The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent
orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music
with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection,
and excitement through music in the Philadelphia region, across the
country, and around the world. Through innovative programming,
robust educational initiatives, and commitment to the community,
the ensemble is on a path to create an expansive future for
classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open
and democratic society.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now in his tenth season as the eighth
music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Under his superb
guidance The Philadelphia Orchestra has represented an unwavering
standard of excellence in the world of classical music—and it
continues to do so today.
The Orchestra transformed itself during the COVID-19 crisis and
civil unrest. The Orchestra’s emerging narrative is one of
adaptation and inclusion. In a remarkable show of institutional
agility, the Orchestra quickly launched the Virtual Philadelphia
Orchestra, providing a vast suite of musical and education content
through digital formats. In response to the recent civic unrest,
the Orchestra led the classical music industry by programming
A Healing Conversation in Music and Words. Last autumn, the
Orchestra launched a full
Digital Stage season of newly recorded and digitally released
concert programs. Most recently, the Orchestra launched a new
series of free online concerts—Our
City, Your Orchestra—which highlight Black-owned businesses and
iconic cultural locations throughout the Philadelphia region.
On June 17, 2021, the Orchestra announced
an exciting new partnership with the Kimmel Center, its home
since 2001. A new entity will be established in November 2021 – The
Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. – and will be led by
President and CEO
Matías Tarnopolsky. This partnership will usher in a new era
for the performing arts ecosystem in Philadelphia, promising to
serve artists and audiences in new and inclusive ways. Please
here for more information about the Orchestra’s history and
FUNDING: The Orchestra’s annual operating
budget for the current FY22 is approximately $52 million, with
$18.5 million expected from all philanthropic sources. In FY21, the
Orchestra received contributed gifts and pledges that totaled $18.6
million. The endowment has a current market value of approximately
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Campaign Director is a
senior member of the Orchestra’s Development Department and is the
principal administrator of the campaign. Together with the Vice
President, Development, the Campaign Director will help create and
oversee the implementation of the strategy for the comprehensive
campaign, including extensive work with the Campaign Committee,
Orchestra staff and Board leadership, outside consultants, and
staff colleagues. The Campaign Director is also a frontline
fundraiser and will manage a portfolio of principal and major gift
The Campaign Director reports to the Vice President,
Mitch Bassion. The Development team of 18 is anticipated to
grow as the Orchestra advances with the campaign. The Campaign
Director will be responsible for recruiting and managing future new
positions specifically for campaign work.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in fundraising,
preferably with a major cultural organization, including experience
working on a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
- Success in cultivating and soliciting principal gift prospects
capable of gifts at seven-figure and above levels.
- Experience managing a large, comprehensive fundraising campaign
in a sophisticated and complex environment.
- Strong leadership presence with a style and personality that
resonates positively with staff, donors, and volunteers.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomatic abilities.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Outstanding communication skills—written, verbal, and
- Strong management and organization skills with the ability to
work successfully in a fast-paced environment while managing
multiple assignments and priorities.
- A passion for and interest in classical music and/or the
performing arts is strongly desired, as is an appreciation for the
importance of the arts to civic life.
- Proficient in MS Office and donor database software (Tessitura
- Personal commitment to the values of diversity, equity,
inclusion, and access.
- Willing and available to attend concerts and events regularly
on nights and weekends.
- Ability to travel, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
Howe-Lewis International is excited to partner with Philadelphia
Orchestra on this important search. Please click
here to apply via the Howe-Lewis Talent Portal. You may
also email your resume and letter of interest to