Type of Employment: Salaried (Full-time, exempt, comprehensive health benefits, paid-vacation, retirement plan)
Reports to: Music & Executive Director
The Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative community orchestras in the United States. Recognized for its high-quality symphonic performances and its history of active community engagement and commitment to arts education, the primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, in addition to numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, chamber music concerts and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program. The concert season includes one fully-staged classic American musical, two Nutcracker performances, and one full opera production. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $1.7 million dollars. GCS just launched a new planned giving campaign, and is in the middle of a multi-year music commissioning project.
Southwest Florida (Fort Myers, Lee County):
Incorporated in 1886, Fort Myers is the center of a popular tourist area in Southwest Florida and the seat of Lee County. Lee County sits along the southwest coast of Florida with more than 50 miles of beaches between Boca Grande and Bonita Springs. In this span of more than 803 miles exists a wide range of activities including walking trails, kayaking, swimming, and shopping. With a population of 645,000, millions of visitors come for the warm weather, spring training baseball (home to Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training facilities), and its world-famous beaches. Fort Myers was the frequent winter home of Thomas Edison, as well as Henry Ford.
Central Role: The primary responsibility of the Development Manager is to work in tandem with the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Music & Executive Director to guide the GCS in its journey to its next level of organizational achievement, broadening its funding sources, raising its prominence in the community, all while working to ensure excellence in keeping with the GCS’s mission, vision and values.
The Development Manager will be a strong, passionate entrepreneurial leader with a proven fundraising track record, who can build on the successes of recent years and continue the Gulf Coast Symphony’s rapid growth. The Development Manager will work to ensure that adequate funding is in place to meet the symphony’s programs and institutional goals, and will work closely with the Board of Directors and Music & Executive Director to achieve these goals. The Development Manager should have the ability to understand and embrace the GCS’s unique mission and special character, and be sensitive to and supportive of the needs of its diverse constituencies, including its musicians, subscribers, donors, sponsors, Board members, artistic leadership, volunteers and administrative staff. The selected individual should find it a compelling opportunity to collaborate with the Music & Executive Director to continue to build the GCS’s visible reputation while serving the needs of its audiences and supporters.
The Development Manager will be a confident frontline fundraiser and strategic thinker with a strong passion for music and the arts. The selected individual will bring energy and a well-rounded array of fundraising competencies to inspire, guide, and mentor an effective development effort. A creative leader with an optimistic and positive demeanor, the Development Manager will be comfortable taking initiative and challenging preconceptions. This self-directed individual will exhibit a drive for excellence and will be motivated by a desire to learn and implement best practices to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The Development Manager will possess keen prospecting skills along with the ability to effectively cultivate and help solicit high-level donor prospects.
The Development Manager provides daily management for the symphony’s Fund Raising Programs and Strategic Partnerships. The Development Manager, in collaboration with the Music & Executive Director, is responsible for GCS contributed revenue streams, including annual gifts, major gifts, sponsorships, grants, fundraising events, planned giving and contributions, ultimately generating 60% of the organization’s annual budget. The Development Manager helps to identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship for all development activities. Position includes the management of our Maestro’s Circle (GCS’s highest value donors and performance sponsors) and special events. The Development Manager is responsible for the research and identification of donor prospects and building relationships with individual donors and representatives from corporations, foundations, and government agencies, which have synergy with Gulf Coast Symphony’s mission, vision, strategies, and programming. The Development Manager shares responsible for donor cultivation, stewardship and gift acknowledgment with the GCS leadership team, as well as with members of the Board’s Community Resources Committee.
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to email@example.com
Disclaimer: This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. This job description is intended to be general and will evolve over time and is subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of five years of progressively responsible development expertise in the arts, arts education, or a related field.
Candidates should have a well-rounded knowledge of and proven track record in major and individual gifts, institutional support, planned giving, and/or special events. The selected individual will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated capacity to lead and motivate both staff and volunteers, and adeptness in building consensus among a diverse set of stakeholders. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office, along with development CRM systems and software. The GCS is currently utilizing Patron Technologies (Salesforce) as its donor CRM. Experience with and knowledge of the SWFL donor community will be viewed favorably.
About Gulf Coast Symphony (FL)
Founded in 1996 by its current music director and conductor, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony is the premier community orchestra of Southwest Florida and one of the most dynamic community orchestras in the United States. We are recognized for our high-quality symphonic performances as well as our active community engagement and commitment to arts education.
The Gulf Coast Symphony exists to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Lee County by producing and performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative, and balanced program of performances, events, and community and education projects that reaches the widest possible public. The primary goals of the Gulf Coast Symphony are:
To help build general arts awareness in Lee County
To develop new audiences for the arts in our community
To assist in the development of potential future performers
The Gulf Coast Symphony enjoys dynamic, proactive, and deepening relationships with the stakeholders, constituencies, and the community that we serve.