Chief Development Officer

Missouri, United States
$90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Oct 21, 2020
Nov 19, 2020
Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the General Director and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer, an accomplished strategic thinker with comprehensive fundraising experience in major gifts, will act as Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s senior and leading development professional, responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation, and achievement of all support revenue goals. The successful candidate will inspire and manage a team of Development professionals, and partner with community leaders at the highest level of donor cultivation and solicitation. The Chief Development Officer will develop and execute the overall organizational strategy for the Development effort, in coordination with the General Director and CEO. Included in this strategy will be a plan for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for every potential source of contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government. The General Director and CEO and the Chief Development Officer comprise the major gifts team, responsible for leadership level donors in the annual campaign and managing the major gifts program and portfolio of major gift contributors. The Chief Development Officer will achieve revenue goals for the major gift portfolio and will be fiscally responsible for the Development department’s overall budgeted goals.

The Chief Development Officer is responsible for the successful completion of the OUR NEXT ACT (ONA) integrated fundraising campaign, and  will work in cooperation with the General Director and CEO, Campaign Cabinet, Campaign Council, and other key partners to successfully achieve the established campaign goals. The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $100,000 annually.

Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, Lyric Opera creates transformational opera experiences through its performances and through its outreach and education initiatives. It develops talent, repertoire, programs, and productions that bring the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves, and as well reflects the highest artistic standards of the profession. Lyric Opera offers innovative programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community. These programs, as well as its innovative productions of classic and contemporary operas, make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the community.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least five years of experience as a senior development professional with a measurable record of major gift accomplishment. An advanced degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.   

Out of concern for the health and safety of its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical offices of Lyric Opera of Kansas City remain closed. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues to monitor this health crisis and is following safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and its state and local government and health departments. Team members are working remotely. Staff, senior leadership team, and other meetings are being held via Zoom or phone conference.

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