In partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to systematically and effectively strengthen the organizations overall fund-raising capacity while increasing the Greenville Symphony’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
S/he will expand and diversify the Greenville Symphony’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new and existing initiatives. In addition, the Development Director will work closely with the board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.
Develop, implement, and oversee a multi-year strategic fundraising action plan that meets or exceeds established financial targets for all areas of giving including the Annual Fund - individual, corporate/sponsorship, foundation, and government; and special campaigns.
Work with the Executive Director, board and volunteers, to solicit individual gifts through in-person visits, phone, and written correspondence for the Annual Fund and special projects.
Implement, coordinate and evaluate stewardship activities, solicitation schedules, recognition and benefits for all donors.
Oversee and lead part-time direct reports.
Work closely with board and Development Committee volunteers to develop and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new major gift donors.
Evaluate donor giving statistics to increase donor giving, re-engage lapsed donors, acquire new donors, and maximize donor retention.
Develop and manage GSO development revenue and expense budgets.
Serve as a visible and engaged public representative of the Orchestra.
Collaborate with marketing & PR to ensure consistent organization messaging and timelines.
Responsible for researching new funding sources and staying informed of current trends in giving and philanthropy.
5-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing and new donor relationships over time.
Familiarity with Greenville’s donor community beneficial.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
Experience in special events planning and implementation.
High energy and passion for Greenville Symphony’s mission is essential.
Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan.
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Strong computer skills with Raiser’s Edge knowledge preferred.
Evening and weekend responsibilities required for concerts and special events.
About Greenville Symphony Orchestra
The Greenville Symphony Orchestra aspires to continue as a leader in Greenville’s transformative evolution – as an inclusive and celebratory institution championing the expansion and recognition of Greenville’s unique cultural presence through live orchestral music and accessible music education.
Founded in 1948, the GSO is an exceptional orchestra, providing concerts of the highest artistic and professional standards. Annual concert attendance is approximately 30,000. The season includes the Masterworks Series, Holiday at Peace, Fall and Spring Pops all at The Peace Center, a Chamber Orchestra Series at the Gunter Theatre, and the Spotlight Series at the Fellowship Hall on the campus of First Baptist Greenville.
Education and community engagement are an important part of the GSO’s mission. Every year, GSO musicians present free concerts and programs for nearly 30,000 students in the region.
The Greenville Symphony Orchestra seeks a Development Director who prioritizes a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and is passionate about increasing the accessibility of the Greenville Symphony’s varied programming.