Friday, 02 December 2016 20:56

Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Jacksonville Symphony

Additional Info

  • Opportunity Title: Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Jacksonville Symphony
  • Organization-Sponsor: Jacksonville Symphony
  • Deadline: Until Filled
  • Location (if applicable): Jacksonville, FL
  • Description of Opportunity:

    Among the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony (the Symphony) is an innovative cultural leader in the Southeast United States’ most vibrant and growing city. Founded in 1949, the Symphony is one of Northeast Florida’s most important cultural institutions. With an annual operating budget of $10 million, the Symphony performs  more than 300 concerts per year to 200,000 people throughout  Florida’s First Coast.

    Hosting thousands of patrons each year, the Symphony’s home, Robert E. Jacoby Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, is an acoustic gem. The Symphony holds additional performances at other venues located throughout Northeast Florida. Over the years, the Symphony has featured some of the most renowned artists of the music world, including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Audra McDonald. This year the Symphony will feature piano sensation Lang Lang at its gala on February  17, 2017.


    Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President and Chief Development Officer (VP/CDO) will provide exceptional leadership of the Symphony’s fundraising initiatives, instill a philanthropic culture for symphonic music, and oversee an integrated development  program  in order to achieve  significantly increased annual revenue  goals  in conjunction with the successful completion of the Symphony’s ambitious $50 million Vision 2020 comprehensive campaign, which will secure the organization’s future for generations to come. The VP/CDO will lead, guide, and supervise a development  team of eight employees, including a Director of Patron Engagement,  Director of Grants & Sponsorships, Director of Leadership Giving, Individual Giving Officer, Assistant Director of Corporate Relations, Patron Engagement Manager, Development Operations Manager, and Research Manager. This individual will have effective people skills and will be a natural coach and mentor, developing team members’ skills and abilities. This individual will also have a proven track record of success in seeking large major gifts and grants and managing new and ongoing relationships with donors.


    A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, a minimum of seven years of experience with increasing responsibility, and proven success in a fundraising leadership role, ideally with a performing arts focus, are required. A strong track record in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and potential donors at all levels, particularly major gifts donors, and the ability to develop budgets and staff teams are necessary. Experience working on capital and/or endowment campaigns is preferred. Candidates must be highly self-motivated, metrics-driven, and goal-oriented. Superior written and verbal communication skills and active listening skills are required. Experience working with boards and high-level volunteers, including the ability to manage the fundraising activities of superiors, are essential. Candidates must possess a flexible and adaptable style to positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives. This individual must have a positive attitude, the ability to work as part of a high-functioning team, a passion for the performing  arts, and a strong desire to share these with audiences.

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