Overview

Job Title: Development Officer, Major Giving Groups
Department: Development
Reports to: Director, Individual Giving and Major Gifts
Status: Full-time, Exempt

Summary:

This is a fast-paced and exciting opportunity to join one of the most dynamic nonprofit organizations in Houston. Applicants should be inspired by the mission of the Houston Symphony and share a passion for its work. The Development Officer, Major Giving Groups will engage in an array of projects that will strengthen their growth in the field of nonprofit fundraising.

With the Associate Director, Individual Giving and Major Gifts, the Development Officer will be responsible for the Symphony’s Major Giving Groups including the Young Associates Council, members of the Ima Hogg Competition donor group, “IMA 106,” and the Symphony’s generous Musician Sponsors. In addition, the Development Officer will help shape a new giving group focused on philanthropically minded Symphony-going families. Additionally, the Development Assistant is responsible for a portfolio of donors contributing $1,500 to $7,500 annually.

Essential Job Functions:
• Manage a portfolio of individuals in the $1,000 to $7,500 giving range with a focus on members of annual giving groups.
• Responsible for meaningful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors including face-to-face visits, as well as email, telephone, and mail communications.
• Develop a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects for Young Associates Council, Musician Sponsorship, and Ima Hogg Competition.
• Plan and implement a calendar of dynamic and engaging events specific to each of the annual giving groups.
• Manage the musician sponsor program including various communications and events throughout the year.
• Coordinate involvement with Board members, leadership volunteers and Symphony management, as appropriate.
• Attend concerts and private donor events on evenings and weekends with the goal of building relationships with donors and prospects.
• Perform additional duties as required by the Houston Symphony Society.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience in fundraising.
• Experience in an arts organization preferred. Passion for the performing arts required.
• Computer literacy, including word processing, database and spreadsheet proficiency.
• Professional demeanor, detail oriented.
• Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
• Ability to work successfully in a busy environment while managing multiple tasks.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends, including some holidays.

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.

To apply for this job email your details to joel.james@houstonsymphony.org

About Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations with a distinguished musical history. The Houston Symphony performs over 170 concerts for more than 350,000 people every year, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming.

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.