The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Pacific
Symphony in the search for a Director of Major Gifts, Education and
Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Director of
Major Gifts is an important member of the Development Team, with an
emphasis on Pacific Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement
programs underwriting, as well as generating general annual fund
support from members of affinity groups which focus on relationship
building with our Asian, Persian, Jewish, and veteran
Founded in 1978, Pacific Symphony enriches the human spirit through
superior performances of classical and symphonic music. Pacific
Symphony is located in Orange County; California's second most
populous county, which boasts a rich arts tradition strongly
supported by an engaged public. The region is a tourism magnet,
home of Disneyland, as well as a major financial and business
Pacific Symphony is a highly dynamic and innovative organization,
led artistically by Music Director Carl St. Clair and operationally
by President John Forsyte. The Symphony has been designated as a
Tier One Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras, joining
the ranks of prestigious orchestras such as the LA Phil, Chicago
Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
In most years, Pacific Symphony presents more than 100 concerts
annually and serves 250,000 community members. The Symphony is
nationally and internationally recognized for performance
excellence, strong community engagement through education and other
programming, and for commissioned new works by contemporary
composers. Pacific Symphony twice received prestigious ASCAP Awards
for Adventuresome Programming and was showcased in the League of
American Orchestras' nationally released publication entitled
Fearless Journeys. Pacific Symphony's Class Act elementary
school education program has been honored by the National Endowment
for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras for its
exemplary orchestra education.
Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry
Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer
outdoor series at Pacific Amphitheater. Music Director Carl St.
Clair just celebrated his 30th season with Pacific Symphony, while
Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is currently celebrating
his 30th season leading the Pops series.
Pacific Symphony fosters a culture where its constituents feel
valued, supported, and inspired to achieve their highest levels of
participation and contribution. This includes providing opportunity
and access for all people of every background. In creating and
sustaining a culture where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic,
Pacific Symphony pledges to nurture a cooperative and caring
organization where it attracts and retains people and partners who
feel comfortable contributing their unique wisdom, perspectives,
and experiences. Pacific Symphony believes that diversity exists in
multiple dimensions, including differences among people that are
not immediately visible.
A bachelor's degree or relevant comparable experience is required
for this position as is at least five years of professional
experience in individual giving for a non-profit organization.
Previous work with a performing arts organization is of benefit.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Pacific
Symphony as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated
in the prospectus.