Chief Philanthropy Officer
Managing Director, Institutional Giving; Senior Director,
Development Services; Senior Director, Stewardship Programs; Senior
Director, Annual Fund
The Vice President, Development is a senior leader on The
Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center Inc.’s (POKC) Philanthropy
and Development Team, reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer
(CPO) and leading key revenue-generating and service units for the
Development Department. Working in close partnership with the CPO,
the Vice President will help establish departmental revenue goals,
set and execute strategies to achieve those goals, and lead a
high-achieving team of professionals. Leading with our bold
vision to inspire and connect humanity through the Philadelphia
Sound, we at The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. are
vital influencers and conveners, emblemizing our values of being
exceptional, innovative, diverse and inclusive, and authentic.
IDEAS—Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies—is a
comprehensive transformation process, guided by our vision and
values, to assess and improve all aspects of our operations,
concerts, and programs, and to spur sustainable change. The
primary day-to-day responsibilities for the Vice President include
leading revenue-generating and departmental service programs:
institutional giving; annual fund; stewardship, communications, and
events; and development services. Including the four senior-level
direct reports listed above, the VP oversees a total team that
currently numbers 21 full-time staff. The Vice President and
CPO will work together to integrate the Vice President’s programs
into a major comprehensive fundraising campaign which was launched
in 2021 and will soon be expanded in scope. In partnership with the
CPO and external consultants, the Vice President will work to
ensure that staff and services are properly aligned for an
effective campaign. In addition to strategic leadership,
staff, and program management, the Vice President will manage a
portfolio of institutional and individual major donors, with
revenue expectations attached to this portfolio.
- Serve as the lead strategist for the Orchestra’s institutional
giving and annual fund programs, engaging and advising the
President and CEO, Board leadership, and other staff and volunteer
leadership in the execution of fundraising activities.
- Lead the Stewardship Programs team, which handles wide-ranging
responsibilities including communications, events, and volunteer
- Lead the Development Services team toward providing the
essential services necessary for a well-functioning fundraising
operation: gift processing; reporting; acknowledgments; research
and prospect management; and more.
- Manage a portfolio of 50 major institutional and individual
donors and prospects.
- Regularly interact with and involve President and CEO,
Executive Director, Chief Philanthropy Officer, other Orchestra
senior leadership, and Board of Directors in high-level strategic
- Identify, track, and leverage board connections to
institutional and individual major donors.
- Serve as a senior leader of the Development team and work
closely and collaboratively with other departmental leadership to
ensure cohesiveness within the Department.
- Supervise and lead a high-performing and ambitious team of
Development professionals, providing mentorship and training
and guiding professional development.
- Coordinate and supervise the activities of any assigned support
- Manage the activities of the Development Committee.
- Attend Board of Directors meetings and assist the CPO with
presentations, when necessary
Education and Experience:
- Attend concerts and events on evenings and weekends.
- Perform additional duties as required by The Philadelphia
Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of ten years of experience as
a fundraiser and manager, with prior experience leading a
development department or a major revenue-generating unit within a
full-service development department.
- A comprehensive understanding of a full-service fundraising
operation, with the ability to assess a department’s strengths,
weaknesses, and opportunities.
- Prior experience leading or working within a comprehensive
- Significant staff and executive management experience and
success in a sophisticated and complex fundraising
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
- A passion for and interest in the performing arts is preferred.
At minimum a deep appreciation for the important role cultural
organizations play in the community.
- Self-motivated, with demonstrated ability to provide leadership
for staff and volunteers.
- Executive presence in internal and external settings, with
outstanding interpersonal skills, diplomatic ability, and
authenticity in manner and communication.
- Impeccable written, verbal, and presentation skills, with a
strong marketing instinct.
- A deep curiosity to explore new funding and relationship
- Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment while
managing multiple assignments and priorities.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and integrated donor database
software (Tessitura and Salesforce preferred) with a powerful
understanding of how databases are effectively used for a complex
- Routine for office environment.
A resume and cover letter are required when applying for
this position. The
Philadelphia Orchestra and The Kimmel Center, Inc. does not
discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion,
gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin,
political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status,
disability, genetic information, age, parental status, or military
- Ability and willingness to travel around the region, country,
and internationally, as needed.
- Willingness to attend concerts and events, regularly on nights