The Madison Symphony Orchestra seeks a highly-motivated Manager of Grants and Corporate Giving. This person is an integral member of a small development team, led by the Director of Development, that raises $1.7 million of the MSO’s $5 million budget. This full-time position manages all aspects of the proposal writing and reporting process for foundation, government, and corporate funders, and plays a key role in developing and implementing donor cultivation and stewardship activities for approximately 80 institutional funders.
GRANT WRITING AND REPORTING: 60% of time
Write compelling grant proposals and fulfill all reporting requirements for current and prospective foundation, government, and corporate funders. The Symphony’s award-winning Education and Community Engagement Programs are the primary focus of most grant proposals.
Configure project budgets and evaluation data per funder requirements.
DONOR CULTIVATION AND STEWARDSHIP: 30% of time
Ensure that all institutional funder benefits, including recognition in Symphony marketing and publicity, are fulfilled. Produce institutional donor recognition list for concert program books.
Attend all donor appreciation receptions associated with the Symphony concert season. Greet and visit with guests, including concert sponsors, individual and corporate donors, musicians, and board members. Evening and weekend work is required.
Create and track sponsor agreement forms for institutional concert sponsors.
Write acknowledgement letters for institutional gifts received.
Compile post-concert thank you packets for institutional concert sponsors.
Coordinate and attend Education and Community Engagement Program site visits with current and prospective institutional funders.
Conduct research to identify new sources of institutional funding.
RECORD-KEEPING: 10% of time
Maintain an accurate calendar of proposal, reporting and relationship management deadlines. Utilize Raiser’s Edge database to track proposals and actions.
Maintain corporate, foundation and government constituent records in Raiser’s Edge database.
Record institutional gifts in Raiser’s Edge database. Reconcile monthly deposit records with finance.
Record minutes of monthly development committee meetings.
Develop a thorough understanding of the activities and impact of the MSO’s programs, both artistic and educational, through first-hand observations of the programs and regular communication with cross-departmental colleagues.
Maintain regular in-office hours, with additional evening and weekend hours as required.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or Executive Director.
Minimum two years of relevant experience, preferably with grant writing
High level of proficiency with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office programs
Experience with donor databases, specifically Raiser’s Edge, a plus
Ability to work at Symphony concerts and events on evenings and weekends
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal
Excellent time management and organizational skills; strong attention to detail
Ability to work independently and manage multiple ongoing projects
Team-player; ability and willingness to work quickly and flexibly within a small team
Ability to meet strict deadlines under pressure
Pleasant and professional demeanor
Belief in the importance and value of the arts; passion for classical music highly desired
Knowledge of the institutional funding landscape in south-central Wisconsin a plus
Option to participate in 401(K) Retirement Plan
Paid holidays, vacation and sick time
Free 24/7 parking in downtown Madison
Free admission to all Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts
Salary range $42,000 - $46,000, commensurate with experience
For best consideration, apply by September 24. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra believes that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich our organization. We are committed to increasing our efforts to diversify our administrative and board leadership, orchestral music and performers. Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Madison Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Madison Symphony Orchestra is to produce high-quality concerts of instrumental, vocal and choral music, to educate and entertain audience members of all ages in the Madison area and beyond, and to advocate music as a universal language of human expression and understanding.
Over the past 96 years, the MSO has grown from a small community ensemble to one of the most noted regional orchestras in the country. It is a vital, popular and respected cultural resource for all of south-central Wisconsin. Under the artistic leadership of John DeMain, currently celebrating his 27th season as Music Director, the quality of the Symphony has dramatically increased. Through the introduction of blind auditions, increasingly challenging repertoire and our move into Overture Hall, a new standard for consistently high-caliber performances has been established. Performances that reach a ticketed audience of 42,000 and Education & Community Engagement Programs that reach nearly 25,000 individuals have solidified the MSO’s reputation as one of the premier performing arts organizations in the region.
The MSO annually offers a series of eight, triple-performance... orchestral concerts featuring internationally-renowned guest artists, a ticketed concert series featuring the MSO’s Overture Concert Organ, and a robust array of free and low-cost Education & Community Engagement Programs for youth and adults.