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Nothing is more rewarding than working with music and talented musicians. Join the New World Symphony family, be a part of Miami's explosive cultural growth. Specific information about job qualifications, responsibilities, compensation, benefits and application procedures for each available position may be found below. These positions are open to all qualified candidates, the New World Symphony is a not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. Please be sure to check on the availability of positions from time to time as this section of the NWS website will reflect current job vacancies. Interested candidates may also submit their résumés to be maintained on file for consideration in openings applicable to positions not listed below.

Current Employment Opportunities

Senior Vice President for Development

DEPARTMENT: Executive / Development
REPORTS TO: President and Chief Executive Officer


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, in the search for a Senior Vice President for Development.

The successful candidate will set and oversee strategy to secure a minimum of $10 million per year for annual operations. In conjunction with this annual fund, the Senior Vice President will design and execute a combined endowment and major gift campaign over the next five years with a goal of at least $75 million. The campaign will be directed toward major program development, endowment, and technology upgrades. Donors will be local and national.

The New World Symphony (NWS) has a high-functioning senior team that creates institutional strategies around a dynamic curriculum, experimentation with digitally based artistic and educational expression, new audience engagement, and public/private partnerships. As a member of the senior staff, the SVP Development is an integral part of this management team.

The NWS is a three-year fellowship program with the mission of training gifted graduates of distinguished music schools for leadership roles in the field of classical music. Under the artistic direction of NWS Founder Michael Tilson Thomas, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists, and coaches. The program is in its 27th year and has nearly 1,000 alumni who are making a difference in orchestras, ensembles, and educational institutions around the globe. NWS has a unique experiential curriculum. As an R&D resource for the orchestral field, it is known for innovative initiatives that explore how music is taught, presented, and experienced.

New World Symphony pursues its work in a state-of-the-art campus designed by Frank Gehry equipped with sophisticated digital infrastructure and connectivity. NWS’ annual operating budget is $15.5M, and its endowment just passed $100M.


The leaders and alumni of the New World Symphony are playing a critical role in shaping the future of classical music around the world. The SVP Development will have the opportunity to build on past fundraising efforts and accomplishments and to engage a broader patron base. NWS’ innovation and experimentation allow donors to engage across the country and beyond. Current momentum is palpable; recent examples range from the opening of NWS’ new campus in 2011 to a widely celebrated collaboration with the Knight Foundation focused on the work of John Cage. Sitting in the audience for a WALLCAST™ Concert, the new SVP Development will find her/himself surrounded by a diverse and highly engaged audience, inspired to expand the impact that this unique and exceptionally important organization and its philanthropic partners can have in the orchestral field.


The successful candidate will:

  • understand institution-wide priorities and strategic planning;
  • oversee all development efforts including strategic direction, budgeting, and management, utilization, and engagement of Trustees in development efforts;
  • supervise the Vice President of Development and full development staff of 12;
  • ensure Development staff participation in goal setting;
  • manage over 100 campaign prospects, individuals, foundations, and national corporations;
  • identify prospects and secure gifts of $1,000,000 and above;
  • oversee development vendors related to campaign;
  • create a vibrant and productive Board Development committee, including sub-committees for special campaigns and events;
  • monitor development expenses and budgeting;
  • supervise the efficiency and accuracy of Tessitura development database, analysis, donor research, and cultivation/stewardship plans;
  • work with Vice President of Development and Director of Special Events to identify, secure, and support Gala chairs;
  • utilize Fellows in development efforts;
  • regularly report on status of fundraising to senior staff and Board;
  • serve as spokesperson for NWS press opportunities related to development; and
  • ensure accordance with best practices and professional standards.


The successful Senior Vice President for Development will be highly people-oriented with an empathetic disposition and a donor-focused approach. The SVP Development will expend considerable energy understanding the needs of donors and will actively advocate for their interests. This individual will be a skilled communicator who exhibits a level of comfort and engagement with diverse stakeholders and is able to generate enthusiasm for NWS’ many programs. The successful candidate should demonstrate ability to initiate and sustain momentum without close supervision and must exhibit a polished presence, diplomacy, discretion as well as a deep respect and understanding of donor and Trustee relations.

In addition, the successful candidate will have:

  • broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising with a track record of building new donor relationships with prospects, Trustees, and volunteers, resulting in gifts;
  • an ability to develop and implement effective donor strategy and messaging;
  • interest in and dedication to promoting NWS’ mission and priorities;
  • music/arts background and deep knowledge of the Miami philanthropic community; and
  • technological acumen including current use of Excel, Word, Outlook, internet research, social media, and donor software.

