Employment Opportunity

Development and Community Engagement Associate

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural cornerstone in South Central Alaska for over 70 years.  What began as a small dedicated group of musicians has grown to an 80 member paid orchestra renowned for its artistic integrity and penchant for innovation.   The Anchorage Symphony is committed to excellence in presenting great music and making it accessible to everyone.  We embrace our role as an Alaska orchestra and in expressing that unique perspective in our work.

The mission of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, engage and educate the community through the live performance of great music.

Using the performance tradition of the symphony orchestra in innovative ways, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra engages the community through performances, collaborations and education, and enriches the community’s artistic and cultural life.

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra’s mission is based on fundamental values or principles:
1.   Great music has the power to positively influence lives, and the symphonic  tradition
must be preserved for future generations.
2.    A co-operative spirit of community building is created and enhanced through the shared experience of live performance to an ever expanding and diverse audience.
3.    The commitment to act with integrity leads to a successful and an enduring organization.
4.    The pursuit of excellence in all facets of the organization will encourage and facilitate growth.
5.    Innovation is the driving force for artistic vibrancy and to building new pathways of access for the people of our community to experience their orchestra.
The vision of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is Great Music for Every Life.


The Development and Community Engagement Associate’s primary responsibility is the implementation of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra’s fundraising/development objectives, policies and plans and will assist the Executive Director in implementing programs that create and sustain pathways of participation by our community with its Orchestra. 



In counsel with the Executive Director, the Development and Community Engagement Associate will perform the following Development responsibilities:

•    Assist Executive Director in coordinating all fundraising activities and in preparing proposals, appeals, applications and reports for private, foundation, corporate and government agency support.

•    Assist members of the ASO Board of Directors, Anchorage Symphony League, and associated fundraising committees with Board and League sponsored fundraising activities including but not limited to special events, fund drives and concessions.

•    Assist in the implementation of planned giving and endowment campaigns.

•    Research new funding sources and funding opportunities.

•    Maintain and/or supervise the maintenance of a computerized donor tracking system.  Record all donor transactions and maintain accurate records of all cash gifts, pledges, in-kind contributions and corporate matching gifts.

•    Coordinate all donor acknowledgments and pledge reminders.

•    Coordinate donor incentive programs and activities.

Community Engagement Programs

The Development and Community Engagement Associate will assist the Executive Director in coordinating education programs such as Young People’s Concerts and Coaching Programs and in coordinating community engagement activities such as free concerts, free ticket programs, etc.

General Office Duties

•    Attend all Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee meetings and others as required.

•    Provide training and supervision to volunteers as requested by the Executive Director.

•    Attend and assist with all ASO events and concerts as required.

•    General office duties including but not limited to public interfacing, ticket renewals and sales, answering telephone, proof reading, typing, filing, etc.

•    Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, time management and organizational skills a must
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be able to effectively interact with multiple constituencies including Board, patrons, staff, and institutional and individual donors
  • Candidates must have a passion for the performing arts
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Ability to operate in a PC network environment; familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on projects and assignments
  • Must reside in the Anchorage/Mat Su area, have valid driver’s license and an automobile, and must be able to lift 40 pounds. 

Preferred Qualifications
  •    Professional experience with a symphony or other performing arts organization
•    An established and successful track record in fundraising
•    Experience and transferable skills necessary to effectively implement a fundraising plan
•    An understanding of marketing and promotions practices
•    Action-oriented, decisive, quick study with proven ability to accurately analyze information and must be able to act independently and take initiative
•    An outgoing personality, optimistic attitude and the ability to provide superior customer service
•    Responds to challenges with tenacity, integrity and patience

Reporting, Salary, and Benefits

Reports to:   Executive Director
Position is full-time, exempt, permanent position.  Benefits include parking, paid vacation beginning at 2 weeks per year, annual sick leave, salary reduction program (403 B retirement).  Salary DOE
Concert and special event tickets to all ASO activities are paid for by employer.

Application Instructions
Position is open immediately - don't delay!

•    A cover letter including salary requirements
•    Resume
•    List of three references
•    Writing Sample: Compose a blog post (500 words or less) describing how the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra impacts our community.  

To:    Sherri Burkhart Reddick, Executive Directorr - aso@youraso.org  

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The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is funded, in part, by the Atwood Foundation, Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation , Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Assembly, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and through the generosity of many individuals and corporate community leaders.
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