Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement is the Fundraising Events Specialist responsible for creating, planning and executing successful special events for the DSO, in order to build stronger relationships with donors and institutional partners with an emphasis on engagement and cultivation.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Devise and manage master event calendar, in coordination with other departments.
Design and execute signature events (New Year’s Eve Bash, Classical Roots and Heroes Gala), as well as, major gift announcements, season kickoffs, lecture series, corporate sponsor receptions, etc.
Responsible for being the driving force behind ensuring income is generated from assigned special events in the portfolio
Develop team strategy to achieve revenue goals
Plan, manage, and execute all aspects of donor and sponsor events including: budgeting, site selection, event collateral, catering, volunteer management, event timelines, mailing lists, event production, sponsorship fulfillment, working with committees and post-event follow up.
Research event ideas, venues, and potential panelists and speakers as directed.
Create and maintain timelines and manuals for event planning as an institutional record.
Contribute to publications, print materials, and the website to promote DSO Advancement events and programming.
Create formal written reports for each event, detailing successes, challenges and recommendations for following years
Plan intimate dinners with the Music Director, guest artists, and DSO Musicians pre and post-concert for Gabrilowitsch Society members (donors $10K+) , other major donors and prospects.
Ensure participation and integration of DSO Musicians and artistic staff in advancement events.
Support other department projects as needed.
5 years’ experience in event coordination, leadership and fundraising success
Bachelor's degree or related experience required
Demonstrated ability to work independently, formulating multi-year strategies and conceiving the plans required to achieve the strategy
Must be able to generate creative ideas for holistic event planning from start to finish
Project management skills with a track record of exceeding expectations while delivering on-time and on-budget results in a complex, fast-paced environment where autonomy work coupled with the ability to lead teams of peers and subordinates
Strong computer skills required, including Microsoft Office
An understanding of the dynamics of customer loyalty and retention a plus
Experience with databases, especially Tessitura, a plus
Personal Attributes and Competencies
Dynamic self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit
Action-oriented, decisive, quick study with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act
Must have exemplary attention to detail
High energy with a positive attitude and the ability to provide superior patron service
Ability to work well under pressure; persistence, perseverance, tenacity, integrity and patience
Must be able to work independently but keep the Advancement updated on event progress.
Ability to cope with high volume of work and strict deadlines
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work in a fast paced environment and to multi-task
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 Symphony, 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 Americ...an 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.