Summary of Duties: The Los Angeles Master Chorale, a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles, seeks an experienced, resourceful, and proactive Associate Director, Donor Stewardship & Events to lead and implement an institution-wide Donor Stewardship Plan with the focus of building deeper engagement and clear communication around the impact of philanthropy. A key element of the plan includes the successful creation and execution of strategic, donor-centric events, including a major fundraising gala. This is a leadership position within the Advancement department that frequently collaborates with other departments including Programming, Marketing, PR and Production.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities, Functions:
Implement and evaluate Donor Stewardship Plan developed in spring 2022 to reflect a deeper focus on donor engagement and impact.
Plan and execute Master Chorale events for cultivation and stewardship of donors as outlined in the Donor Stewardship Plan, including 12-15 donor salons, receptions, luncheons, dinners, and trips per year.
Manage the annual Gala, activating Gala planning milestones across the full fiscal year to ensure fundraising success and growth.
Implement creative and thoughtful event follow-up strategies to steward attendees.
Provide leadership and direction regarding the details of donor stewardship, with an emphasis on high standards for customer relations, attention to detail, and etiquette.
Collaborate with the Marketing team to develop and manage a coordinated donor stewardship and event communications plan across direct mail and digital platforms.
Ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement of all donor contributions in coordination with the Annual Fund Manager and Associate Director, Institutional Giving.
Oversee donor crediting and liaise with the Marketing Team to uphold accurate supporter recognition.
Project-manage annual donor impact report.
Draft personalized outreach and periodic stewardship reports on behalf of CEO, CAO, MGO and other leaders.
Coordinate with vendors--including Levy Group, The Music Center’s exclusive catering vendor-- to ensure proper execution of events, including catering, rentals, décor and service; and accurate and timely remittance of purchase orders for payment of invoices.
Maintain a master donor stewardship calendar.
Manage Events budget.
Be or become proficient with the Master Chorale’s patron-management system, Tessitura, including list pulling, data entry, reporting, etc.
Attend concerts and events to provide donor and staff support.
Other duties as assigned.
Creative, results-oriented individual with an entrepreneurial drive to generate new ideas and strategies to implement a donor stewardship program that will excite and engage constituents.
Proven, experienced fundraiser and event planner.
Ability to work effectively with board members and volunteers, providing them with strong support and inspiring them to productive action.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, set priorities, execute goals and objectives, and meet financial goals and deadlines.
High degree of professionalism and integrity
Commitment to the Chorale’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) goals
A passion for the mission and aspirations of the Los Angeles Master Chorale; the ability to eloquently articulate the organization’s mission, values, achievements, and goals to internal and external audiences
Mission Statement: We are an independent and innovative professional vocal ensemble that shares the traditional and evolving spectrum of choral music with the widest possible audience. We advance this art through performance, community education, collaboration, commissioning and recording.