Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA supports an array of programs for Lincoln Center Education including its community and family programming.  


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic are partnering to build a concert hall that will deliver the music experience of the future in a venue that will rank with the best in the world.

The former Avery Fisher Hall – now David Geffen Hall in honor of Mr. Geffen’s $100 million gift – will be transformed into a great concert venue, worthy to be the home of the world-class New York Philharmonic. Combining inspiring architecture, acoustic excellence, technological innovation, and rich media, our goal is to provide nothing less than the most superior classical music and performance experience – not only for the hall’s live concert audience, but also for people the world over, invited to join us through the most advanced and varied streaming technologies. A welcoming civic space, David Geffen Hall will engage with and enrich the community – both ticket-holding audiences and culturally curious visitors.


The Senior Manager for Major Gifts reports to the Associate Director of the David Geffen Hall Campaign. The primary purpose of this position is to secure funds for the David Geffen Hall Campaign. He/she will help to manage and augment a group of qualified donors assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to Lincoln Center and are upgraded in their giving and involvement. The DGH Campaign team works closely with the New York Philharmonic on this collaborative initiative and leverages support resources offered by the Lincoln Center Planning and Development department, which focuses on annual giving. These resources include prospect research, events management, and database maintenance. The campaign team supports the solicitation efforts of a dedicated committee of LCPA Board members, including the Chairman of Lincoln Center.


•    In partnership with the Associate Director, support the work of the Executive Director and the David Geffen Hall Campaign Committee in all aspects of campaign fundraising;
•    Identify and qualify potential campaign donors – primarily individual, and occasionally institutional funders;
•    Determine appropriate individual goals for each prospect based on his/her history of giving and capacity;
•    Develop recommended engagement strategies for top prospects and ensure timely execution of individually tailored plans so that current donors are retained, new donors commit, and all remain interested and excited by the project;
•    Work with Associate Director to prepare agendas, briefing memos, and other preparatory or follow up materials to support the DGH Campaign Committee, key volunteers, and the Executive Director;
•    Work with the campaign team to plan and execute a robust calendar of varied cultivation events and opportunities;
•    Serve as primary point person on a planned donor cultivation initiative – an international study tour program;
•    Help Associate Director to manage the campaign prospect pipeline and ensure timely activity and progress toward campaign goals and benchmarks;
•    Manage and maintain the donor database, and prepare regular activity and financial reports on campaign progress;
•    Other campaign activities as may be required.



•    Five to ten years of development experience, preferably in individual giving, and a familiarity with capital campaigns;
•    A strong appreciation for the arts, especially music;
•    Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
•    Must possess strong organizational and analytical skills and pay close attention to details;
•    A strong customer service ethic and high expectations for quality;
•    Proficient in fundraising software (Lincoln Center uses Clearview), MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
•    Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.



Please submit a resume and cover letter (with salary requirements and outlining your interest in Lincoln Center) to the [email protected] inbox. Submissions without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Please list: Senior Manager, Major Gifts, DGH Campaign in the subject line.

Internal Candidates should contact a member of the Human Resources Department directly.
Lincoln Center is an equal opportunity employer.