Overview

The Cleveland Orchestra is currently seeking a Foundation Gift Officer who will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation and government funders to establish new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships that will result in philanthropic support for The Cleveland Orchestra. This role provides the expertise to advance the orchestra’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on funding guidelines and interests and maintaining strong relationship ties with program officers and foundation boards. The Foundation Gift Officer manages a portfolio of foundation and government funders, including a schedule of grant and report deadlines.

Foundation fundraising program responsibilities include the following:

• Provide leadership and oversight of approximately $4 million in annual revenue from foundations and government grants as well as $2-10 million in special campaign gifts, including appropriations and capital grants.
• Execute the foundation and government grants fundraising strategy which includes providing strategic direction for the overall program, submitting all LOIs, applications, and reports, and managing recognition for foundation and government funders.
• Project management to gather information needed for grant applications and reports.
• Maintain updated information on prospects and donors in the organization’s donor database, Tessitura.
• Build and maintain a prospect file of local, national and international foundation prospects.
• Serve as staff lead to the board members to identify, track and leverage trustee relationships to foundation prospects and boards.
• Coordinate opportunities for stewarding and hosting constituency groups with the internal events team.
• Lead foundation strategy for fundraising for special campaign and project initiatives.

Grant management responsibilities include the following:

• Use Tessistura to manage grant deadlines to ensure all proposals, reports, and projects are completed on time.
• Develop compelling proposals to secure targeted grants; coordinate with internal partners to obtain information, institutional highlights, financial/budget data, etc.
• Work closely with others to maintain regular communications to grantors.

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree required with a minimum of five years of experience in non-profit grant writing. Experience as a grants manager preferred.
• Superior interpersonal skills to successfully interact with internal and external stakeholders.
• Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
• Strong problem-solving skills combined with a collaborative approach.
• Ability to successfully compose, submit and secure grant funding.
• Outstanding organizational skills with a high attention to detail.
• Demonstrated independent, mature judgment.
• Ability to consistently maintain a professional image and demeanor.
• Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member.
• Ability to successfully prioritize to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
• Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word and Excel; knowledge of Tessitura Database a plus.
• Must be able to travel between locations (Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center) and to local and/or regional meetings and events.
• Must be able to work evening and weekend hours as needed.

We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, and the opportunity to work with a dynamic management team supporting a world-renowned orchestra.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

About The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is universally admired for its world-class credentials, its gifted musicians, and its acoustically perfect and visually stunning concert hall. The Orchestra welcomes people of all ages, all walks of life, and invites them to experience something that is unique in the world.