Chief Development OfficerAustin Lyric Opera • Full-Timehttp://www.austinlyricopera.org/Austin, TXPOSITION SUMMARY:
Austin Lyric Opera’s Chief Development Officer is responsible for the planning and implementation of all Annual, Capital and Endowment Campaigns and the maximization of contributed revenue. Currently the organization administers a $2 million annual campaign, with a need to expand both the annual campaign and the endowment. An accomplished fundraising leader with an impressive campaign track record, the CDO will inspire and manage a department of two development professionals, manage the General Director’s calls and partner with volunteer community leaders on the highest level of solicitation calls.
Austin Lyric Opera, Austin's first professional opera company, delights and entertains – a "joy to watch – and to hear.
" Founded in 1986, ALO maintains its high standards for "artistry and musical excellence
" under the leadership of General Director Joseph Specter
and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley
, who celebrates his 10th
anniversary with the company this year. Currently, the company produces a season of three performances of three operas, in addition to a series of education and audience development activities.
Like many nonprofits around the nation, Austin Lyric Opera faced serious financial challenges in 2011, and underwent an "amazing, phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes sort of story.
" The Board of Trustees and staff rose to the occasion to build a strong financial foundation for the company's future. To that end, ALO established a series of steps to turn around the company's situation and ensure a bright future while maintaining ALO's existing high standards of artistic excellence. These changes included new administrative and artistic leadership; increased focus on producing beloved opera favorites; the establishment of balanced budgets for future seasons; and the successful sale of the company's building in downtown Austin. As a result of these changes, ALO has closed its previous two fiscal years in the black and has seen a 28% increase in season subscriptions over the past two seasons. The Company's balance sheet demonstrates a healthy $3 million in cash reserves and $3 million in permanent endowment.
2013 marked the third year in a row that Austin — an "economic powerhouse
" — took the top spot in Forbes
' Magazine's list of America's 20 Fastest Growing Cities
. But Austin
is not only a mecca for techies and small businesses. It was ranked #1 in Bloomberg News
' Top 12 American Boomtowns (April 2013) and named a Top City for Tech Startups by USA Today
(August 2012). Austin is also just a great place to live, indicated as such in Forbes
' America's Coolest Cities (July 2012). This great city tops lists of must-travel destinations, foodie loves
(BBQ, Tex-Mex, Southern Comfort, we have it all), family-friendly outings
, activities for the outdoor adventure seekers, and much more.
THE PROGRAM AND THE POSITION
Austin Lyric Opera administers a growing annual fund program and is in the process of launching a focused major gift effort. Under the new CDO’s leadership the department will need to expand its fundraising reach to accommodate more than 400 identified prospects capable of gifting $100,000 or more that currently remain unassigned. The CDO reports directly to the General Director and supervises a two member development staff, responsible for the Individual, Foundation, Special Event and Corporate annual programs efforts. The majority of the CDO’s time and focus is split between high level personal call major gift cultivation/solicitation, managing the General Director’s calls portfolio, volunteer partner management and the management of the total development effort.
SPECIAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The CDO must represent a senior level of professional development/advancement accomplishment with a specialization in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This individual is a respected manager/coach that stimulates others through example and understands that the Development process facilitates the donor’s ability to achieve personal fulfillment through philanthropy. The CDO must also be an expert development planner/strategist capable of elevating the entire Development Department’s capabilities. A Bachelor’s degree is required along with three to five years of increasing development responsibility and proven success in a fundraising role. Opera interest and knowledge are highly desirable. A constructive attitude, and excellent interpersonal and team building skills are required.
An interest in, and passion for the performing arts in general and Austin Lyric Opera in particular is essential.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The compensation package will be developed to meet the candidate's experience and capabilities.
Send letters of interest and resumes by e-mail to:
Ms. Rosalind Bell
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2J7
For further information: www.genovesevanderhoof.com