“Every single note is dedicated to transmitting the joy and hope of music, because let’s not forget this is what we do – we inspire, we give hope and we give something bigger than ourselves.”
—José Luis Gomez
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. About to embark on its 94th season, the TSO is poised to return to the Music Hall with a full schedule of performances, under its inspiring music director José Luis Gomez. Winner of the 2010 Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition, Maestro Gomez has led an artistic resurgence with performances of imaginative repertoire including by Latin-American composers and performers. The 2021-22 Season presents the most wide-ranging selection of music in the TSO’s history.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is also nationally renowned for its educational offerings. Started over 70 years ago, they now engage 35,000 annually in one or more of TSO’s seven unique programs, including the award-winning ‘Young Composers Project’ in its 29th year.
The TSO has a bold vision for bringing the people of our richly diverse community together through the joy and hope of music. Under the leadership of its newly appointed President & CEO, Paul Meecham, the TSO will seek to attract new and younger audiences in innovative ways and strengthen its fiscal ability to further deepen the reach, impact and relevance of its artistic and educational programming for the growing population of Southern Arizona.
As the orchestra field is rapidly responding to the changing world, the opportunity presents itself for an experienced, creative and sophisticated individual to serve as the TSO’s Vice President of Philanthropy. The Vice President will oversee the planning, implementation and management of all fundraising programs and campaigns. A true leader, the VP will collaborate with the senior management team and board of directors to develop annual fundraising goals and establish initiatives to reach these goals. S/he will create and execute a strategy to increase individual and institutional giving year-over-year, and will have experience of endowment and planned giving. This is a chance for someone with a deep and demonstrated appreciation for the power and value of the arts and orchestral music to enhance the work of the TSO and its musicians, staff, stakeholders and audiences. A positive, results-oriented and passionate individual will thrive in this exciting opportunity and leave a lasting mark on Tucson’s arts community.
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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. TSO’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment during employment.
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. As of August 2, 2021, the administrative staff will return to working full-time from the Symphony Center offices. Candidates are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to hire.
Prior to submitting your application package for this position, please review it carefully for accuracy. TSO does verify academic credentials and references for its candidates, and frequently conducts background checks including work history before finalizing an offer.