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Director of Development

Founded in 1944, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) exists to enrich the quality of life and enliven the spirit of all Mississippians through live performance grounded in artistic excellence, partnered with innovative education and supported by sound fiscal practices and management.MSO has an annual budget of approximately 1.7 million and an endowment valued at $2 million.  A $3 million silent endowment campaign is currently in its final phase, having raised $2.5 million in commitments to date.  The Jackson Symphony League is a principal funding organization for MSO. MSO employs 6 full time staff (artistic, executive, development, operations/production, marketing/box office, education) and 3 part time staff (finance, library, stage manager).  

Position - The Director of Development is responsible for the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of an overall fundraising program consistent with the Association’s goals and involving board and volunteers in leadership. The director reports to the President and Executive Director. Full time salary commensurate with experience.

+ Develop a multi-year fundraising plan and oversee implementation (by board, staff and volunteers) to secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations (to include timelines, goals, research, grant-writing, strategy and regular reports)
+ Be visible at all major concerts, fundraisers and Jackson Symphony League functions
+ Assist in determining fundraising budget and goals
+ Work with the Jackson Symphony League in support of their fundraising projects
+ Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and corporate sponsors
+ Recommend fundraising policies and procedures
+ Assist in organization of special events

+ Related education
+ Experience in non-profit development preferred
+ Demonstrated excellence in organizational and motivational skills; team player
+ Understanding the processes required in advancing a non-profit organization
+ Comfortable with spread sheets and patron software
+ Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and ability to develop relationships
+ High ethical standards

Position available September 1, 2015. 

Application should be made by sending letter, resume and references electronically by June 15 to:

James M. Jeter, CFRE, Chairman, Search Committee: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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