The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.dso.org.
The Senior Director of Development ensures the Annual Fund goal is met through corporate, institutional and individual giving strategies. The Senior Director manages a team of giving officers that develop plans, support events, solicit gifts, support volunteer committees as needed, and work collaboratively with the stewardship department to uphold acknowledgement and stewardship activities. The team will be responsible for managing the annual fund through building a portfolio of 500+ individual donors in addition to 80+ of corporate and 55+ institutional relationships.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership and direction for gift officer team
Manage a personal portfolio of donors
Participate as a member of the organization’s leadership team representing the advancement department
Develop strategy and plans in collaboration with the CEO, CDO and other key leadership throughout the organization
Facilitate the planned giving program, recognition for the donors and work in partnership with the Planned Giving Council
Work with major gift officers to develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors
Provide leadership, strategy and direction for signature events (New Year’s Eve, Classical Roots and Heroes Gala)
Collaborate with stewardship staff to support and strengthen gift acknowledgment and recognition procedures, providing consistency across audiences
Identify best practices at other organizations and orchestras to build an efficient and effective annual fund program
Work in collaboration with marketing to synchronize mailings and touchpoints with donors, ensuring that a robust pipeline of prospective donors is developed
Work with the communications team to ensure consistency and branding among various solicitation materials
As needed, plan, manage and execute large meetings and events that advance donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship for major gifts
Regularly attend DSO concerts and events, including the Donor Lounge as part of the overall cultivation strategy
Performs other duties as assigned
Supervises a team (4-6 staff)
Bachelor's degree required.
Prefer 7-10 years of progressive fundraising and development experience with a demonstrated track-record of team management and supervision
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Sy...mphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; and a summer tour of Japan and China with the ONL.
Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.