Oregon Symphony


About Oregon Symphony

Employment Opportunities

The Oregon Symphony is the sixth oldest major orchestra in the United States and one of the largest arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest, performing over 70 concerts per year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland and providing a wide array of musical educational offerings for all ages.

The orchestra is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative symphony orchestras in the nation. On May 12, 2011 the Oregon Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival. Writing in the June 6th issue of the New Yorker, critic Alex Ross called our performance "the highlight of the festival and one of the most gripping events of the current season."

Events Coordinator

The Oregon Symphony seeks a full-time Events Coordinator to partner with leadership on high-profile donor engagement events for Portland’s largest performing arts organization.  Position reports to the VP for Development and is responsible for planning and execution of a portfolio of events including our signature annual Gala, which last year grossed $870,000. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all aspects of special events including: announcement and invitations, tracking responses and payments, event collateral and day of event materials, venue set-up and preparedness, site research and reservations, and other event logistics including on-site set-up, registration, coordination and follow-up.
  • Coordinate with other departments on event details as needed, including event timelines, and appearances by OSA conductors, musicians, staff, Board members and guest artists at events.
  • Establish and maintain relationship with site vendors, catering companies, and other event related material suppliers.
  • Manage Gala committee and coordinate with other volunteers, including Friends of the Oregon Symphony, on events as appropriate.
  • Maintain departmental events calendar.
  • Maintain event and donor information in Tessitura development database.
  • Function as a member of the Development team, participating in staff meetings, planning processes, and collaborating with other Symphony staff as needed.

Understanding of the fundraising environment and 2-4 years of related experience. Experience with use of fundraising database essential; Tessitura experience a plus.  Working knowledge of Miscrosoft Office suite of programs and event budgeting process.  Associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

The right candidate for this opportunity will bring a high level of independence and responsibility, in combination with the ability to work collaboratively across departments and with volunteers/donors.  Position requires excellent skills in written and spoken communication, organization, productivity, creativity, and diplomacy, as well as ability to work effectively and gracefully under pressure.

Please read the full job description.

Review of applications will begin October 11, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

To inquire, please submit a cover letter, resume and names of three professional references to careers@orsymphony.org. No phone inquiries, please.

Oregon Symphony Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is recognized for its internationally-acclaimed conductors, skilled musicians, diverse performances and outstanding education and community engagement programs. Our mission is sharing live performances with the people in our region.