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Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Company: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Date Posted: May 15, 2017

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the search for a Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

The Vice President and Chief Development Officer (VP/CDO) serves as a key member of the Executive Management Team, in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Orchestra General Manager (GM), and is an active participant in setting strategic direction of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). In partnership with the CEO, the VP/CDO is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will forge new relationships and build the DSO’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The VP/CDO will design and implement a comprehensive plan to achieve ambitious fundraising goals, and will mentor and manage a staff in their design and implementation of annual, capital, endowment, and planned-giving programs.

The VP/CDO is responsible for conceiving and realizing a highly professional, ethical, and successful fundraising program. The successful candidate will be a guide, mentor, and supervisor to a full-time staff of six direct reports with an overall department of fifteen staff. The VP/CDO will support the leadership of the DSO and cultivate strong relationships with the Board of Directors and other lay leaders to ensure open communication and continued success of development initiatives.

This is the time to be part of the reinvention of the American Orchestra in America's most pivotal industrial city (Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation calls Detroit THE most important city in our country). The DSO is on a unique journey navigated by a serious, dedicated, creative team of professionals and lay leaders.

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the industry’s leading and fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO and The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music center offer a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts, and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. The DSO strives to be the most accessible orchestra on the planet. As part of that goal, it is proud to be an orchestra both of the city and for the city; additionally, as artistic partners in Detroit’s resurgence and its ever-evolving identity, it considers itself an ambassador of the city as it welcomes patrons and webcast viewers from around the world.

A minimum of seven years of managerial experience in fundraising with a confirmed record of success, preferably in a major cultural or performing arts organization is required for this position as is a bachelor’s degree.

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