Pacific Symphony seeks a second-in-command for its 12-member development department who will play a significant role in the management of the department while also maintaining direct responsibility for a sizable portfolio of high level donors and prospects. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned fundraising executive who has a passion for music and its transformative power in the community, possesses the ability to communicate its value directly to givers in a way that inspires them to support it through contributions at the highest levels, is highly-skilled at overseeing an organization’s entire fund development process, takes great pride in being able to organize, lead and motivate teams of staff members and volunteers, embraces the challenge of problem-solving in a fast-paced high-pressure environment, has the confidence and eagerness to achieve ambitious fundraising goals ($11.5 million annual fund), and brings the expertise necessary to help the organization reach a whole new level of fund development prowess. This is an ideal career advancement opportunity for a chief development officer at a mid-sized orchestra or arts organization, or for a senior major gifts officer in a large organization ready to take on the additional challenge of a departmental leadership position. Familiarity with the Orange County philanthropic landscape is highly desirable, as is a love for classical music, but candidates with senior-level experience and a proven track record of success from outside this community or the orchestra industry are encouraged to apply. Please submit your cover letter, resume and one personally-authored writing sample (case statement, annual fund appeal letter, or personal solicitation letter are preferred) to the search consultant, Richard Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County (Orange County’s nonprofit local arts agency) via e-mail only (please use “AVP Search” in the subject line) to:firstname.lastname@example.orgA full position description will be provided to well-qualified applicants. Nominations and referrals are also invited. - Please do not contact Pacific Symphony directly.
Founded in 1978, Pacific Symphony enriches the human spirit through superior performances of classical and symphonic music. It is a highly dynamic and innovative organization, led artistically by Music Director Carl St.Clair and operationally by President John Forsyte. It presents more than 100 concerts annually and serves close to 300,000 community members each year. The P...acific Symphony is nationally and internationally recognized for performance excellence, strong community engagement through education and other programming, and the commissioning of new works by contemporary composers. Pacific Symphony twice received prestigious ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming, and it was showcased in the League of American Orchestras' nationally released publication, Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras. Pacific Symphony's Class Act elementary school enrichment program has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras for its exemplary orchestra education.
Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer outdoor series at Irvine's Great Park Amphitheater and Costa Mesa’s Pacific Amphitheater. In the 2017-2018 season, Music Director Carl St.Clair will be celebrating his 28th Anniversary with the Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is celebrating his 26st season leading the Pops series, which stars some of the world's leading entertainers.
For 28 consecutive years the Symphony has balanced its budget and has no accumulated debt. It employs a staff of forty-five, including ten development professionals. The current annual operating budget is approximately $20 million with nearly $8 million earned through ticket sales, contracted services, education programs, the endowment, and various other earned sources. About $10 million of the Symphony’s budget is generated through annual fund contributed income.