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Founded in 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is one of the premier orchestras in the world. The BSO is committed to bringing world class music and performances to the local and international communities. The key to our success has been our employees from the musicians onstage to those behind the scenes.??
The Senior Individual Giving Officer will be responsible for the direct engagement and solicitation of Boston Symphony Orchestra donors and prospects with the capacity to make 6-7 figure gifts. The Senior IGO will collaborate with individual giving team members and donor relations staff to develop donor-centric individual strategies and will help ensure that the orchestra's annual, endowment, capital, and special project funding priorities are met. The Senior IGO will also work closely with various staff to identify and qualify new prospects and will serve as a key relationship manager for those prospects as the BSO prepares for, and executes, various fundraising initiatives.
?Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, engage, solicit, and manage a portfolio of 120-150 individuals in various stages of the development cycle. Support or conduct face-to-face visits, solicitations, and other high-level interactions with major gift donors and prospects either independently or along with another colleague as individual strategies may require.
In collaboration with the Director of Individual Giving, coordinate involvement of board members, volunteers, and BSO management and staff as appropriate with donor strategies.
Meet specific personal goals for qualification, engagement, and solicitation of prospects as developed with the Director of Individual Giving.
With colleagues, develop strategic plans and goals for each prospect. Provide visit and gift tracking data. Track all prospect outreach and information in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software in a timely fashion.
Complete other projects as assigned by Director of Individual Giving. Travel as appropriate to meet with prospects and donors.
The successful candidate will have...?
Minimum of 7-8 years development experience with a proven track record of closing six-seven figure commitments or more, working with leadership volunteers and securing multi-year and complex gifts;
Senior Individual Giving Officer level: Minimum of 7-8 years development experience with a proven track record of closing six-seven figure commitments or more, working with leadership volunteers and securing multi-year and complex gifts;
Portfolio management experience required, some planned giving experience preferred;
Previous experience tracking relationship-building steps in CRM.
Experience working with high-level decision makers, trustees, and other volunteers. Excellent verbal/written communication and presentation skills.
Excellent social, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
Collaborative team player who interacts successfully with colleagues on organizational goals.
Must exercise significant judgment and confidentiality in working with prospects, volunteers, and staff.
Understanding of prospect management concepts. Ability to work within electronic environment for solicitation and gift tracking.
Knowledge of planned giving concepts and principles.
Interest and/or background in the arts preferred.
Hybrid work schedule
Availability to attend evening concerts, dinners, and other engagement events on weekday evenings and weekends.
Ability and flexibility to meet with donors and prospects as needed to achieve goals.
Travel within the Greater Boston area and to Western MA as necessary. Spending time at Tanglewood for parts of the summer season may be required.
Now in its 141st season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings. It plays an active role in commissioning new works from today's most important composers; its summer season at Tanglewood is regarded as one of the world's most important music festivals; it helps develop the audience of the future through BSO Youth Concerts and through a variety of outreach programs involving the entire Boston community; and, during the Tanglewood season, it sponsors the Tanglewood Music Center, one of the world's most important training grounds for young composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and vocalists. Today the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., presents more than 250 concerts annually. It is an ensemble that has richly fulfilled Henry Lee Higginson's vision of a great and permanent orchestra in Boston.