development associate

position purpose:
To support LACO’s fund-raising team and efforts in individual and institutional giving.

scope & responsibilities:
The development associate works as part of LACO’s dynamic fund-raising team and administrative staff, collaborating with colleagues in marketing, production and finance as necessary to complete assigned projects. Primary duties focus on maintaining efficient and robust development operations, as well as garnering and sustaining support for the Orchestra through grant development, direct-mail campaigns, patron relations, as well as general office administration. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Assist in production of several direct-mail solicitations each year. Pull and edit mailing lists and place orders for printing services and oversee mailing services (in-house or at mail houses) within deadline;
  • Write copy for solicitation letters, development web copy, emails, newsletter articles, and other fundraising materials;
  • Research prospective grant sources, help write proposals and prepare application materials in pursuit of grants from government agencies, foundations and corporate philanthropies;
  • “Ghost write” donor acknowledgement letters; ensure donor benefit fulfilment; maintain clean data and orderly patron file system;
  • Coordinate with LACO senior staff to prepare and compile materials for board meetings, track meeting attendance and maintain board archive; take board minutes;
  • Maintain administrative office, including answering phones, filing and coordinating calendars and communicating across departments for smooth office operation;
  • Open and track all LACO mail; monitor daily donation logs;
  • Help maintain an orderly patron file system and assist with updating/cleaning of data in the ticketing/donor database system;
  • Make bank deposits and process development credit-card transactions; enter gifts into patron database; generate daily reports for director of finance;
  • Provide support as needed for two major fundraising galas, several smaller exclusive events, donor lounges and concert receptions each season;
  • Help ensure compliance with grant and sponsorship agreements, including reporting, acknowledgement and benefit fulfilment;
  • Provide support at series concerts, special events and education programs;
  • Assist in gathering data for California Cultural Database Project; and
  • Handle miscellaneous development and general office tasks as needed and assigned.

qualifications and characteristics:
The candidate will possess the ability to write comprehensively, clearly and persuasively; to interact effectively and congenially with a wide variety of colleagues and constituents; to think analytically and work independently while handling multiple assignments simultaneously; to shuffle priorities efficiently and pitch in where needed; to pay close attention to detail; to meet project deadlines consistently; to be an effective collaborator on team projects; to demonstrate proactive thinking to anticipate obstacles and take initiative as challenges and opportunities arise.

The development associate must be comfortable communicating with a wide range of stake holders (staff, board members, donors, concert patrons, volunteers, and vendors). The development associate will consistently show enthusiasm, curiosity and prompt attention to tasks. One to three years’ experience in an arts-related or public benefit organization strongly preferred. Four-year degree or equivalent knowledge/experience required. Solid computer skills including the use of databases, Microsoft Word and Excel are a must; familiarity with design software desired. Scheduling flexibility including evening and weekend hours at LACO concerts and special events required; 40 hours per week maximum.

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

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 Shawne 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.