Employment Opportunities

Current Openings:

Development Officer

The American Youth Symphony is currently seeking an experienced Development Officer to serve as the primary fundraising professional on our small team, responsible for the management, implementation, and evaluation of a fundraising program consistent with AYS needs and goals.

About AYS

AYS is a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which has provided tuition free orchestral training to virtuosic young professional musicians for over 50 years. The mission of AYS is to inspire the future of classical music, through our landmark fellowship program, and exceptional, innovative, free concerts to the Los Angeles community.

By removing all barriers to participation, AYS works to increase opportunities for careers in symphonic music, while making it accessible to new audiences. With a young, diverse, and ever-growing community, and thriving alumni inspiring audiences around the world, the American Youth Symphony proves that classical music is alive, vibrant, and relevant to people from all walks of life.

For more information, please visit http://www.aysymphony.org.

Position Responsibilities

Institutional Giving:

  • Manage grant calendar, execute 30-40 grant applications per-season, and ensure compliance with funding requirements
  • Research new institutional giving and corporate sponsorship prospects

Annual Giving:

  • Steward donors through gift solicitations, reminders and renewals
  • Process and acknowledge all gifts
  • Attend to donor inquiries and requests in a timely and gracious manner

Concerts and Special Events:

  • Oversee invitations, RSVPs and seating requests for donors and prospects for all concerts and special events.
  • Be present at all concerts and fundraising events (a total of 10-12 events per-year)
  • Assist in planning, coordination, and execution two annual fundraising dinners

Evaluation & Planning:

  • Run reports to track and analyze donation trends
  • Report on fundraising efforts and results at 3-4 annual Board Meetings
  • Evaluate the success of fundraising initiatives, develop strategies for future campaigns and events, and identify new or increased funding prospects, with the goal of increasing revenue in all categories
Qualifications and Requirements

Skills & Abilities
The ideal candidate will be:

  • An excellent communicator who enjoys working with the public, and possesses strong interpersonal skills
  • A highly-skilled writer with the ability to tell the story of AYS
  • Experienced with donor relations and event management
  • Comfortable with technology, able to use Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint without assistance (experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, Salesforce, and WordPress a plus)
  • Passionate about music, arts education, and cultural equity
  • Organized and efficient, skilled at managing deadlines and calendars, and keeping track of multiple projects at once


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of two years of experience in non-profit fundraising
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, for the preparation and execution of AYS concerts and events
  • Ability to work regular business hours at our Los Angeles office, with or without accommodation, and to maintain seated and standing positions for extended periods, ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs
Position Details and Compensation

This is a full time, salaried, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include: 100% coverage of medical/vision/dental insurance; paid vacation/sick days/holidays; and IRA retirement contributions after completing 12 months continuous service to AYS.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:

Cover letter, including salary expectations
Writing Sample

Submit application via email to applications@aysymphony.org, with the subject: Development Officer

New Fellowship Opportunity

Musician Citizenship Fellowship:

Open to one musician per season, this fellowship focuses on developing leadership in the use of classical music/musician engagement to better one’s community. Responsibilities include research/analysis of pertinent community issues in Los Angeles, as well as best practices in musician citizenship around the world, and culminates in project management of an AYS chamber concert designed to promote awareness and understanding of one local issue.  Final candidate selection will be made by October 2018.

Fellow will receive $2,500 to be paid in three installments.

Interested applicants should email Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux, with a resume, and cover letter detailing your interest in this learning opportunity, and what you believe you could bring to the position.