  Human Resources
One South Broad Street, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Senior Accountant

Department: Finance
Reports to: Controller
Status: Exempt


Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant is responsible for all endowment fund accounting activities, assisting in the month-end close, preparing and distributing investment reports and maintaining and reconciling balance sheet accounts.

Essential Functions:

  1. Receive monthly Endowment gift and pledge reports from Development and create journal entries to record transactions in the General ledger.
  2. Reconcile Endowment Depository Account and create adjusting journal entries as needed
  3. Transfer and record new additions to investments from Endowment Depository Account.
  4. Initiate withdrawal and record spending allocation in accordance with approved draw from endowment investment accounts.
  5. Analyze and record investment portfolio activity for Endowment funds on a monthly basis and recommend reallocation of investment portfolio as needed in accordance with target asset allocation plan and cash needs.
  6. Manage, reconcile and maintain balance sheet accounts for the endowment fund on a monthly basis.
  7. Understand and maintain the distinction between restricted, temporarily restricted and unrestricted funds.
  8. Maintain endowment investment records and prepare general ledger adjustments for monthly and annual reporting from Trustee Statements.
  9. Facilitate and prepare work papers for the annual audit
  10. Work closely with Controller and CFO to ensure complete accuracy in monthly reporting
  11. Assist in Stewardship Activities, including donor reporting and annual reports to major donors.
  12. Compile information for Investment Committee & Board reporting
  13. Other duties as assigned


Degree in Accounting or related field is required along with a minimum of 3 years general accounting experience. Advanced skills in Excel and Word are also required. Experience with not-for-profit accounting or strong knowledge of nonprofit accounting preferred.


  1. Strong MS Office Skills required, particularly in Excel and Word.
  2. Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, identify improvement opportunities and promote required process changes.
  3. Must possess strong analytical, communication and organizational skills. 
  4. Attention to detail is crucial for success. 
  5. Excellent communication skills and self-motivated.
  6. Ability to work as part of a team and respond to changing priorities with flexibility.
  7. Quick learner with exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage a high volume of diverse activities in a fast-paced performing arts environment. 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Routine for office environment.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to

Mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn:  Human Resources
One South Broad Street, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107