Symphony Ball Director
Job Type


The Minnesota Orchestra is searching for a Symphony Ball Director to join our Development Team. The person filling this role is the staff leader for the annual gala, Symphony Ball, which raises over $1M to support the work of the Minnesota Orchestra. This position works collaboratively with Symphony Ball Chairs, a team of volunteers, musicians, and staff members from the Development, Events, Marketing, Volunteer, and Artistic staff teams. 

The chosen candidate will have the option to work from home or in Minnesota Orchestra office space in downtown Minneapolis. The Director will be required to attend occasional in-person staff meetings, volunteer committee meetings, and site visits in the Twin Cities metro area.


Minnesota Orchestra Values:

We believe every employee is essential to the success of the organization and critical to accomplishing our mission to enrich, inspire and serve our community.   Our working relationships are based on respect for each other as individuals, confidence in one another, and a genuine desire to actively listen and collaborate with each other. 

We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization that honors and reflects our community. We use music to communicate and bridge cultures, seeking to create, develop and nurture connections that allow our organization to authentically contribute to making the Twin Cities a more equitable community. We are also committed to recognizing inequities in our organization, industry and community, and to advancing the change that must happen. We are prioritizing work to disrupt our own role in systemic racism through programming, anti-racist learning projects and other endeavors.

Key Accountabilities:

Partner with distinguished volunteer Symphony Ball Chairs to:

  • Meet this premier event's fundraising, expense, and attendance goals. 
  • Ensure alignment with organizational and development goals.
  • Define theme, venue, entertainment, design, and collateral. 
  • Collaborate with board volunteers and staff members to meet corporate, table, and ticket sales goals.
  • Collaborate with event auctioneer, staff, and volunteers to ensure night-of fundraising is a success, considering a silent auction, live auction, and fund-the-music.
  • Define and empower the Chairs’ committee structure, roles, and responsibilities. 
  • Define the vision for the Patron Party, an event to thank patrons and elevate the excitement for the Ball.

Lead a cross-functional staff team to fulfill the Chairs’ vision and goals:

  • Ensure timelines are met and risks are managed.
  • Oversee the production of printed and digital collateral in collaboration with members of the Marketing and Development team.
  • Ensure timely reporting of revenue and expense budget and actuals.
  • Secure all Symphony Ball-related contracts, including venue, entertainment, designer, catering, transportation, and photographers.
  • Ensure all event registration information is properly documented in the CRM database and ensure the timely production and delivery of acknowledgment letters.
  • Work in collaboration with other staff to write scripts for all Symphony Ball-related events and any associated video scripts.
  • Implement the Patron Party, per the vision defined with the Ball Chairs.
  • Manage any contract staff hired to assist with Symphony Ball 

Ensure the success of the Symphony Ball the night of the event:

  • Ensure the evening production, run-of-show, and timelines are defined, staffed, and meeting goals.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers are trained and able to implement their responsibilities the night of the event.

Assist with non-Ball Development events throughout the year, as needed and when timing allows.

  • Ability to effectively partner with volunteer leadership and committee members.
  • Ability to effectively lead the cross-functional staff team.
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with colleagues, volunteers, board members, donors, musicians, and vendors.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Suite, specifically Excel, and Word.
  • Demonstrated experience using fundraising databases, preferably Tessitura.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically yet provide tactical execution of fundraising campaigns.
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects with great attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 8-10 years of event management and/or fundraising experience in a non-profit setting. 
  • Experience working with caterers, designers, and other event-related vendors.
  • Proven record of meeting and exceeding event fundraising goals.

The Minnesota Orchestra Association offers a flexible, hybrid work environment and robust, comprehensive, and competitive benefits package. By providing 90% of the health care premiums, as well as contributions to HSAs, dental, life, AD&D, and disability benefits, we support the health, well-being, and financial future of our employees and their families. To learn more about benefits and perks, including discounted parking and Metropasses, please visit our website:


The Minnesota Orchestral Association is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all applicable discrimination laws. We recruit, hire, train, and promote all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, status with regard to public assistance, or any other non-job related characteristic.

Salary Description
$74,000 - $79,000 annually