The Director of Development leads the SSO'S fund development programs and initiatives by strategically developing fund raising plans which integrates all types of giving into a comprehensive guide for the SSO’s financial success which align with the SSO's goals and objectives.
Working closely with the Board of Directors and the Executive and Music Directors, the DoD manages volunteers and staff in overseeing and executing all development efforts
Plan, manage, and implement all phases of AF campaigns including solicitation, acknowledgment,
record maintenance, benefit fulfillment
Secure Major Gifts: develop and update comprehensive case statement for support
Increase participation in Corporate sponsorship programs
Apply for Foundation and Government grant opportunities, and create and manage grants calendar
Expand Planned Giving opportunities, solicit individual donors and work with estate planning professionals.
Plan Development Events: galas, pre-/post-concert receptions
Responsible for timely, accurate and appropriate Stewardship; ensure gracious and accurate acknowledgement and recording of all contributions; timely fulfillment of all pledges
Budgeting and Planning
Assist the Board and ED in establishing appropriate and achievable goals for development initiatives and activities for each fiscal year
Establish a master calendar that outlines all fund-raising events; consult master calendars of local and regional arts organizations to avoid conflicts
Board of Directors
Report to the Board regularly on progress of all fund-raising events and campaigns
Working with the Chair of the Development Committee, build and manage the Development Committee
Recruit, mentor, supervise, motivate, evaluate and retain a high caliber development staff, interns and volunteers
Develop and administer all donor benefits programs in accordance with IRS guidelines
Provide periodic progress reports on all fund-raising initiatives; prepare listings and financial statements as needed by the Board and staff
Attend other civic and cultural events in the community; represent the SSO at public events as requested.
Attend evening and weekend concerts on regular basis, participate in special events, and be visible and active member of the community
Correspond and collaborate with the League of American Orchestras for understanding of best practices and gaining inspiration for new strategies
The successful candidate has a proven track record in all aspects as a Development professional and able to work directly with a Board of Directors. She or he will be a person of the highest integrity and ethical standards, and will have the demonstrated dedication to excellence, creativity, teamwork, and mutual respect.
S/he is a strategic thinker with strong planning, management, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated skills in problem-solving, setting priorities, delegating, giving guidance and direction, and coping with pressure and deadlines
Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree and/or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is preferred
Experience, aptitude, and interest in non-profits and experience in arts organizations preferred
Excellent communication skills in writing, in person
Knowledge in all aspects of fund-raising: donor research, annual giving, major gifts, grant writing, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, events, etc.
5-10 years’ experience, with demonstrated success in personally securing gifts up to $500,000
Proven ability to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
Additional Salary Information: Health insurance, long- and short-term disability, 503 (b) contributions, paid-vacation, sick, personal and comp time.
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About Springfield Symphony Orchestra
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is the cultural leader of Springfield and the Greater Pioneer Valley Region of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1944 thanks to the vision of its first conductor, Alexander Leslie, and the enthusiastic support of the local community, the SSO is now under the charismatic direction of its sixth Music Director, Kevin Rhodes, and is a fully professional orchestra. In a Hall which seats more than 2600 audience members, and performing with 72 tenured musicians we embark on many different concert series each season including classical, pops, chamber music, and youth concert series (serving approximately 4,000 elementary- and middle-school children). The SSO's mission is to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.