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Vice President of Development

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County seeks a Vice President of Development who is a dynamic, goal-focused strategic thinker, with expertise in the full range of development functions and a special interest in individual giving and major gifts.

The region’s premier classical music presenter, the Philharmonic Society is now in its 62nd season of bringing the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo artists to Orange County. Primary venues include the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa and the Irvine Barclay Theatre on the campus of UC Irvine. The Society’s full season of classical programming is augmented by eclectic, holiday and family programming. The Society is also dedicated to bringing music into the lives of young people and has an extensive array of youth music education programs serving 160,000 K-12 students throughout the county annually. The Philharmonic Society is supported by an annual budget of $4.5 million, a dedicated Board of Directors and an 800-member volunteer corps. A dynamic new President and Artistic Director who arrived a year ago has set an exciting vision for the future, and the Society is now executing a five-year strategic plan to support program expansion and future growth.

The Philharmonic Society seeks an experienced development professional who will lead and expand a multi-faceted fundraising program that includes annual, capital, endowment and legacy gifts. The Vice President of Development reports directly to the President and Artistic Director and is a key member of the Executive staff team and attends all full 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 works with the President and the Board to lead the achievement of fund development goals and strategy; to continue to strengthen the Society’s fund development program; and to chart its course for the future. 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 cultivate new patrons and donors.

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 long-term sustainability of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:
• Develops and implements plans for overall fundraising development operations across the various programmatic areas of the Philharmonic Society
• Works closely with the President, Campaign Manager and volunteer leadership to coordinate and strategize around major gift fundraising including soliciting concert and project sponsorships
• Develops and maintains Board relationships; works with President to plan and implement Board giving campaign; trains and supports Board members in their role as ambassadors and relationship builders
• Supports and participates in the cultivation and recruitment of Board leaders and other key fundraising volunteers
• Works with part-time Grant Writer to identify government, corporate and foundation grant opportunities that support the Philharmonic Society’s mission and scope
• Oversees communications program and donor stewardship to support development efforts
• Provides regular reports and updates to the President and the Board regarding fund development activities and progress
• Directly develops and manages strategic plans related to acquisition, renewals, and increases across fundraising programs
• Focuses on proactive identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and potential donors at all levels
• Utilizes and manages the donor database system to track donor relationships

Required qualifications and experience include: 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 with at least five years in senior posts, 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; at least a Bachelor’s degree. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal and writing skills. A passion for and working knowledge of music is a plus, as is a knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience with benefits including health and dental. Start date is on or around February 1, 2016.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Attn: Human Resources
2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612


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