A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is a minimum of seven years of development experience including proven major gifts success with five and six-figure gifts and having managed a capital campaign of $50M greater. A Master’s degree is desirable. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.


A highly competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an extensive benefits package are provided.


The New World Symphony, American’s Orchestral Academy, is located in the historic Art Deco District of South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. In keeping with NWS’ community commitment, the New World Center is part of a private/public partnership with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach. Its campus, the New World Center, exists at the heart of the City Center Redevelopment Project, a joint venture to inject new vitality into the downtown neighborhood of Miami Beach’s 17th Street Corridor, located just two blocks from the ocean. New World Center is just behind Lincoln Road Mall, one of the highest foot traffic shopping areas in the Southeast.

The success of Art Basel Miami Beach, the opening of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and the construction of Museum Park all point to a new era for Miami. NWS has built on this momentum, changing the perception of being in a region only known for sun and surf. Miami Beach is now recognized as a world-class cultural destination.


Before sending your résumé for this position, please read it over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, visit: http://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com.

To nominate a candidate, please contact Ron Schiller: ronschiller@aspenleadershipgroup.com.

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Marketing Manager

DEPARTMENT: Communications
REPORTS TO: Director of Audience Development


The Marketing Manager will participate in the many processes of promoting the organization, its programs and concerts through advertising, public relations, research, promotions and ticket sales. The Marketing Manager will work within the Communications Department along with members of the Development, Artistic Operations, Community Engagement and Musician Advancement departments to advance and complete projects as assigned.


BA in communications, marketing or a related field. Ability to interact effectively as a team player with a variety of people; excellent written and oral communication skills; highly organized with attention to detail and quality across numerous simultaneous projects in a demanding, multi‐activity work environment; ability to work well under pressure; persistence, perseverance, tenacity and integrity; proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database usage. Tessitura and Google Analytics experience, knowledge of classical music and fluency in Spanish a plus. Ideal candidate will be motivated for both personal and organizational success.


  • In consultation with the Director of Audience Development, manage production of various projects within specified timeframes, including collateral, advertising, merchandise and materials for other departments within the organization. This includes obtaining approvals on all publications and organizational collateral with all departments as applicable
  • Establish relationships with NWS vendors for advertising, direct mail and other functions as appropriate. Deliver completed advertising and other necessary materials as required by NWS promotion plans
  • Serve as primary data hub for the marketing department, provide regular reports on website traffic and digital campaign tracking via Google Analytics, MixPanel and Tessitura
  • Collaborate closely with the Development department for strategic initiatives and marketing support, specifically for Friends of NWS, NWS’ annual Gala, corporate giving and ad hoc, broad‐based annual fund campaigns
  • In consultation with the Vice President for Communications, Director of Audience Development and other staff as appropriate, develop and execute a digital media campaign aligning with NWS strategic goals and initiatives. This includes social media, promotional emails and web development strategy
  • Serve as one of several NWS representatives at a variety of NWS concert events throughout the season, including managing informational tables at NWS WALLCAST™ Concerts and NWS concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center
  • Support research efforts as needed in areas such as recruiting, creation of materials, survey distribution and data collection
  • Maintain content of NWS plasma screens and other projected materials throughout the New World Center. This includes posting new plasma assets, coordinating sponsor recognition on plasmas and in concert hall, and alerting appropriate staff of the need to update content in a timely manner
  • Under direction of the Director of Audience Development, maintain expense logs and fulfill invoice payments through regular submission of purchase orders. Regularly consult with the Director of Audience Development regarding state of marketing‐related expenses
  • All other duties as assigned


Negotiable subject to budgetary parameters. Extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short‐ and long‐term disability and life insurance; paid vacation, personal, sick and designated holiday leave; employer‐matched 401k plan and parking privileges.


E‐mail cover letter and resume to marketing@nws.edu by August 5, 2015. No phone calls, please.

Development Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Development
REPORTS TO: Director of Special Events


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assist in or lead the coordination and execution of New World Symphony’s wide array of events, including the annual Gala, post-concert receptions, patron luncheons, Family Affair benefit, Friends of NWS events, corporate events and more.


