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Vice President of Philanthropy

Kansas City Symphony
Missouri, United States
$160,000.00 - $175,000.00
Closing date
Apr 25, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony in the search for a Vice President of Philanthropy.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Philanthropy will lead all fundraising and philanthropic initiatives of the Kansas City Symphony. The Vice President will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy that supports the Symphony’s growing artistic and community engagement goals. With a focus on innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, the Vice President will bring an analytical and goal-oriented approach to the team as well as a deep background in the cultivation and stewardship of major donors and correlated fundraising efforts while setting and exceeding aggressive fundraising benchmarks.

The Kansas City Symphony has rocketed to become one of the top 25 orchestras in the United States. During its 42-week season, it performs a range of orchestral and chamber music in its performance home, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the very best concert halls in America. The musicians of the Symphony also perform throughout the Kansas City metropolitan region on its portable stage, the Mobile Music Box, while serving as the orchestra for both the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Starting in July 2024 the Symphony will welcome conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher as Music Director. Matthias regularly conducts and has his compositions performed by many of the world’s best orchestras and opera companies, and he ranks among the world’s foremost conductors and composers of orchestral music.

Kansas City Symphony includes 80 full-time musicians from around the world who call Kansas City home. Frequently joining them onstage is the 160-voice Symphony Chorus led by Charles Bruffy. Every season dozens of soloists perform with the Symphony—instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, tribute rock bands, even aerial artists. The Symphony also accompanies well loved films, playing the soundtrack live as the full movie is shown on Helzberg Hall’s giant screen.

Between its concerts at the Kauffman Center, performances on the Mobile Music Box, and community events like Celebration at the Station, the Symphony seeks to serve all of Kansas City through music. The Symphony also continues to introduce new concert formats that bring music alive in ways that connect it deeply with the community. The Kansas City Symphony is driven in its ambition to impact more lives through music, acting with a boldness and courage that distinguishes it among performing arts organizations.

The Kansas City Symphony seeks a Vice President of Philanthropy with an ability to lead with courage and conviction in service to the the Kansas City Symphony and the community it serves. The successful candidate should exhibit selfless, confident, and bold leadership. At this transformative moment in the history of the Symphony, it seeks a Vice President with both the vision and the drive to ensure that the Kansas City Symphony impacts more lives through music.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of successful revenue-generating experience is preferred for this role. The Kansas City Symphony will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Symphony, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Kansas City Symphony and the responsibilities and qualifications specified in the position prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $160,000 to $175,000 annually.

The Kansas City Symphony is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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