The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association seeks a Gifts Officer who is responsible for maintaining and developing current supporters who are corporate sponsors, individual donors (mid-level), and current foundation supporters. The director works with the Board Chairman, President & CEO, VP Development, Board committees, senior management, and board members to identify new prospects. Position calls for demonstrated success in fund-raising, familiarity with foundations and government agencies that support the arts, and knowledge of the grant-making process. Works with senior management, development and financial staff to establish objectives and set goals. This position reports to the VP, Development.
Manage a portfolio of existing corporate, foundation and individual gifts, and seek new opportunities for funding
While working together with the Manager of Development Operations, complete grant applications and reports
Meet or exceed financial target from overall portfolio each year
Communicate key messages in all communications on FWSO strategy and goals set by Board, President and CEO, and VP, Development
With President & CEO and VP, Development, develop and maintain personal relationships with donors, key corporate contacts and foundation executives for concert season and Concerts in the Garden
Work with Manager for Development Operations to maintain an accurate calendar of submission deadlines and decision dates for grants and foundations
Prepare grant submission materials, with supporting financial information, well ahead of deadlines with support from Manager for Development Operations
Supervise grant and foundation applications and requests, acknowledgment of gifts, and tendering of required reports
Collaborate with Chairman of the Board, Board members, President and CEO, VP for Development, and Special Events Director on fund-raising initiatives, including the annual Gala
Responsible for assurance of donor benefit fulfillment, especially for Corporate Sponsors in concert season and Concerts in the Garden, while working with Manager for Development Operations, Special Event Director, Marketing department and VP for Development
Maintain a yearly cycle of stewardship and cultivation for each constituent
Research new foundation and corporate sponsorship opportunities
Maintain accurate and up to date Tessitura and paper files
Coordinate all activities with VP, Development
Involve VP, Development and / or President and CEO for significant new opportunities (e.g. planned gift, “one off” major annual gift, endowment gift)
As needed, support VP, Development and development team in donor event
Meet in person with corporate sponsors and individual donors
Other duties as requested
Standard work hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The position requires some evening and weekend work during performance season and Concerts in the Garden. This position is classified as exempt. Some work weeks may exceed the standard 40 hours per week.
Association: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association has grown to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United States, with an annual budget of $13.5 million, a 200+ concert season, and a $25+ million endowment fund. The FWSO attracts music lovers of all ages with a ten-concert Symphonic Series, a seven-concert Pops Series, several blockbuster Specials, and a five-week outdoor summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden that attracts more than 35,000 listeners from 28 states.
Undergraduate degree or higher, with outstanding writing skills
Knowledge of the symphonic repertoire and performing arts strongly preferred
Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in fund-raising, ideally in a performing arts setting
Proven track record of maintaining and growing a portfolio of donor relationships
Must be able to effectively manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Knowledge of Tessitura a plus
Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail
Must be able to work with confidential information
Strong and consistent ability to prioritize activities within specific time guidelines and ability to handle multiple responsibilities and within a specific time frame
Robust internal and external communication and customer service skills (written and oral)
Strong computer skills in database management (knowledge of Tessitura preferred), word processing, windows-based software, and general office equipment
Additional Salary Information: Comprehensive health plan and paid parking are provided. Relocation assistance available, if required.
About Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 200,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Throughout the last 20 seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the Orchestra into an ensemble that is admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement. As the principal resident company of the acoustically-superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts. The FWSO is recognized nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Children's Education Program at Bass Performance Hall. The Orchestra's annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000. The FWSO is a 46-week orchestra with an annual budget of $13 million and an endowment of $23 million.