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Chief Development Officer

Princeton Symphony Orchestra
New Jersey, United States
$110,000.00 - $125,000.00
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Princeton Symphony Orchestra in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer will plan, manage, implement, and evaluate all aspects of a diverse and dynamic fundraising program serving the financial needs and goals of Princeton Symphony Orchestra's complete range of concerts and community engagement activities. The Chief Development Officer will oversee fundraising priorities, policies, and procedures that contribute to a development program that continuously cultivates new prospects, seeks out new funding opportunities, demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism, and reflects the values of Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations. Founded in 1980, the orchestra has evolved into a professional orchestra of the highest artistic quality through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as the Princeton Festival each June, having merged with the Princeton Festival in July 2021. The PSO performs at the historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University and presents the Princeton Festival on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden.

Widely recognized as one of the region’s finest music organizations, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra routinely partners with the Princeton University Art Museum, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton Public Library, the Arts Council of Princeton, and the Princeton Garden Theatre, in addition to the many schools of central New Jersey. The PSO has built additional partnerships with Westminster Conservatory, the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, American Repertory Ballet, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey.

As a nonprofit organization committed to bringing music to community members of all ages, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is largely dependent on the generosity of music lovers to bring its vision to reality. With the support of area businesses, the PSO can provide free education programs in schools, as well as free concert tickets for veterans and under-resourced communities. Foundation and government sponsors further sustain the classical music art form in the community.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is an eleven-time National Endowment for the Arts grantee and a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors—a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution. The PSO is also a member of the League of American Orchestras, a professional organization dedicated to helping orchestras meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least three years of direct fundraising experience meeting revenue targets is preferred for this role. Princeton Symphony Orchestra will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the PSO, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Princeton Symphony Orchestra as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $110,000 to $125,000 annually.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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