Assistant Director of Development job vacancy in Gulf Coast Symphony (Fort Myers, FL 33919)

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Company name : Gulf Coast Symphony
Location : Fort Myers, FL 33919
Position : Assistant Director of Development

Description :
Type of Employment: Salaried (Full-time, exempt)

Salary: $40k+ annual salary dependent on qualifications, and a generous benefit package (health insurance, paid time off and retirement plan)

The Orchestra:

Now concluding its 27th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS), located in sunny Southwest Florida, is one of the most dynamic, innovative and growing organizations in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony is to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra composed of both professional and auditioned community members, a professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective. High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization. Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the largest performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 performances at its new, more intimate venue and educational hub, it’s Music & Arts Community Center. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program, summer camps and other educational programs. The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reach the widest possible public, year-round. The organization has a rapidly growing annual budget, currently $2.5 million dollars.

Central Role: The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks an Assistant Director of Development to support the fundraising activities of the organization. The Assistant Director of Development will work with the GCS leadership to implement the strategic fundraising activities of the Gulf Coast Symphony. They will be responsible to execute the annual development plan and help produce donor events throughout the year. They will work closely with the President and CEO, Managing Director, Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and report to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Play key role in planning and executing contributed revenue campaigns including:

annual fund
major gift cultivation

Aid in writing/administering foundation and government grants
Research funding sources and philanthropic trends, including new opportunities at the local, state, and national levels
With the Director of Development, assist in setting annual fundraising goals and develop long term strategies to increase giving in support of the mission of the Symphony
Monitor revenue and expense budgets; prepare and present accurate and timely reporting and analysis
Help in the planning and execution of fundraising/cultivation events in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and members of the Board of Directors
Collaborate on the creation of fundraising collateral
Oversee the maintenance of donor records and donor benefits
Attend concerts, events, and meetings outside of normal business hours

As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.


The ideal candidate will be strongly motivated; a self-starter; energetic and flexible; able to work in a fast-paced environment and maximize resources; a team player and leader; extremely creative; and highly analytical
Bachelors or advanced degree in arts administration, or a related arts field, or equivalent professional experience
Skilled in creating powerful and compelling written and oral communications
Friendly and professional demeanor that engenders relationships with donors and colleagues
Passion for the arts, theater and/or symphonic music, as well as an understanding of the arts world
Evening/weekend performance and special event duty is required.
Competency with standard software including Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
Able to supply a proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

Desirable but not Required

Experience using Tessitura or similar CRM system or patron database
Prior experience with a performing arts organization

How to apply:

To apply please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to

The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

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