Employment at the QCSO

Below are the opportunities available at the Quad City Symphony. If you have an interest, please view the job description posted and then complete the Application Procedure. Thank you for visiting the QCSO website, we look forward to hearing from you!

Development Associate

The QCSO Association announces the following administrative opening: Development Associate


The Development Associate is a part time, 15 hour per week, non-exempt position responsible for assisting the Director of Development in the administrative aspects of fundraising and donor relations. The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and works with all QCSOA administrative staff members.


  • Fundraising
    • Assist Development Director with all phases of the Annual Fund campaign; scheduling, letter and email solicitation process, and acknowledgment process.
    • Assist Director of Development with the administration of individual and corporate donor benefits, and tracking.
    • Assist Director of Development with donor cultivation and stewardship.
    • Attend Development Committee meetings, record minutes, and report as needed.
    • Work with Development Committee to plan fund-raising and social events.
    • Assist with the development and production of all materials used to support the Association’s fundraising events and campaigns in coordination with the Director of Development and Director of Marketing.
    • Provide written copy and editing for Director of Development when needed.
    • Support Board of Trustees and Executive Director efforts to solicit contributions.
    • Liaise with Volunteers for Symphony on fundraising events and volunteer needs.
  • Patron Manager Database Administration
    • Enter donations daily into the database, including sponsorships and grants from individuals and businesses, whether cash, check, credit card, electronic transfer, stock, or in-kind.
    • Maintain database correspondence templates.
    • Create and provide tax receipts and acknowledgements for individual gifts and for recurring pledge donors at calendar year end.
    • Design and produce donation reports. Analyze data and monitor progress on fundraising campaigns.
    • Create new patron records as needed to accommodate donations.
  • Accounting
    • Receive incoming non-ticket cash and checks daily for date stamping and endorsing to three separate accounts.
    • Create deposit log packets for appropriate bank accounts and give to Finance
    • Consult with Director of Development regarding any donation clarification.
  • General
    • Attend and assist at all QCSO events as needed.
    • Keep abreast of recent research and best practices on fundraising and development.
    • Attend professional development luncheons, conferences, and seminars.
    • Attend other civic and cultural events in the community as relevant to duties.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Degree in Philanthropic Studies, Non-Profit Management or related field preferred.
  • 1-3 years development/fundraising experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with CRM database with Patron Manager/Salesforce preferred, and interest in continuing education.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of MailChimp helpful.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understand high level of discretion and ethics and be able to communicate examples of maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and ask questions when appropriate.
  • Consent to and ability to pass background and credit checks.

Compensation for this part time, 15 hour per week non-exempt position is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes a retirement savings option.


December 14, 2020 preferred, QCSOA administrative offices are closed between December 25 and January 1.


Please send a letter of intent and resume with three references* via email to: Steve Mohr, Director of Development, smohr@qcso.org, No phone calls please.

*References will remain strictly confidential and will only be contacted after an applicant has been invited to an in-person interview.


Applications will be paper-screened and those demonstrating superior qualifications will be invited to an in-person interview. QCSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The QCSOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. The QCSO strives to maintain a workplace that fosters mutual employee respect and promotes harmonious, productive working relationships. QCSO believes that discrimination and harassment in any form constitute misconduct that undermines the integrity of the employment relationship. Therefore, all employment decisions at the QCSOA are based on merit, individual qualifications, and job requirements, without regard to age, color, creed, physical or mental disability (including HIV-positive status), gender identity (including transgender or transsexual status), national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.  The QCSOA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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Membership in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is gained through an audition process. Auditions for open positions will be announced here. **THERE ARE NO CURRENT OPENINGS**

If you have any questions about auditioning for the QCSO, please email Marc Zyla, QCSO Personnel Manager.

Intern at the QCSO

We are always looking for unpaid interns seeking to learn in a non-profit environment.

Internships are available throughout the year. During the school year, interns must commit to at least two hours per day, once per week. When school is not in session, interns must commit to at least ten hours per week spread out over two to five days. Many of our interns work up to 20 hours per week. We do not allow unpaid interns to work more than 20 hours per week, except under a school sanctioned program. We have had interns from Augustana, St. Ambrose, Western Illinois University and other area educational institutions and, if you show genuine interest, they are happy to talk to you about their experiences.

Our interns have helped with subscriptions and ticketing, marketing flyers, a recycling initiative, advertiser and sponsor targeting, participated in the Quad City Chamber of Commerce’s Intern QC project, helped with youth music education programs, worked symphony events and helped with a variety of tasks required to surprise and delight our subscribers and ticket holders. The occasional lunches, free event tickets and lots of thanks is your reward along with solid, practical internship experience that can give you a leg up in the highly competitive job market. Many interns have also shared the benefit academically through course credits.

Are you interested? Please, email us sharing your thoughts or to learn more.

What our interns have to say…

As an accounting intern at the QCSO, I have learned what it means to be an accountant for a nonprofit organization. It’s not just about being the “money person”, it means working with all staff members in order to make the organization run more smoothly. As an intern, I have also been able to work on projects in other departments, giving me experience in working for a nonprofit as a whole. I absolutely love working for the Symphony because of the enthusiasm and encouragement that comes from all staff members. This internship has given me confidence in my passion for nonprofit work, and I plan to find a position working for a nonprofit when I graduate.

– Andrea Hult, Augustana College

As an intern at the QCSO, I have had many valuable experiences and have learned what it entails to run a non-profit organization. I have learned that a symphony is much more than the musicians and the music, and that there are many people and jobs behind the scene that makes a symphony performance and season run smoothly. I have had a chance to work in various departments and on various projects within the symphony, such as the marketing and box office departments, and learned the different aspects and jobs of these departments. I loved my time here at the symphony and love the enthusiasm, encouragement, and confidence that the staff members have in my abilities and ideas.

– Darian Auge, St. Ambrose University

I have had such a great time interning with the QCSO this past year. Music has always been a passion of mine and being able to combine that passion with my interest in non-profit organizations is amazing. I have learned much about what it takes to keep a non-profit organization running as well as many details of running a box office. I know this internship will benefit me in my future endeavors and I am very thankful for having had this opportunity.

– Paige Phelps, Augustana College


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