  • Coordinate event logistics
  • Create & maintain event attendance lists
  • Manage event expense processing, including budget reconciliation
  • Manage the production & mailing of invitations, solicitation materials, thank-you letters & post-event follow-up
  • Maintain event information in the Tessitura database and hard files
  • Compile event meeting agendas and minutes
  • Occasional event management support of New World Center rental events that present cultivation opportunities
  • Work closely with Director of Guest Services to ensure front of house staffing for events
  • Assist the Director of Corporate Development and Friends of NWS to execute event logistics

Assist the Director with:

  • Creating event timelines
  • Vendor relations - serve as vendor liaison and maintain vendor files
  • Donor relations


  • Reports to the Director of Special Events
  • Supports the Director of Corporate Development and Friends of NWS
  • Regular interaction with the entire Development Department


  • Bachelor’s degree; knowledge and appreciation of classical music preferred
  • Two+ years of experience in event execution, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Strong written & oral communication skills; ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals, ranging from patrons to vendors and sponsors, etc.
  • Excellent computer aptitude in, but not limited to: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word; experience using Tessitura or other database software; experience using ArtsVision or other scheduling software
  • Organizational skills; capable of juggling many details in a fast-paced environment
  • Keen attention to detail

Many events will require non-traditional office hours that include nights & weekends during season. The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Salary commensurate with experience; extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability and life insurance; paid vacation, personal, sick and designated holiday leave; employer-matched 401k plan.

Submit cover letter and résumé to Jack Mizutani, Director of Special Events, at Jack.Mizutani@nws.edu . Job will be posted on nws.edu until position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Part-Time Production Technician (on call when needed)

DEPARTMENT: Artistic Programming
REPORTS TO: Technical Director
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt (hourly)


This is an on call as needed position with no guarantee of hours. This position will require upon hiring, a drug test and criminal background check


Minimum of two years of theatrical production experience or two years of course studies in theater; basic knowledge of orchestral layouts, staging, audio, lighting or video; ability to interact effectively with other team members with variety of personalities; attention to detail and to the highest standards of theatrical production and concert presentation.

  • Assist full time technical staff
  • Set up and take down of various technical systems to include, lighting, staging, audio and video
  • Load equipment and cases; Drive truck for events at the New World Center and transportation of equipment
  • Set the stage according to the conductor’s specifications and provide the best possible working environment for the musicians
  • Work flexible hours, to be determined by the Technical Director, that include normal business hours, evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Performs all other duties as assigned


One or more of the following is required:

  • Knowledge of staging set up
  • Basic knowledge of stage lighting set ups; knowledge of the GrandMA, ETC and Vari*Lites is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of audio set ups; knowledge of the Digico D1 Live, and Lectrosonics microphone wireless system is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of video projectors and software; knowledge of the Coolux/Pandora’s Box, Sony Ex3 Camera’s, Telemetrics robotic camera system, and/or a Grass Valley Kayak switcher is a plus


The physical and working demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary and environmental characteristics present to successfully perform the essential functions of the Part-Time Production Technician. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Part-Time Production Technician. The Part-Time Production Technician is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is constantly required to exert various types of physical exertion, such as prolonged reaching, bending, kneeling, and lifting. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The Part-Time Production Technician works in indoor and outdoor work settings with mild to adverse exposure to environmental hazards and must be able to climb stairs and ladders and walk long distances to access all areas of the facility. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild to loud. The employee in this position works in varying settings and will be subject to noise and atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odor, dust, etc.

Many events will require non-traditional office hours that include nights & weekends during season. The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Salary commensurate with experience

Submit cover letter and résumé to wquirk@nws.edu by January 31, 2015. No phone calls, please.


Co-founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, is a dynamic, internationally recognized post-graduate educational institution with a mission to prepare gifted graduates of top music schools for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. NWS Fellows are challenged by a demanding course of practical training, performances and instructional activities intended to develop the full complement of skills and qualifications required of musicians in the 21st century. The three-year fellowship program offers a wide range of performance and educational opportunities in both domestic and international venues. The New World Symphony's success may be measured in part by the careers of its hundreds of alumni who have attained positions with professional orchestras and ensembles throughout America and around the world.

During the 2010-11 season, the New World Symphony inaugurated its new Frank Gehry-designed campus—a laboratory for the way classical music is taught, presented and experienced—in the heart of Miami Beach's Art Deco district. A highlight of the new campus is its unprecedented integration of technology into educational, rehearsal and performance spaces. An iconic concert auditorium features a nearly 360-degree projected video and lighting capability; a large additional complement of theatrical lighting; nine robotic cameras and an HD media suite; and top-of-the-line audio recording and sound reinforcement equipment. The campus also includes seven video, lighting and audio design and post-production studios. Some articles about the new building and its opening can be found here: