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Major Gifts Officer (Hybrid Location)

Colburn School
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 27, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Arts, Education, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Colburn School in the search for a Major Gifts Officer.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy, the Major Gifts Officer will develop and manage a portfolio of donors (individuals and corporate partners) who make annual, endowment, capital, special projects, and planned gifts to Colburn School. Responsibilities include prospecting for growth in contributed revenue, especially in light of the new Frank Gehry-designed Colburn Center project. The Major Gifts Officer will steward and cultivate current and new donors to the School, support operations and scholarship fundraising, diligently track portfolio activity in the School’s CRM, and build momentum for the campus expansion project that was announced in March 2022. Upcoming activities for the exciting project include a seat naming campaign, groundbreaking and building opening events, and numerous other donor engagement opportunities. The Major Gifts Officer role is a hybrid position with a mix of in-person and remote work alongside the philanthropy team. Candidates should be locally situated in Los Angeles, and on-campus work at the School will be dependent on the individual’s portfolio work as well as staffing needs at various events and meetings throughout the year.

The Colburn School provides access to quality instruction for anyone who possesses a passion for music, dance, and drama, so they may further explore their interests and continue developing their talents. Colburn’s renowned faculty guide students through classes appropriate, and catered to, their age and skill level. The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts provides music instruction to beginners of any age, as well as to those who want to hone their skills, or participate in one of the School’s ensembles, orchestras, or choirs. Highly gifted pre-college students may apply to study at the Colburn Music or Dance Academies, and college-age students prepare for careers in music performance through certificate, and bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

The staff and faculty of the Colburn School are committed to bringing music and dance performances and education into the greater community so others can experience the many benefits associated with the performing arts. Every year, Colburn students and faculty present hundreds of free or affordable performances in Colburn’s beautiful professional theaters on campus, as well as in prestigious venues around Los Angeles. The Colburn School partners with 15 Los Angeles Unified School District schools—13 of which receive Title I funding—to provide interactive and engaging concerts and instructional sessions to 5,000 students every year.

Colburn’s goal is to accommodate students in developing a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts—whenever possible, and without the constraints of financial concerns—awarding over $1.3 million in scholarships in the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and the music and dance academies, every year. Additionally, all students at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music receive full tuition, room, and board scholarships, and are admitted based solely on talent—regardless of socioeconomic background. This is Colburn’s access to excellence promise.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of fundraising experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Colburn School and the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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