Chief Advancement Officer

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT LA PHIL: Redefining what an orchestra can be, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) is as vibrant as Los Angeles, one of the world’s most open and dynamic cities. Led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, this internationally renowned orchestra harnesses the transformative power of live music to build community, foster intellectual and artistic growth, and nurture the creative spirit.


Founded in 1919, the LA Phil is today the largest orchestral institution in America, taking audiences on sweeping musical journeys through electrifying performances, cutting-edge music education, and innovative community engagement programs. The LA Phil demonstrates a breadth and depth of programming unrivaled by other cultural institutions, performing and presenting concerts throughout the year at its two iconic venues—Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. The LA Phil serves over one million people annually at these venues through classical, pop, world music and jazz performances in a wide range of festivals, multimedia presentations and interdisciplinary programs.


The LA Phil reaches a diverse spectrum of children and their families through a wide range of unique local, regional and national education and community programs. The LA Phil supports the next generation of artists through its mentorship and community- and school-based orchestras and high school-aged composers. Led by Gustavo Dudamel, YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) serves more than 1,200 students in South LA, the Rampart District, Westlake/MacArthur Park, and East LA, providing free instruments, music training, and academic support. The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood (currently under construction), will be the first permanent, purpose-built facility for YOLA. Please click here for more details about the LA Phil’s education and community engagement initiatives.


FUNDING/DEVELOPMENT: The LA Phil’s current annual operating budget is approximately $136 million, the largest among American orchestras and among performing arts institutions nationally. In FY18, philanthropic income accounted for 29% of income, and earned revenues were 66% of income. The LA Phil has an endowment with a current market value of approximately $340 million. The organization is currently engaged in a $500 million Centennial Campaign (with $390 million pledged to date).


THE OPPORTUNITY: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Chad Smith, and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is involved at the highest level of strategic decision making for the LA Phil. The CAO will create and implement the strategy to generate and maximize contributed income for the LA Phil mission, strategy, and priorities. The CAO will lead both the annual campaign and the current Centennial Campaign. The CAO is an ambassador for the LA Phil and is expected to personally solicit visionary gifts at the highest levels. The CAO will lead, mentor, and inspire an exceptionally talented team of 37.


IDEAL Qualifications:

  • Credibility in the field. Success setting and exceeding ambitious philanthropic goals for a major not-for-profit organization.
  • Major capital campaign leadership experience.
  • Experience planning and leading a strategic, comprehensive advancement plan.
  • Front-line cultivator and solicitor of transformational, major, principal, and planned gifts.
  • Success working as a strategic advancement advisor to a CEO.
  • Experience working effectively with board members.
  • Creative, innovative, and able to devise new approaches to philanthropy.
  • Able to foster, enhance, and expand relationships with existing donors and to influence and tap new, diverse supporters.
  • Knowledgeable about current and evolving trends in philanthropy, including emerging tactics and technology.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative, inclusive, team-driven approach institution-wide.
  • Skilled manager, mentor and team builder.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Familiarity with the Southern California philanthropic community.
  • Flexibility and willingness to attend concerts, tour with the Orchestra, and participate in evening and weekend activities. A significant portion of time will be spent at the Hollywood Bowl during the summer season.
  • Passion for the arts is a must. A deep knowledge of or familiarity with classical music is beneficial.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a relevant advanced degree is a plus.


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The Los Angeles Philharmonic is an equal opportunity employer.

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