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29 Jun 2018

Full-Time Director of Development

Berkeley Symphony  Berkeley, California, United States

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Job Description

Berkeley Symphony announces the opportunity to join its dynamic team in a senior leadership position.
The 2018/19 concert season focuses on the uniqueness of Berkeley through collaborations with community partners, continuing the Symphony’s tradition of innovation and excellence in its programming.

Job Summary 
The Director of Development is a senior leadership role that includes fundraising, developing and monitoring the budget, and participating in all activities of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council. As part of a cross-functional team, the Director of Development continually advances the Symphony’s core commitment to the concert experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future. This new position is very much a strategic one, with hands-on involvement in all facets of the Symphony’s activities.

The Director of Development executes the following responsibilities on an ongoing basis:


  • Develop and implement an overall fundraising program consistent with Berkeley Symphony’s needs and goals, to include objectives for annual operations initiatives such as a major individual gifts program, annual fund, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships and gifts, planned giving, membership, and special events.
  • Plan, manage, and implement all phases of the Annual Fund campaign, as well as upcoming 50th Anniversary campaign (2020/21 season); assist the Executive Director and Board in establishing appropriate goals; oversee the solicitation and acknowledgement process, maintenance of records, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits; monitor and make adjustments as needed.
  • Work closely with trustees, Executive Director, and Director of Audience Development and Engagement on the fulfillment of goals and participation by Symphony leaders in assuring the success of annual and long-term fundraising goals; develop and direct year-round program to cultivate new prospects and seek out new funding opportunities.
  • Make grant applications for corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts funding; oversee research of all grant possibilities and reports and back-up materials to support each application; follow up on each proposal.
  • Oversee Berkeley Symphony’s fundraising events and campaigns, including development and management of budgets, production of all event and campaign materials, organization of staff and volunteers, and evaluation of each campaign.


  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Finance Director, develop the annual organization budget and development department budget; manage the budget throughout the year to maintain the fiscal health of the organization.
  • Assist the Executive Director with engaging, developing and encouraging a strong, active Board that assists Berkeley Symphony in fulfilling its mission; participate in identifying and recruiting new leadership.
  • As part of the senior leadership team, assist the Executive Director in setting and implementing administrative and artistic policies; manage long-range planning and visioning; prepare budget projections as needed.
  • Cultivate internal and external contacts to optimize fundraising efforts; attend civic and cultural events in the community.
  • Facilitate staff development opportunities that upgrade employee skills and motivate performance; mentor and support staff, while enabling for independence and growth.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of experience in nonprofit arts development or a highly related field
  • Significant managerial experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required
  • Personable, energetic and appealing personality, sensitivity to donor concerns, and ability to engage and interact with diverse individuals
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization and multi-tasking skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Knowledge of and interest in classical music
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google applications; experience with Theatre Manager or similar database desired
  • Provide own transportation and be able to transport materials and supplies for events
  • Ability to lift up to 42 lbs on occasion

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. 


To apply: Email cover letter, resume, and references to  

This position is open until filled.

About Berkeley Symphony: Well-established as a presenter of major contemporary orchestral works, Berkeley Symphony continues its steadfast commitment to presenting original and unique programs with new music commissioned by living composers, many of whom have developed an ongoing creative and collaborative relationship with the Symphony. Since its 1979-80 season, Berkeley Symphony has performed 67 world premieres, 29 U.S. premieres, and 24 West Coast premieres. In recognition of its leadership in commissioning and creating new music, the Orchestra has received the prestigious ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in 10 of the past 14 seasons.

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, development, director, fund-raising, and music. States: California.

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