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Director of Development

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Job Title: Director of Development
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October 1st, 2018
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The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, and special events. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavors.  


  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • Direct major fundraising drives and new initiatives.
  • Coordinate fund raising special events.
  • Direct Board of Directors fundraising drives.
  • Oversee prospect research and outreach.
  • Work closely with the SSO Executive Director and Board of Directors on key initiatives.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the SSO with the community.
  • Staff Board Development Committee meetings.
  • Oversee fundraising database (Choice) and tracking systems.
  • Supervise and collaborate with other fundraising staff.
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities.
  • Maintain gift recognition programs.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.
  • An ability to work a variety of weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record required.


  • Must embrace the mission of the SSO.
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build and cultivate external relationships.
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Communications.
  • 5-7 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.

 For immediate consideration, please apply with resume and cover letter to search firm United Personnel, attn: Abbie Emeigh at aemeigh@unitedpersonnel.com . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.


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