Development Events Manager

  • 1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Mission: The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance.

One of Tennessee’s largest and longest-running nonprofit performing arts organizations, the Nashville Symphony has been an integral part of the Music City sound since 1946. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 83-member ensemble performs 170 concerts annually, with a focus on contemporary American orchestral music. It is one of the most active recording orchestras in the U.S. and has earned a total of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations.

Education and community engagement have been at the core of the Nashville Symphony’s mission since its founding. Each year the organization reaches 60,000 children and adults with more than 20 free or low-cost programs, including Young People’s Concerts for K-12 students, sectional lessons with band and orchestra students and free Community Concerts.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s home since 2006, is widely considered one of the world’s finest acoustical venues. Named in honor of former music director Kenneth Schermerhorn and located in the heart of Nashville’s booming downtown.

In addition to its classical and education programming, the Nashville Symphony offers a wide variety of performances, including pop, rock, jazz, country and family concerts. Schermerhorn Symphony Center has become an in-demand venue for artists including Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Alabama, and Boyz II Men, all of whom have performed with the Nashville Symphony. The orchestra also performs regularly at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

Job Description

  • Serve as point person for one of the two premier fundraising events - the Symphony Ball or the Fashion Show - and collaborate with team members for all other Development Events (including Founders Hall receptions)
  • Develop and track budgets and timelines for the Symphony Ball, Fashion Show, and others as assigned
  • Oversee and accomplish weekly/monthly event task timeline, including BEO (Banquet Event Order)/EPOs (Event Production Outline) and event logistics for all Development Department events
  • Foster collaborative relationships with event chairs, providing both administrative assistance and creative thought to their efforts
  • Establish and maintain a consistent process for fact-reporting to Development Department leads for the purpose of cultivation and research
  • Strengthen relationships between NSO and event investors with regular and positive interaction
  • Assist in providing detailed progress and revenue reports to the VP of Development
  • Maintain complete working files of current and past events


  • College Degree required (or a relevant combination of education and experience)
  • Two (2) plus years of related experience and a proven track record of success
  • Experience in Nashville-area non-profit or event organizations preferred
  • Strong relationship building skills – ability to communicate effectively and thoughtfully
  • Stellar organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to schedule priorities to maximize efficiency and institutional goals
  • Ability to comprehend and experience managing a budget
  • Must have strong competency with Microsoft Office products (Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and have the capacity to learn new software application programs as required
  • Tessitura experience is a plus
  • Ability to work as a team member with a positive, helpful attitude in developing creative response and solutions to needs and issues
  • Ability to work independently and use independent judgment while keeping supervisor informed of work activity and issues

Additional Information


The Nashville Symphony prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


The Nashville Symphony is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which maintains that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. If you have questions concerning the Nashville Symphony’s compliance with Title VI, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources and our Local Title VI Coordinator, Ashley Skinner.

This company is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and company policy, smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of company property.