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Director of Philanthropy

Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 5, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Other Programs, Administrative, Arts Administration, Public Relations and Communications
Arts, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Now entering its 96th Season, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is one of the most exciting performing arts organizations in Colorado, experiencing a renaissance in its service to the community and the Pikes Peak region. Recent institutional advancement efforts have led the institution toward a whole new level of service. The Philharmonic employs 76 part-time musicians and produces a nine-month concert season comprising three Concert Series – Masterworks, Philharmonic Pops, and Signature Series – in addition to holiday concerts, summer engagements, chamber music, and school time concerts. In all, 45 concerts are presented each year at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS, and in various other venues throughout the region. Led by Music Director Josep Caballé Domenech, the Philharmonic performances reach more than 200,000 people every season through events and broadcasts. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is an orchestra of the future, with bold plans to reach deeply into the fabric of the community with exciting, entertaining and meaningful offerings.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy is a valued senior member of the leadership team, responsible for the strategic development, management, implementation, and evaluation of all fund-raising programs that support the Philharmonic’s programs and mission. As a key senior leader, the Director of Philanthropy assists the Managing Director in the creation and implementation of strategic initiatives, and monitors daily operations, while serving as a problem solver and sounding board for new ideas. 

Lead the Philanthropy Department in planning and executing all annual fund campaigns, sponsorship, capital, endowment, and planned giving programs, as well as oversee volunteers in the execution of fundraising events and benefits. 

Manage contributed revenue programs of more than $2 million annually in support of the Philharmonic’s growing portfolio and reputation for artistic excellence and community engagement. 

Serve as liaison between the Philharmonic and the Board of Directors and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Foundation, as well as any appropriate committees and task forces related to fundraising activities.

 Interact on a regular basis with Philharmonic Board Chair, CEO, other board members, and community and civic leaders.

 Significantly expand total giving through increases in the number of active donors, average donation amount, and total donation amount.

 Grow the roles of major donors through personal cultivation of prospective donors and corporate sponsors, increasing the number of Maestro’s Circle member households, Philharmonic Ventures sponsors, and other major campaigns.

 Provide direction to the President and CEO for the portion of his/her time allocated for fund raising for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

 Provide positive leadership of Philanthropy staff; foster teamwork and respect; and form trusting professional bonds with administrative, artistic, and board leadership; and demonstrate a passion for the Philharmonic’s brand and culture.

 Participation as a representative of the Philharmonic at concerts and other events.

 Other duties as assigned, such as taking orders for the annual subscription campaign or other similar patron-focused interactions.


 Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible fundraising or related experience, preferably with an orchestra, other arts/culture organization.

 Master’s degree preferred but not required.

 Appreciation of symphonic music and cursory understanding of the arts world.

 Demonstrated success in achieving progressively increasing revenue goals in a volunteer-centric environment, ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy atmosphere, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

 Personal charisma in interpersonal relations.

 Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and adaptable person.

 Familiarity with high-volume direct mail and/or tele funding strategies and operations.

 Superb verbal and written communication skills.

 Ability to develop and prepare sophisticated campaign materials, budgets, written correspondence and reports.

 Excellent critical thinker, strategic planner, and problem solver.

 Initiator who meets deadlines and maintains an active presence at Philharmonic concerts and events.



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