Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.
Area of focus: Development
Job type(s): The Austin Symphony Orchestra seeks an energetic and organized fundraising professional to join one of the most exciting performing arts organizations in Central Texas.
Location: Austin, Texas
Status: Full Time
Work Experience: 2 Years of Development Experience
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Development Associate/Major Gifts Officer is an integral member of the development team at the Austin Symphony, playing a vital role in major gifts fundraising, donor relations, and some grant writing. A successful candidate must be passionate about the ASO’s mission, highly customer-oriented, a strategic thinker, outgoing by nature, motivated to produce results, and adept at multi-tasking and problem-solving. The Development Associate/Major Gifts Officer will firstly assist the development department in growing the Annual Fund, while additionally supporting the Director of Development’s work in corporate sponsorships, grant management and any other activities as needed.
The following list reflects essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned:
• Identify & qualify 50+ existing and prospective donors, building a portfolio
• Manage portfolio of donors and prospects, participating in all aspects of gift cycle:
a. Initiate contacts with leadership, solicitors, and major gift donors
b. Develop appropriate cultivation strategies, involving volunteers
c. Move donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
d. Make solicitation or coordinate solicitations where appropriate
e. Maintain ongoing stewardship with donors in the portfolio
• Track portfolio progress and solicitor success against goals, report to DoD.
• Develop and sustain meaningful working relationships and communications with major donors, board members, VIPs, volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders.
• Produce materials to communicate regularly with donors
• Help develop and coordinate the Annual Fund Brochure Mailing.
• Attend concerts and education programs, and assist with cultivation activities.
• Keep detailed files of correspondence with donors, corporations, government agencies and foundations for annual audit and legal purposes.
• Track and help coordinate corporate concert sponsor experience and corporate donor benefits.
• Assist Director of Development in tracking sponsorship acquisitions.
• Run data reports and lists from Tessitura database.
• Conduct preliminary research on prospective individual and institutional donors.
• Assist in ASO event invitations and tracking
• Help coordinate the writing of corporate, foundation, city and state grant applications and reports.
• Coordinate with Education Director on education oriented grants.
• Liaise with the WSL on the Youth Leadership Council and Jewel Ball Silent Auction.
• Assist in preparation of Individual Gifts and Nominating Committee Meetings.
Reporting: To the Director of Development
• Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters’ Degree a plus.
• Minimum of two years’ experience in a development department required.
• Minimum of two years’ interfacing with donors and Board of Directors required.
• Two years’ experience writing and managing grant applications and reports required.
• Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop and deepen relationships between them and the Symphony
• Extraordinary listening skills, with an empathetic disposition and sensitivity to donor needs.
• High energy personality, reflecting a positive and optimistic attitude, with perseverance and impeccable follow through.
• Successful experience in cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
• Facility with cultivating and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent strategic decision-making, priority setting and handling of challenges.
• Team player with the ability to work independently with little supervision
• Exceptional reporting and record-keeping skills; easily manages and tracks multiple projects at different stages; superior attention to detail.
• Computer literate; Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher); experience in ticketing software and donor database software preferred
• Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a professional; offer and receive constructive feedback; willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond.
• Experience in the performing arts field preferred.
Salary is competitive within the industry, commensurate with experience and expertise, and includes a competitive benefits package.
Please send your cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to:
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Human Resources
1101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
You can also email Todd Waldman at firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references as a single Adobe PDF file. No phone calls please.
Deadline for applications: April 1, 2017
Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required.