The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with American
Friends of the Israel Philharmonic in the search for a Chief
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer
will be responsible for the overall vision, leadership, strategy,
and fundraising of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic
(AFIPO), driving and implementing the organization’s short-term and
long-term goals. The Chief Executive Officer will partner with the
Board of Directors while overseeing staff, fundraising strategies
(with a primary focus on major gifts), marketing initiatives,
programs, and the execution of AFIPO’s mission to substantially
increase revenue generation, grow visibility, and bring the Israel
Philharmonic to the next generation. AFIPO is seeking a Chief
Executive Officer who values and is passionate about the work of
the Israel Philharmonic and who will be dedicated to securing major
gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. This is a
hybrid position. The Chief Executive Officer may work remotely from
Metropolitan New York City but will be expected to be in the
organization's New York City office on a regular basis as needed.
This role requires domestic and international travel up to
The Israel Philharmonic (IPO) was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw
Huberman to save the lives of Europe’s Jewish musicians from the
Holocaust. The Israel Philharmonic stands for humanitarian
principles, artistic freedom, and a tireless pursuit of excellence.
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic supports the
world-class Israel Philharmonic, enabling the Orchestra to enrich
diverse audiences around the world in its role as Israel’s
preeminent cultural ambassador. For example, in December of 2022,
the Israel Philharmonic performed in the United Arab Emirates at
the Palace in Abu Dhabi, presented by the Department of Culture and
The Israel Philharmonic performs regularly in its home, the Charles
Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, as well as across Israel.
Additionally, it tours internationally, demonstrating the power of
music to bring diverse audiences together towards better
understanding of Israel and the Jewish people. Recently, in
November 2022, the Israel Philharmonic toured across the United
States with concerts and celebratory galas, all sponsored and
organized by AFIPO. Local community building events of every size
and scale including recitals, musicales, young leadership
gatherings, and family programming are held in cities across the US
and at times in Canada. Brilliant conductor and pianist Lahav Shani
assumed the position of Music Director in the Orchestra’s 2020-2021
season. Lahav is the second Music Director in the history of the
IPO, following in the footsteps of Maestro Zubin Mehta. Lahav is
the first Music Director of the Orchestra that was born in Israel,
ushering in a new chapter for this iconic institution.
Educating and engaging the next generation is a cornerstone of the
mission of AFIPO and it is proud to be the primary sponsor of
Keynote, the music education department of the Israel Philharmonic.
AFIPO is also a proud sponsor of Sulamot, a distinct set of program
offerings that serve children from the most under-resourced
communities in Israel.
A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience is required for this position as is at least ten years
of experience in roles that include leadership and fundraising.
Hebrew language skills are a plus. All applications must be
accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should
be responsive to the mission of American Friends of the Israel
Philharmonic as well as the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus.