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Director of Major Gifts, Education and Community Giving

Pacific Symphony
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Pacific Symphony in the search for a Director of Major Gifts, Education and Community Giving.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Director of Major Gifts is an important member of the Development Team, with an emphasis on Pacific Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement programs underwriting, as well as generating general annual fund support from members of affinity groups which focus on relationship building with our Asian, Persian, Jewish, and veteran communities.

Founded in 1978, Pacific Symphony enriches the human spirit through superior performances of classical and symphonic music. Pacific Symphony is located in Orange County; California's second most populous county, which boasts a rich arts tradition strongly supported by an engaged public. The region is a tourism magnet, home of Disneyland, as well as a major financial and business hub.

Pacific Symphony is a highly dynamic and innovative organization, led artistically by Music Director Carl St. Clair and operationally by President John Forsyte. The Symphony has been designated as a Tier One Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras, joining the ranks of prestigious orchestras such as the LA Phil, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.

In most years, Pacific Symphony presents more than 100 concerts annually and serves 250,000 community members. The Symphony is nationally and internationally recognized for performance excellence, strong community engagement through education and other programming, and for commissioned new works by contemporary composers. Pacific Symphony twice received prestigious ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming and was showcased in the League of American Orchestras' nationally released publication entitled Fearless Journeys. Pacific Symphony's Class Act elementary school education program has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras for its exemplary orchestra education.

Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer outdoor series at Pacific Amphitheater. Music Director Carl St. Clair just celebrated his 30th season with Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is currently celebrating his 30th season leading the Pops series.

Pacific Symphony fosters a culture where its constituents feel valued, supported, and inspired to achieve their highest levels of participation and contribution. This includes providing opportunity and access for all people of every background. In creating and sustaining a culture where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, Pacific Symphony pledges to nurture a cooperative and caring organization where it attracts and retains people and partners who feel comfortable contributing their unique wisdom, perspectives, and experiences. Pacific Symphony believes that diversity exists in multiple dimensions, including differences among people that are not immediately visible.

A bachelor's degree or relevant comparable experience is required for this position as is at least five years of professional experience in individual giving for a non-profit organization. Previous work with a performing arts organization is of benefit. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Pacific Symphony as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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