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Development Associate

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Princeton, New Jersey, USA

The Development Associate supports all areas of fundraising for the PSO including assistance
with the coordinating of the annual Gala, Musicales, receptions and cultivation events as well as
providing support for the annual appeal, corporate, foundation and government grants,
endowment and planned giving programs. This position performs a wide variety of tasks and
confidential work including producing reports and correspondence related to donor activities
and creating and managing budgets for events and grant programs.

This position requires excellent customer relation skills in dealing with donors, volunteers, PSO
patrons, and employees as it will require general office administration services in addition to
those laid out for development. The ideal candidate is someone who will enjoy the opportunity
to make a big impact in many areas while working in a small office with a collegial team

Areas of Responsibility: 

Development Activity

  • Manage and Coordinate details of all special events, including Gala, Musicales,
    receptions, and cultivation events.
  • Support staff and Board in their efforts to obtain private donations: research, identify,
    cultivate, steward, and solicit existing and prospective donors.
  • Provide timely and accurate gift entry in compliance with IRS and PSO record
    maintenance standards, including preparation of acknowledgment correspondence.
  • Share responsibility for overseeing donor database, reporting, and analysis.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of donor appreciation and cultivation
    events and activities.
  • Assist in the design, production, and mailings of all fundraising appeals and other, donor
  • Maintain accurate donor listings.
  • Provide logistical support and scheduling for meetings of appropriate development
    related committees.

General Office Assistance

  • Staff all major PSO concerts and others as assigned to provide concert-related services to our patrons.
  • Assist other members of staff, taking photos at events, and acting as a runner when needed.
  • Manage the company’s Flickr account; editing, uploading, and archiving photos.
  • Assist in creating content and managing social media accounts.
  • Assist in taking and processing ticket orders by phone when needed.

Additional Job Functions

  • Be able to travel to/from multiple venues.
  • Capable of assisting with set-up; able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of two years of related experience.
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, project management skills, and the ability to plan, prioritize, and handle multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with a variety of constituents.
  • Proven ability to resolve conflicts and handle sensitive matters.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours at concerts and events.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and a clean driving record.


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Arts Administration.
  • Experience working for a non-profit and/or performing arts organization.
  • Patron Manager/Salesforce experience.
  • Knowledge of and passion for classical music/orchestral repertoire.

This is a full-time (exempt) position requiring regular evening and weekend work to cover PSO
concerts and events. Salary ranges from $40,000-48,000 and is commensurate with experience; benefits include health insurance and paid vacation.

How to Apply: 

Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Your letter will be
considered a sample of your writing. All applications will be treated as confidential. Electronic
submissions only – no phone calls. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the
position is filled.

Additional Information: 

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, the PSO will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Organization Info

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Princeton, New Jersey
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra creates opportunities for people in the greater Princeton area to experience excellent, innovative live music in many forms and venues, enhancing their appreciation for music and encouraging them to engage in the art form.


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents a six (6)-concert subscription series; additional Saturday evening performances; pops and holiday concerts; a chamber music series in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Study as well as other venues in the region; a lecture/presentation series in conjunction with the Princeton Public Library; an educational outreach program (BRAVO!); and is often contracted for fee-for-service engagements.

Awards & Accolades: 
Four-time National Endowment for the Arts grantee
Multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors: a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for Adventurous Programming
Member of the League of American Orchestras
Why Work For Us?: 

Through experiential, integrated programming such as the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's (PSO) fall 2013 Migration Series Project, the 35th Anniversary Season celebrating the creativity of women, and the recent Mango Suite Project featuring the collaborative work of composer Derek Bermel with author Sandra Cisneros, the PSO connects performances with themes and ideas that reinforce music’s essential role in the cultural and civic life of Princeton.

Now looking towards his tenth full season with the PSO, Music Director Rossen Milanov continues to take the orchestra to new artistic heights. Under Milanov’s direction, the PSO is praised for offering audiences “characteristically bold” performances; “the orchestra’s impassioned interpretations are one of its key strengths, and so is the programming itself” (The Star-Ledger, 2013). Mr. Milanov firmly believes in the PSO’s mission to deliver new classical music to its audiences; “he has worked to enhance the musical experience for what he called his ‘highly intelligent, sophisticated audience here’ by weaving additional learning opportunities into the group’s concerts” (The New York Times, 2014). His concert programs frequently feature the works of living composers who are introduced to the community through residencies and pre-concert talks.

The orchestra is widely recognized as one of the region’s finest music organizations. As a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community, the PSO regularly partners with the Princeton University Art Museum, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton Public Library, The Princeton Adult School, the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Garden Theatre in addition to dozens of Central New Jersey schools. The PSO has initiated additional partnerships with Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University and the Princeton Festival in 2016 and with American Repertory Ballet in 2017.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jul 2 2019
Active Until: 
Aug 2 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Princeton Symphony Orchestra