The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association in the search for a Vice President of Development.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association seeks an exceptional and experienced individual to serve in the critically important role of Vice President of Development. As a member of the Orchestra's senior management team and reporting to the President and CEO, Dr. Keith Cerny, the Vice President of Development will establish and achieve annual fundraising goals totaling approximately $6 million, in addition to planned giving and endowment fundraising. The Vice President of Development will work with the President and CEO and an engaged and dedicated Board of Directors to design, implement, and develop the funding resources necessary to support the Orchestra's mission. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts, together with proficiency in team management and program building. The position manages a full-time staff of four.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has grown to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United States, with an annual budget of $13.5 million, a 200+ concert season, and a $25 million endowment fund. The Orchestra attracts music lovers of all ages with a ten-concert Symphonic Series, a seven-concert Pops Series, several Blockbuster Specials, and a three-day Composer Festival each year at Bass Performance Hall. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has transcended the dream held by its founders in 1912 when they assembled a group of musicians to create what is now one of the community’s greatest assets. Since its beginnings, the Orchestra has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts.
Today, the FWSO is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of more than 200,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Over the last 18 seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the FWSO into an ensemble that is admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement.
As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts. The FWSO is recognized nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall, and the Texas Ballet Theater. The Orchestra's annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in the United States, attracting an annual audience of more than 40,000. Adventures in Music, the Orchestra's education and outreach program, inspires, educates, and entertains 70,000 children through more than 100 engaging programs each year in Fort Worth and across the state of Texas.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra embraces equal opportunity and diversity. It is committed to building a leadership team and an organization that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
The Vice President of Development will:
• develop and monitor the annual fundraising plan based on different giving levels across the donor lifecycle (e.g. prospects, early donations, major gifts, endowment, and legacy gifts); • plan and oversee all fundraising activities, including annual fund campaign, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, endowment, and special events; • develop and implement strategies to meet the FWSO's general operating, endowment, planned giving, and special project funding priorities; • working with the President and CEO and key members of Board, cultivate and solicit individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies capable of making major annual gifts, as well as planned and endowment gifts; • implement a comprehensive donor stewardship program including an acknowledgement plan, donor recognition events, and donor communications; • develop close working relationships with individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations in North Texas and beyond; • work closely on Board development and fundraising with the Board Secretary; • attend FWSO events regularly to develop sustained relationships contact with donors and prospects; • collaborate with various board committees, including Development, Circles of the Symphony, Brooks Morris Society (planned giving), Gala, and the Notables; • manage major events (e.g. season opening, gala); and • motivate, develop, and retain existing development personnel.
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association seeks a Vice President of Development with:
• an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to identify successful models that can be adapted to the FWSO; • the ability to build philanthropic and community support consistent with FWSO's stature in the cultural landscape; • knowledge of and experience in implementing best practices in philanthropy as well as knowledge of current and emerging fundraising approaches that will broaden the base of support; • knowledge of classical music and music education; • experience with the Fort Worth philanthropic community (preferred); • experience with Tessitura (preferred); • the ability to be a team-player and effective partner with marketing and education departments, and other members of the senior staff; • outstanding written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, impeccable attention to detail, and technological savvy; and • strong social and interpersonal skills, a high energy level, unquestioned integrity and discretion, a passion for the mission of the Orchestra, and a good sense of humor.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of development experience in the arts, including three or more years of supervisory experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
About Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association has grown to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United States, with an annual budget of $13.5 million, a 200+ concert season, and a $25 million endowment fund. The FWSO attracts music lovers of all ages with a ten-concert Symphonic Series, a seven-concert Pops Series, several blockbuster Specials, and a five-week outdoor summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, that attracts more than 40,000 attendees from 28 states.