The Director of Development will help build the orchestra’s capacity for the future through the planning and implementation of all donor management and fund-raising activities, including annual fund drives, corporate sponsorships, endowment, planned giving, grant applications, and new initiatives. In this capacity, the Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to determine goals and budgets for fund-raising activities and to seek out additional funding opportunities. The Development Director will interact with donors, business and community leaders in cultivation of new prospects, and will work closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers in the execution of fund-raising initiatives. This position requires familiarity with resources and current research in fund-raising, excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills, and an ability to lead the orchestra toward budgetary goals in a team effort.
Steward relationships with prospective donors and current supporters to increase philanthropic support.
Create opportunities for stronger donor engagement with the VSO by leading and coordinating the efforts of the executive director, board, music director, musicians and others.
Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
Manage the development department budget.
Conduct prospect research to identify new potential donors.
Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with the community.
Oversee donor management/fundraising database and tracking systems.
Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities.
Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
Coordinate fund raising special events.
Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
Perform other related duties as requested.
3 years minimum experience in professional fundraising for nonprofit organizations.
Must embrace the mission of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques.
Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and volunteers.
Have the desire to build external relationships.
Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
A bachelor’s degree.
Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
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ABOUT THE VSO:
Now in its 40th season, the Vancouver Symphony has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington’s arts community, providing world-class classical music and featuring internationally renowned guest artists; promoting young musicians and opening doors to classical music for young audiences through its In-School concerts, Young Artists Competition and family-oriented events and performances. The professional orchestra of 70 core members annually presents seven pairs of classical and pops subscription concerts, seven performances of Chamber Music Series, Jazz Night, Distinguished Speaker Series as well as various special events. Internationally renowned composer and conductor, Maestro Salvador Brotons, is currently in his 28th season as VSO’s Music Director.