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Annual Fund Director

Company: Jacksonville Symphony
Date Posted: June 8, 2017

Position Summary:

The Annual Fund Director is responsible for oversight, strategy and monitoring of the Symphony’s growing individual giving programs, with a focus on growing the annual fund through the development of a broad base of support and a significantly increased major giving program. This person will have primary responsibility for overseeing a direct mail program, a telefund effort, the membership program and the Conductor’s Club. In addition to building close relationships with donors, the Annual Fund Director’s success will depend on communication and coordination with Symphony program directors, Development staff as well as the Board of Directors. S/he will also represent the Symphony externally in the arts and non-profit community when appropriate.


This self-motivated individual will be an experienced fundraising professional able to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced and growing performing arts institution. A passion for and experience in the performing arts is essential.



Lead in the development and implementation of an integrated annual giving program plan including giving levels, benefits and timelines.

Oversee all aspects of the individual annual giving solicitations, including direct mail, telefunding, membership, Conductor’s Club and special campaigns.

Work with the Director of Donor Services to create a stewardship strategy for individual annual fund donors at all levels.

Personally cultivate, renew and steward the Conductor’s Club members, with a focus on renewing and upgrading annual contributions.

Help orchestrate annual fund donor and Conductor’s Club benefits and events and give oversight to the Stewardship and Events Manager with regard to these activities.

Help orchestrate annual fund donor and Conductor’s Club acknowledgements and correspondence and give oversight to the Development Operations Manager with regard to these activities.

Lead a committee of Conductor’s Club volunteers to renew and solicit new Conductor’s Club members.

Prepare annual fund expense and income budgets and oversee expenditures.

Oversee the preparation of individual giving communications and collaborate with marketing and institutional giving teams to ensure consistency of giving program messaging.

Prepare reports on annual individual giving programs.

Other duties as requested or assigned.



Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum five years fundraising experience.

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Fluency in English.

Proficient in Microsoft Office and CRM databases, preferably Tessitura.

Responsible, reliable and able to work daytime, evenings and weekends.

Physically able to lift 35lbs, unassisted.

Must have a positive attitude, be able to work as part of a high-functioning team, possess a knowledge of and passion for symphonic music, as well as the desire to share it with others



The Jacksonville Symphony offers a salary commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package. Budgeted salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000.


About the Jacksonville Symphony:

The Jacksonville Symphony is a cultural leader of a vibrant and growing northeast Florida. With an annual operating budget surpassing $10 million and rising, the Symphony performs more than 200 concerts per year to 200,000 people throughout the First Coast. Just this year, the Jacksonville Symphony announced the ratification of a five-year collective bargaining agreement with its musicians, a season expansion from 35 to 40 weeks and a $50 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.


To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to by June 30, 2017. Candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.