The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association seeks an exceptional and experienced individual to serve in the critically important role of Vice President of Development. As a member of the Orchestra's senior management team and reporting to the newly appointed President and CEO, Dr. Keith Cerny, the Vice President of Development will establish and achieve annual fundraising goals totaling approximately $6 million. The Vice President of Development will work with an engaged and dedicated Board of Directors to design, implement, and develop the funding resources necessary to support the Orchestra's mission. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts, together with proficiency in team management and program building. The position manages a full-time staff of four.


  • Develop and monitor annual fundraising plan, based on different giving levels, across the donor lifecycle (e.g. prospects, early donations, major gifts, endowment and legacy gifts)
  • Plan and oversee all fundraising activities, including annual fund campaign, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, endowment, and special events
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the FWSO's general operating, endowment, planned giving, and special project funding priorities
  • Working with President and key members of Board, cultivate and solicit individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies capable of making major annual gifts, as well as planned and endowment gifts
  • Implement a comprehensive donor stewardship program including acknowledgement plan, donor recognition events, and donor communications
  • Develop close working relationships with individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations in North Texas and beyond
  • Attend FWSO events regularly to develop sustained relationships contact with donors and prospects
  • Collaborate with various board committees, including Development, Circles of the Symphony, Brooks Morris Society (planned giving), Gala, and the Notables
  • Manage major events (e.g. season opening, gala)
  • Motivate, develop, and retain existing development personnel

Desired Characteristics:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least five years development experience – ideally in the arts.
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of classical music and music education strongly preferred
  • Experience with the Fort Worth philanthropic community desirable
  • Experience with Tessitura an advantage, but not required
  • Team-player, and effective partner with marketing and education departments
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, impeccable attention to detail, and technological savvy
  • Strong social and interpersonal skills, a high energy level, unquestioned integrity and discretion, a passion for the mission, and a good sense of humor

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive health plan and paid parking are provided. Relocation assistance available.  Out-of-area candidates encouraged to apply.  Some evening and weekend work required, especially during performance season.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association has grown to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United States, with an annual budget of $13 million, a 200+ concert season, and a $20+ million endowment fund. The FWSO attracts music lovers of all ages with a ten-concert Symphonic Series, a seven-concert Pops Series, several blockbuster Specials, and a five-week outdoor summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden that attracts more than 40,000 listeners from 28 states.

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