Title Development Manager, Institutional Giving & Operations
Organization Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Closing Date
Location Houston, TX

Title: Development Manager, Institutional Giving & Operations
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, exempt from overtime

Compensation & Benefits: Salary Range $40,000-45,000. Benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and time off for vacation, personal time, and holidays (11).

The Organization
Founded in 2000, Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents over 30 performances each season, reaching more than 20,000 audience members through our distinctive concert series, community events, school outreach, and concert streaming. Under the artistic leadership of Antoine Plante, Mercury serves the community by celebrating the power of music, teaching, sharing, and performing with passion, intimacy, and excellence. The organization has a team of seven full-time and two part-time employees along with four contractors working with finances, marketing, and concert production. The annual operating budget is $1.5 million. Mercury has emerged from the pandemic well positioned for growth, with strong finances, enhanced artistic vitality, a dedicated Board, and more than 200 new donors.

The Position
The Development Manager, Institutional Giving & Operations, develops and implements strategies to secure financial support from new and renewing foundations, corporations, and government entities, delivering $600,000 annually through grants, sponsorships, and gala support. The Development Manager, oversees and organizes all fundraising operations and takes pride and satisfaction in helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the Mercury Chamber Orchestra.

Key Duties & Responsibilities
• With Executive Director, plan annual goals and strategies to meet and exceed revenue from foundations, corporations, and Gala support.
• Maintain grant and report calendar, track progress towards goals.
• Write and submit grants, proposals, reports, and all supplemental materials.
• Research and apply to new sources to secure gifts ranging from $2,500 to $100,000+.
• Perform and prioritize all daily gift processing, and ensure accuracy, financial integrity, and confidentiality.
• Generate, proof, mail, and upload all daily donor acknowledgements, tax receipts, and pledge reminders with consistency, speed, and accuracy.
• Manage logistics for the Gala and all special events including timelines, communications, vendor orders, and venue contracts.
• Provide essential VIP support at all concerts, Gala, and other events.
• Work collaboratively with Administrative Team and Board Development Committee.
• Other duties as assigned.

Desired Attributes
• Excellent storyteller driven by context and data.
• Motivated self-starter and creative problem-solver with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
• Strong interpersonal skills with a high-level of emotional intelligence.
• Excellent communication skills, oral and written.
• Keen attention to detail, prioritization, and organization.
• Integrity, empathy, and adherence to high ethical standards.
• Strong desire to work with a team in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
• Flexibility and adaptability.
• Interest and curiosity for classical music.

Qualifications & Skills
• 2-3 years of experience in fundraising.
• Superior writing skills.
• Proficiency and confidence in Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Working knowledge of Tessitura or other integrated fundraising/ticketing system preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Position will have a dedicated workspace in the Mercury office.
• Flexibility regarding remote-work is available – three days per week are required in office.
• Work is performed in a friendly, collaborative, and fast paced hybrid office environment.
• Attendance and participation at all concerts and events is expected for the purpose of building relationships with donors.

To apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to jobs@mercuryhouston.org. No calls please.

Mercury Chamber Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Website https://www.mercuryhouston.org