Employment Opportunities


Position Summary:
The Director of Development is Austin Opera’s chief development officer and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all Annual, Capital and Endowment Campaigns and the maximization of contributed revenue. Currently the organization administers a $2 million annual campaign, with a need to expand both the annual campaign and the endowment. An accomplished fundraising leader with an impressive campaign track record, the DOD will inspire and manage a department of two development professionals, manage the General Director’s calls and partner with volunteer community leaders on the highest level of solicitation calls.

The program and the position:
Austin Opera administers a growing annual fund program and is in the process of launching a focused major gift effort. Under the new DOD’s leadership the department will need to expand its fundraising reach to accommodate more than 400 identified prospects capable of gifting $100,000 or more. The DOD reports directly to the General Director and supervises a two member development staff, responsible for the Individual, Foundation, Special Event and Corporate annual programs efforts.

The majority of the DOD’s time and focus is split between high level personal call major gift cultivation/solicitation, managing the General Director’s calls portfolio, volunteer partner management and the management of the total development effort.

Special skills and qualifications: 
The DOD must represent a senior level of professional development/advancement accomplishment with a specialization in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This individual is a respected manager/coach that stimulates others through example and understands that the Development process facilitates the donor’s ability to achieve personal fulfillment through philanthropy. The Director must also be an expert development planner/strategist capable of elevating the entire Development Department’s capabilities.

A Bachelor’s degree is required along with three to five years of increasing development responsibility and proven success in a fundraising role. Opera interest and knowledge are highly desirable. A constructive attitude, and excellent interpersonal and team building skills are required.

An interest in, and passion for the performing arts in general and Austin Opera in particular are essential.

Compensation and benefits: 
The compensation package will be developed to meet the candidate’s experience and capabilities.

To apply:
Send letters of interest and resumes by e-mail to:
Ms. Rosalind Bell
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2J7.
E-mail: gvarosalind@gmail.com.

For further information: www.genovesevanderhoof.com, www.austinopera.org



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