The Director of Development collaborates with the Chief Revenue and Advancement Officer and President & CEO to develop a comprehensive annual fundraising strategy. They contribute to the success of the Omaha Symphony by planning, implementing, and managing the organization’s fundraising strategies to achieve contributed income goals. This person is responsible for increasing the capacity of our Governing Members, a volunteer advisory board as well as executing the strategy and management of all special events, including the annual gala.
Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides leadership and direction in efforts towards maintaining and expanding support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources.
Serves as the driver of fundraising call activity; meeting or exceeding the established “number of calls” goal.
Provides management and support of Governing Members.
Serves as a key solicitor of donations including corporate solicitations.
Develops and maintains effective programs for donor prospecting, cultivation, donor recognition, and stewardship.
Designs, manages, and implements a comprehensive annual giving program to achieve both short-term and long-term objectives for annual support.
Meet or exceed all budgeted contributed revenue goals for broad-base annual fund giving.
Analyze the effectiveness of various fundraising methods and messages; adapt future appeals accordingly.
Develop and manage expense budget for annual fund program.
Executes strategy and fundraising efforts for special events, including the annual gala.
Provides staffing support in donor lounge.
Experience and Qualifications:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with board, Governing Members, staff, musicians, community leaders and volunteers.
Excellent writing, organizational and project management skills, with attention to detail.
Must be self-motivated, and able to work well both independently and cooperatively; proven success working as member of a team.
Position requires a high degree of professionalism, tact, and diplomacy, in addition to
sensitivity to highly confidential information.
Flexible, detailed, adaptable, and energetic, with an engaging personality.
Strong computer skills needed, including word-processing, spreadsheets, and familiarity with fundraising databases.
Ability to speak and write persuasively about the mission, programs, and contributed income needs of the Omaha Symphony.
Must have excellent planning, organizational, and supervisory skills.
Must be an enthusiastic fundraiser with a deep respect for philanthropy.
High personal integrity and ethical standards.
Experience working with the philanthropic community in Omaha and/or the Midwest preferred.
Experience in a supervisory role.
Experience managing and supporting volunteer programs.
Passion for arts and appreciation of orchestral music.
Minimum Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required
4-5 years’ experience in a non-profit fundraising role required.
Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications:
Experience in design and implementation of annual fund campaigns, collateral material, and special events.
Fundamental understanding of the role CRMs plays in patron development. Experience with Tessitura a plus.
Institutional Giving & Events Manager
Annual Fund Coordinator
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Required to sit for extended periods of time.
Requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate
General Office Equipment (Computer, Telephone, Fax, Copier, Printer).
About Omaha Symphony
The Omaha Symphony has been an essential resource for orchestral performances, musical entertainment, and education for 100 years. Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony's virtuosity and versatility are showcased in six distinct concert series: MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Family, Symphony Joslyn, and the Movie Music series. In addition to mainstage performances, the orchestra continues to perform a wide array of nationally-recognized education and community engagement programs that annually reach many thousands of people, of all ages, throughout the region.