Stamford Symphony

Stamford Symphony

Stamford, CT

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Stamford, CT
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Symphonic
  • $80,000
  • $100,000

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Stamford Symphony

Stamford Symphony Location: Stamford, CT

Type: Full Time

Reports to: President and CEO

Salary: In the range $80,000-$100,000 depending on experience


Context of the Position

The Development Manager’s primary responsibilities are to manage fundraising operations, research potential donors for the Orchestra’s five-year, $5m, Crescendo Campaign for the Future of the Stamford Symphony and manage a portfolio of annual fund doors.  This new management position will be instrumental in achieving the success of the Campaign to add $1m per year to the organization’s budget, and make  Stamford Symphony a model of a 21st century orchestra.

Principal Responsibilities:

Provides operational support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for all development activity
Serves as a member of the Crescendo Campaign Task Force, helping to establish goals, objectives, and procedures for the department
Works closely with CEO and Campaign Task Force to develop and execute strategy to achieve goals of campaigns, including timely and frequent revenue analysis and tracking
Represents the Symphony to donors and potential donors at all levels of giving and solicits gifts to support the Symphony’s programs
Supports solicitations for the Development Committee and board leadership
Researches potential donors using Iwave or similar wealth engine softwares
Develops the Symphony’s individual giving pipeline, including new opportunities for individual gifts, including peer-to-peer fundraising and matching gifts
Works closely with the Sales & Marketing, and Community Engagement & Education departments to ensure a coordinated approach to patron development
Manages an effective program for recognition, engagement and stewardship of donors, including all cultivation and stewardship events
Liaises and supports the independent contractor responsible for Corporate and Institutional Giving
Maintains a personal portfolio of donors and prospects
Works to ensure that systems, organizational culture, and practices are aligned with the Orchestra’s mission, vision and guiding principles

Additional qualifications and duties include:

Strategic thinking, relationship building skills, collaboration, and attention to detail
Proven ability to solicit gifts from senior and older donors with confidence and assertiveness
Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships
Interest in developing and refining programs and activities to ensure equitable practices
Ability to recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers
Having flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office
Working knowledge of tax laws related to charitable contributions of cash, property, and securities along with planned giving experience is a plus
Strong understanding of planned giving
Knowledge of Spectrix CRM software is desirable
Knowledge of classical music, artists and repertoire is desirable

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s or master’s degree, or equivalent experience, with a minimum of five years’ experience in contributing at the leadership level to a successful Development office
Prior experience successfully managing a donor portfolio and exceeding fundraising goals
Strong management skills, critical thinking, and attention to detail required
Impeccable oral/written communication skills
Experience in contributing to strategic plans and communicating program vision
Thorough knowledge of development department functions, including donor identification and solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship

Additional Information

This position is open until filled. Stamford Symphony is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter that outlines interest and qualifications, and a resume to:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and continue until the appropriate candidate is identified.

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