director of advancement & leadership giving
advancement manager

marketing intern
production and education intern
community engagement intern
meet the music docent

director of advancement & leadership giving

department:  advancement
reports to: senior director of advancement & strategic engagement

full-time position/non-exempt

position purpose

The director of advancement & leadership giving will work closely with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) executive director, senior director of advancement & strategic engagement, board of directors and staff to meet annual contributed income goals.  In support of the Orchestra’s mission, the director of advancement & leadership giving will help develop and implement strategies to support the organization’s comprehensive campaign and will maintain responsibility for creating and implementing a comprehensive leadership giving program, including planned and annual gifts. This position will be directly responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of current and prospective donors (with a focus on annual contributions between $2,500-9,999). The director will play a leading role in cross-departmental efforts to develop a pool of broad-based givers and major gift prospects through personal interaction, cultivation calls and stewardship opportunities spanning electronic and print media, recognition plans and events. The director of advancement & leadership giving will assist and support the major gift work of the executive director, senior director of advancement & strategic engagement, and campaign and Board volunteers. The director must be equally comfortable in managing people as well as processes, and must be effective at building strong relationships with the Orchestra’s volunteer leadership and donor base.

scope & responsibilities

In collaboration with LACO’s executive director, senior director of advancement & strategic engagement, development department and marketing department, the director of advancement & leadership giving is responsible for directing, planning and implementing key fundraising programs designed to attract and increase contributions from individuals and institutions, and to meet priority needs and fundraising goals of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

  • Lead efforts to meet overall contributed income goals of $3.2M this fiscal year
  • Together with key board, staff and volunteers, meet organizational goal to increase annual giving to the Orchestra by $1M over the next three years, devising and implementing strategies to optimize cultivation and solicitation of major individual and planned gifts
  • Develop an annual comprehensive strategic plan for leadership giving, with a focus on designing and implementing a new framework, case, benefits program and volunteer committee for a leadership giving society and actively engaging those leadership givers in LACO’s mission and activities through unique and substantive opportunities.
  • Develop and grow giving circles to meet organizational priorities, marrying the contributed income needs with the Orchestra’s guiding principal of making great music personal
  • Work with volunteer leadership and independently to solicit renewed and/or increased gifts and steward prospective members to meet Annual Fund and Campaign goals by identifying, rating, cultivating and soliciting prospects
  • Maintain a portfolio of 50-75 donors and prospects in various stages of development through a robust calendar of cultivation calls, meetings and other activities throughout the gift cycle
  • Manage a team of four, overseeing foundation and government support, annual giving and donor research, including three direct reports
  • Work collaboratively with and in support of board committees, board members, volunteers, and staff as needed to cultivate and solicit donors for organizational priorities
  • Manage and build strategies actively for all individual giving prospects through consistent communication, meaningful recognition and stewardship
  • Work to expand the Orchestra’s Legacy Society, building a robust planned giving program, including prospecting, events and recognition
  • Develop, prepare and present formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects.
  • Work with the assistant director of events & programs to develop strategies for events attendees and sponsors to become major and annual donors to the Orchestra’s operating needs, endowment and Legacy Society
  • Work with the LACO director of finance and development team to establish annual budgets, formal major gifts policies and reporting procedures
  • Provide support and create opportunities for donor cultivation and stewardship at 35-45 concerts and special events annually
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested .

experience/characteristics required

The ideal candidate is an experienced fundraiser with the ability to think strategically and work collaboratively and professionally with high-level volunteers and Orchestra staff and leadership. Must be self-motivated, self-starting, sophisticated, creative, and have strong attention to detail. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Advanced degree in business administration, arts administration or a related field is strongly desired. Six to eight years of relevant work experience in fundraising, with major and annual giving experience required.

  • Proven success in individual fundraising, and developing strategies to grow annual giving
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Expertise in campaign fundraising desired
  • General knowledge of planned giving programs
  • Solid relationship-building skills, including an ability to work with staff, musicians, board members and volunteers.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and donor tracking software

to apply

Please email resume and comprehensive cover letter to: info@laco.org No phone calls, please

advancement manager

department: advancement
reports to: director of advancement and leadership giving

full-time position/non-exempt

position purpose

As a leader within the advancement department, the manager secures contributed income for the Orchestra from foundations, corporations and government agencies. S/he also serves as a writer and editor for donor communications.

scope & responsibilities

The advancement manager develops, implements and evaluates a comprehensive corporate, foundation and government agency fundraising strategy in support of the Orchestra’s key programs, including writing proposals, creating fundraising plans, drafting budgets and evaluating programs. This position works regularly with advancement, marketing, finance and production departments to ensure effective communications with donors at all stages of the giving cycle. The advancement manager is responsible for raising over $900,000 from foundations, corporations and government agencies, and contributes to other fundraising projects as a writer and editor. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

institutional fundraising (70%)

