The Houston Symphony’s Chief Development Officer (“CDO”) is responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Houston Symphony’s development programs, resulting in contributed income of approximately $15 to $20 million each year raised from individual, corporation, foundation, government and special event sources, and facilitates Endowment and planned giving programs. Together with the Executive Director/CEO, the CDO holds the primary responsibility for all donor relations and works with Society and Board leadership to achieve Symphony’s institutional goals. The Chief Development Officer manages the development department staff and attends a wide variety of concerts and events, while supporting the Houston Symphony’s vision of becoming America’s Most Relevant and Accessible Top Ten Orchestra by 2025.
Responsible for all aspects of the Houston Symphony’s development programs, resulting in contributed income of approximately $15 to $20 million each year.
Lead the successful implementation of cost-effective fund raising programs that cultivate, solicit and steward individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.
Maintain a portfolio of individual donors to secure major gift and planned gifts .
Lead a development and volunteer staff of approximately 20 employees.
Develop and lead the successful implementation of high-profile, revenue-generating special events.
Develop and lead the successful implementation of of strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit individual major gifts to the Houston Symphony’s Endowment ($50,000 +) and planned giving program.
Responsible for overseeing grant applications, monitoring and final reports.
Create and track development budgets including all fundraising expenses and revenues. Establish and achieve goals for all giving categories. Contribute to the Symphony’s annual and multi-year budgeting process; track, monitor and report upon progress.
Serve as a member of the Houston Symphony’s Senior Management Team; contribute to the development of the Society’s strategic planning efforts, policies and programs. Develop strategies for development programs that best support institutional priorities.
Collaborate with all other Houston Symphony staff departments, as well as musicians of the orchestra and volunteers.
Cultivate a dynamic relationship with the Board and all relevant committees; maintain an active presence including delivery of presentations. Relevant committees include Board of Trustees, Governing Directors, Executive Committee, Development Committee and Endowment Committee. Participate in Finance Committee meetings and others as directed by the Board President and Executive Director/CEO.
Liaise with the Houston Symphony League and other volunteer services to align volunteer support with the achievement of the Houston Symphony’s goals and objectives.
Attend Houston Symphony concerts, special events and fundraising events. Night and weekend work, additive to business hours, is required.
Serve in the community as an advocate and leader for the Houston Symphony, building relationships and partnerships that support the mission, vision and fundraising goals
Perform additional duties as assigned.
Development department, including Individual Giving, Institutional Giving, Special Events, Planned Giving and Volunteer Services staff.
10+ years in progressively responsible fundraising role
Proven experience in leading an effective multi-million dollar development program
Based in Greater Houston-area and familiar with local donor community
Direct experience in personally soliciting $1 million+ gifts
Bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s degree preferred, or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience in the goal-oriented environments of development and management
Experience in creating and managing successful capital campaigns a significant plus.
Ability to be an effective and articulate spokesperson of the Houston Symphony in a wide variety of settings. Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
Focused, strategic thinker with a high energy level and strong work ethic
Strong leadership and team management skills
High level of integrity and dependability
A knowledge of and appreciation for symphonic music preferred.
Internal Number: 0013
About Houston Symphony
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations with a distinguished musical history. The Houston Symphony performs over 170 concerts for more than 350,000 people every year, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming.