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Director of Development

Spokane Symphony
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 27, 2022

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Spokane Symphony in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will serve as the chief advancement officer for the organization, leading all aspects of contributed income including annual operating income, endowment activity, capital projects, and other special projects which further the work of Spokane Symphony on behalf of its community and members. The Director of Development will be responsible for raising an estimated $2 million in annual support as well as work to further the progression of a $14 million endowment, with priorities around both general funding and special initiatives as they arise.

Spokane Symphony, incorporated in 1945 as the Spokane Philharmonic, continues its long tradition as the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Led by Music Director, James Lowe, the 70-piece professional orchestra performs more than 60 concerts, for over 150,000 listeners each season across platforms, and provides a wide variety of exceptional educational experiences. A non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Spokane Symphony Society is generously supported by the more than 300-member Spokane Symphony Associates, the Orchestra’s volunteer organization.

Spokane Symphony is driven by a belief that orchestral music nurtures the human spirit, enhances the quality of life, and is integral to the preservation and development of culture. It is dedicated to the mission of providing high quality, professional orchestral performances and education to the Inland Northwest for the purpose of enriching and transforming lives through music. This is achieved through presentation of high-quality performances of classical, popular, and innovative music, creating cultural enrichment for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and aiding in the artistic development of audiences and musicians by providing new musical experiences. Spokane Symphony is committed to developing and delivering educational and community programs that inspire.

Dedicated to bringing cultural enrichment to the community, Spokane Symphony has developed award winning, innovative programming that includes contemporary and traditional composers from around the globe. It works to collaborate with other art organizations such as the Spokane Civic Theatre to present Les Miserables and West Side Story, and La Boheme with Opera Coeur d’Alene (now Inland Northwest Opera). Spokane Symphony has outreach programs that include the Library Pass program, College Card, and student discounts. Its concerts are broadcast on local radio station 91.1 KPBX-FM.

Every year, nearly 24,000 students, teachers, and parents in the Inland Northwest are enriched by the musicians of Spokane Symphony. Programs include concerts for fourth and fifth graders, and the Link Up program with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music for grades 3-5 which puts instruments in the hands of students, and teaches the application of music concepts. For secondary schools, Spokane Symphony has the Young Musicians Education Program, which puts professional musicians in the classroom to provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities to raise music proficiency. The Young Friends program provides free tickets for students to attend a Spokane Symphony Masterworks concert which honors community educators. Educational outreach also goes beyond the traditional classroom and includes master classes that are free and open to the public.

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

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