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Vice President of Development

The Philharmonic Society believes in a personal approach to donor cultivation and stewardship. With an eye toward the future, we seek to expand our donor base through innovative fundraising strategies that are based on industry best practices. Our aim is to develop and deepen long-term relationships that will, in turn, promote the long-term sustainability of the organization.

In anticipation of an upcoming endowment and capital reserves campaign, and with a desire to increase the overall annual contributed revenue, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, results-driven Vice President of Development. A proven record of engaging a committed development department is a must for this individual, along with a talent for cultivating, securing and stewarding major gifts.

The Vice President of Development position requires a senior level development professional with both strategic and tactical abilities to lead and grow all aspects of the Society’s fundraising activities including annual, capital, endowment and legacy gifts.

The Vice President’s priorities will be to:
• Partner with and support the President and Artistic Director, Board and Campaign Manager in advancing and strategizing fundraising goals.
• Develop and maintain Board relationships; work with President and Artistic Director to plan and implement Board giving campaign; train and support Board members in their role as ambassadors and relationship builders.
• Support and participate in the cultivation and recruitment of Board leaders and other key fundraising volunteers.
• Work with part-time Grant Writer to identify government, corporate and foundation grant opportunities that support the Philharmonic Society’s mission and scope.
• Oversee communications program and donor stewardship to support development efforts.
• Create a strategic and systematic fundraising plan for individual and institutional major gifts programs.
• Set the overarching direction, establish metrics and lead the staff in the execution of the fundraising and campaign plans.
• Work with the development staff to see that fundraising plans are implemented, goals achieved, timely reports generated and information shared.
• Monitor key fundraising trends and issues and communicate their implications to the President and Artistic Director with suggested actions.
• Assume the critical role of strengthening current funding from private sources and be relentless in developing new and more diverse sources of revenue emphasizing major gifts.
• Engender the trust and confidence of the President and Artistic Director, the Board, the executive team, program staff, donors and the Philharmonic Society’s volunteers and supporters.

The Vice President should have the following experience and qualifications:
• Accomplished leadership experience with a nonprofit arts organization achieving fundraising goals.
• A record of success in raising major gifts from individuals and institutions and a broad-based knowledge of various development activities including relationship-based philanthropy, annual fund, campaigns, event sponsorship and planned giving.
• The ability to exercise diplomatic persistence in the cultivation of donors.
• Strong knowledge of key philanthropic trends and top-level contacts with major local and regional funding sources.
• Strong familiarity of the Southern California (with a focus on Orange County) business, social, and philanthropic communities.
• A reputation as an innovator, change agent and builder.
• Excellent human relations skills, persuasive writing and presentation skills, exceptional judgment and maturity.

The targeted budget for the current fiscal year is $4.5 million. The Development Department’s contribution to the budget is $1.9 million (including $250,000 in new and increased donor income).

Over the next four years, an additional $10 million will be raised to support the growth of the endowment fund, and build the Society’s capital reserves to lessen reliance on short-term funding, and create a more financially nimble response to artistic opportunities.

The Vice President of Development reports directly to the President and Artistic Director and is a key member of the Executive team and attends all Board meetings and retreats. The Vice President oversees a two-person team (an Annual Fund Director and a Development Associate), a part-time Grant Writer and part-time Campaign Manager.

The Vice President of Development also works closely with the Vice President of Marketing to maintain the Society’s brand with professional and consistent collateral; foster new community and corporate partnerships and creatively cultivate new patrons, sponsors and donors.

The ideal candidate has a creative, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to work. The ability to represent the Society with the highest level of professionalism, and strong and engaging communication skills (both written and spoken) are essential. Knowledge of /and passion for classical music is highly beneficial.

At a minimum, this position requires:
• A Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree is preferred.
• Three years or more of leadership experience in a comprehensive fundraising operation, preferably with an arts-related institution, nonprofit organization or educational institution of similar complexity.
• A broad background in development including work in all core functional areas of fundraising.
• A strong record of personal fundraising solicitation with proven results in major and leadership gift fundraising and Board development.
• Demonstrated ability to extract and analyze data to make effective decisions about development strategy and process (working with Raiser’s Edge).
• Significant knowledge of the Southern California philanthropic sector.

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County offers an industry-competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The overall compensation package includes employer support for health and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation, recognized holidays, plus three personal holidays.

Please submit the following to

1.) Cover letter: All candidates are strongly encouraged to develop a cover letter which provides qualifications, experiences and past successes in management of a comprehensive development program and campaign execution including how these qualifications fully intersect with the Philharmonic Society’s needs for this position.
2.) Resume/CV
3.) Compensation history and compensation requirements

All three attachments must be received. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the anticipated volume of applications only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response. There is no deadline for submissions. The process will remain open until the ideal candidate is hired. We ask that no phone calls be placed to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

Marketing and Public Relations Intern

The Marketing & PR Intern will assist with the development and writing of press releases, media pitching, event work, research, and assist with general preparation for the concert season. The intern will have an opportunity to develop and execute at least one special promotion/event. Must have interest in Marketing, PR and music. Will perform some clerical and administrative duties as needed.

Time Commitment:
14 hours (2 full days) per week minimum

• College curriculum in Marketing, Communications and/or Public Relations preferred
• Strong writing skills (will be asked to submit writing samples)
• Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.)
• Ability to work both independently and on a team
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
• Working knowledge of Photoshop and/or InDesign preferred but not required

Please mail, fax, or email your resume to:

Philharmonic Society of Orange County
RE: Marketing and Public Relations Internship
2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612

Fax: (949) 553-2421