Director of Institutional Advancement

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra

Community in concert.

Wheeling, WV

Work Location: In-office


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Community in concert.

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra is seeking a qualified professional for the position of Director of Institutional Advancement. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and will work closely with the Executive Director, the Music Director and the Board of Directors in this senior leadership position to lead fundraising activities.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated history of Advancement strategic planning in all areas including strategy development, execution, and evaluation with a demonstrated record of donor engagement and partnerships including major gift fundraising and capital campaign planning and execution. Demonstrated record of successful community relations and communications.

Reporting to the Executive Director and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for establishing strategic priorities in all aspects of advancement, acting as a strategic advisor to the Executive Director in the area of Advancement and cultivating a culture of philanthropy within the broader communities. The Director of Institutional Advancement will contribute to the development, ongoing assessment, and execution of the Symphony’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Planning and will represent the Symphony externally acting as an Ambassador.

Job duties include:
• Creating a clear, engaging strategy and setting priorities for advancing a culture of philanthropy aligned with the Symphony’s strategic direction.
• Develop strategies for fundraising, endowment development, annual giving, major gifts, and legacy gifts.
• Maintaining the donor database.
• Prepare and present at Board of Directors meetings to provide applicable updates on Advancement key initiatives, priorities, and results.
• Plan, develop and execute fundraising communication plans and in conjunction with the Executive Director manage events related to fundraising and community building.
• Create and distribute internal and external communications including press releases, media stories, and attend events for arts advocacy on behalf of the Wheeling Symphony.

The Wheeling Symphony offers a competitive salary and benefit package including health insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, and 403(b) Profit Sharing Plan. The position is currently an in-office job five (5) days per week in Wheeling, West Virginia, about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh, PA.

Interested persons please send a cover letter, resume, and any other supporting information to:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Phone inquiries are not accepted.

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