The Director of Development works closely with the Maestro, Managing Director, and Board to meet the development needs of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), whose annual operating budget is approximately $3 million. This full-time position works out of the BPO office and reports to the Managing Director. The Director of Development takes the lead on development initiatives, coordinating and collaborating with the Maestro, staff and Board to develop and strengthen the donor base for the organization. The ideal candidate for this position is someone with experience in major gifts, a passion for classical music, and a creative and flexible mindset, someone who enjoys enabling others to express their enthusiasm for the Boston Philharmonic by contributing financial resources. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
About the organization:
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by the dynamic conductor Benjamin Zander in 1979, features 96 student, professional, and amateur musicians. One of Boston's premier orchestras, the BPO follows its vision of "passionate music making without boundaries," presenting top-notch performances in a manner that both music aficionados and the casual listener can enjoy. A hallmark of its presentations are innovative pre-concert talks with Maestro Zander. He has a unique approach to explaining classical music, and his intense passion for the art form attracts hundreds of attendees for each talk, leading audiences to describe the Boston Philharmonic as "passionate," "inspiring," "unique," and "un-stuffy."
The BPO message rings loud and clear: music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The season includes performances at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The Philharmonic performs with a wide range of soloists from highly gifted performers at the start of their international careers to world-famous artists and legendary masters.
The Philharmonic has released five critically acclaimed recordings, including works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich and Ravel. Its commitment to reaching and educating a wide audience is maintained by its Music Without Boundaries program, which allows access to concerts for school groups and other community members who receive free tickets. To further accommodate new and uninitiated listeners, the BPO hosts a long-running weeknight Discovery Series, which incorporates Benjamin Zander’s lecture into the concert itself.
In 2012, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was formed under the auspices of the BPO. Conducted by Benjamin Zander, the BPYO embodies its motto, "Shaping Future Leaders Through Music," and its 120 members range in age from 12 to 21. BPYO offers a unique opportunity for young instrumentalists who want to study great orchestral repertoire in a musically dynamic and intellectually challenging community. International tours are an important part of the BPYO experience, deepening the students’ understanding of the repertoire across multiple performances, serving as cultural ambassadors for Boston and the United States, and developing close ties with other musicians and communities abroad. Since 2012 they have undertaken four international tours, performing in prestigious concert halls in Europe and South America, with plans to continue touring annually.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Design and implement development activities in close collaboration with the Managing Director, Maestro, and Board, focusing especially on high-level donor cultivation and solicitation. Oversee the preparation and dissemination of individual solicitations and appeals in all their
Work closely with the Board's Development Committee to develop fundraising strategies, plans and specific initiatives for achieving and maximizing individual, corporate, and foundation donations. Coordinate with all Board members to leverage their business and social contacts to support fundraising
Proactively communicate with and support Maestro Zander to maximize the impact of his contacts. Follow up with connections he makes, cultivate local prospects, work with his Personal Assistant to capture information about prospective donors and other contacts. Create call lists and check in regularly to troubleshoot and follow
Coordinate donor outreach, including inviting existing donors to concerts and events and cultivating relationships with
Create organizational development calendar and timeline. Proactively communicate with staff, Board, and external vendors to ensure timely production and review of materials to meet
Serve as staff liaison with Board of Directors and Board of Overseers. Prepare reports and materials for board review. Attend meetings of the board, prepare board minutes, actively track board prospects and support board committees as needed. Work directly with Development and Gala
Serve as staff point-person for Annual Gala (working with external event planning company), Annual Meeting, pre- and post-concert donor receptions, cultivation events, board meetings,
Coordinate with external graphic design/marketing team to create and disseminate solicitation materials and collateral for fundraising events and
Prepare donor lists for concert
Manage the gift entry and acknowledgement process, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Reconcile records with bookkeeping
Manage part-time grant writer to facilitate the corporate and foundation solicitation process.
Attend and staff concerts and
Other duties as assigned
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements before August 25, 2017, to Charlie Owens, Executive Search Consultant, Resonate Search Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BPO is committed to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment.
Qualifications, skills and experience:
5+ years’ experience in development at another non-profit (including major gifts experience) and college degree in related field or equivalent
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to manage multiple projects at once, and to respond thoughtfully and calmly to shifting priorities
Passion for classical music highly desirable
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs preferred
Experience managing data and generating reports using PatronManager or other patron databases highly desirable
Experience with Basecamp, Mailchimp, or Hubspot a plus
Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Availability to work frequent evenings and weekends
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits package includes:
• Fully paid HMO medical and vision coverage
• 403(b) retirement plan with company match
• Four weeks’ paid vacation
• Short- and long-term disability coverage and life insurance
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by the dynamic conductor Benjamin Zander in 1979, features 96 student, professional, and amateur musicians. One of Boston's premier orchestras, the BPO follows its vision of "passionate music making without boundaries," presenting top-notch performances in a manner that both music aficionados and the casual listener can enjoy. A hallmark of its presentati...ons are innovative pre-concert talks with Maestro Zander. He has a unique approach to explaining classical music, and his intense passion for the art form attracts hundreds of attendees for each talk, leading audiences to describe the Boston Philharmonic as "passionate," "inspiring," "unique," and "un-stuffy."
The BPO message rings loud and clear: music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure.