Overview

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Houston Symphony in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

The Houston Symphony is in the early stages of implementing a ten-year strategic plan that calls for significant growth in areas relating to artistic excellence and community involvement. The aspirations of this strategic plan create a dynamic environment within the institution because Trustees, patrons, musicians and staff share a desire to transition to higher levels of relevance within the City and local, national, and international stature. The Symphony has just hired a new Executive Director/CEO who will partner with the new Chief Development Officer (CDO) and the rest of the staff to create an even more exciting environment than had been present to date.

The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Houston Symphony’s development programs, resulting in contributed income nearly $20 million each year raised from individual, corporation, foundation, government, and special event sources, and will facilitate Endowment and planned giving programs. Together with the Executive Director and CEO, the CDO will hold the primary responsibility for all donor relations and works with Houston Symphony Society and Board leadership to achieve the Symphony’s institutional goals and support its mission, vision, and values.

The Chief Development Officer is a critical position on the Houston Symphony staff, reporting directly to newly appointed Executive Director/CEO John Mangum. Overseeing a department of 18 devoted development professionals, the CDO is responsible for leading their team in securing $18 million in annual fund contributions and financial support for three major events, as well as legacy and endowment gifts to support the activities of the Houston Symphony. Working closely with a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors comprised of prominent community leaders in business and philanthropy, the CDO will have the opportunity to build the fundraising capacity of the Houston Symphony to achieve its strategic goals and to secure the kind of transformative gifts that will enable us to execute on our strategic plan.

The Houston Symphony is one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. With an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston. In the 2017-18 season, its fourth under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the orchestra completed a triumphant eight-city, four-country tour of Europe, earned its first Grammy Award, and released two commercial recordings. Looking ahead, the organization continues to pursue its vision of becoming America’s Most Relevant and Accessible Top-Ten Orchestra by 2025.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position is at least ten years of experience in a progressively responsible fundraising role. A master’s degree or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience in the goal-oriented environments of development and management is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

The Houston Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, or any other protected class.