The San Francisco Symphony is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the United States, celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. In the 2020–21 season, the San Francisco Symphony welcomed conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its twelfth Music Director and embarked on a new vision for the present and future of the orchestral landscape. This exciting artistic future builds on the remarkable 25-year tenure of Michael Tilson Thomas as the San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director. Tilson Thomas continues his rich relationship with the Symphony as its first Music Director Laureate. In their inaugural season together, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony have introduced a groundbreaking artistic leadership model anchored by eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural disciplines: Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and Esperanza Spalding. This group of visionary artists, thinkers, and doers joins with Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony to chart a new course of experimentation by collaborating on new ideas, breaking conventional rules, and creating unique and powerful experiences. The San Francisco Symphony presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 450,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through its national and international touring. A cornerstone of the organization's mission, the San Francisco Symphony's education programs are the most extensive offered by any American orchestra today, providing free comprehensive music education to every first- through fifth- grade student in the San Francisco public schools, and serving more than 75,000 children, students, educators, and families annually.
The San Francisco Symphony’s recordings have won such awards as France's Grand Prix du Disque and Britain's Gramophone Award, as well as 16 Grammy Awards. San Francisco Symphony radio broadcasts, the first in the nation to feature symphonic music when they began in 1926, today carry the Orchestra's concerts across the country. In 2004, the SFS launched the multimedia Keeping Score on PBS-TV and online and in 2014, the San Francisco Symphony inaugurated SoundBox, an experimental performance venue and music series located backstage at Davies Symphony Hall. February 2021 saw the launch of SFSymphony+, the San Francisco Symphony’s on-demand video streaming service. For more information, visit sfsymphony.org.
The Annual Giving Officer, Baton Circle (AGOBC) reports to the Senior Giving Officer, Maestro’s Circle and is a member of the Individual Giving Team. The AGOBC is a frontline fundraiser responsible for managing a portfolio of 90-100 Major Gift and Planned Giving prospects that collectively contribute $1.5M - $3.5M annually to the Annual Fund, as well as contributions to Special Projects, Planned Giving, and a comprehensive campaign. The AGOBC is also responsible for the fundraising strategy for the Symphony’s Baton Circle, a group of donors contributing $2,500-$14,999 and bringing in approximately $3 million annually. The AGOBC serves on a team of three who oversee the fundraising strategy for the Symphony’s three giving levels: Friends, Baton Circle, and Maestro’s Circle.
Manage a Major Gift and Planned Giving portfolio of 90-100 households through identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship totaling $1.5M - $3.5M annually.
Ensure prospect portfolio is routinely updated with contact reports, moves management, and documentation of milestones in the donor’s relationship with the Symphony.
Plan, implement, and evaluate annual strategy for the Baton Circle, including renewal, new acquisition, upgrades, and additional gift requests, as well as strategic benefits and fulfilment.
Create and maintain excellent donor relations. Collaborate with the stewardship and development operations staff on all membership events and benefits, campaign premiums, stewardship activities, and other membership communications.
With the Deputy Director, Development and Individual Giving and the Senior Giving Officer, Maestro’s Circle, govern Baton Circle current and future expenses and revenue and regularly communicate progress toward goal, current strategies, and ROI.
With the Senior Giving Officer, Maestro’s Circle and the Annual Giving Officer, Baton Circle, develop a comprehensive, integrated strategy for the movement of donors between the three giving levels to meet income goals and grow the overall donor base.
Work collaboratively with other Development staff (primarily Prospect Management and Research, New Philanthropy, and Legacy Giving) to identify new prospects and coordinate strategic cultivation and solicitation steps and activities.
Author and/or edit funding proposals, consistent with Symphony protocols, to facilitate effective gift solicitations.
Maintain a broad knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
Conduct job functions and activities in alignment with the principles of the SFS’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work, and support the organization’s DEI work through participation in working groups and other initiatives as possible.
Perform additional duties as required by the SFS.
5-7 years of annual fund and major gift fundraising, with a track record of success preferably in the performing arts. Relevant experience outside the nonprofit environment working with high net worth individuals will be considered.
Proven success in managing a portfolio and cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting prospects at the $15K+ level.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to professionally and diplomatically communicate and interact with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Strong organizational skills, with ability to work independently and manage highly detailed tasks.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities, and meet deadlines in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
Committed to success of the symphonic artform and able to communicate thoughtfully and enthusiastically about the work of the San Francisco Symphony.
Familiarity with and/or passion for orchestral music a plus.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and donor database software. Tessitura preferred.
Willing to attend concerts and events, regularly on nights and weekends.
Able to travel around the Bay Area and northern California as needed.
The internal and external constituents with whom this position most frequently interacts include: