The Chief Development Officer (CDO) of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO; affiliate of the Kennedy Center) is responsible for developing and executing the giving strategies to ensure that the NSO can fulfill its mission. Working in partnership with the NSO Board, the Executive Director, the Music Director, and the Kennedy Center’s matrixed Development Department, the CDO is responsible for raising $12 million+ in annual funding for the NSO. In addition, the CDO is responsible for continuing to grow the NSO’s Noseda Era Fund, identifying new opportunities for growing annual support, and launching an endowment campaign, all in coordination with overall Kennedy Center fundraising strategy and in coordination with matrixed Development teams.
This position will report to the Senior Vice President of Development for the Kennedy Center, and works in close collaboration with the Executive Director of the NSO. The CDO serves as a member of the NSO’s senior management team, and will lead fundraising strategy that is consistent with the short- and long-term strategic plans for the NSO, its artists, productions, and other initiatives, including education, community engagement, and professional development. The person in this role will be expected to offer strategic input and guidance as relates to overall NSO strategy, Kennedy Center Development strategy, and to work collaboratively across the institution.
Bachelor’s degree desirable but not required.
8-10 years minimum in professional fundraising.
Experience managing a dynamic and highly competent fundraising team in a matrixed environment with shared services resources.
Superior oral and written communication skills are imperative.
Knowledge of the arts in general, and orchestral and classical music specifically, are strongly preferred.
Must have demonstrated ability to work with donor databases and a desire for continued learning.
This position requires a solid understanding of non-profit accounting standards and practices.
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