With an energy that draws people to the organization, the Annapolis Symphony’s Executive Director and Chief Development Officer will be responsible for building upon and extending our successful development strategy, continuing to implement the Symphony’s vision, its and artistic and educational priorities, managing the human and financial resources of the organization, taking the Symphony into the community, and providing the leadership and vision to achieve the orchestra’s mission and build on its financial stability. The position reports to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Engaging and promoting the Symphony among an ever-widening circle of individuals, corporations, community leaders, foundations, and government agencies both state and local, to cultivate new partnerships and patrons;
Building upon the SYMPHONY 2020 strategic framework and implementing the Symphony’s 3-year Artistic and Educational priorities;
Nurturing and growing a donor base to successfully meet or exceed established financial goals;
Managing all aspects of operations including personnel, marketing, budgeting, and financial management as well as overseeing labor relations and contract negotiations;
Managing all aspects of concert production, including Masterworks, Pops, Chamber Series and Family concerts;
Establishing a solid working relationship with the Board of Trustees, Music Director, Symphony staff and the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony (FASO);
Working with the Board to design a multi-year comprehensive campaign, with the support of the Development Committee, to encompass multiple streams of philanthropic investment, including annual, restricted, planned and endowment giving.
Working in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) to promote the educational priorities and, working with its Director, oversee the direction of the Annapolis Symphony Academy (www.tunedtoyouth.org.)
At least five years of senior management experience in a non-profit organization, including a minimum 3 years experience in successfully designing and leading development strategies and fundraising efforts of a major non-profit;
A love for and dedication to raising funds personally, especially cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and transformational gifts;
Proven leadership ability and measurable experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, audience development and increasing earned revenue;
Strong strategic thinking; the ability to deliver results that meet or exceed target goals;
Experience working in or managing a comprehensive, capital, or endowment campaign;
Solid financial management and budgeting skills within non-profit organizations;
Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively motivate the Board, staff and volunteers to achieve the orchestra’s mission;
Understanding of and ability to build, nurture and sustain positive relationships with all patrons and donors -- and the ability to translate that into sustained and growing financial support;
A love for classical music and an ability to communicate its importance persuasively to a broad range of audiences;
Working knowledge of orchestral music, production, and operations helpful but not critical;
Understanding of issues and challenges facing symphony orchestras, especially in small-to-medium sized communities;
A reputation for integrity, high energy, strong interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic.
About Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is a growing, successful 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization. Founded 1962, it is a fully-professional orchestra with approximately twenty-four performances each year. The core of the season is five Masterworks concerts (two performances each) and one repeat performance at Strathmore Music Center. Additionally there are two Pops concerts, five concerts for schoolchildren and families, and several collaborative performances with the Annapolis Opera, the US Naval Academy Glee Clubs, and other organizations. Music Director José-Luis Novo is in his thirteenth season, the longest-service music director of the Annapolis Symphony. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the home of the Symphony.