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Director of Development

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony in the search for a Director of Development.

The Director of Development is the leader of the Symphony’s Development department and a member of the Orchestra’s senior-management team. The Director is responsible for establishing, facilitating, and evaluating a highly professional, ethical, and successful fundraising program. This person mentors and manages staff and volunteers in their design and implementation of annual, capital, endowment, and planned-giving programs. Major-gifts solicitation, stewardship, Board support, and a positive public presence are important facets of this position.

The Director of Development will have a passion for symphonic music and be able to share her/his enthusiasm for the role of the symphony orchestra in a vibrant community. S/he will be able to articulate with personal conviction the mission and vision of the organization. The Director will appreciate and support the collaborative culture of the Kansas City Symphony, be comfortable sharing authority and delegate work accordingly, but will not hesitate to make decisions. The successful candidate will be a broad and disciplined thinker who identifies opportunities, prioritizes tasks in a demanding work environment, and overcomes obstacles. S/he will be proactive, solution-oriented and possess a balance of creativity and pragmatism.

The Symphony places a premium on relationship-based fundraising and excellent stewardship of donors. The successful candidate will be an outstanding listener, a strategic fundraiser, and possess a warm and engaging public presence. The Director will be someone donors enjoy spending time with and will be perceived as an organizational leader. Excellent management and leadership skills, outstanding written and verbal communication abilities, knowledge of all aspects of nonprofit fundraising, an appreciation for and understanding of analytics in fundraising, and direct experience in solicitation of and closing six- and seven- figure gifts for annual and endowment funds are all vital.

The Kansas City Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in the Kansas City region, with a FY17 budget of $16.2 million, and it is known for artistic excellence, a strong administrative staff, stable finances, outstanding customer service, and a large volunteer force. Since the 2011 opening of its concert venue, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Symphony has achieved striking artistic success and serves as a model for other orchestras throughout the country. The administrative staff is dedicated to providing the best possible experiences for all patrons, not only in the concert hall but in every aspect of its operation. The staff strives for high-level achievement, artistic and administrative excellence, and outstanding relationships with all donors, concertgoers, and community members.

The Symphony raises approximately $7 million annually from individuals, foundations, corporations, government, and its five support groups that provided more than $1 million during the 2014-2015 season. In 2012, the Symphony launched an endowment campaign with a $55 million goal. Masterpiece: A Campaign to Support the Kansas City Symphony has raised $51.2 million to date, and the public phase of the campaign will be launched in fall 2016. 


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