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Deputy Director, Special Campaigns

The Metropolitan Opera
New York, United States
$90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
May 9, 2024
The Deputy Director works closely with the Sr. Director, Leadership Gifts and Special Campaigns to solicit special campaign gifts and provide high level campaign and stewardship support for various special campaign and funding areas, including New Productions, Revivals, Commissions, Met Opening Night transmission, Access Opera, Rush Tickets, Summer HD Festival, HD Live in Schools, Met Live in HD, the Met Radio Broadcasts, Met Opera Student Access, Met Students, Special Initiatives, Capital, and the Transforming the Met Campaign. The Deputy Director carries a portfolio of special campaign donors to solicit. He/she also helps prepare multiple types of advanced proposals and reports, applications, proposals, and campaign documents, endowment requests and reporting.  Responsibilities also includes day-to-day contract fulfilment and high-level stewardship for Global Sponsors and leadership level foundation and individual sponsors.   Primary Responsibilities:
  • Solicit a portfolio of special campaign donors, starting with Saturday Matinee Broadcast Campaign and Met Opera on Demand Student Access donors, and adding other campaigns over time.
  • Prepare advanced proposals, reports, and pledge agreements for Leadership and Special Campaign donors, including select corporate and foundation grant applications, extensive reports, gift acknowledgments, and other related elements of leadership donor stewardship.
  • Work with Sr. Director to manage multi-year, multi-million dollar Global Sponsors, foundation and individual leadership funder extensive agreement requirements and delivery of involved benefits, managing a myriad of day-to-day stewardship needs, including internal/external crediting review and approvals process with various Campaign donors.
  • Engage directly with colleagues across Artistic, Marketing, and other Development to pull reporting data and program details to create proposals, reports, as well as fulfill funder agreements.
  • Ensure highly organized Special Campaign fulfillment tracking, and special stewardship events and benefits are fulfilled in a timely manner.
  • Prepare annual Endowment requests with required additional materials and annual reporting.
  • Conduct and prepare in-depth research on campaign prospects and special plans put in place for high level prospective special campaign funders; attend select functions and special events.
  • Manage Support the Met Broadcasts donor plaques and cumulative donor list updating, and cultivate lower level radio and education prospects; attend select functions and special events.
  • Provide additional support to Sr. Director of Special Campaigns and Leadership Gifts for unexpected special projects as they arrive.
Skills & Qualifications
  • Minimum of 7 years of development experience high level campaign donor stewardship and institutional fundraising experience.
  • Superior writing skills, with the ability to create persuasive and descriptive written materials.
  • Extensive experience and comfort with preparing applications and reports in donor portals
  • Ability to manage a special campaign donor needs within the constructs of an overall development and marketing operations, coordinating all campaign stewardship efforts with other institutional priorities and goals.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills; knowledge of Excel and Tessitura preferred
  • Experience fundraising for the performing arts/cultural sector in New York City; knowledge of opera preferred.
  • Undergraduate degree; graduate degree in related field preferred.
Physical Demands
  • Diplomacy, tact and ability to skillfully handle donor situations.
  • Superior organizational/time management skills.
  • Ability to work quickly and adapt readily to changes in priorities.
  • Requires some late evenings/weekends for cultivation activities.
  • Required to be on site 5 days a week.
$90,000 - $100,000 a year   The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.   The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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