The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.dso.org.
We seek a talented, energetic, driven, and creative individual to provide support to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s individual, corporate, foundation, and special events fundraising campaigns. The Coordinator will join an Advancement Department capable of meeting the DSO’s contributed revenue requirements for general operating support, endowment, and other special needs or projects.
Our ability to build relationships with our patrons and ensure a sustainable revenue base is only as good as the systems we have in place to handle their contributions in a timely, accurate, and respectful manner.
As a key member of the Advancement Department and the Stewardship Team, the Coordinator is responsible for the acknowledgement of all contributions received, delivers selected fundraising reports for the use of management and board representatives, executes systems for the collection of all pledges, and serves as a power user in the DSO’s patron database.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Sending a timely and accurate acknowledgement of every gift received by the DSO, paying special attention to gifts from board members, Governing Members, corporations, foundations, and other major donors
Working closely with gift officers to prepare custom language and personalized acknowledgement letters for significant contributions to the oneDSO Campaign and all other key gifts of $10,000 or more
Coordinating additional personalized acknowledgements from the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Vice President, the Music Director and Assistant Conductor, DSO Musicians and external volunteers
Ensuring the swift payment of all pledge balances through the coordination and preparation of regular pledge reminders and invoices
Providing reports and other tools to keep organizational leadership and Advancement Department apprised of major giving
Serving as a database power user for the Advancement Department, including comprehensive list building and data extraction for donor communications and event invitations, as well as the DSO’s broad-base direct mail program
Supporting donor stewardship efforts through research, grant reporting, and special event support as needed, including shifts in the Herman and Sharon Frankel Donor Lounge during selected concerts
Providing backup and overflow assistance for gift entry, daily gift reporting, patron benefits mailings, and other services as needed
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
Experience in a nonprofit organization and an understanding of fundraising required. A minimum of one year of fundraising, database, or transferable experience preferred.
Superior computer skills required. Must be a Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel power user. Demonstrated experience with mail merges a plus.
Experience with fundraising or patron databases required. Familiarity with Tessitura a plus.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff and patrons.
Excellent time management and organizational skills and an ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to focus intently on the task at hand with the utmost attention to detail and an intense commitment to accuracy.
Ability to treat confidential and private information with discretion.
Interest in the arts and/or classical music a plus.
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Sy...mphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; and a summer tour of Japan and China with the ONL.
Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.