Website Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Position Summary:

The Leadership Giving Manager serves as a member of the Philanthropy team, focused on executing strategies that generate investments from leadership donors who annually contribute $1,500 to $9,999.  In this role, they synthesize data, communicate frontline insights, and refine systems and processes.  This work is focused on the goal of promoting a culture of philanthropy that celebrates the generosity of every donor who invests in the CSO mission.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate on quarterly and annual fundraising plans, donor solicitations, cultivation and stewardship efforts for leadership gifts ($1,500 – $9,999).
  • Solicit funds from current and prospective mid-level donors via one-to-one interactions.
  • Grow and refine a mid-level donor development program to ensure consistent and meaningful cultivation.
  • Manage 10-15 volunteer solicitors in a leadership-level solicitation effort.
  • Utilize move management to maintain and track a prospect pool of approximately 200-250 active and prospective donors.
  • Identify new major giving prospects in collaboration with department leadership.
  • Discover and research new leadership giving prospects in collaboration with other members of the Individual Giving team.
  • Ensure high-quality donor stewardship through correspondence, donor engagement, musician engagement, professional proposals, mailings and acknowledgements.
  • Execute regular reporting from Leadership giving levels of the annual Orchestra Fund campaign to internal and external leadership.
  • With Individual Giving team, support various cultivation and recognition events and receptions.
  • Manage portion of individual donor budget, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded and expenses are kept within stated parameters.
  • Support organization’s DE&I initiatives and other objectives as outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements, Skills, Background:

The ideal candidate must be extremely detailed-oriented, have excellent computer, strategic thinking, organizational and communication skills.  They must possess the ability to observe the highest level of discretion and confidentiality.  This individual must also have an outstanding capacity for interpersonal communication, self-motivation, accuracy, timeliness, consistency, and the ability to handle multiple tasks under deadline pressure.  The candidate must also possess the following:

  • Two to five years of individual fundraising experience, preferably in the nonprofit arts sector.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, multi-task and use clear judgment while keeping team leadership informed of activity progress and issues.
  • Must interact effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and patrons.
  • Experience with sales or relational database such as Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge, etc.
  • Comfortable analyzing statistical reports and manipulating data within a database to inform strategies and implement assignments.
  • Goal- and team-oriented, motivated and enthusiastic, curious and perceptive, entrepreneurial and adaptive, disciplined and responsible, tenacious and passionate.
  • Must be able to support and implement the mission, vision, and values of the CSO.
  • Ability to attend donor and CSO events located within the greater Cincinnati region as needed.
  • Ability to work outside of traditional business hours. (nights and weekends)

Reporting Relationship: Assistant Director of Individual Giving

Salary Description:  $54,000 – $59,000

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