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Chief Development Officer

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Massachusetts, United States
$400,000.00 - $450,000.00
Closing date
Jun 13, 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 Boston Symphony Orchestra in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will conceptualize, organize, and implement a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program in support of the BSO’s mission and vision for the future. The CDO will collaborate with senior BSO executives, development staff, Trustees, Advisors, and other volunteers to position the BSO for philanthropic partnership with donors at all levels, cultivate transformative gifts, and ultimately enhance the BSO’s regional, national, and global impact. The CDO will oversee individual giving; planned giving; corporate initiatives; foundations and government relations; donor and volunteer engagement; development research, information systems, and analytics; and development communications. The CDO will examine and continually strengthen all dimensions of the development program in consultation with the President and CEO. The CDO will recruit and inspire a high-performing development team; establish an analytic basis for strategy and decisions regarding philanthropy at the BSO; and unleash the potential of the existing prospect pool and substantially expand its dimensions. The CDO will be a proven fundraising visionary and strategist; an effective listener; and a strong collaborator with an ability to build a robust and productive network of partnerships. This position is primarily based in Boston, Massachusetts and requires relocation to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts for the summer season. Housing is provided in Lenox.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra engages millions of people each year in the remarkable diversity and wonder of orchestral music and maintains homes at its iconic venues, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts. From the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Charles River Esplanade to free community concerts throughout Greater Boston, an annual BSO Youth and Family series at Symphony Hall, humanities programs at the Tanglewood Learning Institute, and tour performances in concert halls around the world, the BSO remains committed to innovation, creativity, artistry, cultural relevance, education, civic engagement, and making orchestral music accessible to audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of familiarity. Celebrated for its diverse programs, passionate performances, and tradition of innovation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra—under the artistic direction of Andris Nelsons since 2014—has been at the forefront of artistry for more than 140 years. At home, abroad, and through recordings, television, and radio broadcasts, a deep and inclusive commissioning legacy, and a history of cultivating emerging artists, the BSO reinforces its status as one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile ensembles, attracting world-renowned guest artists, composers, and conductors.

“America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops—under the direction of Keith Lockhart since 1994—has led the way in creating concert experiences designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of musical tastes. The orchestra’s storied approach to programming combines light symphonic favorites with film music, Broadway, jazz, pop, indie rock, country, big band, gospel, and the Great American Songbook, frequently in collaboration with household-name artists. Along the way, the Boston Pops has grown into the most recorded and most beloved orchestra in the country. Pops performances are punctuated annually on July 4th by its Fireworks Spectacular, a free outdoor event that since 1974 has drawn tens of millions of in person attendees and television viewers.

Hailed as America’s premier summer music festival, since 1937 Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and provides a unique experience of musical performances of the highest artistry amid the pastoral beauty of the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. At the heart of the Tanglewood season are BSO performances led by the world’s great conductors. Tanglewood also presents performances by the Boston Pops, the highly successful Popular Artist Series featuring stars from a wide array of genres, and chamber music concerts by eminent soloists and ensembles in the acclaimed Ozawa Hall. The Tanglewood Music Center, initiated in 1940, offers spectacular performances by its talented Fellows, who spend the summer honing their skills as young professionals by working closely with BSO musicians and guest faculty throughout the summer. Tanglewood is also the year-round home of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, which offers programs designed to deepen understanding of music, the arts, and the human spirit in the beautiful Linde Center, Tanglewood’s newest venue, which opened in 2019.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 10 years of advancement experience is preferred for this position. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the BSO, 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 Boston Symphony Orchestra and the responsibilities and competencies presented in the position prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $400,000 to $450,000 annually.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra 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 Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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