  • prepare and submit requests to institutional donors, including writing and editing proposals and letters of inquiry, creating project budgets and compiling other collateral;
  • ensure compliance with grant agreements and arrange for appropriate funder recognition;
  • evaluate program outcomes and prepare narrative and financial reports for grantors; design, administer and analyze results from participant surveys;
  • establish and execute a strategic plan for increasing support from institutions, particularly corporations; research new potential corporate sponsorships, develop relationships with key decision-makers and create sponsorship pitches aligned with the values and strategic needs of corporate funders;
  • build and maintain relationships with contacts at institutional partners; communicate organizational and program updates with key stakeholders regularly;
  • project income from institutional sources and collaborate with senior staff on budgets;
  • collaborate with all departments to define projects, their objectives and outcomes;
  • maintain orderly institutional donor files and records in database;
  • oversee collection, entry and maintenance for DataArts’ Cultural Data Project.

donor communications (15%)

  • serve as editor, brand police and proofreader to ensure highest level of donor communications in projects such as annual fund and special event solicitations, donation acknowledgement letters and donor newsletters.

arts advocacy and general administration (15%)

  • develop and maintain relationships with advocacy agency personnel and aides to office holders through representing LACO at arts-community gatherings, correspondence and face-to-face meetings;
  • stay apprised of policies, political developments and power structures affecting the flow of public funds to government cultural agencies;
  • provide support at evening and weekend concerts and events as assigned;
  • serve as back-up gift processor;
  • complete other advancement tasks as assigned.

The position requires a seasoned fundraiser with a minimum of five years’ experience in grant writing, who possesses exceptional communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of the challenges inherent to the non-profit fundraising field. Specifically, the advancement manager must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • five years’ successful grant writing experience, preferably at an arts-related non-profit;
  • demonstrated success in securing corporate sponsorships as well as foundation grants of $250,000 and above;
  • experience conceptualizing programs and executing solicitation strategies;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to produce proposals to foundations, business correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgment letters and grant reports;
  • the ability to synthesize complex programs, concepts and perspectives into a unified narrative with creativity, clarity and ease of language; flexibility in writing a persuasive piece tailored to a specific audience;
  • experience developing and tracking budgets, as well as the ability to analyze data related to program evaluation;
  • knowledge of the national and local philanthropic landscape, specifically grantors with performing arts, classical music or education as a funding priority;
  • the desire to manage multiple projects on deadline in a fast-paced work environment;
  • the drive to take initiative and work independently;
  • excellent customer-service skills and experience working closely with board members, volunteers, donors, consultants, institutional partners and beneficiaries;
  • the ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive donor information;
  • proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook;
  • experience managing a grants calendar and tracking donor contacts in a database; familiarity with a CRM such as Patron Manager or SalesForce preferred;
  • scheduling flexibility required; some evening and weekend hours with required overtime.

to apply
Please email resume, comprehensive cover letter and 2-3 page writing sample to info@laco.org. No phone calls, please.

marketing intern

department:  marketing

reports to: marketing & sales manager

part-time internship (15 hours per week) for a defined nine-month term (sep – may); modest monthly stipend & parking/public transportation reimbursement

 position purpose

To assist the marketing department in effectively and efficiently managing the Orchestra’s day-to-day marketing and box office functions.

scope & responsibilities

The marketing intern assists the marketing department with marketing communications, including advertising, social media, preparation of brochure, program and website content; box office functions, including sales reports, renewal campaign and ticket mailings; and with general organization to ensure the efficiency of the department.

  •  Assist with research and content for the social media platforms, e-marketing campaigns and laco.org to help expand LACO’s online presence and engage our audience
  • Assist with promotion of LACO’s Campus to Concert Hall program and All Access Pass offers for full-time college students
  • Maintain events calendars for various websites, news outlets and listservs
  • Assist with preparation of program books including procurement and editing of artist biographies and photographs and preparation of repertoire listings for publication
  • Maintain folders of all marketing mailings and advertising clippings
  • Assist with organization and tracking of subscription and single ticket sales and promotions through analysis and reporting
  • Help with concert duties including after parties, patron greeting, receptions and staffing information tables
  • Assist with subscription renewal and acquisition mailings, and acknowledgement of orders
  • Other duties as assigned

experience/characteristics required

The ideal candidate for LACO’s marketing intern will be enthusiastic, creative and organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, sensitivity to deadlines and social grace. The candidate must pay meticulous attention to detail and possess the ability to respond efficiently, effectively and creatively to simultaneous challenges and opportunities. Candidate must be motivated, enjoy working as part of dynamic administrative team and possess team spirit.

