Posted on January 4, 2013
Director of Development
Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon
Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon - Director of Development
The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc. (LOS) is the second oldest professional union orchestra in New York City. Now commencing its 65th season, LOS serves all members of the community with unique concert programming supported by music education and community engagement initiatives for the general public. The LOS seeks an entrepreneurial and energetic Director of Development to manage and grow its fundraising of $1.9m in contributed income annually. S/he will join a senior management team led by the Executive Director, and actively manage a small full-time development staff. Moreover, s/he will partner closely with the Music Director (to be named May 2013), Executive Director and Board in building strategies to increase the fundraising revenues of the organization.
The successful candidate will have the ability to develop comprehensive individual and institutional strategies that build the institution’s capacities, and a track record of competing successfully for philanthropic support in a crowded cultural marketplace. The candidate will have major gifts and special events experience and the willingness to work closely with the Executive Director to maximize fundraising from institutional sources; including foundations, corporate sponsors, and government agencies on the federal, state, and local levels. S/he will be able to successfully steward and strengthen relationships with current and prospective funders.
The successful candidate will have superb interpersonal skills and be an excellent communicator in verbal, written, and presentation forms. S/he will serve a passionate and committed 13-member Board of Directors, led by the Co-Presidents. S/he will be mature, polished, and diplomatic—able to appropriately support the development priorities of the Board and Executive Director. At the same time, the candidate will be a self-motivated advocate for LOS and a resourceful fundraising strategist. S/he will build positive relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the community to heighten awareness of the LOS and to expand the base of contributions at all levels.
Prior experience in marketing will be favorably regarded, as audience development, database mining, and the fundraising application of new technologies are all high priorities for the institution. The Director will also support the successful production of the Disney Fantasia Live in Concert Benefit and future fundraising events.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college
A minimum of five to seven years of development and leadership experience
A track record of successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive, sophisticated donor environment
Knowledge and experience working with institutional & individual funders
Experience recruiting and managing staff, and building teams that effectively collaborate with senior staff, the Board, and executive management in a fast-paced, creatively-driven organization
Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical, and communication skills
Knowledge of music and/or the related arts, and a passion for the LOS’s mission, programs, and future plans
Proficiency and understanding of existing fundraising software and databases
The ability to work evenings/weekends to attend all LOS performances and cultivation events
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
HOW TO APPLY
For a comprehensive Position Guide to this opportunity, please telephone Mark Heimbigner at 212-877-0500 or email LOS@DunchArts.com
To formally apply, please submit the following materials in MS Word or PDF electronic form to LOS@DunchArts.com
Resume with salary history
Up to three (3) development writing samples
Three (3) professional references
All expressions of interest and conversations will be held in the strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission.
The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. The Little Orchestra Society provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employees for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.