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Director of Events and Stewardship

The Music Center
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 20, 2022

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As L.A.'s premier performing arts destination, The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The $70 million non-profit performing arts organization has three divisions: TMC Arts, TMC Ops and TMC Business Services, TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, which include Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum; on Jerry Moss Plaza; outside at Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent green space; in schools and neighborhoods all over Los Angeles County; and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts learning programs, workshops, performances, interactive experiences and special events. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the plaza and Grand Park, which comprise $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. TMC Business Services includes Advancement, Human Resources, Finance, IT and Marketing and Communications. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Events & Stewardship is a highly collaborative, proactive, resourceful leader who provides expertise, guidance and oversight of signature events and donor stewardship for the advancement department. Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement and serving as an integral member of the advancement team, this individual is responsible for the development, execution and assessment of events and stewardship activities that engage major donors and board members.

The Director is accountable for creating a strategic and thoughtful plan for events and stewardship that advances the team’s efforts to maintain and strengthen high-quality individual relationships. To this end, the Director conceptualizes and implements large-scale events such as the annual Spotlight Grand Finale, fundraising galas, and leadership dinner as well as smaller cultivation dinners, membership activities, and digital events. The Director identifies and implements other meaningful stewardship opportunities such as donor trips, annual gratitude report, unique donor gifts, and inscriptions, and may take on select special projects. This position is responsible for a minimum fundraising goal of $500,000 net for galas and partnering with the senior team in achieving an annual $1 million goal for the Spotlight program.

The Director partners with key internal stakeholders across departments, on-site and off-site vendors, volunteer leadership and event committees. Close coordination with and management of event vendors and consultants is required. This position oversees a Coordinator of Events and Stewardship.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: This is an extraordinary opportunity for a driven and results-oriented advancement professional to join a dynamic team in advancing The Music Center’s vision to deepen the cultural life of every resident of Los Angeles County. The successful candidate is knowledgeable about the donor cycle and experienced in identifying opportunities that help build meaningful relationships. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred along with at least 5 years of special events management. Experience working in non-profit field is a plus. Exceptional interpersonal skills and diplomacy along with strong written and verbal communication are essential. Must have the ability to navigate competing priorities and adapt quickly in a changing environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, mail merges and web searches is required and experience with Monday, Zkipster, Tessitura (or similar fundraising database system) is a plus. Must be highly dependable and available to work select evenings and weekends.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. This is a Full-Time, Exempt position. Compensation package includes health and welfare benefits, paid vacation and sick days, 401(k) plan with employer contribution.

VACCINATION POLICY: The Music Center requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exemptions as required by law. New hires working at The Music Center must be fully vaccinated no later than 60 days after hire and until they are fully vaccinated will be required to submit weekly proof of negative laboratory COVID-19 test and submit to additional masking and social distancing requirements. Please contact The Music Center’s Human Resources Department for a copy of the vaccination policy. In addition, effective January 17, 2022, all employees of The Music Center who are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 under The Music Center’s COVID-19 Policy shall be required to timely obtain and show proof that they have received a booster within the timeframe recommended by the CDC.

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