Familiarity with social media, ticketing and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is helpful. Solid computer skills including Excel are required. Intern may have the opportunity to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

learning objectives

  • Learn how a nonprofit art organization functions
  • Experience working in an office environment with staff members at all levels
  • Gain hands-on experience in marketing, emarketing, ticketing and patron services
  • Gain knowledge of the planning and execution of the subscription renewal, acquisition and single ticket campaigns
  • Gain experience with sales reporting

 to apply

Please email resume, comprehensive cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org


reports to: director of operations and programs
position starts: July 1, 2017
application deadline: December 1, 2016

interviews to be held in Los Angeles, California in February 2017

job summary

The Librarian is responsible for the purchase, rental, and preparation of scores and parts for all performances. In consultation with the Music Director and the Director of Artistic Administration, the Librarian selects performance editions; marks all necessary bowings, cuts, and edits; and disseminates all scores and parts. The Librarian maintains the LACO Music Library, records repertoire performance data, and assesses long-range acquisition needs.

music duties

  •  Maintain LACO Music Library: pull all necessary materials from the LACO Music Library; assure that all parts and scores are accounted for and returned to the library in complete and proper order, and are appropriately re-shelved in a timely manner following each performance set; update LACO Music Library Catalog of holdings by: adding new entries for materials purchased and performing routine maintenance of current library database, as necessary.
  • Maintain performance records listing for each performance by: recording performance time of each movement of each piece; noting conductor, applicable artist/soloist, and any other pertinent information which would be helpful in preparing future performances of the same repertoire. Librarian is responsible for updating and maintaining performance history database and shall be compensated at the appropriate hourly Local 47 rate.
  • Schedule, receive and inventory incoming rental materials and ascertain their condition for performance. Inventory, pack and ship outgoing rental materials within timeframes specified by publisher, and maintain related shipping records.
  • Produce, and make readily available at every service, backup parts for every instrument dictated by instrumentation, of the same edition and bearing identical markings as performance parts.
  • Produce, and appropriately catalog in the LACO Music Library, an archival copy of each final performance first desk string rental, borrowed, original, or other non LACO owned performance part.
  • Maintain accessory supplies in library road box for access at all venues.
  • Remove all marks made by LACO musicians on rental parts before return of parts to publisher, as dictated by policies of each respective publisher.
  • Research all relevant copyright and performance guidelines dictating rights and costs for performance and recorded media capture of copyrighted works, as necessary, and advise Music Director and Director of Artistic Administration accordingly.
  • Maintain good working relationships with all publishing houses and composer management, serving as LACO’s principal point of contact. Maintain a current file of publisher catalogs; research availability and cost of music to be ordered and/or rented, in consultation with the Music Director and the Director of Artistic Administration. The Librarian directly procures all required materials, abiding by all budgetary guidelines, following approval of Music Director and Director of Artistic Administration.
  • LACO shall maintain annual membership in MOLA for Librarian, networking with fellow librarians and taking advantage of published resources to stay apace with best practices, current research, and new developments in the field.

production duties

  • Attend all required production meetings related to each orchestral concert set, as dictated by the Director of Artistic Administration. Maintain and monitor a LACO email address to ensure timely and professional internal and external correspondence, including reports of all errors, discrepancies, and problems to the Director of Artistic Administration.
  • Prepare, disseminate, and manage the master bowing schedule by: ascertaining dates of distribution of parts in relation to each orchestral performance set as dictated by Article XV, J of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement; disseminating parts to string principals for bowing as dictated by the master bowing schedule; ensuring coordination between string principals and timely receipts of all bowed parts, according to the master bowing schedule. Ship all LACO-owned parts of upcoming concert repertoire to string principals during summer months, in advance of forthcoming concert season.
  • Coordinate and collect master set of marked bowings from the Music Director or guest conductor and/or string principals. Mark bowings in string parts from master set and/or score. Repair music and folders as needed. Mark orchestra parts as directed by the Music Director or guest conductor. Facilitate clear coordination and planning with Music Director or guest conductor to ensure that, for every work being performed, proper editions of both parts and scores are utilized, such that all measure numbers and rehearsal letters correspond appropriately.
  • Assemble and breakdown orchestra music folders, refilling music and scores as needed.
  • Attend all orchestral services, for the duration of each service, to perform the following duties, as required: distribute and collect music at all rehearsals and concerts, as applicable, ensuring that music is placed on stands in accordance with Article XV, K of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement; assist conductors and musicians with needs related to printed music. Place and collect conductor scores from podium as needed in rehearsals and performances.
  • Maintain accurate records of material requests and loans for study purposes by any staff musician, conductor, or guest artist.
  • Review all invoices for music and library supplies, and monitor expenses within approved budget, as created in consultation with Director of Artistic Administration.
  • Prepare audition excerpt books according to audition repertoire lists, as established by the parties set forth in Article X, D of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement, and provide supplies, support, and assistance at all auditions, as required. Compensation for support and assistance at auditions shall be at the scale wage set forth in Article XVI, O of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement.

