Major Gifts Officer

Job Type

Full Time




10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York
New York
United States


The New York Philharmonic seeks a Major Gifts Officer to identify, cultivate, and solicit potential major donors while building successful donor relationships and increasing annual support for the institution. As a member of the Development Team, the Major Gifts Officer collaborates with team members to ensure each donor is actively engaged in Philharmonic activities.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects.
  • Work to maintain a schedule of cultivation and solicitation with a portfolio of prospects and members of various giving groups devoted to the New York Philharmonic.  
  • Engage through a rigorous strategy system, identifying and cultivating new prospects as well as from the Philharmonic’s audience.
  • Draft correspondence and gift acknowledgements; other writing and administrative tasks as required.
  • Coordinate, manage and lead special donor sponsorship dinners, salons and other Patron and Major Gifts events, coordinating with Special Events team, Patron Services and Customer Relations.
  • Provide accurate and timely management of portfolio, along with developing unique and personal solicitation strategies, both written and direct, throughout the year. 
  • Work with Operations team to help manage membership services for individual donors; work in partnership with Manager, Development Database, on new analytical reports.
  • Participate in special events as needed.
  • Miscellaneous duties as required.

The ideal candidate will have a college degree with 5 to 7 years of experience serving and interacting with high level donors; outstanding written and verbal skills; be an excellent team player; strong time-management and organizational skills; relationship-building experience; creativity; ability to attend concerts and other events several evenings per week; enthusiasm for classical music. Foreign language knowledge and some international experience appreciated. Tessitura knowledge a plus.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Each season the Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies as well as with its digital recording series; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its varied education programs and expansive digital archive.


The New York Philharmonic offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, generous vacation and sick days, 403(b) plan match, commuter benefits, and more.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter along with your salary expectations to

No phone calls, please. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview.