The San Luis Obispo Symphony is able to execute its work only with the help of many donors whose commitments and values are as diverse and dynamic as they are. To ensure continued relationships with its treasured donors, the San Luis Obispo Symphony is seeking a specialist in giving and stewardship. This position will take part in, and in some cases oversee, fundraising action consistent with the Symphony’s needs and goals, including many types of annual giving, sponsorship giving, major giving, campaign and planned giving, as well as fundraising events. The position will also contribute to a robust grants program, applying to arts and government agencies, and foundations and corporations. The position will play an important role in the cultivation and solicitation of prospects, and make certain there is consistent continued stewardship for every type of donor. The position will provide encouragement, support and coordination for the Executive Director’s and Board members’ involvement, as well as construct and maintain systems that maximize fundraising effectiveness including donor and prospect tracking, reporting, and budgeting. The San Luis Obispo Symphony has an annual operating budget of about $1.2 million, and fundraising contributes about half of the organization's revenue. The specialist in giving and stewardship must maintain the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. The position reports to the Executive Director.
A Bachelor Degree and/or at least three years development experience is required. Demonstrated ability in the successful organization and implementation of a variety of development initiatives (e.g. annual fund; major gifts; corporate gifts/sponsorships; events). Ability to work effectively and meet deadlines. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required and a fundraising database.
Successful candidates will be diplomatic, discreet, organized, creative, results oriented, excellent communicators, able to inspire donor trust and confidence, and can engage Board members and volunteers in the development process. A strong belief in the value of the orchestra to the community and enjoys classical music. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to think both strategically and tactically, and have a strong attention to detail. Demonstrate a willingness to be a team player in a highly collaborative environment.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Benefit package includes paid vacation days and holidays, as well as sick leave, health benefits and free parking. Relocation expenses to be considered.
For over 50 years, the San Luis Obispo Symphony has enhanced the cultural landscape across the county. The orchestra's Classics in the Cohan series is an anchor for the city's state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. The chamber series takes place in the region's many scenic communities. Special occasion pops concerts augment celebrations for people of all ages far and wide. Hundreds of school ch...ildren attend free concerts that introduce them to orchestral music as part of the Performing Arts Center's Matinee program. The San Luis Obispo Symphony's Youth Orchestra builds the foundation for a lifelong involvement in music, starting with ensembles for very young players -- Super Bows and Cadet Winds -- and progressing through the intermediate Preparatory Strings and Academy Strings. The most advanced ensembles are Symphony Winds and Concert Orchestra, which claims notable alumni, including musicians that now play in the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Encounters with classical music and instruments are accessible for everyone with the Symphony's traveling petting zoo, music van, and music among the books. Boosting classroom education, San Luis Obispo Symphony-trained teachers provide after-school beginning string programs for kids where music education is in short supply during the school day.