Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Special Events
4 Year Degree
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Manages: Manager, Special Events; Associate, Special Events
Interacts regularly with: Development leadership team
Status: Regular, full-time, exempt from overtime
The director of special events is responsible is a seasoned fundraiser who is responsible for a contributed revenue goal of $2,770,000+ currently realized through four annual fundraising events and other added events as the calendar/season allow. The director works closely with a board committee and event chairs to meet and exceed revenue goals as well as execute events at the highest level.
Essential Job Functions:
Work closely with the Chief Development Officer to understand the strategic direction of the Houston Symphony and how fundraising events are essential in the achievement of stated goals.
Responsible for creating strategy, timeline, solicitation and stewardship plan for each event.
Coordinate volunteer and staff support to administer both event production and the fundraising efforts for the Symphony’s major fundraising events including the Opening Night Concert and Gala, the Symphony Ball and Silent Auction, and the Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction.
Work closely with volunteer leadership including the Special Events Committee for special events, particularly event chairs, to implement all event components.
Works closely with special events committee to recruit event chairs.
Monitor contributions and maintain budgeted expenses for events.
Works closely with Spec’s Charitable Foundation on their Vintage Virtuoso Foundation event.
Works with Individual Giving to execute Ima Hogg Competition events as needed.
Coordinate all correspondence including invitations, RSVP’s, menus, presentations and all other printed materials
Facilitate relationships with our public relations consultants for post-event coverage for events
Define and put in writing policies and procedures for all Houston Symphony fundraising events.
Develop and maintain a detailed timeline, budget (expense and net goal) and reporting structure designed to inform Symphony and volunteer leadership of the status of each fundraising event.
May oversee high level donor stewardship and cultivation events at Jones Hall, in-home events and salon concerts.
Contribute to the strategic planning of the development department.
Provide management guidance and training to the Special Events staff to ensure the efficiency and support required to assist volunteers at all levels.
Provide on-going evaluation of and recommendations for improvement of existing events.
Perform additional duties as required by the Houston Symphony Society.
College degree and a minimum seven years’ experience in the professional administration of fundraising events, preferably in a performing arts environment, preferred.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and knowledge of the Houston community.
Fundraising and management experience.
Ability to work well with diverse groups of volunteers and staff.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Ongoing ability to work evenings and weekends, including some holidays in a fast-paced and demanding work environment, which frequently requires irregular hours.
Serves as an ambassador for the Houston Symphony by supporting the symphony’s fundraising, branding, and communications efforts of Vision 2025; and fostering relationships with donors, prospects, musicians, staff and friends of the Houston Symphony
Internal Number: 0001
About Houston Symphony
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations with a distinguished musical history. The Houston Symphony performs over 170 concerts for more than 350,000 people every year, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming.The Houston Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, or any other protected class.