Posted on April 12, 2012
Manager, Special Events
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association - Manager, Special Events
Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's mission is to perform, present, and promote music in its varied forms at the highest level of excellence to a diverse and large audience, both at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is dedicated to continuing its pre-eminent status in the music world of the 21st century.
Responsible for effectively developing and managing special events programs, especially Hollywood Bowl Opening Night and Winter Gala, to achieve financial, operational, and artistic annual and longer term strategic goals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Special emphasis on identifying, acquiring, cultivating upgrading, renewing and servicing all special event donors and prospects. The role in seeking, evaluating and recommending new strategies is significant.
- Plan, organize, and implement special events programs including two annual major fundraisers, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Winter Season Gala and the Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl, and approximately 25 other smaller fundraising activities and Development Department sponsored events throughout the year.
- Develop event sales strategies and assure fundraising goals are met. Identify, solicit and cultivate special event donors, including various event committees and chairs.
- Research and identify new methods and techniques to boost revenue and minimize expenses. Evaluate changing special event fundraising trends and technologies, formulate and implement new strategies that will result in greater productivity and the most efficient use possible of expense dollars.
- Prepare accurate and effective communication materials such as proposals, letters, solicitations and support materials for special events programs.
- Plan and manage all board committee meetings pertaining to development special events (galas, receptions, salons, board meeting).
- Manage design and printing of all event materials including invitations, save-the-dates programs, etc.
- Provide regular analytical reports and updates on performance of special events and other campaigns, as directed.
- Complete other development projects as directed by Director, Individual Giving.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum three to five years managerial experience in fundraising special events preferably within the non-profit arts sector. Minimum seven years of progressive event or project support experience in comparably complex development/fundraising-focused professional environment(s).
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field a plus
- Excellent communication skills with demonstrable ability to prepare and present both formal written and oral presentations and updates especially to Board of Directors and Executive staff.
- Effective leadership and supervisory skills to develop motivate and retain assigned staff and volunteers. Ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
- Requires strong collaboration skills in order to work effectively across the organization and function consistently as a highly valued and high performing team player within the Development department and the organization.
- Requires exceptional project management skills and ability to multi-task within budgetary and resource constraints and timelines.
- Must be able to think critically and strategically and anticipate potential project challenges.
- Knowledge of analytics for response analysis, program evaluation and campaign planning.
- Extensive computer and database knowledge necessary (Word, Excel, Tessitura, Archtics).
- A demonstrated record of ability to multi-task and meet deadlines completing assignments on time and on budget.
- Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising and special events.
- Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
- Music/arts background and deep knowledge of the Los Angeles philanthropic community a plus
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
- High attention to detail and accuracy
- Strong problem solving, research, analytical, organizational and strategic planning skills
- Flexibility to work events that occur on the evenings and weekends
- Self motivated & self-starting
- Passionate & committed to going out and getting gifts via fundraising events
How to apply:
To apply, you must write “Manager, Special Events - PND” in the subject line of your email or written prominently on your faxed or mailed submission. Please send resume, cover letter AND SALARY HISTORY to:
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Attn: Human Resources
151 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
No phone calls please.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
Job Type: Development/Fundraising
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organizations