The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association is currently accepting applications for the position of Major Gifts Officer. Under the supervision of the President & CEO and the VP, Development, the Major Gifts Officer plays a pivotal role in managing a significant portfolio of major donors.


  • Manage a portfolio of major gifts ($5,000-$25,000+), adding new donors each year
  • Meet or exceed financial target from overall portfolio each year
  • Invite donors to performances or events that are likely to be of particular interest
  • Host donors from their portfolio at FWSO concerts and events
  • Meet in person 2/year with each donor for breakfast / coffee / lunch
  • Communicate key messages precisely on FWSO strategy and goals set by Board, President and CEO, and VP, Development
  • Request donors to increase gift where appropriate / moves management
  • Send birthday / congratulations / anniversary cards as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate and up to date Tessitura files
  • Coordinate all activities with VP, Development
  • Involve VP, Development and / or President and CEO for significant new opportunities (e.g. planned gift, “one off” major annual gift, endowment gift)
  • Other duties as requested


  • Undergraduate degree with excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of the symphonic repertoire and performing arts strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in fund-raising, ideally in a performing arts setting
  • Proven track record of maintaining and growing a portfolio of donor relationships
  • Must be able to effectively manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Tessitura a plus
  • Team player
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail
  • Must be able to work with confidential information


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Full-time position with benefits.  Position requires some evening and weekend work during performance season


Please send cover letter and resume to:

Alternatively, you may submit your cover letter and application to the following:

Development Jobs – Major Gifts Officer
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association
330 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, Texas 76102