Founded in 1928, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is the first professional symphony in the southwest and the longest, continuously performing arts organization in Arizona. The TSO’s mission is to engage, educate and transform diverse audiences throughout Southern Arizona with live musical experiences of the highest quality. Under the inspired leadership of music director, José Luis Gomez, the TSO has seen an artistic resurgence with performances of imaginative repertoire including by Latin-American composers and performers. Strategically, the TSO is committed to engaging the rapidly growing Hispanic population of Tucson and Pima County, currently over 40%. The TSO is also nationally renowned for its educational offerings, which engage 35,000 students annually through six unique programs, including the award-winning Young Composers Project in its 30th year.

The Opportunity

The Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Manager joins a dynamic fundraising team at an exciting time, with access to positive mentors and opportunity to grow. This position is responsible for planning, writing, and delivering compelling funding proposals and reports to corporations, foundations, and government entities (“institutional funders”). Responsibilities include maintaining and growing an annual calendar/timeline of funding opportunities and deadlines; coordinating strategy; drafting, editing and submitting written grant applications and sponsorship appeals; and preparing and submitting reports to institutional funders. Other writing assignments may include content for newsletters, annual reports, brochure publications and some social media posts.


  • Diligently maintain the calendar/timeline for annual proposals, sponsorships, and reports.
  • Prepare all written grant proposals and sponsorship requests including relevant collateral materials.
  • Collaborate with the VP of Philanthropy and Chief Marketing Officer to develop strategies for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of institutional prospects.
  • With the VP of Philanthropy and Director of Philanthropy, establish and build relationships with representatives from corporations, foundations, and government agencies, to enhance the overall connection between these organizations and the TSO.
  • Maintain comprehensive reports on proposals submitted and funds received from institutional funders.
  • File detailed records of research and contact with institutional prospects and donors.
  • Prepare and submit supplemental and final reports to institutional funders.
  • Coordinate fulfillment of corporate sponsorship benefits.
  • Other potential duties
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of donor or sponsorship events as needed.
    • Create collateral for select major individual giving proposals as needed.
    • Attend events and concerts as assigned.
    • Participate in meetings of the Board Development Committee as needed.
    • Other professional tasks as assigned by the VP of Philanthropy.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2–3 years of relevant workplace or project experience preferred.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to articulate a compelling case for the artistic, civic, economic, and educational value of the arts.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook). Experience using a database is a plus.
  • Creativity, optimism, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Results and team-oriented work style that inspires trust and confidence.
  • Commitment to outstanding customer service.
  • Passion for the arts is necessary, prior experience working in the arts is a plus.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Position Details

Corporate, and Foundation and Government Relations Manager
Reports to:
Vice President of Philanthropy
Minimum 40 hours/week, with some evening and weekend duty
Range of $45,000–$50,000 annually, subject to qualifications and experience
Comprehensive benefits

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Tucson Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities, programs, and general treatment during employment.


Our patrons and audiences come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for the performing arts, you will find a home at TSO.

COVID-19 Response

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the TSO has been a safe refuge. The TSO follows the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pima County Health Department. Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Background Checks

Prior to submitting your application package for this position, please review it carefully for accuracy. TSO does verify academic credentials for its candidates, and frequently conducts background checks including work history before finalizing an offer.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and professional resumé with three references to:


Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Manager Search
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
2175 N. Sixth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705