The Director of Major Gifts is an important member of the Development team, reporting to the Senior Director of Individual Giving & Major Gifts. This person is responsible for annual fundraising strategies to increase membership in the Maestro Society. A focus of this position is to continue the work Pacific Symphony has done to engage newer California communities. The Director of Major Gifts will help develop and implement the roll out of the new Governing Members initiative. Additional responsibilities include management of key support groups, including oversight of the fundraising goals.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
Achieve fundraising goals for the Maestro Society, Symphony Society, and the new Governing Members.
Manage a portfolio of donors, including renewal, upgrade and acquisition of donations.
Responsible for weekly donor meetings.
Continue to develop Pacific Symphony’s program with newer California communities.
Help with the development and rollout the new Governing Members program; assisting with the volunteer committees and donor benefits fulfillment.
Recruit members for the Board of Counselors ($5,000+).
Help with Planned Giving fundraising.
Secure multi-year donor pledges.
Help to secure new Box Circle Club members, our VIP membership seating program.
Assist with concert sponsorships and stewardship fulfillment.
Be a liaison for select Pacific Symphony support groups.
Skills and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in Individual Giving for a non-profit organization. Experience with a performing arts organization is helpful.
Must have a demonstrated track record of successful major gift solicitation.
Demonstrate initiative, a collaborative team spirit and the ability to handle multiple projects of varying nature simultaneously.
Goal oriented and highly self-motivated.
Personable, positive and diplomatic individual with integrity and a sense of humor, who works effectively with donors, volunteers, staff and vendors.
Reliable and consistent in meeting deadlines.
Excellent and persuasive written and oral communications skills.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends throughout the year, including concert attendance.
A love of symphonic music and a desire to promote it to new and current audiences.
Computer literacy and proficiency with database systems like Tessitura or equivalent.
Skilled with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.
Being conversant in Mandarin would be beneficial.
Employment Type: Salary-Exempt, Full-Time.
Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Offered:
Pacific Symphony offers a complete health benefits package, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401(k) plan.
About Pacific Symphony
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 Pacific 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. Accomplishments in 2017-18 included a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Tour to China and the national airing of our Ellis Island: The Dream of Ameri...ca Concert on PBS Great Performances.
Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer outdoor series at Costa Mesa’s Pacific Amphitheater. In the 2018-19 season, Music Director Carl St.Clair will be celebrating his 29th Anniversary with the Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is celebrating his 27th season leading the Pops series, which stars some of the world's leading entertainers.
For 27 consecutive years Pacific Symphony has balanced its budget and has no accumulated debt. It employs an administrative staff of approximately sixty, including fourteen development professionals.
Pacific Symphony is located in Orange County, California's second most populous county boasting a rich arts tradition strongly supported by an engaged public. Known around the world as "The OC," Orange County envelops the visitor in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle…casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks, and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. The OC is known for its ideal year-round climate with an average daily temperature of 70 degrees. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, OC visitors and residents are immersed in the real California dream.
Just minutes from The OC's 42 miles of beaches, there are magical adventures and adrenaline pumping rides at the original Disneyland Resort, and the always-thrilling Knott’s Berry Farm. OC Parks offers sprawling wilderness and nature parks, perfect for recreation of the sun-soaked variety, with miles of trails and coastal preserves to explore.
The level of arts and entertainment found in The OC is equally unmatched. For sports fans, Anaheim offers professional baseball, hockey, and indoor soccer, with something for everyone all year round. Costa Mesa is home to fabulous performing arts venues featuring Broadway musicals, international operas, new theatrical plays, and innovative dance productions. Laguna Beach houses an abundance of thriving art galleries and The OC's most famous summer and winter art festivals.
Newsweek Magazine’s 2013 list of America’s top high schools included 22 Orange County public high schools ranked in the California top 100, tied for first in the state. Orange County is also home to several nationally recognized private high schools. The OC’s strong university system – including the University of California Irvine, and Chapman University – has helped contribute to the fact that 37% of its residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, ranking it as one of the top five regions in the nation for college educated residents. In addition, Orange County’s economic strength is reflected in its low unemployment rate, which consistently runs lower than that of the statewide average.
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