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Vice President of Development

Primary Function

The Vice President of Development for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is responsible for managing successful completion of a 5-million-dollar annual campaign. The Vice Persident will be responsible for planning strategies and tactics, and their subsequent implementation, to ensure the meeting of fundraising goals. The Vice President will provide oversight and ensuring the successful completion of fundraising campaigns.

Development Duties and Responsibilities

  • Tracks and successfully meets development goals for the CSO.  
  • Acts as an ambassador for the CSO at development functions, receptions, and performances.
  • Works closely with the Special Events Manager on the planning and execution of the Gala.
  • Manages corporate giving/sponsorship programs for the CSO including the development of prospects, solicitation, coordination and fulfillment.
  • Manages annual fund program, including goal setting, solicitation plans, key calls, and materials generation.
  • Responsible for stewardship of major individual, corporate and foundation donors as assigned.
  • Leads Development Committee.
  • Keeps the Executive Director informed and apprised of progress and challenges.
  • Participates in long-range planning activities.
  • Manages and Directs activity of Donor Relations Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Fundraising Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs trustee giving program including engaging board members in the solicitation process.
  • Acts as major gifts officer for individual donors.
  • Creates and manages a sustainable fundraising portfolio.
  • Manages the successful completion of a 5-million-dollar annual campaign.
  • Stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership skills, management experience, demonstrated fundraising success, and personal and professional characteristics to achieve success in a world-class, results-oriented organization. 
  • Knowledge of comprehensive campaign management.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communications skills.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, Business or related discipline.
  • Minimum of Five years of Fundraising experience.

Special Requirements

  • Requires flexibility of schedule to accommodate needs of the organization.
  • In addition, a standard background check will be required.

 To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to

Artistic Operations Associate

Primary Function: The Artistic Operations Associate is responsible for providing administrative support to the Artistic Department, managing all component of guest artist’s logistics, assisting during productions, and overall and being the “glue” that ensures the artistic elements of CSO performances are successfully planned, implemented, and communicated.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide day-to-day administrative support to the Artistic Department by managing schedules, conducting research, generating reports, providing clear and accurate information, and completing special projects as assigned by the Sr. Director of Artistic Planning and Operation.   
  • Responsible for all guest artist scheduling, including booking hotels, coordinating travel arrangements, and organizing practice time and stage access.
  • Communicate logistical information to guest artist to ensures they have a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remains "on call" to assist guest artists with onsite needs.
  • Assist the Music Director, conductors, cover conductors, soloists and composers during rehearsals and performances including maintaining backstage and dressing room areas and fulfilling all hospitality requests.
  • Coordinate and provide on-site event management of Masterclasses, CD signings, pre-concert lectures and post-concert events.
  • Participate in production meetings and collaborate with artistic and production staff. Assist with production planning by conducting musical research and hiring rehearsals pianists and page turners.
  • Manage all paid and complimentary ticket requests for artists, managers, and other guests.
  • Share “Concert Duty” with the rest of the Artistic Staff
  • Embrace and work to advance the artistic vision of the CSO.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the symphony nonprofit organization model
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Awareness of the current field of classical and orchestral pops music
  • Knowledge of OPAS a plus

Credentials and Experience

  • BA Degree that includes formalized music training. 
  • Three or more years of related experience performing dutiesas outlined above. 
  • Ability to utilize standard office software including Microsoft Office. A working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and familiarity with financial documents is required.
  • Previous experience in written communication is required.

Special Requirements:

  • Requires flexibility of schedule to accomodate needs of the organization that often include evening and weekend events.

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to

Assistant Personnel Manager

Primary Function: The Assistant Personnel Manager supports the Director of Community Relations and Personnel with day-to-day personnel activities for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, including being the administrative point person at services, engaging musicians, and maintaining records in the OPAS database.

Personnel Management

  • Attends assigned rehearsal and concert services to monitor attendance, ensure adherence to beginning and end times, answer musician questions, distribute materials and comp tickets, make announcements, and overall attend to the musicians needs as they arise.
  • Responsible for following established protocol for engaging musicians.  This includes understanding the Master Agreement and individual employment contracts so musicians are offered work in the correct order.
  • Works in the OPAS database to develop, update, and distribute rosters to musicians.  Communicates with musicians, tracking roster changes and updating as necessary.
  • Maintains attendance records in OPAS system.
  • Builds strong working relationships with musicians, CSO staff, CAPA staff, the musician’s union, and partner organizations/resident arts groups.
  • Performs special tasks and projects as assigned by the Director of Community Relations and Personnel.
  • Ensures all CSO activities are in coordination with the Master Agreement and established orchestra policies and procedures.
  • Engages substitute musicians as needed or directed.
  • Coordinates orchestra travel with the musicians on run-outs and tours.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent attention to detail skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office, Word, Power Point, and Excel).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Awareness of the current field of classical and orchestral pops music.
  • Ability to read music and an understanding of orchestral instrumentation preferred.
  • Knowledge of performing arts personnel systems, such as OPAS, preferred.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Liberal Arts, Arts Administration, or related field.
  • Formalized music training preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in an art’s administration role preferred.

Speical Requirements:

  • Requires flexibility of schedule to accommodate needs of the organization that often include evening and weekend events

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to


Marketing Intern 

Position Summary:  The Columbus Symphony Marketing Department is looking for an audience engagement intern to assist with event marketing as well as in-office marketing responsibilities.  This internship is unpaid, around 12 hours per week for 12 weeks, with weekend and evening availability required.  You can view the calendar of events here.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and assisting with Columbus Symphony events and performances
  • Concert set up, enhancement and volunteer coordination
  • Assist in digital and social media initiatives
  • Analyze and report on data analytics
  • Grassroots distribution of marketing materials
  • Relationship building and teamwork within a fast-paced office environment
  • Other duties as assigned

What We Are Looking For:

  • Upper level and/or graduate student pursing a degree in Marketing, Arts Management, PR or Music preferred
  • Individuals who are passionate about the arts
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Working knowledge of marketing on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Professionally represent the Columbus Symphony at concerts and in the community

Special Requirements:

  • Available to work some evenings and weekends
  • Must have reliable transportation and a smart phone
  • CAPA background check required

What You Will Learn:

  • Marketing, social media, and communication strategies
  • Analyzing and reporting on digital marketing
  • Event coordination and planning
  • Relationship building and teamwork

To apply, please email your resume to Holly Wiencek at