The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, a 67 year-old regional orchestra based in Marietta, Georgia, welcomes applications for the position of Development Director.
In conjunction with the Executive Director, Music Director, Board of Directors and staff, the Development Director leads and manages all fundraising and audience development projects. This is the only Development position in the organization, and is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend commitments.
The responsibilities include:
Lead and manage the organization’s development efforts as prioritized by the Executive Director
Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate & foundation sponsors, individual donors, and advertisers
Identify foundations, government agencies, and other grantors who are aligned with the GSO’s mission and purpose, and develop relationships
Write grant proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government funders
Ensure that grant conditions are tracked and met
Organize and manage annual giving campaign
Manage interns and volunteers working on development initiatives
Work with event volunteers to plan and implement fundraising events
Create procedures to regularly collect, analyze, update and maintain audience data
Create audience engagement opportunities for specific areas of current and targeted patrons
Create loyalty appreciation opportunities for patrons of each level of engagement
A Bachelors Degree, and superior communication and writing skills are essential, along with experience in the field of development in the arts; and a demonstrated record of success in securing grants, sponsorships, and major gifts. Knowledge of the Atlanta philanthropic community and Certification as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) are preferred.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra has experienced remarkable growth over recent years. We are seeking someone that is willing to be a part of a dynamic organization that is working to create a sustainable model for present and future development. Candidates must be willing to work in a non-traditional company, match the dedication of the staff, and create a foundation that will ensure future success. We need a self-motivated person willing to recognize an opportunity and fulfill its potential by implementing every aspect of the development process.
Mission: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) organization is unique, responsive, and artistically vital to Metropolitan Atlanta through innovative collaborations and partnerships with churches, arts centers, schools and universities. The mission is to engage and enrich diverse audiences through the presentation of music at the highest artistic level. The GSO strives to instill a lifelong appreci...ation for the arts by immersing participants in live music, while relating these experiences to diverse cultures and the community at large.
Purpose: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra ascribes to the belief that an arts organization should seek to be an integral part of both the immediate and global community. Our musical programming is designed to engage, educate, and create dialogue that enriches the lives of the local and regional community. Particular attention has been given to developing partnerships supporting innovation, diversity, and cultural awareness.