Position requires degree in music or equivalent, ability to read music, and training in library procedures; thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire instrumentation and score markings; and familiarity with music publishing, licensing and copyright law. The Librarian must be meticulous and detail-oriented, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills, and a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47.

to apply
highly qualified and experienced candidates should e-mail, fax or mail a cover letter and a one-page resume to the following address:

Auditions Coordinator
email: auditions@laco.org
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
350 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 183
Los Angeles, CA 90071
fax: 213 626 2157

applications must be received by December 1, 2016

production and education intern

department: production and education
part-time internship for LACO’s 2016-17 season (September – June) – modest monthly stipend
desired start date: August 22nd, 2016

position purpose
To assist the production & education coordinator with the Orchestra’s current production and operational processes and assist in the management of the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs.

orchestra operations
– assists with maintaining effective communication with LACO musicians, outside venues, guest artists, vendors and staff members regarding daily operations and production activities;
– assists with scheduling the travel, lodging and transportation of guest artists with accuracy and effectiveness;
– assists with the production of the concert season, run-out concerts, auditions, and other activities as required;
– assists with the drafting of artist contracts;
– assists with the research and tracking of musical scores and parts, as directed by the coordinator and the music librarian;
– assists with various group mailings to orchestra members and guest artists, as needed.

education and community engagement
– assists the coordinator with the Orchestra’s Meet the Music and Community Partners programs, as well as the Composer-in-Residence’s needs, by corresponding with schools, docents, social service organizations, musicians, teachers, principals and volunteers;
– assists with producing and implementing the application and assignment processes for participating schools and social service organizations; and
– assists with facilitating any additional community engagement and education activities as required.

experience/characteristics required
The ideal candidate for LACO’s production and education intern will be a detail-oriented problem-solver with excellent communication skills, respectful of confidentiality and discretion, able to balance competing responsibilities, professional, successful in meeting deadlines, and able to work with a wide range of personality types. Candidate must be motivated and enjoy working as part of dynamic administrative team.

Familiarity with orchestra management and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is extremely helpful. Solid computer skills are required. Intern will be required to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

to apply
Please email resume, cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org

community engagement intern

department: production and education
part-time internship for LACO’s 2016-17 season (September – June) – modest monthly stipend
desired start date: September 5, 2016

position purpose
To assist the operations and programs manager in effectively and efficiently managing the Orchestra’s vital education and community engagement programs.

scope and responsibilities
– assists manager with the Orchestra’s Meet the Music concerts (four per season) with on-site logistical support
– assists with composer-in residence school visits (usually three per season)
– assists with greeting LACO’s Community Partners participants at LACO orchestral concerts
– other activities as assigned

experience/characteristics required
The ideal candidate for LACO’s community engagement intern will be a “people person” with excellent communication skills, ability to balance competing responsibilities, flexibility and social grace. The candidate must possess the ability to respond efficiently, effectively and creatively to simultaneous challenges and opportunities. Candidate must be motivated, enjoy working as part of dynamic arts administration team and possess team spirit.

Familiarity with orchestra management and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is quite helpful. Photography skills are a plus. Intern may have the opportunity to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

to apply
Please email resume, cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org

meet the music docent

There are four Meet the Music concerts each season. Docents are asked to attend a two hour weekday morning training session at the LACO offices a few weeks prior to each of the four concerts. After the meetings, docents will then disperse to schools to teach students participating in Meet the Music. Docents are invited to attend all Meet the Music concerts.

duties include:
Going to schools to teach students about the music they will hear at a LACO concert. Introducing students to classical music in a fun way.

skills required:
Enthusiasm and the ability to present knowledge in exciting ways to large groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders. An appreciation of music is a big plus, but a musical background is not required. We will provide you with all the information and training that you will need to teach the students.

Volunteer Position with insider perks and the invaluable opportunity to experience LACO’s Meet the Music concerts. Parking for training sessions and Meet the Music concerts will be provided.

Please call Serge Liberovsky at 213 622 7001 × 212 for more information.


Volunteering is a satisfying way to give back to your favorite Orchestra. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet the musicians, attend concerts, receive acknowledgment in our season program and more!

Some of the ways you can help include office support, music education, concert/event support and orchestra hospitality. Learn more, or contact us at info@laco.org.