Chief Philanthropy Officer
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the San
Francisco Opera in the search for a Chief Philanthropy
Reporting to the General Director, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will work closely with the General Director and Board of Directors on the development, implementation, execution, and evaluation of long-term fundraising goals and strategies for the San Francisco Opera, serving as the senior leader dedicated to contributed revenue and acting as a critical member of the General Director's executive team. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will direct and oversee a fundraising team of some seventeen professionals, fostering a diverse, positive, collaborative, and inclusive environment, while establishing and measuring annual plans, goals, reporting, and performance metrics. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will leverage the talent and commitment of the Board of Directors as well as develop annual departmental budgets that support the program, contributed revenue goals, and growth.
One of the largest opera companies in North America, San Francisco Opera has been thrilling audiences since 1923. It is known for commissioning numerous world premieres, training some of opera's greatest artists, and being one of the leading opera stages in the world. It believes opera is a uniquely compelling, entertaining, and emotionally exhilarating art form. Its mission is to bring together growing audiences to experience opera’s transformative power. Its values are to: pioneer new approaches to producing large-scale opera; strive for the highest standards of artistic integrity and excellence; foster a positive, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive organization; develop new audiences and create dynamic audience relationships; create impactful reciprocal connections with the community through education and engagement; and uphold fiscal rigor and sound management as prerequisites for creativity. Performing in the beautiful 1932 War Memorial Opera House (seating 3,100), it has two season periods, one from September – December, and the other from May – June.
San Francisco Opera is committed to ensuring people of racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences share and enjoy its art, resources, and relationships equitably, embracing community values and generating institutional prosperity. San Francisco Opera made a historic choice in 2019 by announcing the formation of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Community (DEC) and the appointment of the company’s first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community.
San Francisco Opera envisions a vibrant arts world in which people of all backgrounds create, share, and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility, and generating global prosperity. As one of the largest performing arts nonprofits in the Bay Area, San Francisco Opera acknowledges that it must continue to examine how its policies and practices either dismantle or maintain systems of inequity. It invites others to stand with it so that all can collectively move toward a climate of healing and reconciliation rooted in anti-racism.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least eight years of experience leading a development function. Experience in an arts or cultural institution is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the San Francisco Opera as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.