About Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Founded in 1974, Orchestra of St. Luke’s is one of New York City’s largest independent orchestras and is celebrated for its peerless interpretations of the classical music canon, the versatility its musicians, and for its agile business model in the evolving classical music field. 

The Orchestra performs over 80 concerts each year, provides a diverse array of music education experiences to thousands of New York City students and young musicians, and provides free concert and family programs throughout the city. The Orchestra operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, a 20,000 square-foot rehearsal, recording, performance, and education complex in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen that provides service to hundreds of artists and ensembles each year. 

Orchestra of St. Luke’s administrative staff numbers approximately 18 and has offices at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Vice President for Development

Reports to: President and Executive Director

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the search for a Vice President for Development.

The Vice President for Development will lead fundraising initiatives and play an active role in the organization’s strategic development. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in raising major gifts (five figures and above), possess superior communication skills, be adept at systems and procedures to support a successful development office, and have a track record of taking initiative and increasing contributed income.

The Vice President for Development leads a staff of four to raise $3.5 million in annual operating funds and an ongoing capital and endowment campaign through major and planned gifts. This position is an opportunity to be a key voice in planning organizational strategy along with a dynamic senior staff.

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is poised for growth through its unique business model and its engagement of broad communities throughout New York City. Major areas of focus are prospect development through increased audiences, collaboration with multi-disciplinary art forms, and engagement through its service at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

The Vice President for Development will manage a major donor pool that is impressive in capacity, inclination, and influence in New York’s world of cultural philanthropy. Between the Annual Fund and the Capital Campaign, there will be many opportunities to cultivate, solicit, and steward five-, six-, and seven-figure gifts. Considering the size of the orchestra’s budget, gifts of this magnitude will have a major impact on programming, and the Vice President for Development will have the fulfillment of seeing gifts blossom into high-impact programs.

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s President is an avid fundraiser and seeks a Vice President for Development who will be a strategic thought-partner, an external-facing spokesperson for the organization, and who will take the technical side of the shop to the next level. The Vice President for Development will have an important leadership voice in the planning stages of new projects and will work directly with trustees, donors, staff, musicians, and guest artists.

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and the Caramoor Summer Season. In its 42-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor.

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is recognized as an industry leader in innovation while taking the spotlight on the world’s most celebrated stages. The orchestra’s mission encompasses three areas: Performance; Education/Community; and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and is characterized by financial stability and the artistic flexibility to take advantage of opportunities.\

Ten years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in the performing arts in New York City, is required for this position.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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Development Manager, Individual Giving and Special Events

Reports to: Director of Development

Orchestra of St. Luke’s seeks an energetic and experienced development professional to manage Individual Giving and two annual fundraising events. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in fundraising, especially in membership programs and special events, and will be comfortable developing relationships with stakeholders as a front-facing staff member.

The Development Manager is a member of the Development team of four staff members raising more than $3 million annually for OSL and its home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (DMC), and an ongoing capital and endowment campaign. S/he supports the individual giving activities of the President & Executive Director and Director of Development, while maintaining his/her own portfolio. The Development Manager will have the opportunity to grow independently as a fundraising professional, and as a member of a dynamic team and organization.


  • With Director of Development, plan annual goals and strategies for growing the Annual Fund and managing events (both benefits and cultivation events)
  • Manage and execute all aspects of individual giving including research, prospect management, drafting compelling appeals, pulling lists and reports, donor credits, portfolio review, supporting materials, mailings, and stewardship
  • With Director of Development, manage annual OSL and DMC galas, including timeline, logistics, solicitation, printed materials, décor
  • Provide support at concerts and cultivation events as needed, as well as general backup office duties


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 3 years of experience in fundraising in an office setting, preferably in the New York City non-profit arts community
  • Detail-oriented with excellent follow through; ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks concurrently in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills
  • Team player and all hands on deck attitude, willing to pitch in where needed
  • Superior skills in Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar database
  • Interest in being an advocate for classical music

Compensation and benefits:

Salary range low to mid-40ks, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To apply:

Please follow these instructions: Send one-page résumé, cover letter with salary history, and 3 professional references as one PDF attachment by email to Vanessa Rose, Development Consultant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , subject line “Development Manager - [Your Last Name].” No phone calls please.